A building is not just a place to be, but a way to be.

–Frank Lloyd Wright

We dream big, design thoughtfully, and execute carefully.


We are not proponents of sprawl

Sprawl isn’t our thing. It reduces animal habitat, decreases human productivity, and increases emissions. Instead, we create urban real estate projects that involve some pretty cool stuff – remediating soil and groundwater, recycling obsolescent buildings, designing rainwater catchment systems and bioswales, incorporating recyclable materials and solar panels, and utilizing drought tolerant plants.

We develop projects close to transportation, jobs, entertainment, and restaurants – the type of projects that increase municipal revenues (from expanding property, sales, and business tax base) and generate funds for affordable housing, community-based programs, and maintenance of parks, schools, water, sewer, and infrastructure.

We also dig it when people get together in a community. Often, it leads to the sharing of ideas, new business creation, and greater employment opportunities.



Bryan Coggins

A believer in creating visionary urban real estate projects to prevent the proliferation of sprawl, Bryan brings 23 years of management experience. Prior to founding Preface in 2004 he worked for Kimpton Hotels, then joined Accenture working for Microsoft in the US and Japan; he was ranked in the top 5% of the firm’s West Coast management consultants. He holds an economics degree from Claremont McKenna College.

Matt Hamilton

Matt manages all Preface projects end-to-end. He interfaces with cities, vendors and the company’s capital partners to develop cutting-edge projects that are both economically feasible and visually intriguing. He is a 23 year industry veteran, having spent significant time at Opus and MBK. Matt received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State, his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and holds professional LEED credentials.

Christina Nickel

Christina manages all operations at Preface. She works with the firm’s capital partners to oversee all financials and reporting. She also facilitates the firm’s brand and marketing strategy. She has 18 years of experience in real estate working with First American Title, homebuilders and real estate software companies. She holds a California broker license and a degree in Psychology from Scripps College.

Gregory Weiler

Greg is a partner of Dzida, Carey & Steinman, LLP in Irvine, California. Over the course of nearly 41 years, Greg has developed an expertise in land use regulation with particular expertise in the Subdivision Map Act, Planning Law, CEQA, development fees, exactions, and dedications. Greg received his B.A. from California State University, Long Beach, and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Edgar Santos

Edgar manages financial reporting, financial analysis and transaction management functions for Preface. With an extensive background working with the California National Guard, he is IRS and CTEC certified and carries 20 years of experience. Edgar is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership.

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