David Forbes Hibbert

I am an architect that has been strongly influenced by the experience of growing up in three different countries, including graduating from high school in London. I have also been strongly influenced in terms of my professional direction by my educational experience, particularly attending business school at the same time as architecture school. I have been very fortunate to have had some excellent teachers and associates along the way that have contributed towards my constant education as an architect. I was also fortunate to end up in the wonderful state of California with its amazing coastal areas and Los Angeles with its second to none car culture.

Bachelor's, Business Administration & Architecture College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

Master's, Architecture University of California, Los Angeles

Hobbies: Classic cars, hiking, skiing

Mike Meers

Mike Meers

I have enjoyed an interesting and varied career in architecture, being involved with a wide variety of building types, including office buildings, retail centers, hotels, multi-family and mixed-use projects, industrial and master planning work. I have also had years of experience in principal level office organization and management, along with marketing and business development. I am happy to be back in Southern California and working in a busy and exciting firm with a great group of interesting people.

Bachelor's, Interior Design University of California, Berkeley

Master's, Architecture University of California, Los Angeles

Hobbies: Cooking, gardening


James Fischer

I was born in Buffalo, New York, moved to Ft Lauderdale in the 6th grade and finally to Los Angeles in 1997. I enjoy L.A. so I think my clockwise tour of the United States is complete. I’ve been with DFH since 2011 and enjoy the environment and culture that we have built and continue to evolve. I enjoy spending my time away from the office with my two young daughters and wife.

Bachelor's, Architecture Woodbury University, Burbank, California

Master's, Architecture University of California, Los Angeles

Hobbies: Home improvement, fitness, guitar

Kara Block

Growing up in a small Midwest town, I would have never guessed I would some day end up an architect in Southern California. I have been employed at a few small firms in the Los Angeles area working on a variety of project types and scales including entitlements, luxury single-family residential, multi-family, and commercial projects. DFH Architects is fortunate to have a diverse group of clients, projects and colleagues. I strive to contribute to and strengthen the office’s projects and culture using my design sense and skills as an architect as well as my Midwestern grit and tenacity.

Bachelor's, Architecture University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Master's, Architecture Southern California Institute of Architecture

Hobbies: Running, cooking, urban gardening

Kate Joyce

I grew up in New Orleans where I attended Tulane University School of Architecture. Though I loved New Orleans, I moved after graduation to San Francisco for broadened opportunities. After some fine years exploring the city, in an effort to hone some other architectural skills, I went back to graduate school at Yale. Now in L.A. with DFH Architects, I enjoy the full range of involvement strongly encouraged here. I am a LEED AP BD+C. I also enjoy other activities, including exploring neighborhoods, walking with my dog, to see how people occupy their environments and express their own place in this city.

Bachelor's, Architecture Tulane University of Architecture, New Orleans

Master's, Architecture Yale University

Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, small furniture projects


Tracy Lavarnway

I began my career as a draftsman in 1978, before computer-aided design. In 1983, I went back to school at USC for a Bachelor's in Architecture. In 1988, I worked at the Landau Partnership where I worked directly for David Hibbert in design doing office buildings, re-skinning a high-rise and working on a 323-unit apartment complex in Pasadena. For Jim Heimler, I did earthquake repair and several Trader Joe’s stores. I joined DFH Architects in October, 1997. Since then, I have done several tenant improvements, a large parking structure with ground floor commercial, a Staples and a Whole Foods Market. The last ten years has been working primarily on multi-family and mixed use.

Bachelor's Architecture University of Southern California

Hobbies: Bowling, camping, watching movies


Kyle Richardson

Growing up in the small college town of Ann Arbor, I was fascinated by early trips to visit my grandparents in Detroit and Chicago. Drawn to the incompleteness of Los Angeles, I moved to the city in 2003 and began my career working on several high end residences.  During this time, I was fortunate to receive early training in sustainable design and BIM (Building Information Management.) With over 15 years of experience, I have learned successful design cannot occur without technical knowledge and a great team, something that I am excited to be a part of at DFH Architects.     

Bachelor's, Urban Studies Brown University, Rhode Island

Master's, Architecture University of Michigan

Hobbies: Listening to music, swimming, volleyball, tennis, biking and exploring the world through my son’s eyes.     

Robin Samara

I grew up in Indonesia before moving to Southern California in 1992. I have been with DFH Architects since 2014. With DFH, I have had the opportunities to work in mixed use, housing, and commercial projects. Previously, I worked with Boladarch Design and Alloi Architecture in housing design and TI projects. I consider my skills to be well balanced in the technical aspects, as well as in programming and design. I greatly enjoy the creative and complex process of architecture. I also enjoy exploring the region’s architectural and programming diversities.

Bachelor's, Architecture California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Hobbies: Sketching, listening to music


Ryan Meiser

I chose architecture because it blends multiple creative fields and the results of the work are tangible. We design spaces that leave a mark on our cities in a big way. Having gone to Georgia Tech where many of my friends studied computer programming and moved to San Francisco I, too, wanted to be on the West Coast. After some time working with Rosser International in Atlanta, GA, I began to grow restless and decided to move to Southern California. Los Angeles is an incredible place to practice and there is a lot going on here in the way of creative industries. I am thankful to be a part of it all as a Junior Designer with DFH Architects.

Bachelor's, Architecture  Georgia Tech, Atlanta

Hobbies: Music, drawing, photography


Sally Choo

I was born in Korea and grew up in sunny California. I completed my Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Landscape and Interior Design at Otis College of Art and Design. I have designed modern houses in Venice Beach and worked on different projects including multi-unit residential buildings and custom-built homes in West Los Angeles. Traveling inspires me to expand my horizons and bring a unique perspective to my designs. I enjoy taking photographs of the urban and natural environments.

Bachelor's, Architecture, Landscape & Interior Design Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, California

Hobbies: I love to watch movies, hike, golf and travel.


Philippe Arias

Growing up in Miami, Florida, I learned at an early age the importance of a well-built structure. Having gone through multiple hurricanes in south Florida and witnessed the devastation they cause firsthand, I quickly understood the vital role that architects and engineers play in the environment and the impact we have on the lives of everyday people. Throughout my career in architecture, I have been part of various project types including single family residential, high-rise residential, housing and campus planning, higher education teaching and research lab buildings.

Bachelor's, Architecture Southern California Institute of Architecture

Hobbies: Cycling, cooking


Stephanie Mass

I grew up in Woodland Hills, California, with my parents and brother. When I started going to UCLA, my plan was to be a Spanish-speaking counselor. I did end up getting my degrees in Spanish and Sociology but the bank I was working for offered to pay for me to get my Business and Accounting degrees, as well. I eventually got a job as an accountant for Warner Brother’s where I worked for seven years. I met David Hibbert at Brentwood Presbyterian Church where I had been working as an accountant for five years. He asked me to come work for him and I am so glad I did. It is exciting to be a part of a growing architectural firm with such bright men and women. 

Bachelor's, Business & Accounting University of California, Los Angeles

Hobbies: In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family, especially my granddaughter.

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I have been working at DFH Architects for six years.

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Hobbies: Running on the beach, treats, hugs