Grace Nash Meeks

I appreciate the results, but really enjoy the process. I like having a car that will go fast even though I rarely go fast. I believe in rules, but understand they need to be broken at times.

Volunteering takes up a lot of my spare and not-so-spare time, but it’s always worth it. I know my world is optimal when my life is balanced.

I also know that architecture needs balance. Balance between old and new, modern and traditional, Client and Architect.

After receiving my Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin (’87), I started my career in San Diego. Before arriving in Sonoma in 1996, I returned to Texas and spent almost six years in Houston.

My experience includes all phases of architecture: planning, design, construction, administration.

Over the course of working on many different projects, I found it helpful to have grown up with a Dad in Construction so I understood the Contractor’s point of view.

I’ve worked on many different types of buildings, from room additions for a single-family home to an Emergency Service Building for the State of California.

They all have one thing in common and that’s the process.

Starting with research to understand the parameters, then into design to figure out how these parameters impact the project, then into construction documents to explain how this project will get built.

It’s creative, technical, and exciting, no matter the size of the project.

Projects Include:

 The Livery on Main, Sebastopol, CA
 Arcia Residence, Penngrove, CA
 Drake Residence, Sonoma, CA
 Rognlien Residence, Sonoma, CA
 Woodall Residence, Austin, TX
 Many other residences in Sonoma and Marin County
 Kitchen-Dining Space, Kenya, Africa
 KSVY Radio Station Tennant Improvement. Sonoma, CA
 Mary’s Pizza Shack – Dixon, CA, Fairfield, CA, Santa Rosa West
 Sun Newspaper Building Addition, Sonoma, CA
 State of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Headquarters and Emergency Operations Center, Sacramento, CA
 City of San Jose Southside Police Substation, San Jose, CA

 Morgan Hill Courthouse and Justice Agencies Building, Morgan Hill, CA
 Contra Costa County Family Law Center, Martinez, CA
 Renovation for the City of Napa Housing Authority, Napa, CA
 Sonoma County Hall of Justice Expansion, Santa Rosa, CA
 Sonoma County Hall of Justice Courtroom ADA/Ergonomic Upgrades, Santa Rosa, CA
 Sonoma Veterans Building, Sonoma, CA
 Mendocino County Courthouse, Ukiah, CA
 Mendocino County Juvenile Hall, Ukiah, CA
 High School No. 6 – Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, CyFair, TX
 Department of Public Safety Area Office, Webster, TX

As of January 1, 2024, Builders Studio is now Thrive Design Collective,
a Division of Thrive Construction Group.
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