I am constantly balancing my desire to be in “creative flows”—where symbiotic connections to energies beyond human understanding coexist. Design & surfing—and life in general—are all about learning to balance and flow with these energies in our environment, complex systems, and diverse cultures.
One of the best pieces of advice I've ever received was... "Steve, you can do anything. Choose 3 to 4 areas you want to focus your attention on and be the best you can at them."
Lifelong, 36 years
Adventurer, 50 years
Over the course of my journey, I've continually developed my gifts & skills into expertise and enjoy practicing and teaching the following disciplines and subjects.
Within design, there are many "languages" to learn, practice, and teach. Three of my design language interests are listed below.
I'm a multidisciplinary designer, tenured Architecture & Design Professor at Orange Coast College (OCC), Adjunct Faculty at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in the Bachelor of Design and Associate degree programs, and 36-year resident of Los Angeles by way of Hawaii.
I earned a Master of Architecture II from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc, 2006), and in 2011, I received an employer-based scholarship to engage in a Doctor of Computer Science specializing in Emerging Media, specifically researching how extended reality (XR | VR & AR) affects design studios and project-based learning (currently on hold).
Recent highlights of my career: $1 million CCCMaker.com makerspace grant & college investment (2016–2019), FormFoundDesign.com (2016–2018), Stoked! The Series (2014–2017), Featured Artist in MANA: The Film (2014); Graduate Faculty at Harrington College of Design (2010–2012); Senior Project Consultant with famed architect Frank Gehry (2007–2010); Design Life Now: Cooper-Hewitt Triennial (2007); and a long list of global surf travel.View 2022 Portfolio & 2012 Look Book (issuu.com)
Feel free to contact me about anything you think I may be interested in. Also, I'm very happy to provide initial consultation on design, architecture, fabrication, surfing-related projects, and love sharing my adventures! Thanks for coming to check out my website.