>After seven years of working as an Interior Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area, I decided to go back to school to study architecture. Like many who go back to school in their late twenties, I was searching for something more, a greater calling.
During my first year at California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, I found that calling in the parallels of an Environmental Biology class and Construction Technologies 101; one class talking about soil and ancient redwoods and the other about the site and timber construction.
To me the message was clear: Sustainable building is the only future we have. So I spend the next 5 years researching and designing sustainable buildings. During those 5 years I was fortunate enough to study in Copenhagen, Denmark. While there, I was introduced to co-housing, an alternative living community which originated in Denmark circa 1960. I was so inspired by the concept that I designed a 17 unit completely off grid cohousing development complete with energy calculations for my thesis project.
After graduation, I became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and am currently working as a residential designer and a sustainable design consultant.