• The First Time is a Charm at The Monterey Design Conference

    November 21, 2017
      Every two years, hundreds of people from around the country descend on picturesque Asilomar State Beach in Monterey for a camping retreat. There are bonfires, dining halls and movie nights, but this isn’t just any old camp for kids;…
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  • Engage People – The Value of Design

    May 3, 2017
    I believe an appreciation for design starts early in life. How much we are exposed to arts and culture as children affect how we value them in our future. Sharing wild possibilities can open a child’s mind today and keep…
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  • In the “Who Saved Who?” Debate, Everybody Wins

    April 20, 2017
    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi The existing 40+-year-old shelter had several makeshift buildings, was loud and overcrowded, and…
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  • Man Crush for MCM (Mid-Century Modernism)

    April 14, 2017
    “I keep going to a lot of places and ending up somewhere I’ve already been.”   – Don Draper, Mad Men I’ve always had a love for traveling and experiencing architecture and design from various regions. When I had a…
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  • Slug Bug Arbiter Turned Citizen Architect

    March 15, 2017
    As a middle child, I would often mediate my sibling’s arguments; many of them in the back seat of the white Dodge Caravan. Which person saw the sign for the alphabet game first. Whether or not the “punishment” for the…
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  • Caramel and Toasted Coconut-Covered Chaos

    March 8, 2017
    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ~William Shakespeare Being “Erin” when little girl Erin’s were few and far between, I know the difference a name can make. I…
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  • Talking Shop – Design

    March 1, 2017
    Like most architecture offices, we are really busy a good majority of the time. Project deadlines, meetings, and job site visits have us running in different directions all day. To say it’s almost impossible to get the entire office together…
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  • Temporary is Tough

    February 22, 2017
    We all know how much work goes into constructing a building. A lot. What if you built that structure knowing it was going to be torn down after a short time? That is one of the hardest challenges with temporary…
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  • Who’s Up for a Challenge?

    January 20, 2017
    It began as a need – participating in design challenges. The thrill. The pressure. Critique becomes the fix…like a drug. Feedback courses through the design brain, sometimes numbing, sometimes exciting; gone with the announcement of the challenge winner. I love…
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  • The Designer that LEGO Built

    October 27, 2016
    When my parents bought me my first LEGO set, I had no idea it would change my life. Little did I know how these simple building blocks with their infinite design possibilities would be one of the most amazing gifts I’d ever receive.
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