January 23, 2004

Hi Gil!, Hi Daryl!

Today, I finally called Gil and Daryl to give them our coordinates after a little hiatus when we departed Callifornia to move eastward. Gilbert A. Sanchez, F.A.I.A. is my friend and architectural mentor. I was lucky to meet him when I was a kid, a student in an architecture school in the South Bay area, the early days straight out of the Navy. He was a guest lecturer at a materials and methods class. When I saw his passion for the substance and spirit of architecture, I had to meet him. It was my honor to work for him as an apprentice and Gil taught me a great deal, laying the very keel of what it means to be an architect within me.
In his office, I was able to work on the drawings for Mission San Jose in Fremont, the Santa Barbara Presidio, and on one occassion, I was able to replaster the Peralta Adobe with his father (who was in his seventies at the time, and he kicked my twentysomething ass, outworking me all day long). My experience with him is indelible and I wouldn't have any other way.
Gil met Daryl in these early days I've just described here and they are a perfect team together. They form a wonderfully loving (and professional) husband/wife architect team, work and home for them is seamless. Stephanie and I can't wait for them to come visit us in Tossa!

(Gil, your website is going into the Soup of Links too.)

Posted by Dennis at January 23, 2004 2:42 PM

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