Susie Coliver was born and raised in San Francisco, with one foot planted in a Conservative shul and another in a Reform congregation. However, she really took root at Jewish summer camp, where she got her start in both design and Judaica. Along with her two partners, she leads a 14-person architectural practice in San Francisco: Herman Coliver Locus: Architecture. Their studio is unusual as 100% of their clients are non-profit organizations. Most of their work over a thirty year period has been supportive, multi-family housing for low-income families, seniors, the developmentally disabled and those experiencing homelessness. That work has been balanced by many rich and rewarding opportunities to design Jewish religious and communal spaces, including a number of synagogues, throughout California.