Publications we have been featured in


Residential Seismic Design Using Viscous Dampers

Viscous dampers dissipate the energy of a seismic event by forcing a fluid through an orifice during deflection in either direction along the length of the damper. The dampers need to deflect to dampen the energy but also need to be strong enough to limit the seismic drift to levels that will not damage finishes during the maximum expected earthquake for the site.

By |August 26th, 2019|

Engineered to a Fault

...But the site of the luxurious, modern, three-story house was also located in the Bay Area just a stone’s throw from the San Andreas Fault. The owners not only wanted the structure to keep their family safe in the event of a severe earthquake, but also for it to survive the seismic shocks.

By |December 7th, 2017|

What I Love About Being An Architect (Part 1)

...I could sit for hours pouring through picture books of Egyptian and Mayan ruins, imagining the people who lived there and what the cities might have looked like when they were still new.

By |September 30th, 2015|

Architecture and Music

On the surface architecture and music seem so different: one is useful, lasting and solid, the other is fanciful, ephemeral and ungraspable.

By |January 8th, 2015|

Holiday Cooking and Owner’s Manuals

Very shortly after and with guests at hand, smoke began to billow from the oven as smoke alarms “chimed”. Fortunately, the exhaust hood was capable of about 900 cubic feet / minute draw so the room was evacuated of smoke — and guests — in seconds.

By |November 27th, 2014|

Seismic Tech Shakes Up Residential Design

When the ground starts shaking, dampers absorb the shock instead of transmitting it up into the building. This means that the rest of the structure can be designed for reduced seismic forces, as the dampers take the bulk of the impact, just like shock absorbers in a car. The damper frames result in lower seismic design forces ...

By |November 19th, 2014|