Why we are here
"After 25 years as design leaders in San Francisco firms we have decided to work closer to 'home'."
LAPNOG architecture – Bios
Seeking a Mediterranean culture and climate to sync with, Liza migrated from Florida in 1988 to work and pursue her Master of Architecture degree at the University of California, graduating in 1992. From 1994-2008, Liza was a Project Architect at SMWM Architects, the largest women-owned firm in California at the time. While at SMWM Liza became an expert in Educational Design leading projects for several Independent Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2010 Liza has been a consultant for Independent Schools in the Bay Area working on the Owner’s side to deliver their projects.
Jeff returned to the Bay Area to resume his architecture career, after graduating from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 1987, working for Holt Hinshaw Pfau Jones and Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz (KMD). At KMD Jeff was a lead designer in their International Studio, during which his first project was built in Tokyo, the Nakazato Building. In 1993, he was recognized by Progressive Architecture in their Young Architects Issue. From 1995-2010 he was the Design Director and Principal at Anshen + Allen Architects, where he lead the design of award winning projects in San Francisco, London and Asia.
Jeff became immersed in woodworking after he and Liza replaced their redwood decks in 2004 with Ipe and cable rails. Over the past 11 years he has honed his skills and created a small cabinet and furniture woodshop in the garage affectionately called Redtail Woodworks, after the hawks of Glen Canyon.
LAPNOG architecture was casually formed to embrace Liza and Jeff’s extracurricular design activities after getting married on Halloween in 1992.
Today, LAPNOG architecture represents our combined 50+ years of design leadership. The focus of our careers has been to design spaces for human interaction and creativity in a variety of settings through a collaborative design process. As former design leaders in major San Francisco Design firms we have structured a process where design responds to the goals and budget of our clients through a careful reading of site, program, social and cultural context.
For the past 5 years we have explored the reinvention of residential space through our own development company, Prime Hut LLC. Being our own clients has been rewarding, allowing for freedom of design expression; it has also offered valuable lessons in cost benefit analysis and making sure that we and our other clients are truly getting the most bang for the buck.
We are here to support our clients’ needs and dreams by making their houses the best homes they can be, with their own unique sense of place.
Liza + Jeff