David Orr

Science and Reseach

"Fascinating opportunities arise immediately after the arrival of a new technology. Watch for new tools you can use in the laboratory of life. Your discoveries will astound."
— Professor Irwin Spear, University of Texas, Dept. of Life Sciences and Biochemistry, life-long mentor.

Key experiences

Architectural Design

"The easiest way to make a floor plan rational is to rotate a few squares" — Walter Netsch, partner, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, who awarded me my first job in Chicago.

Key experiences

Photography and Painting

"All is pretty" — Andy Warhol
"Abstract expressionism is pretty" — Sandy Roth, lesser known brother of acclaimed writer Philip Roth, but nevertheless highly respected in his own right as Chicago Ogilvie & Mather ad agency creative director, who taught me how to paint with acrylics.

Key experiences

Writing

"Action, reaction, motivation, emotion" — every writing instructor I've ever met.

Key experiences

Writing

"Action, reaction, motivation, emotion" — every jokester I've ever met

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Tour Guide

"I'm actually getting accustomed to having my tent broken into by a baboon" — a patient tourist from New Jersey on safari

Specialty Destinations