.Lucas Valley’s Christie Tyreus

Christie Tyreus founded her award-winning Sausalito-based architecture firm, Tyreus Architecture + Design, in 2011.

What do you do?

We design highly custom homes that create meaningful connections to the surrounding landscape. Marin is a gratifying place to have a design business, and I’m so thankful for the clients who let me build them amazing things.

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Where do you live?

In the beautiful, quiet, southwest corner of Novato, up against the Lucas Valley hills. I’m surrounded by trails, trees and turkeys.

How long have you lived in Marin?

I’ve lived in Marin for 12 years now, which is the longest I’ve lived anywhere.

Where can we find you when you’re not at work?

Running, biking or swimming, on the trails, hills or the bay. Often with dogs or kids.

If you had to convince someone how awesome Marin is, where would you take them?

On a bike ride heading north over the Golden Gate Bridge to lunch on the “beach” at Bocci Bar in Sausalito.

What’s one thing Marin is missing?

Affordable housing is probably Marin’s biggest challenge, but on a lighter note, I’d kill for a continuous, protected bike path running from northern to southern Marin.

What’s one bit of advice you’d share with your fellow Marinites?

It’s easy to spend most of your time in the neighborhood where you live, at familiar locales. Most people forget to take advantage of the variety of experiences Marin has to offer.

If you could invite anyone to a special dinner, who would they be?

I’d invite Lucy Charles-Barkley, who finally won last year’s Ironman Championship after coming in second three times in a row, and Kim Chambers, who was the first woman to swim the 30 miles from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge in 2015.


What’s some advice you wish you knew 20 years ago?

Trust your gut—that intuition is not some fleeting impulse.

What’s something that in 20 years from now will seem cringeworthy?

I really, really hope it’s staring at your phone all day.

Big question. What is one thing you’d do to change the world?

Humans need to figure out how to live in a way that enhances and supports other

living things instead of degrading them. If we learned to take a longer view of life cycles, maybe we’d treat each other better too.

Keep up with Tyreus at @tyreus_design on Instagram.

Nish Nadaraja lives within walking distance of downtown San Anselmo; say hi when you see him.


  1. This is so sad to read Christie’s comment about the bike path. Since she has only lived in Marin for 12 years, she may not know that voters passed the SMART Train AND bike path in 2008. And yet we still don’t have the path through Sonoma and Marin completed, much to all of our disappointment and chagrin. County Supervisors need to direct funding to transportation departments, and/or request that transportation departments pursue grants to complete this project FINALLY!

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