Staff Spotlight: T.N. Tzeo— NEWS

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Nacht & Lewis is pleased to welcome our newest team member, Project Coordinator, T.N. Tzeo!

1. How long have you been with N&L?

Since July 1st.

2. What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

I just like food in general, I’m an eater. But noodles stand out for me; whether it’s in the form of soup, stir-fry, or salad. Favorites include Lao khao piak & khao soi, Thai boat noodles, Vietnamese spring rolls, Chinese Szechuan noodles, Italian carbonara, and Japanese udon. I make a noodle soup with leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

3. Do you have any pets?

We have Brady, a white miniature poodle, named after Tom Brady.

4. What do you do in your downtime?

I read, design my future forever home, and write movie scenes from ideas that just pop up in my head. I also do street photography, mainly to adorn my walls with oversized prints.

5. What is your favorite movie?

I got into liking film for the technical aspects from movies like Chungking Express. In a world of such density, one can feel so alienated, or rather, unaware of being so detached from a community in an urban environment. Directors Wong Kar-Wai and Akira Kurosawa got me into films.

6. What is your dream vacation?

A month-long road trip through parts of the world I wish to know more about. Europe, rust belt USA, southern tip of South America, and all of Japan. It’s not even about doing something, but rather, seeing something in particular and finding that it has a different meaning/vibe/atmosphere than originally thought. The vision of walking in a hilly field of dandelions in North Carolina, seeing again the defining twisted section of highways I traversed when moving to California from Oregon where I had imagined singing “California Here I Come,” or walking along a red soil road on a farm in Thailand. All seemed to check the list.

7. What’s your favorite part of working in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) industry?

Seeing the project I’ve worked on being constructed and eventually being inhabited by the end-users. Also, the difference from concept to the physical built presence in our communities.

8. If you weren’t a Project Coordinator, what would you be doing?

I’d be an Industrial Designer at Apple, Inc. working on a new full-frame mirror less camera and the exterior styling fo their upcoming electric vehicle.

9. Favorite song or band/music? 

On my YouTube playlist are The Magnetic FIelds, Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon, Scars on 45, and The Shins. I also love locally-formed bands like Desario and Self Against City. I’ve seen these local bands perform and have met the band members. I used to work with a band member from Desario. Artists that I’ve grown up on would include Blink 182, Third Eye Blind, Rivers Cuomo/Weezer, James Taylor, Will Oldham, Dylan, Neil Young, Josh Rouse, Bobby Brown, and The Notorious B.I.G. My favorite band may have to be The Eagles, and favorite song is by an Eagle, The Boys of Summer.

10. What inspires you?

Meeting good people (manners, habits, demeanor) inspire me to be a better person. Seeing good work and skills exemplified in the office drive me to improve my skills every day. Additionally, experiencing a good photograph (subject, composition, contrast) push me to go out and make better photographs.

11. What’s one talent you wish you had and why?

I took a few courses on coding a long time ago. Knowing how to code will be critical and will become an even bigger part of our culture. More of everyday things will be controlled by small computers, and any part of a machine can be 3D-printed at home.

12. What’s your favorite holiday?

Christmas. Everyone is in a more jovial mood, family gets together, fire in the fireplace, folks singing outside, gifts giving, and the contrast of warm colors inside against the cool colors outside.

13. What do you like on your pizza?

Zesty tomato sauce, cheese, and black olives or basil.

14. Where would you choose to live: by the ocean, in the mountains or in the woods?

My forever home will be at the river in my hometown. It will have a small dock for fishing and boating. I do neither of these things, but guests will love it!

15. What is your favorite thing to do in Sacramento?

It would be biking on the river trails, short hikes in all new places, and wine tasting in all the regions (Capay, Clarksburg/Lodi, Foothills). I don’t even like wine that much, but my wife does, and it’s one way to get out.     

September 4, 2020

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