Born into a military family, Merv spent his childhood traveling throughout the United States and Great Britain, where he began his first formal education in English public schools. Entering high school in the San Francisco Bay area, he elected to take a class in technical drafting, which first piqued his interest in architecture. That interest was also influenced further by the works of Louis Khan, and the Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. These influences led Merv to enroll at the University of Oregon, School of Architecture & Allied Arts graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
The result of those influences helped shape his thinking and focus on the materiality of design, detail, and the built environment. Merv has based his professional focus on the primary definition of “Architect,” which is Master Builder.