Derek grew up in Houston, Texas but spent almost 15 years in San Antonio where he studied the true definition of a breakfast taco. As a kid, he spent a great deal of time with his father and grandfather learning how to build things with his hands. Once he got older, he realigned his focus to designing the things he made, and found himself falling in love with Architecture.
Derek received both his Bachelor and Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008 and 2013. Between his study abroad program in Italy and living in San Antonio, he developed a deep respect for places that were built with a stronger sense of craft and care than is often found today.
In his free time, Derek loves to play golf, ride his bike, build something in his workshop or spend time with his growing family.