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, and Program Manager / Lecturer at Stanford’s Future Bay Initiative. Now I’m Executive Director of City Systems, a nonprofit consultancy, and Research Manager at Stanford’s Regulation, Evaluation, and Governance Lab. Previously, I taught architecture at The Nueva School and worked on urban design under the name Cloud Arch Studio. I grew up in Arcadia (SoCal), lived for some time in downtown San Francisco, and now live in Walnut Creek.

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

Albums

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1Charlie Hickey – Nervous at NightTrace Mountains – HOUSE OF CONFUSIONTrace Mountains – Lost in the CountryAmerican Football – American Football (LP3)Say Sue Me – When We Were TogetherBig Thief – Capacity
2Stella Donnelly – FloodBirdy – Young HeartPhoebe Bridgers – PunisherThe National – I Am Easy to FindThe 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online RelationshipsThe National – Sleep Well Beast
3Alex G – God Save the AnimalsCharlie Hickey – Count the Stairs (EP)Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light HorsemanCaroline Polachek – PangBig Red Machine – Big Red MachineThe War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
4Hurray for the Riff Raff – LIFE ON EARTHThe War on Drugs – I Don’t Live Here AnymoreThe 1975 – Notes on a Conditional FormFruit Bats – Gold Past LifeLuluc – SculptorKendrick Lamar – DAMN.
5Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in YouJapanese Breakfast – JubileeTORRES – Silver TongueBig Thief – U.F.O.F.The Tallest Man On Earth – When The Bird Sees The Solid GroundRostam – Half-Light
6Girlpool – ForgivenessHand Habits – Fun HouseEve Owen – Don’t Let the Ink DryClairo – ImmunityKIDS SEE GHOSTS – KIDS SEE GHOSTSJens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
7Carly Rae Jepsen – The Loneliest TimeBig Red Machine – How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?Whitney – CandidWeyes Blood – Titanic RisingRhye – BloodSZA – Ctrl
8Skullcrusher – Quiet the RoomKings of Convenience – Peace or LoveSkullcrusher – Places / Plans (EP)Hand Habits – placeholderTrace Mountains – A Partner To Lean OnReal Estate – In Mind
9Weyes Blood – And in the Darkness, Hearts AglowClairo – SlingThe Northern Belle – We Wither, We BloomStella Donnelly – Beware of the DogsYo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going OnMac DeMarco – This Old Dog
10First Aid Kit – PalominoLucy Dacus – Home VideoFleet Foxes – ShoreBayonne – Drastic MeasuresJanelle Monae – Dirty ComputerFleet Foxes – Crack-Up

Films

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1Top Gun: MaverickPigTenetParasiteYou Were Never Really HereGet Out
2Drive My CarLovers RockEmaPortrait of a Lady on FireHereditaryRaw
3C’mon C’monNomadlandFirst CowKnives OutA Quiet PlaceThe Florida Project
4Everything Everywhere All at OnceLucaBlow the Man Down1917First ReformedDunkirk
5Last Night in SohoSound of MetalThe Trial of the Chicago 7Uncut GemsInto the Spider-verseCall Me By Your Name
6KimiMa Rainey’s Black BottomCrip CampMarriage StoryCold WarWind River
7Doctor Strange 2A Quiet Place Part IIPalm Springs Little WomenDeath of StalinDetroit
8Licorice PizzaBeginningEmma.Peanut Butter FalconFirst ManLady Bird
9Turning RedNo Sudden MoveDa 5 BloodsClimaxThe FavouriteGood Time
10Shiva BabyThe Mitchells vs. The MachinesOnward Avengers: EndgameAvengers: Infinity WarMolly’s Game

Books

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1The Candy House by Jennifer EganThe Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante (2012)The End of Eternity by Issac Asimov (1955)Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-AknerBall Lightning by Cixin Liu (2004)The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (2008)
2Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle ZevinRed Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (1992)The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)Exhalation by Ted ChiangLess by Andrew Sean Greer (2017)Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss (2017)
3The Anomaly by Herve Le Tellier (2021)A Promised Land by Barack Obama (2020)Apeirogon by Colum McCannHarry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky (2015)The Overstory by Richard PowersEvicted by Matthew Desmond (2016)
4Phenotypes by Paulo Scott (2019)Klara and the Sun by Kazuo IshiguroThe Plague by Albert Camus (1947)An American Summer by Alex KotlowitzEnlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven PinkerThe Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (2015)
5Wastelands by Corban AddisonConjectures and Refutations by Karl Popper (2002)Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (2014)The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-WellsThe Book of Why by Judea PearlReasons and Persons by Derek Parfit (1984)
6These Precious Days by Ann Patchett (2021)Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante (2013)Golden Gates by Conor DoughertyKnow My Name by Chanel MillerInadequate Equilibria: Where and How Civilizations Get Stuck by Eliezer YudkowskyDeath’s End by Cixin Liu (2010)
7The Fight to Save the Town by Michelle Wilde AndersonThe Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (2014)Know Your Price by Andre PerryBad Blood by John Carreyrou (2018)Killing Commendatore by Haruki MurakamiCommonwealth by Ann Patchett (2016)
8The Deeper the Roots by Michael Tubbs (2021)Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (1993)The Meritocracy Trap by Daniel Markovits (2019)Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (2017)The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)Systems of Survival by Jane Jacobs (1992)
9In the Margins by Elena FerranteBlue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (1996)Self-Portrait in Black and White by Thomas Chatterton Williams (2019)There There by Tommy Orange (2018)The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. MannThe Expanding Circle by Peter Singer (1981)
10The Passenger by Cormac McCarthyCrying in H Mart by Michelle ZaunerThe Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray (2019)Because Internet by Gretchen McCullochThe Captured Economy by Brink Lindsey & Steven M. TelesWhen Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (2016)