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JAMES HILL, AIA - Principal

Raised in suburban LA, James Hill 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 1973, 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, new materials, 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.

RENAN DELEPINE - Designer

Renan Delépine grew up in the forested region of the East Loire Valley where nature supports and complements century-old buildings but struggles to survive amidst recent constructions. Reflections on his local environment fostered his appreciation and sensitivity to local ecologies and local identities and the balance between the natural and built environment.
In 2012 Renan received a Master’s degree from the Clermont-Ferrand’s National Superior School of Architecture with a specialty in Sustainable Design (Eco-conception des Territoires et des Espaces Habités) supporting his interest in environment-friendly projects.
His experience includes Passive House design, city planning and on-site project management.Outside the office, Renan enjoys the creative hobbies of furniture design, graphic design, DIY, and 3D printing. As an avid soccer and team handball player, he’s learned the value of pushing oneself to the limit toward common goals, and group achievements. Renan is an explorer at heart, striving to discover and learn as much as possible about the world through traveling and living in new places.

JAMES HILL, AIA - Principal

Raised in suburban LA, James Hill 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 1973, 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, new materials, 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.

RENAN DELEPINE - Designer

Renan Delépine grew up in the forested region of the East Loire Valley where nature supports and complements century-old buildings but struggles to survive amidst recent constructions. Reflections on his local environment fostered his appreciation and sensitivity to local ecologies and local identities and the balance between the natural and built environment.
In 2012 Renan received a Master’s degree from the Clermont-Ferrand’s National Superior School of Architecture with a specialty in Sustainable Design (Eco-conception des Territoires et des Espaces Habités) supporting his interest in environment-friendly projects.
His experience includes Passive House design, city planning and on-site project management.Outside the office, Renan enjoys the creative hobbies of furniture design, graphic design, DIY, and 3D printing. As an avid soccer and team handball player, he’s learned the value of pushing oneself to the limit toward common goals, and group achievements. Renan is an explorer at heart, striving to discover and learn as much as possible about the world through traveling and living in new places.