Dale Poynter
Principal Architect,
I remember making the decision to be an Architect when I was a junior in High School. I always liked art, science and math, and had been counseled that architecture might be a good fit, but it was during a visit at a friend's house that I made the decision - my friend's father was an architect, and he was working all night on a project at his home studio. From that point on I knew what I wanted to do.

Everyone is different, and every project is different. Finding the ways to take people's needs and work together to find satisfying answers to those needs is extremely fulfilling. I am reminded that Architecture is a Professional Service career. It's about helping people more than it is about designing buildings. One of the best things about our team is the fact that there are no egos to be dealt with. Every day working together among our design team is an enjoyable experience. We each wear more than one "hat", but at the same time everyone has specific strengths that the team as a whole relies upon.

I enjoy working with clients to creatively solve their problems. Process-wise, what I like best is putting together the initial plan diagrams and massing studies once the project's program information has been developed. This is where the puzzle is put together relating the various pieces to one another and their site, where form begins to follow function.

Something you may not know about me is that I have always enjoyed performing vocal/choral music. I toured Europe with America's Boychoir when I was 12 years old, and have sung in barbershop choruses, church choirs, etc. my whole life. Presently I have the pleasure of singing with the UW-Eau Claire Symphonic Choir (they are gracious enough to allow community members to participate), which in turn performs with the UW-EC Symphony Orchestra doing works like Mozart's Requiem, Bach's Magnificat, etc.

My three sons and I are all Eagle Scouts, and I served as Scoutmaster for their troop. A decade-plus of camping, hiking and canoeing together has been a great part of our family's history.

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and a Master of Architecture, Magna cum laude, also from the University of Illinois. I was a visiting professor (teaching undergraduate architectural design studios) for six years at U of I and had the distinct pleasure of teaching design with their overseas program in Versailles, France. My career as a practicing architect began in 1983 and I joined SDS Architects in 1989.