Profile

P1000267

        The Griggs Building, Nevada City, California


I have lived and worked in Nevada County since 1970. I came to this region to build a home for Poet Gary Snyder back when I was an apprentice architect and fell in love with the area.  I was one of the first Architects to establish an office in this rural county. In the early years I combined design work with building construction; focusing on custom residential design/build projects and small commercial projects. I delight in the variety of project types that have come my way. Rather than specialize in one or two building types I have preferred to take on new and interesting challenges whatever size or scale. My early training in San Francisco and Berkeley included projects throughout California. I have focused on environmentally conscious design and a strong appreciation of the natural world.


In addition to my Architectural work I donate time and energy to my community and the issues of sustainability for rural communities. I serve on the board of the North San Juan Fire Protection District and was a founding member of the Yuba Watershed Institute, a local forest advocacy group. I served as editor for the YWI journal "TREE RINGS for many years and co-editied with Liese Greensfelder the book "The Nature of This Place" published in 2010. In my spare time I build wooden kayaks and boats. Once in a while I find time to go paddling with my wife of 36 years, woodworker Holly Tornheim and friends.


I enjoy working closely with my clients to create buildings that please and fit their needs. We try to work sensitively within the context of a site, a landscape, or city block. I have experience (living off-grid for 33 years) with energy efficient/green design, sustainable design, solar power, solar heating, natural and electrical lighting, alternative building materials, and practical building systems.


P1000269

       Robinson Plaza, Nevada City, California





My favorite links

www.nsjfire.org

www.hollytornheim.com

www.roberterickson.com

www.yubawatershedinstitute.org

www.northcolumbiaschool.org

www.pygmyboats.co

 © Bruce E. Boyd, Architecture & Planning 2012