Mission Control

February 15th, 2015

Started this morning, photographing one of the oldest buildings in San Francisco. The original adobe portion of the Presidio was built around 1776 as the northernmost outpost of New Spain in the declining Spanish Empire. One of the key duties of the small Spanish garrison was to support the nearby Mission Dolores.

Here’s a photograph by C. Tucker Beckett from January 1914.


The Presidio Officers Club has recently undergone extensive renovation and transformation by Perkins + Will into a cultural community-based destination that houses exhibitions, educational programs, fine dining and events spaces.

Presidio Officers Club

Later in the day, I moved on to one of the newest buildings in San Francisco, a  27 story tower, located co-incidentally, in Mission Street, the original pathway between the port and the Mission Dolores. Designed by HOK, the crisp glass facade tapers inwards as it rises, distinguishing it from the pure verticality of the adjacent towers from KPF and Pelli.


Nifty Shades of Grey

February 14th, 2015

Nothing brings a Californian facade to life like a few passing clouds.


Sunset Pause

January 23rd, 2015

Finishing our shoot in La Jolla late afternoon meant a decision needed to be made. Should I sit in heavy traffic, grinding my way up the freeway to Irvine for my next assignment? Or take a break and experience sunset at one of the most beautiful places on the planet?

Just a few minutes up the road from my location, the Salk Institute still retains such an extraordinary presence. I left the cameras packed in the car, determined to simply enjoy the moment. But with apologies to Ezra Stoller, couldn’t help whipping out the iPhone for a few classics.



Sunset Clause

January 22nd, 2015

If only every shoot had a guaranteed sunset clause in the contract.


Still, not too shabby for the first outing of the year in La Jolla.


Spring Collection

January 10th, 2015

Images from the recently opened Anderson Collection at Stanford University are featured on the cover and several inside pages of the Spring Catalogue for Stanford Continuing Studies.


Making Waves

January 9th, 2015

The Newport Beach Civic Center, photographed with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was recognized today with a National AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture


Making the Right Choice

December 20th, 2014



December 14th, 2014

I love flying into Los Angeles on a clear winter evening.


Just Chillin’

December 2nd, 2014

Always good to check the forecast before you get on the plane. Heading back to New York City for what may be the last shoot of the year. It looked about as far from pleasant as you could get.


Cloak of Invincibility

November 20th, 2014

Yet another award for SOM’s Al Hamra Tower, named 2014 Commercial Project of the Year at the Middle East Architect Awards.