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Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, Inc.
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States · Member since November 2013
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Hi! I'm a 25 year old architect who eats burritos multiple times a week and loves fog. That's why I'm moving to San Francisco - well, that and a few other things. Looking for a change from the brütal viking winters of Boston, a world where I can ride my bike 12 months a year, and where the cultural mindset is nice and free spirited. I know SF's got a bit of a conservative streak as well as far as urban planning goes (build up, dammit!) but it's got a new character I want to absorb. I've visited SF multiple times, biked around it, and fell in love.

I love rock climbing and cycling for fitness and fun, but, let's be honest, my real passion is to stay in and listen to electronic music (I produce too), read about philosophy / the world, and play videogames (I will defend the medium to my death - games are not juvenalia). I studied architecture and love to think spatially / problem solve, and part of the reason I want to live in the bay area is to have access to the huge video game industry there. I'm trying to break in by learning to design levels for games like Counter Strike. For the now, I'm hunting for architecture jobs in SF.

I also love trying new bars, cafes and restaurants, and want to get out and make friends as soon as I set foot in SF!

I'm looking to use airbnb for the state of residential limbo i'll be in after I move from Boston but before I start my job. I'll fly in, spend some time with airbnb'ers, and go to rental open houses 7 days a week until I get a sweet place. I also like that with airbnb I can "demo" different neighborhoods. I'm focused on the mission, lower haight, and inner richmond right now for various reasons, but one of the biggest things I'm looking for with airbnb is to stay with someone who can give me some real local advice on a good neighborhood to match my lifestyle. Looking for flat / bikeable (I can do the wiggle), relatively cheapish, though not Tenderloin cheap, and with a good mix of post-grads and families. I'd rather stay away from college-world.

Here's a handy little list of some of my favorite music/games/shows/food to generate some enthusiasm:

I'm knee deep in techno right now - I read Resident Advisor religiously and I'm really getting into the Berlin and Detroit scenes right now. I started with IDM like Aphex Twin and industrial like NIN, and i've grown to love straightforward four to the floor house and techno. Big fan of Shackleton, Villalobos, minimal techno... If you like drum machines and synthesizers, we're going to get along. I produce with ableton and fl studio and have some hardware too. Loving Graze, Blood Orange, Floating Points... many others.

I also love jazz (Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Keith Jarrett..) , rock (Broken Social Scene, Radiohead), afropop (just got into fela kuti, and hey, Talking Heads and Vampire Weekend have an afropop influence), and plenty others. I'm not going to lie to you and say that I like "everything". Usually when people say that, they don't really like music that much. Crap, am I getting into snob territory? But seriously - I'm hungry for new music, but I'm also pretty picky, and I'm kind of jealous of people who are able to be truly open minded about new music. I'm always trying to get to that place, but often times I just have an itch I need to scratch with some particular brand of techno at that moment. I'm a creature of habit.

I eat a lot of burritos. I love rice and beans. I eat a lot of chili. I love hamburgers. If I was on death row, my last meal would be rare ahi tuna. Wait, a whole roasted duck. I don't know, I can't decide. Both. I eat chocolate every day. I am constantly snacking on clif bars, nuts and berries, crackers and cheese and the occasional pop tart. I tried Ethiopian in one of the jazzy parts of SF last time I visited, not a big fan to be honest. But I'd try it again. I "love" Indian food - meaning tikka masala and naan bread. I'm pretty scared of that green soupy stuff. Maybe I'll try it one day. Man, I'm getting wordy here. I don't care.

I love talking about design. I can have a long long conversation about ios7 with you if you want. I love the minutiae and I think design is hugely rich and full of philosophical arguments. Occasionally I go to lectures or read academic stuff but since graduating I've been out of the loop. Looking forward to bumping into app designers in the bay area. Tried html/css/js, enjoyed/hated it, may dive into it again once I'm settled and comfy. My portfolio website is here: (website hidden)

Games: I've plaid Braid multiple times. Playing Spelunky and CS:GO alot right now. I buy dozens of games every steam sale and I have some I haven't even opened yet. I'm obsessed with turn based strategy games like Advance Wars. I used to play some JRPGs but I don't really have the patience for them these days. I love competetive games and got totally embroiled in Starcraft 2 a few years ago. I am ensorcled by Idle Thumbs. I've got a soft spot for shooters like Unreal Tournament. I think games occupy a funny place in the social consciousness where AAA's like Call of Duty (which is a great, fun series I was hooked on for a while) drown out the voice of more experimental and adventurous parts of the games industry, but I know that indies and other genres will always have a home. Just finished Gone Home and Walking Dead and cried big man tears during them.

Reading Catch 22 right now. Funny book. Otherwise I read lots of stuff on Atlantic and misc. articles on tech, games, music on the web.

Movies: just saw "In A World.. " - awesome funny movie.

Looking forward to getting to know new people!