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Josh Larson

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.          

 
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Carrie Shores

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!

 
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Paul Martinez

Paul joined Larson Shores Architecture after over two decades of multidisciplinary architecture experience at various Bay Area firms. He is licensed in the State of California.

After receiving his degree in Architecture at UC Berkeley, he participated in a large variety of projects including a digital art gallery recently featured in the New York Times, as well as an assisted living facility in Japan, and an award-winning public plaza in San Francisco. Naturally curious and thoughtful, Paul enjoys digging deep into complex design challenges -- researching and experimenting -- to find the best solution. In other words, he is skilled at developing connections towards a cohesive whole.

Paul loves to travel, especially to densely populated cities for the local cuisine.  When not traveling, Paul dons his oversized DJ headphones and spins retro and electronic beats at his favorite watering holes. On weekends, you can usually find him making the rounds to his favorite farmer’s markets, fishmonger, and flower shop. Paul imagines someday building a modern hacienda for his large extended family.

 
 
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Robin Page

Robin is a an associate designer at Larson Shores Architecture. She holds a BFA in Printmaking and Minor in Art History from the Maryland Institute College of Art. After years of working in galleries and non-profit art spaces, Robin decided to switch paths and pursue a career in Architecture while taking classes in the Architecture Department at Laney College. She loves working on contemporary technical details and is drawn to interior spaces that blend with their exterior environments.

Outside of the office, Robin enjoys drawing portraits from life and media for both fun and commissioned work. She spends a lot of time with friends, traveling, going to concerts, reading, visiting galleries/art museums, and hiking. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find her going to pole class. Robin loves to travel and dreams about spending some time living abroad.

 
 
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Evren Vural

Evren joined Larson Shores as an associate designer in 2017. He loves the contemporary design and has a natural talent for designing plan layouts. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture in New York. Originally from Turkey, he completed undergraduate studies in Architecture and Civil Engineering at the Istanbul Technical University. Evren believes that Larson Shores has a unique approach to design and differs from most of the Bay Area architectural firms. He enjoys working in a creative space on a variety of interesting projects. 

On Sunday mornings,  you can find him in local coffee shops, reading some architectural books and highlighting cool sentences. Evren enjoys running, brunches and he can ride a bike without holding the handlebar. 

He’s a hard worker and dreams about becoming a famous architect one day! Evren has a keen eye for design and is notorious for picking the best team headshots. His friendly giggling at the office makes everyone smile.

 
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Natalie Steinebrunner

Natalie works as an Interior Designer at Larson Shores. She completed the Interior Design and Interior Architecture program through UC Berkeley Extension. Prior to that, she received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art. Natalie specializes in selecting materials/finishes, textiles and custom artwork. She loves a good hunt shopping for the perfect tile or lighting for our clients.

Outside of the office, you can find Natalie soaking in the outdoors hiking with her husband and two dogs, or pinning away her fantasy home.

 
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Jeff Schaefer

Jeff joined Larson Shores Architecture as a summer intern after completing his first year at UC Berkeley’s Master of Architecture program. On the way to an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Environmental Design, also at Berkeley, he realized that architecture was his true passion. His interest solidified through work at various firms in both Northern and Southern California, where he also gained his first industry-related skills. He remains interested in environmental sustainability, particularly building structures that last while making use of natural materials. Building communities that last is also important to him—he hopes eventually to work at addressing the shortage of affordable housing in urban areas. Unlike many in the field, Jeff believes in the value of keeping things as low-tech as possible, using technology only to simplify, not to complicate life.

He feels fortunate to have joined a company that encourages creativity, experimentation, and pushing boundaries.

When not working, Jeff enjoys immersing himself in art projects, cooking, and running. He tries to get out to enjoy the cities and trails of the Bay as much as possible.

 
 
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Alexis Wachtel

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.