Small Firm Forum: Annual Show and Tell (1.5 LU)
Mercedes Corbell is an architect working from a studio in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, doing mainly residential projects, often with a focus on green building/ sustainability. Originally from Los Angeles, Mercedes studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. Since then, the majority of her work has been in the San Francisco Bay Area, with some projects in Los Angeles and Tucson. For close to six years Mercedes lived and worked in the Gulf region, doing “design management”, project management, and urban design for large scale projects. This experience was a real highlight for someone who loves to travel, with the particular pleasure of living somewhere with another language and culture as the place of work. Mercedes greatly enjoys interior design and decoration, which often is expressed as part of decorating furnished rentals that she manages, as well as frequent edits to her own home. Apart from work, Mercedes loves seeing films at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, “urban sketching”, hosting dinner parties, taking photos, and exploring city neighborhoods.
Kurt Lavenson is an architect licensed in California, New York and Colorado. His projects consist of houses and remodels that respond to the essence of their place and their owners. His work is a balance of editing and invention, seeking the deeper transformations that go beyond style. Kurt is also experienced in all phases of construction, having spent the first 15 years of his career as a design-build general contractor. Prior to that, he received his degree in architecture and the Eisner prize for photography, while at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, where he is now a guest lecturer. Since 1985, Kurt has been acknowledged by peers and the press for award-winning design work and insightful writing. Kurt has kept his practice deliberately small, to maintain direct relationships with clients and to maximize freedom of scheduling and lifestyle in a notoriously time consuming business.