Josh is principal of Larson Shores, which he co-founded with Carrie in 2007. A native of Texas, Josh earned a Bachelor in Environmental Design from Texas A&M and later moved to California to obtain a Masters in Architecture from UC Berkeley, where he was honored with the Branner Travelling Fellowship, which allowed him to travel the world studying a full volume of historic and modern buildings in three dimensions. While Josh is a licensed architect, his background before founding Larson Shores was in construction, and was previously the project estimator and project manager for Redhorse Constructors, Inc. in San Rafael. He understands that well-designed homes not only have to be beautiful, but inspiring and entirely yours. He is known amongst his clients for being an empathetic listener to their design goals, merging their vision with his design sensibilities into a plan that all parties love; when asked what his favorite material is to work with, he has said, “light and shadow.”
When he is not working, Josh enjoys spending time with his partner, his dog, and his friends. He is a student meditator and is fascinated by foreign countries, which he tries to visit any chance he can get.
Carrie is principal of Larson Shores. She is licensed and has worked extensively in both California and Maine, where at the beginning of her career she was recognized as one of Design New England’s “up and coming architects who will change New England.” Since moving to California, Carrie received a Masters in Architecture at UC Berkeley, where she met her business partner Josh. Carrie is a gifted floor plan designer and is always thinking up new, creative ways to work with existing and potential space in her client’s properties. She is acclaimed amongst her clients for her advocacy on their behalf and the dedication with which she provides excellent service and a personal touch. Carrie didn’t always want to be an architect; when she was a child growing up in Sarasota, Florida she wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon, because whenever she broke a bone, it always seemed that the local orthopedist was off travelling somewhere, something Carrie herself has always loved doing. Her latest trip was to Peru and she hopes to go to India next. She has recently discovered a love of gardening in her new home, where she is planning to remodel her own kitchen–a first for her despite having designed countless kitchens for her clients–to make it a place where she can fully express her passion for fine cooking. One of her favorite ways to spend a day is by going to the farmer’s market with friends, and afterwards making a gourmet meal for them in her own home. See what Carrie is following on Pinterest!
Ali is our Senior Project Manager. He received his Master’s degree in architecture from Melli University in Tehran, Iran in 2004 and has compiled a vast portfolio of commercial and residential work. He has been the lead project manager on numerous large-scale projects supervising teams and coordinating alongside other design professionals both locally and internationally. During his years of practice, he has worked on many projects gaining experience in design development as well as preparing master plans and construction documentation. In joining LSA, Ali brings an array of technical architectural skills to the firm focusing his passion on contemporary design and modern detailing.
When Ali is not working, he enjoys exploring what the Bay Area and California have to offer. So far, his favorite place is Big Sur. Watching movies, cooking, hanging out with friends and playing tennis are also on his go to list for relaxation and fun.
Ayse is our resident building technologist and drafter extraordinaire. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Architecture from Smith College and Cal Poly, respectively. As a building technologist, Ayse is responsible for knowing the detailed aspects of how a building fits together and works to make you comfortable from a technical point of view–the nuts and bolts of the nuts and bolts. If this sounds tedious to you, be assured that Ayse is most fascinated, not by design, but in the arcane technical minutiae of architecture, so for an office otherwise full of designers, she is a natural complement and a perfect fit.
When she isn’t working she has a diverse array of hobbies that she participates in with her friends and her husband. She has two dog, three cats, and keeps chickens, bees, and 48 varieties of fruit in her back yard, satisfying her self-professed interest in permaculture . She is also renovating her own house, which is a long-term project she hopes to finish soon, as is completing her architectural license. In the office she is known for having an encyclopedic knowledge of facts both relevant and not-so-relevant.
Alexis is our office manager here at Larson Shores. She holds a Masters in Architecture from UC Berkeley and plays a vital role in our operations and finances which help the business run and deserves recognition as her contribution usually goes unseen by our clients. Although she does not handle the design directly, she thrives on the creative environment in the office and loves being a part of the process.
She has three children and a stepdaughter between ages five and twenty who keep her busy when she’s not at work, but when she does have free time she enjoys yoga, dancing, and redesigning her house with her husband. She enjoys baking, so much so that she says if she was born an early morning person she might have been a professional baker.
Robin is our Junior Designer and drafter. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been actively taking classes in the architecture department at Laney College since 2014. Originally from Maryland, her interest in architecture stems from her her natural drafting and technical drawing skills, as well as her fascination with structural details and sustainable design.
During her free time, Robin goes on hikes and local adventures with her wife and friends, reads and draws. Robin enjoys drawing portraits from life and media and is currently trying to learn basic coding.