Q: Where are you from?
I’m from Ventura, CA – just north of LA.
Q: Where did you go to school?
I did the five-year architecture program at USC.
Q: Tell me about your family.
I’m the oldest of three – I have a sister that’s eight years younger, and a brother that is five years younger than me. My parents are both from Chicago and moved to California before I was born, so all my siblings and I grew up in Ventura. I come from a big Michigan family, so my attending USC was a little contentious (my dad played football at Michigan).
My wife is from Ft. Lauderdale, we met studying abroad in Barcelona when we both were students at USC. We lived in LA for four years after graduating, and then moved up to SF, and this year we’re making the move to Marin.
Q: How did you get your start in architecture?
When I was in high school, I was a very serious violinist, and was planning on going to music school – until I started exploring where that could take me professionally, which didn’t excite me. I started exploring other creative fields and admired our family friend who was both a big-time surfer and a successful residential architect – I thought he had the most amazing life.
Q: What makes our office unique?
Even though I haven’t been at FA too long, the first thing I noticed was a really nice office culture, everyone I’ve met and worked with is super welcoming. It seems like a great group of people who genuinely want to spend time together.
Q: Did you pick up any new hobbies during quarantine?
I was able to buckle down and finish my ARE’s – then found a lot more time to surf.
Q: Favorite SF hidden gem?
I spend a lot of time surfing at Ocean Beach, which I feel is a really underrated part of SF. I like hanging out at the Mucky Duck in the Sunset.
Q: What are five features you would include in your dream home?
I would have an epic wine cellar, a half-pipe or full-on skate park, a climbing wall, a music room, as well as both mountain AND ocean views.
Q: Where are you most excited to travel next?
I want to do a trip to Chile and Argentina to go hiking and drink wine in Patagonia. I also would love to visit New Zealand!