About the Firm

Native Son Design Studio is a Santa Barbara-based architecture firm founded in 2009.  We strive to help our clients succeed in all aspects of the design process.  Our scope varies with each client's needs: from ground-up residential design to family campgrounds to tennis clubs to the subtle rhythm of a successful dovetail joint. 


Chris Cottrell, Architect

My interest in architecture began while piling up sofa cushions for childhood forts. We all share that basic human urge to create a space of our own.  

I value the relationships formed with my clients through the process of architecture.  Helping them formulate and achieve their building goals is incredibly satisfying.  

When I'm not in the office, I enjoy cycling, running, cooking, woodworking, skiing and best of all: adventuring with my wife and three boys.


  • 1999 University of California, Berkeley: Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Science
  • 2006 University of Oregon: Masters of Architecture
  • 2006-2009 The Conceptual Motion Company, Job Captain
  • 2009- founded Native Son Design Studio
  • 2011-2014 - Thompson Naylor Architects, Project Architect


  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Mesa Architects

James Blair, Designer

Montana native James Blair received his master’s in architecture from Cornell University. He has designed commercial and residential projects for clients including Nike and Whistle Club.  He dabbles with prototyping modern furniture. When he’s not in the office (or the woodshop), you might find him down at the beach with his custom spearfishing gun, riding hammerhead sharks at Cortes Bank, or playing with his son, Daxon.


Sravanti Veldurthy, Designer

Sravanti Veldurthy has practiced architecture on two continents. A founding partner of CreDa Architects in Bangalore, she received her master’s in architecture from the University of Southern California. Her work spans everything from large-scale, multiunit residential projects to interior design for gallery spaces. She loves to cook, knit, make baskets and sew to share with her family and friends.


Kitts McCabe, Project Manager

Kitts McCabe says his short attention span has led to a varied career in the building world—his stops along the way include custom furniture making and project engineering. (He’s also ranched in northern California and fought fires across the west). At NSDS, he brings his practical knowledge of building to the design process. On weekends you’ll find him exploring the kelp forests of the Channel Islands or spending time with his family in wild places.


Cameron Walker, Office Manager

Cameron Walker never imagined she would be a corporate controller or live south of the 36th parallel, but both agree with her. In the office, she is a Quickbooks wizard. Out of the office, she might be surfing, chasing her three boys, or possibly catching up on sleep.