Architectural Time Capsule

Oct 10, 2020 by Hiromi Ogawa

Found during deconstruction: floor plans for the original house, tucked into the wall cavity. They date back to 1958! It's literally a time capsule from another era of home design and construction.

Sometimes it's easier to draw it by hand

Jan 7, 2020 by Hiromi Ogawa

Hard to explain in words. Easier to explain through drawing.⁠


Dec 30, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Let's surround ourselves with colors and textures that spark joy. ⁠

Framing views: Brewster Avenue Residence

Dec 15, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Don't worry Mr. Oak Tree. We've designed framed views of you, through large windows and skylights, for this new and open kitchen.

Finding inspiration in simple forms

Nov 17, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Ellsworth Kelly at the SFMOMA.

Topics: Art, Inspiration, Life


Aug 7, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the fact that these homes are handmade. So many hours. So many hands. It's important to stop and just marvel at the beauty and craft of construction itself. ⁠

Tools of the trade

May 29, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Exploring Orcas Island. I'm always fascinated by expertise, obsession, and craft.

Topics: Inspiration, Life

Sea Ranch exhibit

Apr 26, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Our office took a field trip to see the Sea Ranch exhibit at the SFMOMA. This photo of a site model, made with sugar cubes and push pins, was a good reminder of how anything can everything can inspire architecture.

Contractor Sketches Part 3

Feb 1, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

Drawing on stucco, and then the wall is demolished and the sketch is gone forever. Except that the details became the house that now stands. At our Inverness Way Residence, with Phil Carey at Starburst Construction.

Contractor Sketches Part 2

Jan 30, 2019 by Hiromi Ogawa

This one is between the studs, right on the inside face of plywood sheathing. It will eventually get covered up with insulation, but will remain as a beautiful time capsule of how our team figured out the details of a sleeping nook. At our Amarillo Avenue Residence, with Augie Peccei of Coast to Coast Development.