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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.

RICARDO RODRÍGUEZ ENRÍQUEZ - Designer

Ricardo grew up in the colonial town of Compostela located in the mountains above Puerto Vallarta. He attended Guadalajara’s ITSEO (Western Institute of Technology) surrounded by a rich architectural heritage of native adobes, colonial architecture and the pioneering modernism of Luis Barragan, Erich Coufal and Salvador de Alba. He obtained his Bachelor of Architecture in 2011 with a broad focus in Industrial Design. His thesis “Arbol Consentido” established a bridge between the university and the city, awarding the city’s favorite trees with funds for student’s contextual architectural projects. The program continues to this day
While in school, he apprenticed 5 years with architectural photographer Mito Covarrubias. The experienced resulted in on-line publications of his work in ArchDaily and Architizer and a continuing love for photography. Other professional interests include furniture design, where he examines the capabilities of materials to obtain sophisticated solutions for commercial production.
Ricardo came to the Bay Area in 2014, attracted by its diverse and progressive culture and Victorian architecture. Licensed as an architect in Mexico with the Registro Nacional de Profesionistas, Ricardo is currently preparing for California licensure.
Pastimes include rollerblading, tennis, biking, swimming, classic movies and photography.

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.

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.

RICARDO RODRÍGUEZ ENRÍQUEZ - Designer

Ricardo grew up in the colonial town of Compostela located in the mountains above Puerto Vallarta. He attended Guadalajara’s ITSEO (Western Institute of Technology) surrounded by a rich architectural heritage of native adobes, colonial architecture and the pioneering modernism of Luis Barragan, Erich Coufal and Salvador de Alba. He obtained his Bachelor of Architecture in 2011 with a broad focus in Industrial Design. His thesis “Arbol Consentido” established a bridge between the university and the city, awarding the city’s favorite trees with funds for student’s contextual architectural projects. The program continues to this day
While in school, he apprenticed 5 years with architectural photographer Mito Covarrubias. The experienced resulted in on-line publications of his work in ArchDaily and Architizer and a continuing love for photography. Other professional interests include furniture design, where he examines the capabilities of materials to obtain sophisticated solutions for commercial production.
Ricardo came to the Bay Area in 2014, attracted by its diverse and progressive culture and Victorian architecture. Licensed as an architect in Mexico with the Registro Nacional de Profesionistas, Ricardo is currently preparing for California licensure.
Pastimes include rollerblading, tennis, biking, swimming, classic movies and photography.

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.

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