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 have been featured as an up-and-coming designer in the Los Angeles Times, in Home Energy magazine’s “30 under 30”, at TEDxStanford, and at Stanford+Connects NY and Seattle. 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

2019 2018 2017 2016
1 American Football – American Football (LP3) Say Sue Me – When We Were Together Big Thief – Capacity Bon Iver – 22, A Million
2 The National – I Am Easy to Find The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships The National – Sleep Well Beast Frank Ocean – Blonde
3 Caroline Polachek – Pang Big Red Machine – Big Red Machine The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding Whitney – A Light Upon the Lake
4 Fruit Bats – Gold Past Life Luluc – Sculptor Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. Lambchop – FLOTUS
5 Big Thief – U.F.O.F. The Tallest Man On Earth – When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground Rostam – Half-Light Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
6 Clairo – Immunity KIDS SEE GHOSTS – KIDS SEE GHOSTS Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
7 Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising Rhye – Blood SZA – Ctrl Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
8 Hand Habits – placeholder Trace Mountains – A Partner To Lean On Real Estate – In Mind Solange – A Seat At the Table
9 Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs Yo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going On Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog Drake – Views
10 Bayonne – Drastic Measures Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up James Blake – The Colour in Anything

Films

2019 2018 2017 2016
1 Parasite You Were Never Really Here Get Out Moonlight
2 Knives Out Hereditary Raw Green Room
3 1917 A Quiet Place The Florida Project The Handmaiden
4 Uncut Gems First Reformed Dunkirk Everybody Wants Some!!
5 Little Women Into the Spider-verse Call Me By Your Name Arrival
6 Peanut Butter Falcon Cold War Wind River La La Land
7 Climax Death of Stalin Detroit Manchester By the Sea
8 Booksmart First Man Lady Bird Sing Street
9 Avengers: Endgame The Favourite Good Time Hell or High Water
10 One Child Nation Avengers: Infinity War Molly’s Game Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Books

2019 2018 2017 2016
1 Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu (2004) The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (2008) Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
2 Exhalation by Ted Chiang Less by Andrew Sean Greer (2017) Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss (2017) Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer (2016)
3 Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky (2015) The Overstory by Richard Powers Evicted by Matthew Desmond (2016) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
4 An American Summer by Alex Kotlowitz Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (2015) A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
5 The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells The Book of Why by Judea Pearl Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit (1984) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
6 Know My Name by Chanel Miller Inadequate Equilibria: Where and How Civilizations Get Stuck by Eliezer Yudkowsky Death’s End by Cixin Liu (2010) The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
7 Bad Blood by John Carreyrou (2018) Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (2016) Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Fortune in China by Evan Osnos
8 Pachinko 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
9 There There by Tommy Orange (2018) The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann The Expanding Circle by Peter Singer (1981) The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
10 Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch The Captured Economy by Brink Lindsey & Steven M. Teles When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (2016) The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins