A freethinking individual, I believe the freedom of consciousness is an important aspect of the artist. I have creative ability to solve any situation with my “right-brained thinking outside the box” approach to architecture. Finding a solution to the every day problem. Solving architectural and limited space design problems. International and local experience in architecture, engineering and building for over three decades.
Childhood and Early Life:
I was born March 18th 1943 to Lawrence Notch and Alma Butkowski in Rural Melrose, Minnesota. Raised on a farm, the fifth child of seven, and developed a strong work ethic, having to do his farm chores and studies for school to make good grades. I gained experience in creating and building at an early age by helping my father and brothers cut down trees, saw logs to use for lumber and build out-structures. After overcoming the difficulties of being a left-handed child. I graduated from Melrose High School where I received the State Industrial Arts Metal in recognition to my artistic abilities. Soon out of high school I attended the University of Minnesota specializing in art and architecture. I found myself naturally driven to the structural side of art. I enjoyed finding and creating art in everyday things. It was a natural transition into creating livable structures of art that don’t fight nature but seemed to feel like they’re part of it. I Soon found myself creating my first company, drawing outdoor living spaces, creating the ability to enjoy the outdoors, even in the cold Minnesota winters.
I designed and built custom outdoor living systems for numerous top company executives, including the Vice President of General Mills. I got married to my high school sweetheart had four beautiful children. Two daughters and two sons all three years apart. But like many things in life nothing ends out the way you expected. A few curveballs later I found myself in a divorce, keeping custody of my children, expanding my business and moving to warmer climates.Upon expansion, I felt with all the changes in my life to this point.
I decided to explore the possibilities of a fresh start. Moved my family to the opposite of cold weather, Scottsdale Arizona where I started the company “Creativity in Living, Inc.” Here I created the “Notch Plenum System” to reduce high air conditioning cost, which won many Green and energy savings awards. After six long years the construction industry in Arizona was slowing down. I had no choice with a family to feed, I had to seek out work. Putting my company on the side I started doing architectural work for a Los Angeles-based architectural firm. Within months the job was steady enough that I chose to move my family to Los Angeles. Where I brought my company back and continue to this day as one of the leading architects in the industry. Paving the way with innovation in keeping in mind the natural resources of this earth. I met the love of my life, now married and working harder than ever to leave a legacy for generations to come.
Creativity In Living
“Respecting the old… While alive with the new!”
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