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Recipient of the 2009 Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Merit Award for Excellence in Design.


A fourth generation Californian, Dan earned his degree in “Architecture and Environmental Design” from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Since 1978 he has been involved in hundreds of architectural projects of every size and scope, placing a major emphasis on custom residential projects and architectural interiors.

Dan brings an informed calm and warmth to the design process. He prefers a team approach to problem solving while always remaining at the very center of each project. “My work tends to be pretty diverse from one project to the next. Every client is different, yet there is an underlying approach and process that remains constant”.

Together with his wife and collaborator, Marla Sher (marlasherdesign.com) he has branched out into the world of architectural interiors. “We love the challenge that each new project brings and the opportunity to really get it right”.

Embracing a philosophy that incorporates environmentally green techniques, he is a member of the “United States Green Building Council” (USGB) and an advocate for the use of "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" (LEED) principals when ever possible.

“We are being presented with new challenges in our environment that affords massive opportunities for creativity. We feel a shared responsibility to seek out ways to reduce our collective carbon footprint. Buying and fabricating locally, recycling, specifying indigenous, sustainable materials, are just a few ways we can all participate. Socially responsible design requires good decision making with clearly established goals. Don’t get “green washed’ by claims for products that do more harm than good or no good at all.”

Dan is skilled in the art gaining municipal approvals and brings needed and insightful experience to the process. “Design, planning and building professions are among the most regulated industries in the United States. Remaining current on constantly changing ordinances, laws and codes is essential.”