Q: Where are you from?
Born and raised in San Francisco, west coast best coast!
Q: Where did you go to school?
I went to Lick-Wilmerding High School here in San Francisco and then I went to Syracuse University in upstate NY, where I studied Architecture and European History. After living on the East Coast for five years it was time to come back to San Francisco!
Q: Tell me about your family.
I have a younger sister who is currently in college in New York, and my parents are both in education here in the Bay Area. I also have two black labs, Atlas and Stella!
Q: What is the most interesting aspect of architecture to you?
I have always deeply appreciated the emotional connection that architecture creates between the designer and the client. I think that this is especially prevalent and important in the kind of work we do, single family residential. Working with clients to craft great spaces for their families is a beautiful and powerful thing to do every day, which I feel often gets lost at larger scales and especially in commercial architecture. Creating spaces to enrich and galvanize our clients’ lives is extremely rewarding!
Q: What makes our office unique?
There are many things that make FA unique – firstly, it’s an unbelievable group of people to work with every day, and everyone is super talented and driven. There is such a high level of commitment amongst the whole office to promote a healthy, positive, and fun studio culture. Having worked here as an intern for two summers it felt very much like I was coming home to FA as opposed to starting a new job!
Q: Did you pick up any new hobbies during quarantine?
My dad and I started smoking our own barbeque! We had a smoker in the backyard for a solid 8 or 9 years and never used it, so we started trying to smoke our own brisket. It was pretty bad the first go around, but we improved a lot in our next attempts – now I think that it’s better than anything you can get in the Bay Area!
Q: What’s your favorite part about coming to work? (in person or virtually)
Everyday at FA is fun, even when we have an intense deadline, it’s still always a blast! This is also helped by the espresso machine and the liberal amount of quality snacks in the kitchen. And of course, the team makes it worthwhile!
Q: What are the top three things on your bucket list?
I would really like to visit Antarctica! I’ve been fortunate enough to make it to 6 out of the 7 continents and would love to cap it off.