I'm a Harvard-trained -- M.Arch Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) ‘97 -- non-traditional "architect" (not licensed) working on both sides of the fence: I'm a developer who hires myself as a designer. It saves me money! I work across a range of typologies but typically I favor small-footprint, big-impact residential, recreational and hospitality projects.


Mostly I do residential architecture, but my work has also included the design and manufacture of shelter products, a tech start-up in the "sharing economy", a 20-acre native plant demonstration farm and graduate-level design teaching and lecturing. Some of my work has been more successful than others, but I've learned a TON each time I've tried something new.

In 2010, after 15 years in LA, I moved to Joshua Tree. I'm currently kicking off my latest design/development project here called Sunever Co. Stay tuned.

I was fortunate enough to learn from some of the greats: Jon Jerde, and especially Rem Koolhaas (my GSD thesis advisor). Our 'Harvard Project on the City' year one project was published as 'Great Leap Forward'. I've been featured in a number of publications and media: The New York Times, Vanity Fair, NPR and more. Back when I was in academia and teaching design at Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-arc), 1999 - 2009, I lectured widely (Harvard GSD, The Whitney Museum, etc). Check my Linkedin for more.

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Joshua Tree, California

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