Beargrass Village


I know I’m not supposed to have “favorite” projects.. But that is really hard when Beargrass Village is in the running! Yes, we get to design cool Cottages and Townhouses, but in this case we also have the rare opportunity to design the neighborhood. Following the principles that Ross Chapin laid out in his book “Pocket Neighborhoods” we are able to impact lifestyle beyond the individual home. From oversized porches to generously landscaped common areas, residents can chose to enjoy the privacy of their own home, read a book on their porch observing neighborhood life from their private vantage point, or actively engaging with neighbors.
Fun Fact: When I first started working on this project I thought, what a great concept for young professionals, singles, and seniors. I did not see it as a fit for my family. Kids, Hobbies, Toys, and pets didnt seem to quite fit. After working on this project for a while, and visiting other pocket neighborhoods I changed my mind. Breaking a big neighborhood up into a smaller community, and amazing green-spaces, seems like an ideal place for my kids to grow up. I’m still working on my husband, but you may see us move in next to you!


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Sophia Sparklin

Growing up in a family with generations in medical practice, Sophia discovered her passion for architecture during an internship 1996. Since then Sophia received formal and informal education in Germany and the US. At Arizona State University she was honored by the Henry Adams Certificate for graduating on top of her (Master of Architecture) class in 2005.