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ARCHITECTURE PLANNING INTERIORS


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ARCHITECTURE PLANNING INTERIORS


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Welcome

From my studio in a repurposed greenhouse, mine is a full-service, client-oriented architectural practice in the San Francsico Bay Area, distilling SCIENCE and ART to create lasting projects that promote wellness and comfort.

My passion is to make the world, wherever possible, more beautiful and accommodating. My method is to leverage technical experience, guided by a committment to the Arts and Humanities, against the challenge to infuse every aspect of every Project with integrity and quality. My approach is research-oriented, evidence-based, and focused on the individual's experience with the world.

I am ready to work with you to make your project a tangible reality. If you haven't assembled a Project Team yet, I can help.

SERVICES

I provide functional space planning, architectural, interior design, graphic design, and comprehensive project management services.

PROCESS

An earnest process facilitates better work and I prefer working with clients, consultants, and builders committed to excellence.

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WORK

Selected work

Also, to see the work of others that I look to when I'm working, visit my Tumblr blog of reference material, Things We Like.

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On the boards


Work in progress

On the boards


Work in progress

BR Residence

San Ramon, California

Property Improvements for a private home include a swimming pool with tanning ledge, spa, outdoor kitchen, landscaping, and shade structures to address a challenging site with extensive civil engineering scope.

 

Sela Baye

Debre Markos, Amhara, Ethiopia

Internet cafe affiliated with a girls orphanage to provide employment for residents and income for the orphanage. Go to the Help a Life website here for more information on the incredible foundation that supports this orphanage.

JJS Residence

Pleasant Hill, California

Master Suite Addition to a single-family residence on a tight budget with high design expectations.

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MA Residence

Walnut Creek, California

Master Suite Addition to a single-family home on a wooded slope will provide a retreat for the client with stunning view of Mt. Diablo.

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Research


What inspires and informs the work

Research


What inspires and informs the work

 

14 years exploring a unique project, its cultural context, and its lessons for the future of sustainable, affective design.

RUSH CREEK VILLAGE is a residential development of single-family homes in suburban Worthington, Ohio. Begun in 1954, it is the single largest development of Mid-century homes designed by a single architect, though it remains largely unknown, even in Worthington. And while the community has enjoyed brief notoriety from time to time as the subject of newspaper articles and online discussion, no single document has recorded the scope and relevance of this remarkable accomplishment.

Developed over a span of 25 years in a sleepy Midwest suburb, the neighborhood comprises a single composition of 47 custom-designed residences elegantly sited among wooded ravines and meadows. The community survives into the 21st Century as a more fully-executed validation of Frank Lloyd Wright's organic planning principles than anywhere else. Rush Creek Village was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

A UNIQUE LABORATORY FOR THE VALIDATION OF BIOPHILIC THEORY

Rush Creek Village residents and visitors are immersed in and projected into their natural environments, to their benefit. This was among modernism’s earliest interests: implementing the findings of “contemporary sciences that have observed organic functioning on closest range and thus to point out how profoundly the entire realm and the fateful art of design can be benefited.” (Neutra, 1956) It was this interest that motivated the Wakefields and van Fossen to undertake their efforts there in Worthington, to saturate the residents there in the experience of nature using an organic architectural lexicon.

Environmental design has focused recently on the set of physiological responses to the natural world (i.e.--reduced stress response, elevated mood, improved concentration), expanding upon E.O. Wilson's discourse on the subject and subsequently substantiated by research. To date, however, there has been a lack of consideration as to the neurological causation of these effects as they relate to the observer's environment. This, it might seem, is because any serious examination of these phenomena of observation require an exploration of perception and consciousness itself. This book explores recently developed models of human consciousness that involve quantum processes observed within sub-neuronal protein structures and proposes a plausible explanation for these effects.