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Dan Smith
Principal

Dan is a registered architect with over thirty years of experience. He received his architectural training through U.C. Berkeley, and it was during this time that he developed a strong interest in sustainable design practices. Dan has led over 400 residential, community and commercial projects in the greater Bay Area, into which he has incorporated an array of green design elements from passive solar basics to comprehensive green design with LEED certification.  Dan has vast experience in straw bale building and has authored and been featured in many straw bale publications.


Dietmar Lorenz
Architect

Dietmar has been devoted to green building from the beginning of his career in Germany, where sustainable design practices have been established for decades. He is experienced with environmental design and alternative building materials and methods. Dietmar has taught green building classes, LEED workshops, and given many presentations at green building conferences in the US and abroad.


Jess Fine
Designer

Jess is passionate about building thoughtful relationships with clients and embracing a holistic approach to design. She has worked extensively in an interdisciplinary fashion - with artists, historians, planners, and policy makers. She received the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit for her undergraduate work at CCA. She then went on to get an MArch from UC Berkeley where she taught a course on the intersection between food and the built environment.


Ian Ashenfelter
Designer

Ian holds a Master's Degree in Architecture and an Associate's in Marine Carpentry. His background includes railcar restoration , steel fabrication, as well as tradeshow construction, home remodeling and industrial historic preservation. When he's not helping clients achieve their design visions, he's typically exploring the backroads of the Bay on two wheels.


Adriana Green
Office Manager

Adriana is a graphic designer and photographer with many years of accounting and office management experience under her belt. With a great interest in architecture and keeping the world a greener place you can find her persistently looking up printer error codes, researching new sustainable materials and designing spreadsheets. When she is not doing that, she is formulating all natural skincare at Esteli Body.