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JAMES HILL, AIA - Principal

Raised in suburban LA, James enjoyed its enthusiasm for casual living and the outdoors evident in the mid-century modern work of the local architects of the time. He also witnessed there a serious social need for structures that support, nurture and connect the human condition with its community and environment, both natural and constructed. Studies at UC Riverside included Urban Studies, Art and Literature. Transplanted to the urban environment of San Francisco in 1974, his experience in writing, design and construction led him to UC Berkeley, a Masters of Architecture in 1981 and a California Architectural license in 1985.
Interest in all scales of design from urban planning to furniture and his experience with a variety of locales has developed his respect for the character and requirements of urban, rural, garden and interior settings.
Research includes studies of daylighting, cultural history, and sustainability issues of energy efficiency and carbon use reduction. More personal research includes studies of light, color, landscapes, cities, and human complexity. The result is an outlook balancing the practical and poetic.
His work has been recognized by review boards and publications including Small Firms/Great Projects, Piedmont Merit Awards, San Francisco Magazine, Metropolitan Home, Better Homes and Gardens, San Francisco Chronicle, Archetype Magazine, Sunset Books and apartmenttherapy.com.
Pastimes include sketching, camping, canoeing, hiking, urban exploration, bicycling, guitar, reading, and gardening.

MARLENE CACHO, AIA - Designer

Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Marlene Cacho experienced directly the political use of space and its social and ecological impact. Raised bilingual on both sides of the border has allowed her to personally incorporate different perspectives, re-thinking boundaries--like lifestyles and mindsets—as places of connection and transition.
Drawn to San Francisco’s cultural diversity and urban challenges, she enrolled at the California College of the Arts receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2017. Here she gained hands-on experience in rapid prototyping technologies, creating 3D fabrication solutions for complex student and professional designs.
Her interest in housing began in her home town and broadened with her experiences in San Francisco where limited living spaces requires creative solutions and the design of the most intimate space, a home, resonates with larger challenges at an urban scale. Her work has been exhibited at the Hubbell Street Galleries and the CCA.
She spends much of her free time volunteering with the Asian Art Museum, YBCA and Habitat for Humanity. Her hobbies include salsa dancing, biking, watching live bands performances, re-formatting her studio apartment and raising succulents.

ABDULLAH BALKYOUR, AIA - Designer

Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Abdullah noticed the significance of privacy as a cultural aspect in our day-to-day life. Attending college in San Francisco exposed him to a heavily contrasting environment from which he learned to adapt and embrace a social and expressive community, meanwhile learning from diversified lifestyles and cultures.
Through California College of the Arts, Abdullah received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2018, simultaneously building a certain interest and appreciation for digital fabrication technologies. Working as an operator for the rapid prototyping studios in the college, he was exposed to and collaborated on projects in diverse design disciplines including industrial, furniture, interaction, graphic and fashion design. fields. As a result, he identified the importance of our relationship with our surrounding objects and environments along with their impacts and portrayals of us. With that, he developed a certain respect for small intimate scales such as single family homes, interactive installations and furniture pieces.
Some of his hobbies include urban exploration, sports, videogames and summer road trips.

JAMES HILL, AIA - Principal

Raised in suburban LA, James enjoyed its enthusiasm for casual living and the outdoors evident in the mid-century modern work of the local architects of the time. He also witnessed there a serious social need for structures that support, nurture and connect the human condition with its community and environment, both natural and constructed. Studies at UC Riverside included Urban Studies, Art and Literature. Transplanted to the urban environment of San Francisco in 1974, his experience in writing, design and construction led him to UC Berkeley, a Masters of Architecture in 1981 and a California Architectural license in 1985.
Interest in all scales of design from urban planning to furniture and his experience with a variety of locales has developed his respect for the character and requirements of urban, rural, garden and interior settings.
Research includes studies of daylighting, cultural history, and sustainability issues of energy efficiency and carbon use reduction. More personal research includes studies of light, color, landscapes, cities, and human complexity. The result is an outlook balancing the practical and poetic.
His work has been recognized by review boards and publications including Small Firms/Great Projects, Piedmont Merit Awards, San Francisco Magazine, Metropolitan Home, Better Homes and Gardens, San Francisco Chronicle, Archetype Magazine, Sunset Books and apartmenttherapy.com.
Pastimes include sketching, camping, canoeing, hiking, urban exploration, bicycling, guitar, reading, and gardening.

MARLENE CACHO, AIA - Designer

Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Marlene Cacho experienced directly the political use of space and its social and ecological impact. Raised bilingual on both sides of the border has allowed her to personally incorporate different perspectives, re-thinking boundaries--like lifestyles and mindsets—as places of connection and transition.
Drawn to San Francisco’s cultural diversity and urban challenges, she enrolled at the California College of the Arts receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2017. Here she gained hands-on experience in rapid prototyping technologies, creating 3D fabrication solutions for complex student and professional designs.
Her interest in housing began in her home town and broadened with her experiences in San Francisco where limited living spaces requires creative solutions and the design of the most intimate space, a home, resonates with larger challenges at an urban scale. Her work has been exhibited at the Hubbell Street Galleries and the CCA.
She spends much of her free time volunteering with the Asian Art Museum, YBCA and Habitat for Humanity. Her hobbies include salsa dancing, biking, watching live bands performances, re-formatting her studio apartment and raising succulents.

ABDULLAH BALKYOUR, AIA - Designer

Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Abdullah noticed the significance of privacy as a cultural aspect in our day-to-day life. Attending college in San Francisco exposed him to a heavily contrasting environment from which he learned to adapt and embrace a social and expressive community, meanwhile learning from diversified lifestyles and cultures.
Through California College of the Arts, Abdullah received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2018, simultaneously building a certain interest and appreciation for digital fabrication technologies. Working as an operator for the rapid prototyping studios in the college, he was exposed to and collaborated on projects in diverse design disciplines including industrial, furniture, interaction, graphic and fashion design. fields. As a result, he identified the importance of our relationship with our surrounding objects and environments along with their impacts and portrayals of us. With that, he developed a certain respect for small intimate scales such as single family homes, interactive installations and furniture pieces.
Some of his hobbies include urban exploration, sports, videogames and summer road trips.