I am a licensed architect, an Architectural Associate for the City and County of San Francisco Bureau of Architecture (BOA), and an instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California
I received my Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University graduating Cum Laude with Distinction in Honors, was the recipient of the AIA Columbus Award in 2009 and 2010 and a James Gui competition finalist. I continued my education at the University of California, Los Angeles for my Masters in Architecture where I was the recipient of the Continuing Student Fellowship in 2012 and 2013. Here I had the opportunity to work on research and independent studies focusing on several design/build projects: Stemming from an independent study, I began a jewelry company, Xylography Design, making laser cut products out of wood and leather; Kester Learning Garden was built with the help of EnrichLA to design and build an outdoor garden for Kester Avenue Elementary; Self-Lifting Mobility Project is a livable, movable trailer hitch which was featured in the Kaneko Museum’s “Truck-A-Tecture” Exhibition as well as several web magazines such as designboom and archinect.
Throughout my career, I have been highly committed to the design and fabrication of affordable housing and serving communities. As a Construction Crew Leader for Habitat for Humanity East Bay, I supervised crews of up to 30 volunteers daily in wood light frame construction and assisted in the construction of over 25 LEED Platinum homes from foundation to framing to finish. In addition, I have built with Global Village in the Dominican Republic working on CMU housing and with Global Brigades constructing a medical center and an addition to a school in Honduras. My projects at BOA have ranged from health care to recreation centers to working on homeless transitional housing.
Since 2018 I have been co-teaching ARH 498, a design-build thesis studio at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where students research, design and construct projects for communities in need. During the Fall 2018 semester the students built units for a food pantry in the Hunter’s Point neighborhood in San Francisco. They built upon these skills and are currently in the construction phase of a garden pavilion for a cooperative housing community nearby equipped with a kitchenette, seating, deck, shading, and other amenities requested by the community.
I am very grateful to be able to use design as a tool to make an impact on my surroundings by working on civic amenities that get used by the public every day. The concept of using architecture to build better communities is one that I would like to continue to pursue.