Architect Russ Tyson has always enjoyed the spontaneity of sketching and hand drawing, and now enjoys using his skillset to help clients realize their dreams for a home. As early as childhood, Russ had a deep appreciation for the outdoors, fueled by his artist mother and father whom he used to help on home improvement projects—most memorably, several tree houses. It was these early unplanned, spontaneous construction projects that gave him an appreciation for having a well-conceived plan before beginning to build.
At Andrews University School of Architecture, Art & Design, where architecture as a "real and lasting" value is emphasized, Russ learned that a well-conceived home is greatly influenced by its site and surrounding context and that we should be careful stewards of our environment. After college, he served as a lead project designer for a 50-person architecture firm in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he designed large-scale commercial, institutional, and healthcare projects. In 2006, Russ and his family moved to Maine, where his wife is from, and he began working for Whitten Architects where he has enjoyed the switch to residential design. Licensed in Maine and Michigan, Russ is also a member of The Portland Society for Architecture and the American Institute of Architects.