Hello. My name is Gerard O'Rourke.
I've been in the design business for over 35 years.
I studied architecture at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario and Architectural Technology at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.
After my formal training, I have been involved in designing, budgeting, inspecting and consulting in the construction business for my entire career.
This Site Offers 2 Things:
a) employing my services
b) information about design & planning
More About Myself
I started at 6 years old. Really I did! Building was in my blood since I was a child. I would build walls with sand and water. But I couldn't figure out how to make those walls harden like concrete.
With all kidding aside, my deep interest in construction continued to grow into adulthood. I had skills for drawing and eventually began drawing buildings. Naturally, this lead me to drafting and design work.
My first job out of university was an architectural draftsmen. I was employed with a company that built environmental clean rooms for hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and research labs. I worked my way up to become the General Manager of that company.
I was interested in working for myself, so I left this firm to start my own design company.
From that day on I've been involved in all aspects of new construction, remodeling, inspecting and designing.
I have remodeled many older homes and historical buildings. I have remodeled newer homes. I've built lots of brand new homes from empty lots. In fact, I have managed an entire subdivision as a general. I've also inspected close to 8,000 residential properties.
There isn't any aspect of residential construction, remodeling and inspecting that I haven't done.
I received my diploma in Architectural Technology from Fanshawe College.
After I finished college, I felt I wanted to expand my education. So I attended the School of Architecture in Ottawa, Ontario.
Experience Has Been My Greatest Lesson
I've learned theory from the professors at university. And that education has carried me well in my career. But there is the other side to my career. It's something that cannot be taught in a classroom ... EXPERIENCE!
And when you hire my services, you are sure to benefit from my vast experience.
If you are thinking about starting a project here in Southwestern Ontario, contact me. I will help you get started.