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office: 80 4th Street Suite 208     l      mailing: P.O. Box # 627      l      Point Reyes Station, CA 94956-0627
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Turk Kauffman Architecture is a full service firm. The principal is NCARB registered with a license in California and membership in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Francisco chapter.

Turk Kauffman holds an MArch from the University of California at Berkeley where he was awarded a Gurson Award for design excellence. While at Cal, he received an American Institute of Architects scholarship and the architecture department recognized him for outstanding work as a graduate student instructor. Turk has taught architecture at the University of California at Berkeley as well as Sacramento State University.

Early in his career, Turk studied art and architecture at the University of Florida, Gainesville, receiving a BFA with High Honors with an emphasis on painting and drawing. His award-winning artwork is in the permanent collection of the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville and private collections.

Turk grew up in Michigan's lower peninsula swimming in fresh-water lakes and making art on his grandparents' farm. He garnered experience drafting concrete, steel, and engineered-wood condominiums and offices; large-scale factories; bridges; and single-family homes for James J. Mallett Structural Engineers in Pensacola, Florida. As a designer for Fernau and Hartman Architects and Goldin Design in Berkeley, Turk worked on the offices of Viacom for Nickelodian in Manhattan, FX Network in Los Angeles, and Ask Jeeves in Berkeley before establishing his own architecture practice in 2001.

The principal's interests encompass ambient music and philosophy, and range from the history of science to the American standard of living. Aligned with this versatility, the Point Reyes Station studio offers sustainable solutions for a range of project types, including residential, commercial, institutional, nonprofit environmental, recreational and outdoor. Projects are based on resource efficiency; program appropriateness; and adaptability over time with particular attention to landscape and qualities of light and space.

Lauri grew up in the suburbs of New York where she learned drawing and printmaking. After studying art and architecture during a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, she graduated with a BA in English literature cum laude from Williams College in Massachusetts. Lauri, who received her MArch from the University of California at Berkeley, worked for Hamilton and Williges Structural Engineers in Oakland, Butler Armsden Architects in San Francisco, and Goldin Design in Berkeley, before joining Turk Kauffman Architecture in 2008.

A former Editorial Board member and Managing Editor of the American Institute of Architects San Francisco chapter, she has published articles on architecture and the environment for print and the Web. Lauri collaborated with William Stout on the monograph William Turnbull, Jr.: Buildings in the Landscape and has contributed an architecture column to The East Bay Monthly.

As a Ranch Guide at Martin Griffin Preserve and founding member of the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District Green Team, Lauri keeps current on ecological issues and practices. The LEF Foundation and Green Resource Center have supported her healthy building projects which, in turn, have helped forge the firm's material ecology philosophy.