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John S. Chapman, Eppstein Uhen Architects

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features John S. Chapman, AIA, NCARB, Madison studio director, Eppstein Uhen Architects.

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What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?

People, scale, spring, neighborhoods, lakes, restaurants, parks, education, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, golf, Unitarian Meeting House, beer, summer, Goodman Community Center, diversity,  Concerts on the Square, cheese, the Capitol, Henry Vilas Zoo, autumn, State Street, the Arboretum, boating, farmers market, Friday fish fry, Overture Center, and Tenney Park.

Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?

With quite an extensive cookbook collection, I am an avid cook. The changes in attitudes in the importance of food freshness, food seasonality, and small-farm economics has impacted and improved my cooking. Celebrating knowing where our food originates from is so important, as well as being able to link between the seasons of the year and the food we eat. Food is one of life’s greatest joys, so it is key to recognize how to turn all sorts of fresh ingredients into meals when they’re in season and at their best. I love cooking for my family and believe that our time shared in the kitchen and at the table has brought us closer together.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Having been born in London, England, I am a soccer addict. When thrown a ball growing up, most kids caught it — I kicked it. Whether supporting West Ham United or the England national team, I will stop almost everything [thank goodness for DVR] to watch them play. It doesn’t stop there. When the World Cup arrives, I watch every match and when the English Premier League season is going, I watch most matches. After all, “football” is the world’s most popular sport.

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