Born in Berkeley, California, Tristan received his Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Michigan and returned home to earn his Master’s of Architecture from UC Berkeley.
At Berkeley, he was a recipient of the John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship, traveling to eight countries in Europe and Northern Africa to research the political dimension of architectural ornamentation. He believes architecture must serve and dignify life and he is drawn to the poetic and ethical aspects of built environments that are thoughtfully and responsibly designed.
Tristan has lived and worked in New York, Berlin, and San Francisco, and has contributed his design sensibility and visualization skills to health care, residential and pavilion projects. His writing has been published in Pidgin, Princeton’s Journal of Architecture, as well as the UK literary magazine Litmus. In his free time, he builds small wind sculptures for his garden, writes and cooks French food.
- What is your favorite city for architecture?
- Helsinki. The cozy hearths are the reward for the dismal Finnish weather.
- Who is an architect or designer, living or dead, that you admire?
- He’s not an architect, but he understands space: Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. He’s a poet of interiors and interiority. Secret rooms, subterranean forests…