Portrait by Lisa Witt
Principal Designer, Owner
My favorite activity growing up as a child was playing with Legos. Even at a young age, the concept of creating spaces and constructing buildings with my own hands felt innate to my character. My grandfather, originally from Lima, Peru, began his career as an engineer and transitioned into a significant land developer of commercial and residential projects in Mexico City. After many years of familial apprenticeship, my father took responsibility of the company and further expanded with building projects in Mexico City as well as Southern California. I was always concerned I would take over, not because I had a passion for it, but because I had been groomed as the most eligible son to continue the legacy. At the young age of sixteen, my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the most aggressive and rapidly spreading forms of cancer. He passed only three months later and with him ended a lifetime of professional and paternal guidance in my life as well as the family business, as I was too young to take responsibility of a development firm. It was at this time I realized my passion for building must be hereditary, since I finally had the freedom to pursue any of my interests and solely resonated with the same field of my father and his father before him.
My entire life was geared towards building a professional career in land development. From attending the University of San Diego for their highly esteemed business program, to commercial real estate experience with Grubb & Ellis and property management with Pacifica, I ultimately broke into residential land development with Capital Pacific Homes. My goal has been, and continues to be, a career that boasts a high level of professionalism, inspires passion while paralleling my talents, and provides a canvas for my creativity. After working in the field of my aspirations, I realized the creative outlet has shifted out of the land development field and solely into the branches of architecture and interior design.
I realized interior architecture made more sense than becoming an architect, as I was able to focus on the concept and creativity as a designer, rather than dwell on the tedious realities of engineering and construction documents as an architect. After researching many schools from the West Coast all the way to Europe, I chose the Academy of Art over all others, because I liked the concept of being exposed to both architecture and interior design. I may be new to the field of interior design, but have spent my life building a strong foundation in professionalism and am excited to have the opportunity to express my creativity to its potential.