Born in Berkeley, California, I am a second-generation architect. I grew up in Los Angeles, and was fortunate to live in two houses designed by my father, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) founder
Ray Kappe. I studied art and politics as an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and worked as a community advocate in the Monterey Bay area.
I received my Masters of Architecture and Urban Design from SCI-Arc, completing a thesis on low-income housing solutions for the United States, and I remain concerned with social issues as they relate to design and architectureissues such as education, environmental preservation and energy efficiency.
I have lived locally in both San Francisco and Marin Counties. At present, I
reside in San Rafael with my wife Diane and we have four adult children.
Two of them live in the San Francisco Bay Area, one in Jacksonville,
Florida, and one just outside of Stockholm, Sweden.