Bob Ramirez peeks out one of his shuttered windows. Details such as the extended corner shingles are "an hommage to architecture of the eastern side of the Pacific Rim," Ramirez says. "Perhaps it's a memory of upturned prows of wooden sailing vessels, or maybe just a playful way to challenge the sky." Ramirez studied geography at Cal State Northridge, then traveled the world in the '70s and '80s earning a living as a woodworker while studying architecture. "Everywhere I'd go, I saw domestic structures and the beauty of human scale where you are not using steel beams and sheet glass and cranes."
Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times
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