Monday, June 15, 2009

Who we are

Chris Allen is a LEED accredited designer at the San Luis Obispo firm of Kornreich Architects, and an award-winning furniture designer. He is a graduate of the Architecture program at Cal Poly and is currently working towards his architectural license. Chris is an avid furniture builder and has begun to expand his portfolio of work into residential cabinetry.
Website: CWA Studios
Favorite author: Tolkein
All-time favorite book: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Can't live without: Dwell

Allan Cooper, FAIA, is a professor of Architecture at Cal Poly, and has served as Director and Associate Dean of the department. He is the recipient of a multitude of professional and teaching awards, including the AIA Presidential Citation (awarded four times) and the AIACCC Award of Merit for design of the Cooper Residence. Allan has given many years of service to the community of San Luis Obispo, serving on the boards of various local organizations, including the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission and the San Luis Obispo Arts Council. He is the current president of Obispo Beautiful.
Favorite author: Kenneth J. Gergen
All-time favorite book: Always the next book on my list, and this week it's The Lost City of Z : A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
Can't live without: Pistachios

Mignon Khargie is an illustrator and designer. She (and her daughter Hannah) loves to draw animals.
Websites:, A plate a day
All-time favorite book: Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee

Curator Catherine Trujillo has worked with designers, artists, architects, and photographers to create long-standing contributions to the cultural life of the Central Coast. She believes reading is an art and is not lost.
Favorite author: This week -- Reif Larsen (The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet)
All-time favorite book: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Can't live without: My Sunday Morning Newspaper ritual of the Los Angeles Times + New York Times + a large soy, no-foam latte
Websites: San Louie, SLO Divas, Nothing Happened Here

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