ANOU MIRKINE

Biography

anouI was born in New York City in 1957.   Myfamily is European and we spoke Frenchand some Russian at home.  I attended the Ecole Française until high school.  Then attended an Upper West Side private high school called Franklin High School.  After graduating high school, I went to Bennington College, a small liberalarts college in Southern Vermont. There I bounced around a bit trying to find out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life.  I focused on Painting, thinking I was an artist, though I wandered into the philosophy psychology departments for a couple of years.  I traveled to Paris twice as a student.  The fist time as a freshman in the summer of 1976, and the second in the first semester of my senior year. After that I traveled to Israel and spent two months on a kibbutz. Finally; in 1979, after coming back to my original majors, I received a B.A in French Literature and Painting. At this point in my life, I was still totally unprepared for life and career choices. 

After Bennington I found myself back in New York City, without any practical skills, searching for what to do with the rest of my life. Starving in SoHo as an Artiste was not what I eshad in mind, and after a few years of painting classes, art history classes, some chemistry, and courses at bartender's school and secretarial school, I discovered architecture. It seemed like a reasonable compromise.  I could have a career and still call myself an artist.

It happened like this:  In 1985, I landed a job in an architectural office as a secretary. While I was there, with the support of my employers, I applied to the City College School of Architecture and was accepted. Work slowed down there and I had to find work elsewhere.

After a year of deferment while I worked at Columbia Business School selling IBM computers to students, and studying a variety of courses, I entered the architecture program at City College.  Architecture seemed like the right direction.

While I attended City College, I worked full-time at a very large architectural firm called Haines Lundberg Waehler.  I learned CAD on Intergraph systems.  The CAD work felt natural to me.  However, it wasn't long before the climate in New York became old, dangerous, and unhealthy. It also wasn't long before the level of pollution and stress in the city made me very sick.  I went to an alternative doctor who told me I was environmentally ill. After a year of treatment, without much progress, the doctor suggested I leave New York.    That's what I did.

In 1989 I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to regain my health and apply to the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. I found alternative medicine, began my studies, and changed my life. I focused my studies on alternative building materials and techniques. There was obviously a correlation between health and our environments.

I chose to explore this and eventually wrote a Masters Thesis on the subject.

I have explored the practice of Feng Shui, and other forms of Geomancy. I have researched alternative building materials such as straw bales, rastra block, pumicecrete, and adobe; I received a certificate in Bau-Biologie in 2002. The main focus, however, in all of the above, is the immune system, which I continue to study and respect. Unfortunately, I have discovered that the world is still not quite ready for this concept.

Since receiving my Masters in 1996, I have been providing architectural CAD drafting services to architects in Santa Fe. I also consult in Feng Shui, and alternative materials. For the time being I still love to draw and use computers. I have invested in a powerful system with scanning and color printing and plotting capabilities. My work is of the highest quality, and I enjoy doing it. I hope to continue to encourage architects and their clients to be careful with their choices. Just because it looks good and is expensive, doesn't mean that it's good for you. There are tradeoffs.

Along with my designl skills, I also pride myself on my computer know-how. I have a strong background CAD design, word processing, publishing, and graphic design. I work with several powerful programs, and offer a variety of services. I am also skilled in computer technology and can repair and upgrade computers.

In February 2002 I started working  towards a PhD in Natural Health Sciences from the University of Natural Medicine here in Santa Fe.  I hope to be able to incorporate my knowledge of health and nutrition into my holistic career and way of life.

In August of 2005 I divorced Alan and moved out on my own.  I've been heading the raw food community in Santa Fe since then by hosting monthly potlucks at my house.

In the spring of 2007 I bought a house in Santa Fe and continue to host the potlucks and work in architecture.  I have some excellent clients who give me lots of fun work to do.  I've been using Revit Architecture Suite, which is a wonderful 3d Parametric program.  I really enjoy using it.

In January 2007 Maya was diagnosed with heartworm and I treated her with herbs.  So far so good.  The last 2 heartworm tests were negative. I did not want to use the toxic conventional treatment.  I am glad the herbs worked.

My father died on June 29, 2007; It's been hard to imagine him not being around.  He was very much at peace with the prospect of dying.  I admired that.