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 Executive Director of City Systems, a nonprofit consultancy, and program manager / lecturer at Stanford’s Future Bay Initiative. 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) but currently live in downtown San Francisco.

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

Albums

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1Birdy – Young HeartTrace Mountains – Lost in the CountryAmerican Football – American Football (LP3)Say Sue Me – When We Were TogetherBig Thief – Capacity
2Charlie Hickey – Count the Stairs (EP)Phoebe Bridgers – PunisherThe National – I Am Easy to FindThe 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online RelationshipsThe National – Sleep Well Beast
3Japanese Breakfast – JubileeBonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light HorsemanCaroline Polachek – PangBig Red Machine – Big Red MachineThe War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
4Kings of Convenience – Peace or LoveThe 1975 – Notes on a Conditional FormFruit Bats – Gold Past LifeLuluc – SculptorKendrick Lamar – DAMN.
5Clairo – SlingTORRES – Silver TongueBig Thief – U.F.O.F.The Tallest Man On Earth – When The Bird Sees The Solid GroundRostam – Half-Light
6Lucy Dacus – Home VideoEve Owen – Don’t Let the Ink DryClairo – ImmunityKIDS SEE GHOSTS – KIDS SEE GHOSTSJens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
7Rostam – ChangephobiaWhitney – CandidWeyes Blood – Titanic RisingRhye – BloodSZA – Ctrl
8Lightning Bug – A Color of the SkyBombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone WrongHand Habits – placeholderTrace Mountains – A Partner To Lean OnReal Estate – In Mind
9Julien Baker – Little OblivionsThe Weeknd – After HoursStella Donnelly – Beware of the DogsYo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going OnMac DeMarco – This Old Dog
10Ethel Cain – InbredKevin Krauter – Full HandBayonne – Drastic MeasuresJanelle Monae – Dirty ComputerFleet Foxes – Crack-Up

Films

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1PigTenetParasiteYou Were Never Really HereGet Out
2Lovers RockEmaPortrait of a Lady on FireHereditaryRaw
3NomadlandFirst CowKnives OutA Quiet PlaceThe Florida Project
4LucaBlow the Man Down1917First ReformedDunkirk
5Sound of MetalThe Trial of the Chicago 7Uncut GemsInto the Spider-verseCall Me By Your Name
6Ma Rainey’s Black BottomCrip CampMarriage StoryCold WarWind River
7A Quiet Place Part IIPalm Springs Little WomenDeath of StalinDetroit
8BeginningEmma.Peanut Butter FalconFirst ManLady Bird
9No Sudden MoveDa 5 BloodsClimaxThe FavouriteGood Time
10The Mitchells vs. The MachinesOnward Avengers: EndgameAvengers: Infinity WarMolly’s Game

Books

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1The 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)
2Red 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)
3A 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)
4Klara 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)
5Conjectures 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)
6Those 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 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)
8Green 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)
9Blue 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)
10Crying 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)