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David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen met in San Francisco and shortly after, in 2013, had garnered some initial funding that launched MasterClass.com.  Neither of them was adequately inspired by traditional teaching techniques while they were growing up in California.  They imagined a more dynamic and effective way to present a subject.  Their concept was to employ a series of recognizable experts to prepare instructional videos on a wide range of subjects.  This is exactly what they have created at MasterClass.   Continue reading

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A few months ago, online publication Dezeen.com published an article denoting architecture students as the hardest working college major, citing the immense amount of hours a student is required to spend, beyond class time, to succeed. So is architecture the toughest major? As a recent graduate from the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, I can say majoring in architecture is no easy task, but with a few tips, I hope to make it a more manageable, and enjoyable 5 years. Continue reading

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Everyday, when we step out into the sun, our bodies eclipse a part of the earth, cast a shadow, and momentarily mark our presence – reminding us our very existence affects space, light, and time! But, for those of us who seek the sublime, there was a solar eclipse last week, darkening a long, arching swath across the continental U.S. Two WHA sun-seekers set out to witness the astronomical event; Mana Sadeghi to Jackson Hole, WY and Will Hosband to Salem, OR. Continue reading

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Arista at Aliento

Arista is a new neighborhood located in the master-planned community of Aliento, a gated enclave in Santa Clarita. These homes are perched atop hillsides, allowing residents to enjoy miles of trails connecting to sunset overlooks. This community offers a modern interpretation on resort-style living, with a central clubhouse featuring pools, splash pad, and fitness center acting as the neighborhood social hub. Continue reading

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Our WHA office in Santa Ana was transformed last Thursday into a gallery of art.  Desks, cubicles, and offices became exhibit spaces showcasing the creativity of our multi-talented staff.  Our art show included a late afternoon gourmet spread to be enjoyed as we leisurely toured the exhibit floor.  The artistic range was vast, including ceramics, baking, sketching and even performance art. Thank you to all participants and our host, the Research and Development Studio. Continue reading

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Hello, my name is Natalie and I am Bay Area house-poor.

The Below Market Rate (BMR) program is a way for middle-low income individuals and families to purchase a home. I live in San Francisco and on average, a new one bedroom, one bath condo costs $800,000. Through the San Francisco BMR program, the same unit may only cost $350,000! Continue reading

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The Easy Sites Are All Gone!

Let’s face it, the easy sites are all gone.  We are left with the remnants – irregular shaped, topographically challenged, limited access, penned in by crowded roads with numerous constraints imposed by NIMBYs, difficult adjacencies like railroads or freeways, entitlement requirements, utilities, and environmental challenges such as sea-level rise or oil wells. Continue reading

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