Loren Howard studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and prior to that, mechanical engineering at Boston University. He grew up in a family of woodworkers and mechanics, with access to an open toolbox and the freedom to make his own mistakes and discoveries. This led to an appreciation of the dialogue between body, tool and material, and what it means to listen. He has a shop, Hazard Built, where he works wood and metal into a variety of tools, jewelry, furniture and architectural spaces. Loren has taught and contributed to the technology curriculum in the architecture department at RISD.