Eric Doud is an architect, planner and educator who has been in practice for over 35 years. During that time he has been involved in a wide range of projects from individual residences to large-scale community design. Throughout his work a respect for the natural setting is a common value. This is crafted into form by the use of natural materials, response to the seasonal variations and a recognition of the underlying sacred structure of form. His interests include how the built form can inform, from our daily rituals at a personal scale to communal religious structures. He has walked the pilgrimage trails of the Old World as well as the Americas in the quest for a deeper understanding of how best spirit is bestowed in physical form. He has earned an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Notre Dame. He currently holds architectural licenses in California and Colorado.
Michael Sears began his career in his family’s yacht building business in England. He ran a furniture design studio in London before earning a BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. Michael has experience with many project types, including devotional architecture, clinical facilities, residential, retail, historic renovation, museum exhibits and straw bale buildings. His projects have appeared in local and national publications, and have been recognized with awards from the California Heritage Council and a prestigious 2013 Palladio Award. A common theme running through his work is a deep respect for nature and the recognition that good design should respond not only to our practical daily needs but should also provide a healing environment for the inner self. Michael recently completed a low-impact retreat for his family on the Sonoma coast. He is an accomplished musician and in his spare time he likes to play his fiddle.
Anthony Lawlor is an architect, author and teacher specializing in the relationship between architecture and the human spirit. During 30 years of architectural practice Anthony has received awards for excellence in design from the American Institute of Architects and Interior Design Magazine. His books A Home for the Soul, The Temple in the House and 24 Patterns of Wisdom describe how architecture serves as an ally in finding deeper meaning, connection and inspiration on the human journey. Anthony’s documentary film The Living Temple is the result of his extensive travels to sacred architecture around the globe and takes viewers on a visual journey through the elements of sacred design. Anthony’s work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, National Public Radio and numerous other national media. He received his Master of Architecture Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and is a licensed architect in the State of California.