Jean‐Louis is the firm owner and principal and remains intimately involved with every project in the office. From a family of architects and builders, he has been exposed to architecture and construction all his life. Since his arrival to San Diego in 1985, Jean‐Louis has been involved with many local residential, commercial and institutional projects. He has been committed to create a better community by Volunteering as a mentor for the ACE program for many years www.acementor.org, as a board member for the City Heights Community Leadership Association www.commleader.org and as a Planning board member of the San Diego Normal Heights Planning group. Between 2010 and 2013 Jean-Louis taught at the UCSD extension program on Sustainability and he is currently involved with the “Clean and Green” program in Solana Beach.
Licensed Architect, State of California, December 1991. c22938
AIA, American institute of Architects
LEED AP BD+C
Bachelor of Architecture, Universite Laval, Quebec City, Canada, June 1985
General Studies, Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico, Mexico City, 1977-79
Associate of Arts, College F.‐X. Garneau, Quebec City, Canada, October 1976
Tyler Van Stright
Tyler grew up playing with Construx and doing home improvements with his Dad. He graduated as Valedictorian from NewSchool of Architecture and Design in 2007 and has been working with Jean-Louis ever since. He has a passion for creating sustainable, socially responsible and beautiful architecture. From schematic design to coordinating with contractors, Tyler enjoys a hands‐on approach to solving problems. Outside of normal office hours he’s currently slogging through the architectural license exams.
LEED AP BD+C
Master of Architecture, NewSchool of Architecture and Design, San Diego, 2007, Valedictorian
BA Visual Communications, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, 2004
Siah is a native born Californian that received his Bachelors in Architecture at Newschool of Architecture and Design. Siah’s foci throughout the development of his design philosophy include energy efficiency, an international multicultural perspective and parametric conscious design: including travel abroad studies done in Japan and Greece. These foci led Siah to emphasize his academics on California’s need to capitalize the unused spaces throughout its sprawling suburban neighborhoods. He believes granny flats, accessory units, companion units and multi-use spaces can help foster smart growth in our Southern California urban design. “Space is a precious commodity. Let’s make it functional, efficient and beautiful.”
Cum Laude Bachelor of Architecture, NewSchool of Architecture and Design, San Diego, 2014
Tom grew up surrounded by Legos and the tall buildings of Chicago. As a transplant to San Diego, he brings Midwest practicality to the sun of Southern California. Tom received his Masters of Architecture from NewSchool of Architecture and Design in 2015, and has strived to make San Diego’s built environment better, one building at a time. Tom has been involved with the San Diego Architectural Foundation since 2012, volunteering with their annual Orchids & Onions event, honoring the best (and worst) of San Diego architecture. Outside the office, Tom can be found reading a book, staying active, and studying for the ARE’s.
Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder 2012
Master of Architecture, NSAD 2015
LEED Green Associate
Grace was born in Vietnam and immigrated to Southern California with her family when she was seven years old. She received her Bachelor of Science from UC San Diego where she studied Anthropology and International Studies. Her interest in learning about how people live and interact within the built environment brought her to the field of architecture and design. She recently completed her Master of Architecture from Newschool of Architecture and Design where she received the Outstanding Design Award for her thesis work in the development of a durable and portable housing unit for refugees living within camps. In her free time she enjoys traveling and learning about architecture. Her time abroad in Istanbul and Rome has provided her with a multi-cultural perspective on how people transform an ordinary house into a home using details, form, and function that is unique to each individual.
BA Anthropology and International Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2010
MA Architecture, Newschool of Architecture and Design, 2017