Architecture and interiors have been a passion since I was twelve, when I began drafting in notebooks for pretend clients and subscribing to architectural magazines. After drafting and creating architectural models throughout high school, and accumulating binders of tear sheets and inspiration, I was discouraged from pursuing architecture as a profession (from other architects!), and blindly chose engineering — with really no clue what I was going to do. After suffering and ultimately gaining so much through an excellent computer engineering program at UC San Diego, my earliest engineering work was focused on understanding users, and designing and building interfaces. Within a year, I moved into consulting, focused around user experience and product design, and bridging the divide between business and technology teams. I had the privilege to step into and collaborate with endless companies, big and small, across every industry imaginable, regarding almost every product and service. I’ve had the fortune to extensively travel and work abroad, and my design inspiration and perspective is indebted to local architecture and landscapes explored in Southeast Asia, Western Europe, South America, the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Once my husband and I began our family and ‘soup to nuts’ renovated and extended our first home in 2009, I finally seized the opportunity to pursue this field professionally, taking night classes for several years along the way to bridge blind spots in my technical and theoretical knowledge. Just as my diverse consulting background permitted me to see big picture opportunities and solutions, and be able to translate across professional divides, it has equipped me extremely well for this field, where in a day’s work, I’m both creating and collaborating with different types of engineers, fabricators, contractors, clients, city officials, and artisans — each with their own talents and personality.
I love the endless diversity in design challenges & opportunities, the beauty gleaned and discovered along the way, the orchestration of many parts to form the space, the home, and the fantastic client and professional collaboration and trust that truly realizes each project.