My role with DBA:
I’m pretty good at getting decisions made: Collecting feedback, organizing people’s thoughts, and moving things forward. I’ve started a lot of initiatives related to the culture of the firm and how we work day-to-day—like our all-office design pin-ups—and collaborated with other colleagues to organize office tours and staffing meetings. I guess I have a bias for progress.
I’ve become more focused on the business side of our projects and the pragmatism that is required in addition to beautiful design. Being clear-eyed about what's important allows me to help direct the firm’s time and energy to things that truly make a difference to our clients, residents, and neighbors. I’ve joined the staffing team and have been taking on personnel management development, mentoring teammates and establishing best practices—but I’m always still learning. I’m also involved in the marketing and communications part of the firm, an interest that builds on my time on the founding editorial team of SOILED, an annual architectural periodical launched in 2011 that investigates architecture, design, and the politics of space.
And of course, I'm engaged with the DBA team in making great buildings and stronger neighborhoods. I took Five88 Workforce Housing through completion in 2018. It felt good to make housing that helps working families, educators, and health-care workers stay in San Francisco. I was the design architect and project manager for La Fénix at 1950, supportive housing that will celebrate its grand opening at the beginning of this year.