The NON Architect

'Gestural lines and lyrical moments'

I am a 53-year-old simultaneous interpreter who got the bright idea of going to Harvard this summer. I even lived in a dormitory for the real college experience. At my age, dorms can be a daunting experience, considering that I go to the bathroom several times a night. I had to always remember my key and have some clothes on, lest I get caught in the hallway at 4 a.m. in my jammies. Why would I leave my comfortable private bath in Sausalito, Calif., to take a summer course, even if it was at Harvard? Well maybe I have a screw loose, but mostly because as a girl I had this thing about designing houses. Sometimes they were designed to be big enough for me and the homeless children I thought of sheltering; others were smaller and modern–just for me. Still others housed the science lab that would provide the cure get the idea. Designing a house though, was the main event. I never became an architect, but buildings and design never stopped fascinating me. About four to f...