A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.
–Neil Gaiman

We are a developer of big dreams, acute design, and thoughtful construction.
Our specialty is activating under-utilized land and buildings.

Instagram feed from our latest project - Hotel McCoy


We are not proponents of sprawl

Sprawl reduces animal habitat, increases fossil fuel emissions and decreases human productivity. Instead, we redevelop and design urban real estate projects that involve soil and groundwater remediation, the redesign of obsolescent buildings, drought tolerant landscaping, rainwater catchment systems and bioswales, recyclable materials, solar panels, and utilization of local materials.

We develop projects in close proximity to transportation, jobs, entertainment, and restaurants. Our comprehensive approach to land planning increases long-term municipal revenues through a significant increase in the property, sales and business tax base, which ultimately generates greater funds for affordable housing, community-based programs, and maintenance of parks, schools, water, sewer and infrastructure.

We want our projects to increase people-to-people interactions within a community, leading to greater employment opportunities, new business creation and the sharing of ideas.



Bryan Coggins

Bryan leads the team in identifying and planning urban real estate projects. A big believer in creating visionary projects within existing metropolitan areas to prevent the proliferation of sprawl, Bryan brings 19 years of management experience. Prior to founding Preface he worked for Kimpton Hotels, then joined Accenture as a top-rated management consultant working in the US and Japan. He holds an economics degree from Claremont McKenna College and a California broker license.

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 19 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 14 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 36 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 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 18 years of experience. Edgar is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership.