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Isabel Verhille

Q: Where are you from?

I was born in San Francisco but spent most of my childhood and teen years living in Marin.

Q: Where did you go to school?

I went to Scripps College in Claremont, CA – which is on the eastern edge of LA County. Scripps is the all-women’s school in the Claremont Consortium and was such a lovely experience. I majored in Media Studies and minored in Spanish.

Q: Tell me about your family.

My parents are both former Midwesterners who have now lived in the Bay Area for 40+ years, and currently both live in San Francisco. My dad is a gastroenterologist, and my mom is a nurse (they met at what used to be Children’s Hospital on California Street), so I grew up very immersed in the medical world; my first job was scanning and filing medical charts in my dad’s office. My younger brother is very close to my age and currently lives in Memphis – he works as server at a delicious French restaurant and moonlights as a bartender.

Q: What is the most interesting aspect of architecture to you?

It’s really fascinating working in a design studio setting as a non-architect. I have learned so much about architecture since I started at FA and am enamored by the entire process. It’s magical to have a beautiful, distilled idea turn into something meaningful and tangible.

Q: What makes our office unique?

It’s a lovely combination of casual/collaborative and disciplined - all the people in the studio are so smart, artistic, talented, and kind. I love all my coworkers and have learned so much professionally and personally from them.

Q: What is the last show you binge watched?

I’m really really weirdly obsessed with Succession. I also recently finished The Dropout on Hulu and got really into the whole Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos scandal.

Q: Did you pick up any new hobbies during quarantine?

My friends and I started boogie boarding at Ocean Beach during quarantine multiple times a week – such an awesome excuse to be in the ocean without having to have the technical knowledge that surfing requires.

Q: Favorite SF hidden gem?

The Bitter End in the Inner Richmond.

Q: What are five features you would include in your dream home?

Free standing bathtub, cold plunge pool, fully functioning darkroom, vegetable garden, near the ocean.

Q: Where are you most excited to travel next?

My favorite place to visit is Mexico! I’d love to go back to Mexico City soon.

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