Author Archives: Will Hosband

2017 Monterey Design Conference (MDC) | aiacc.org/mdc/   Last month I attended the Monterey Design Conference (MDC), an AIA event which occurs every odd-numbered year at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.  Asilomar, roughly translated, means “Refuge by the Sea” and what a refuge it is.  George Bissell is known as the “Father […]

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On the boards… WHA is currently designing a new custom home in Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, Ca. Here is an article that appeared earlier this year in Options magazine (an offshoot of Builder Developer magazine) which focuses on high-end custom homes.

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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 […]

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The making of quality wine is a complex endeavor, dependent on careful decisions and the management of many real and unpredictable conditions. The soil, topography and climate combine their influences to create, what the French call, terroir (tare-WAH). The experience of the winemaker, the skilled hands of field workers and terroir all find their voice […]

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The city of Tracy, California emerged when the Western Pacific Railroad was completed in the mid-1800s.  Located along the line connecting Sacramento, Stockton and San Francisco, Tracy has become a desired suburb to those cities.  More recently, the city has experienced growth due largely to the influx of Hi-Tech jobs in the Silicon Valley which […]

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At WHA we spend most of our day contemplating how to make houses and neighborhoods better. Today, however, we are flipping the script! With Halloween just a few days away, we are exploring the opposite; what makes a house downright evil, or dare we say … HAUNTED?

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Creating a neighborhood is like a relay race starting with land acquisition, planning and entitlements.  The baton is passed on to designers and architects; WHA for example.  A construction team then transforms all the ideas and decisions into built reality. The anchor leg of the race is merchandising, marketing and sales.  It takes a team of talented individuals to reach […]

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