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Portola Valley Town Center, Project Principal, 2008.

The Portola Valley Town Center, nestled at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains on the San Francisco Peninsula west of Stanford University, was designed to embody what mattered most to the people it serves – the natural environment, strong community, self governance and reliance. Our design goal was to complement and defer to the surrounding natural beauty in the most sustainable way possible while creating a place that was indigenous to site, culture and need. This mutual respect between the unbuilt and the built, the informal and the formal is central to the ideals of the Town of Portola Valley and shaped a design response that is simple and unique, rooted and inspiring. Our inclusive and open design process engaged residents in a dialogue throughout the project. The Town Center truly reflects their collective aspirations and exemplifies the highest of the Town’s stewardship and conservation ideals.

Photography: César Rubio


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

Susi Marzuola, AIA, LEED AP BD+C / Bachelor of Art, Architecture, 1982