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Accounting Department Manager
Inspiration: Garden and photography books, urban gardens. The international design blog Freunde von Freunden – an endlessly inspiring glimpse into the lives of creative people from around the world.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Education: BA and MA Cal State University Northridge
Inspiration: Minimal design and clean lines or gritty post-industrial abandoned objects. Individually, they capture my attention, but combined they capture my imagination. I love being around dynamic and creative people that challenge me and show me new unexpected possibilities.
Hometown: Udine, Italy
Education: Laurea in Scienze dell’Architettura, Universita degli Studi di Udine;
MArch, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Inspiration: A close tie between the bicycle and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. The bicycle is a reminder to design only what is necessary. The Louisiana because it expertly and almost invisibly blends art and landscape, and because it was inspired by Bay Area architecture.
Hometown: Walnut Creek, California
Education: BArch, University of Oregon
Inspiration: Travel. While studying in Paris, France, I was able to experience a particular favorite - the Maison de Verre by Pierre Chareau & Bernard Bijvoet. I see this as an architectural work expressing truth in material and internal adaptability that was years ahead of its time.
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Education: BArch, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Inspiration: Artist Olafur Eliasson and his multi-disciplinary design studio, with the exploration of sensory and perceived experiences such as “The Weather Project” an installation at London’s Tate Modern and the Circkelbroen pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen.
Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Education: BEDA and MArch, North Carolina State University
Inspiration: Chicago, where I grew up, with its rich history of modern architecture. And today, I draw inspiration from Oakland, with its cultural diversity, as well as travel to memorable sites such as the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul.
Hometown: Suburbs of Chicago
Education: BArch, University of Kentucky
Affiliations: AIA East Bay and SPUR
Our design combines exuberance and rigor, modernism and urbanism. With each project, whether urban or rural, we consider the larger framework in which the building fits—the living context. That includes nearby structures as well as ecological, social, political, economic, and regulatory layers.
Our clients appreciate that our designs not only have flair, but also arise from a deep understanding of the finer points of building codes. We see all spaces in the urban environment as linked to each other, ripe for activation and capable of serving a variety of purposes.
We believe in tying together big-picture thinking with small-scale finesse.