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Connie de Laveaga Stoops' influences in architecture are intimate. Her family comprises generations of designers and builders who have lived in Northern California since the late 1800s. Connie's undergraduate focus on Romance Languages at the University of Oregon led to journeys through Europe, North Africa, Mexico and Central America. Influenced by overseas and domestic architecture, Connie began her career as an interior designer at Christopherson and Graff, a design-driven Bay Area architectural firm.


After expanding her design experience at California College of the Arts, Connie earned her Masters in Architecture at UC Berkeley. She founded de Laveaga Stoops Architecture in 2002.

The firm's work includes both small commercial and residential projects. Connie's passion is the opportunities that lie in the residential realm: everything from designing light fixtures and furniture to the larger scope of remodels, additions, new houses and site planning.