My hope is to broaden our cultural understanding and awareness, to provide a collective of my research and experience, while stimulating understanding, acceptance, and hopefully, appreciation between us all. Let us embrace and celebrate our cultural differences while discovering common threads at our core.

Community Master Planning

Imagine. We all want to enjoy comfort. We all want to feel secure. Our surroundings are a reflection of our values, our desires, our dreams. Development is a responsibility to create quality, thoughtful, well-connected communities and structures.

Connect. More than roofs over our heads, our homes are connected to a neighborhood, our broader, local community, with shared amenities, restaurants, activities. We watch each other’s children grow. Our dogs play in the park together. We use the same roads. We walk on the same paths. 

Quality design is lasting and beautiful. Attention to detail creates beauty. The beauty of architecture is created for us to use and enjoy. Thoughtful design honors history and nature. Nature is preserved to support the planet, breathe fresh air, stay connected—with ourselves and each other.

We are each part of a larger global community.

El Dorado Hills: on the Brink of Change

El Dorado Hills, once on track to be one of America’s best towns, still has an opportunity to lead the movement toward more thoughtful development. But, if we can’t influence a different mindset from the one currently in place, plans for development will turn this town into another uninspired Californian suburb: a visionless sprawl without…

Demand Elegance: Block Big Box for EDH 52

Developers recently submitted plans to construct a large-scale commercial complex on property in El Dorado Hills at the north end of highway-50, flanking Silva Valley Parkway. This land parcel, known as EDH 52, sits next to a school and directly in front of our quiet—and until now—beautifully-planned Serrano neighborhood with a natural hillside view. For…

Finding Ambiance in El Dorado Hills, California

With little over a decade of history, this new town works to cultivate a sense of culture. While its historically-inspired buildings and manicured scenery provide the atmosphere of a village, it is the local shops that provide its character. Here in El Dorado Hills, California, I continuously seek out places to enrich my soul and enliven my spirit. Town Center, developed by…

Food for Thought

Wisdom is a deep knowing.

True wisdom doesn’t come from our outer selves but stems from a deep place within each of us. Within each of us is a teacher… and a student. To promote social, cultural, and environmental consciousness, we must all be both the teacher and the student. Most importantly, we must be open — open to change, new ideas, opposition.

Technology provides an ability to share enriching knowledge. Positive, promoting bits of wisdom gained along the way can spread quickly.

Streamlining Our Life: Less Things Means More Experiences

A Personal Journey—How downsizing upgraded our lives and revealed what’s really important to us, in this moment. It may seem counterintuitive, particularly for an architectural designer amid a pandemic, to sell our house and move into an apartment. But that’s exactly what we did. We let go of the “American dream.” As homeowners for the…

Virtual Travel During Challenges

Virtual trips allow us to experience places that we may not be able to visit just yet, but may like to go someday; or perhaps they ignite memories of previous travels. My intention is to provide hope and inspiration through my stories and photos while transporting you during this challenging time. My thoughts and prayers…

Honoring 9/11, Promoting Peace

Honored to have been chosen as my son’s interviewee for his 8th grade writing assignment for which he was to interview someone who could recall the tragic events of 9/11, I feel it is important to honor the day, while promoting freedom, peace and tolerance. In remembrance of the people who lost their lives, or…


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