I graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with dual Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and Architectural Design, and in 2015 with a Master’s in Structural Engineering. I was project manager of Stanford’s first-ever entry to the U.S. DOE’s 2013 Solar Decathlon. I’m Co-Founder of City Systems, a nonprofit consultancy, and lecturer in Stanford’s Future Bay Initiative. Previously, I taught at The Nueva School and worked on architecture and urban design under the name Cloud Arch Studio. I grew up in Arcadia (SoCal) but currently live in San Francisco.

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Best albums, films, and books of the last few years:

Albums

2019201820172016
1American Football – American Football (LP3)Say Sue Me – When We Were TogetherBig Thief – CapacityBon Iver – 22, A Million
2The National – I Am Easy to FindThe 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online RelationshipsThe National – Sleep Well BeastFrank Ocean – Blonde
3Caroline Polachek – PangBig Red Machine – Big Red MachineThe War on Drugs – A Deeper UnderstandingWhitney – A Light Upon the Lake
4Fruit Bats – Gold Past LifeLuluc – SculptorKendrick Lamar – DAMN.Lambchop – FLOTUS
5Big Thief – U.F.O.F.The Tallest Man On Earth – When The Bird Sees The Solid GroundRostam – Half-LightBlood Orange – Freetown Sound
6Clairo – ImmunityKIDS SEE GHOSTS – KIDS SEE GHOSTSJens Lekman – Life Will See You NowKanye West – The Life of Pablo
7Weyes Blood – Titanic RisingRhye – BloodSZA – CtrlHamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
8Hand Habits – placeholderTrace Mountains – A Partner To Lean OnReal Estate – In MindSolange – A Seat At the Table
9Stella Donnelly – Beware of the DogsYo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going OnMac DeMarco – This Old DogDrake – Views
10Bayonne – Drastic MeasuresJanelle Monae – Dirty ComputerFleet Foxes – Crack-UpJames Blake – The Colour in Anything

Films

2019201820172016
1ParasiteYou Were Never Really HereGet OutMoonlight
2Portrait of a Lady on FireHereditaryRawGreen Room
3Knives OutA Quiet PlaceThe Florida ProjectThe Handmaiden
41917First ReformedDunkirkEverybody Wants Some!!
5Uncut GemsInto the Spider-verseCall Me By Your NameArrival
6Marriage StoryCold WarWind RiverLa La Land
7 Little WomenDeath of StalinDetroitManchester By the Sea
8Peanut Butter FalconFirst ManLady BirdSing Street
9ClimaxThe FavouriteGood TimeHell or High Water
10 Avengers: EndgameAvengers: Infinity WarMolly’s GameHunt for the Wilderpeople

Books

2019201820172016
1Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-AknerBall Lightning by Cixin Liu (2004)The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (2008)Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
2Exhalation by Ted ChiangLess by Andrew Sean Greer (2017)Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss (2017)Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer (2016)
3Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky (2015)The Overstory by Richard PowersEvicted by Matthew Desmond (2016)Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
4An American Summer by Alex KotlowitzEnlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven PinkerThe Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (2015)A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
5The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-WellsThe Book of Why by Judea PearlReasons and Persons by Derek Parfit (1984)1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
6Know My Name by Chanel MillerInadequate Equilibria: Where and How Civilizations Get Stuck by Eliezer YudkowskyDeath’s End by Cixin Liu (2010)The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
7Bad Blood by John Carreyrou (2018)Killing Commendatore by Haruki MurakamiCommonwealth by Ann Patchett (2016)Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Fortune in China by Evan Osnos
8Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (2017)The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)Systems of Survival by Jane Jacobs (1992)The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
9There There by Tommy Orange (2018)The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. MannThe Expanding Circle by Peter Singer (1981)The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
10Because Internet by Gretchen McCullochThe Captured Economy by Brink Lindsey & Steven M. TelesWhen Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (2016)The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins