Bio: Graduate of California Polytechnic State University, Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Licensed to practice Architecture in the State of California. US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional. Formerly with DesignARC Architects of Santa Barbara, CA.
Resumé: Designed high-end residential, multi-family mixed use, international development of an extensive residential and commercial center in Chengdu, China. Co-founded Prospect Hotels, creating the Santa Barbara Autocamp, a hospitality experience for modern travelers. Creator of the all-new Living Vehicle.
HA: Where do you find your inspiration?
MH: I’m inspired by the shapes, textures, sensations and spatial magnificence of nature. My soul is quenched whether I’m scuba diving under the sea or gliding down a snowy slope. I was raised in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada, so it’s no surprise I’ve been influenced by the Great Outdoors. Now that I’m literally living on the ocean, I’m constantly reminded of its power and expansiveness. There’s so much I love about wide open spaces -- it’s where my soul is renewed and replenished.
HA: How did you come to create Hofmann Architecture and become known for mobile small-space design?
MH: It was a completely organic, very personal decision that appeared to be a huge risk. Although I had a secure career, I decided to step out on my own in 2010 and open my open firm. I love having a project, so I designed and built my first Airstream as a home office. After living in it for a while I realized it was a great way to reduce my overhead and simplify my life. I parked my Airstream on a piece of ocean view property overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I’ve simply shared my experience of a lifestyle that works, and it resonated with others. The process has changed my life, and many others’ lives, forever.
HA: What motivates you?
MH: I get a thrill living big by living simply. I love creating indoor spaces that seamlessly connect people with their outdoor world. The purity of our connection with the world around us is at the core of who we are as humans. I get a buzz designing spaces that feed my passion for freedom and comfort all in one efficient space.
Words to live by: I believe in the 90% rule. If I can’t say, “Yes…” to doing something with 90% certainty that doing it will get me closer to my goal in life, then it’s a, “No.” The truth is you can’t do everything. We must be vigilant about what we allow into our lives. There’s only so many hours in a day and life is short, so focus on my life’s priority. Eventually, you’ll wake up and realize you’re doing exactly what you love, with people you love, in a place you love. I’m living proof it works.