I love designing and building great spaces for people. In addition to the needs of the client, my process considers context, environment, and community to create thoughtful buildings that will positively interact with their inhabitants. Designing with both creativity and technical proficiency results in high quality, functional, and beautiful buildings. Each new project presents an exciting opportunity to create an environment uniquely suited to its surroundings and the people who will spend time in it. My architectural experience ranges from custom homes to boutique commercial spaces to institutional projects, and I specialize in residential design.
I wanted to be an architect from a young age. My father has an architectural firm in Los Gatos, CA. During my childhood, I spent much time in his office, drawing with illustration markers and tracing drafting templates, and listening and seeing how an architecture firm functions. Some days, my dad would take me on errands with him. Walking down the street together, a client or neighbor would invariably wave him down. They would congratulate him on his latest project in the neighborhood or thank him for designing their wonderful home.
His positive impact on our community made a lasting impression on me and made me want to create beautiful homes: breakfast nooks to linger in, rooms with thoughtfully framed views of the surrounding landscape, and comfortable spaces filled with natural light. I also learned that good projects reflect the clients’ tastes, integrate with their settings, and improve a community. These lessons inspired me to pursue architecture.
To learn more about my architectual and design, please visit the process section of the site.
Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects
Project Manager, 2015-present
Aleck Wilson Architects
Project Architect, 2013–2015
Michael Heacock Architects
Project Architect, 2011–2013
Jeff Shelton Architect
Project Manager, 2009–2012
Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects
Education and Accreditations
California Licensed Architect
LEED Accredited Professional
University of California Berkeley
College of Environmental Design, Master of Architecture, May 2004
University of Auckland
School of Architecture, Education Abroad Semester, Spring 2003
University of California Santa Barbara
Bachelor of Arts, Art History, June 2000