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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.

ABDULLAH BALKHYOUR, 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.

ABDULLAH BALKHYOUR, 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.