After 20 years of design excellence and business leadership, Douglas Stockman recently informed his close friends and colleagues at el dorado that he will be retiring his esteemed jersey and stepping out into the world for a brave new adventure. Immediately, this involves some traveling and thrill-seeking with his wife Amanda and their two kids, Sarah and Liam. We consider Doug and his family part of the great family of el dorado and will miss their exuberant dominance of our many games of street football and foosball in the shop, having stretched across countless late evening BBQs at 510 Avenida Cesar E Chavez.
Doug was a co-founding partner at el dorado and quickly emerged as the firm’s CFO during its pivotal early years. He has been core to el dorado’s thriving business culture and helped guide the practice through the fat early aughts and the topsy-turvy recession, all the while maintaining an enviable focus on great design and successful projects.
When el dorado was initiated in 1996, it was common practice to name architecture firms as acronyms memorializing their founding partners. Against convention, the partners of el dorado established a namesake honoring Don Quixote and the noble, yet elusive pursuit of perfection. Or maybe it was for the equally awesome American-made gas-guzzling land boat. Either way, as we salute Doug and his next chapter, we are just as excited about our next 20 years at el dorado. Our enthusiasm for discovery has never been stronger. We are setting off on a new adventure of our own, and feel quite sure that, now as always, the City of Gold is just around the corner.
Godspeed, Douglas Stockman. Come back and see us often!