Born in Havana, my father, William Camp, was raised in Cuba with his two brothers until he was 14 years old, while attending a U.S. Military Academy. While in Cuba, he contracted polio, malaria and a host of other tropical diseases. His recovery from polio left him with a severe limp and unable to serve his country during World War II.
His family eventually escaped the overthrow of the government during the Batista regime and fled back to the United States. Although they left all their assets behind, and lost everything they had built while in Havana, they managed to retain the San Diego Victorian Mansion the family had owned. They opened up a soup kitchen at the Mansion upon returning to California in 1929 after the Stock Market Crash.
It was then that he headed north to the University of California at Berkeley in 1935 where he put himself through Architecture School by washing dishes in Sorority houses. I always thought that would be a great way to get dates! He continued on to Graduate School there and became a Licensed Architect in 1943. His amazing tale of adversity, determination and humility was such an inspiration that I never swayed from my dream of being just like my Dad and to study architecture in his footsteps.
Alongside our connected passion for landscape architecture and design, I am also proud to be of service to our country. As a veteran of the United States Naval Submarine Service, I served during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Razorback SS394, providing intelligence for ship movements, enemy operations, and troop support.
In the late 1960’s and early 70’s I studied Architecture and Environmental Planning at San Diego State University and California State University at Sonoma. I then joined my father and started Camp & Camp in 1972 out of a shared love for integrated design and quality environments through an innovative marriage of architecture and landscape design. We’ve been fortunate to be involved in the planning and design of thousands of large-scale communities, complexes, urban environments, and custom residential gardens in the S.F. Bay Area and throughout the United States and Asia.
My passion extends well beyond the design profession, including active work for my church, in the arena of alcohol and drug addiction and on behalf of the homeless community. Though I am not a father myself, the other joy in my life is the sponsorship of a little boy, Reilin Hernandez, in the Dominican Republic. I am blessed with the gift of loving Reilin and his family through Compassion International. I am able to visit his family for a couple of weeks every year in their village. Watching him mature and participating in his social and spiritual growth brings a special meaning and perspective to my life.