I designed the building at the same time I had finished my Ph.D. in Social Systems Design at UC Berkeley. As an Accidental Vagrant that is not as disconnected as it may first appear. The building is a physical representation of the influences from my residence in the 'Berkeley Bubble'—an integration of thinking and doing.
The purpose of my visit was to give a presentation to the FS staff and volunteers who had just reopened the visitor center after an extended period of closure due to reduced funding in regional school districts (in the beginning an average of six school buses a day were showing up at the visitor center), the Federal budget and the effects of a large forest fire that nearly burned the visitor center down.
I was asked to explain the design reasoning for the visitor center, a building that has become a favorite among diverse groups of individuals over time and use. The building is not in an 'architectural style' of the times, then (late 70's early 80's) or now, and people are keenly interested in the thinking that went into the building's genesis. It was an opportunity for me to revisit my younger design self and to rediscover the threads still present in my ongoing design adventures in other systemic design domains.
I used a 'deep design' schema to explain my design process to everyone at my presentation. The point of this schema is to show the relationships of the invisible aspects of a design to the visible aspects of a design—the things we see and experience as reality.