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We are architects dedicated to meeting the unique challenges of contemporary design and construction. Our diverse team is made up of civic-minded leaders, optimistic can-doers, and unconventional thinkers.


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Leadership
Andrew Appleton-Project Architect-Lowney Architecture
andrew appleton
Project Architect
Shivani Bhalla-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
shivani bhalla
Job Captain
Ruben Borup-Senior Designer-Lowney Architecture
ruben borup
Senior Designer
Anthony Cataldo-Chief Operating Officer-Lowney Architecture
anthony cataldo
Chief Operating Officer
Grant Chang-Director of Architecture, Hawaii-Lowney Architecture
grant chang
Director of Architecture, Hawaii
Maggie Crateau-Marketing Specialist-Lowney Architecture
maggie crateau
Marketing Specialist
Cecilia Cruz-Senior Technical Designer-Lowney Architecture
cecilia cruz
Senior Technical Designer
Mark Donahue-Design Director-Lowney Architecture
mark donahue
Design Director
Cristen Doyle-Office Manager-Lowney Architecture
cristen doyle
Office Manager
Mariah Jaochico-Administrative Assistant-Lowney Architecture
mariah jaochico
Administrative Assistant
Janice Y.K. Li-Studio Director-Lowney Architecture
janice y.k. li
Studio Director
Ken Lowney-President & CEO-Lowney Architecture
ken lowney
President & CEO
Cesar Martinez-Designer-Lowney Architecture
cesar martinez
Designer
Rebecca Migan-Designer-Lowney Architecture
rebecca migan
Designer
Curtis Miller-Senior Project Architect-Lowney Architecture
curtis miller
Senior Project Architect
Patrick Nelson-Designer-Lowney Architecture
patrick nelson
Designer
Natalie Snyder Pond-Architect-Lowney Architecture
natalie snyder pond
Architect
Noe Pegardio-Senior Project Designer-Lowney Architecture
noe pegardio
Senior Project Designer
Eric Price-Studio Director, Commercial + Hospitality-Lowney Architecture
eric price
Studio Director, Commercial + Hospitality
Jordan Rose-Senior Project Manager-Lowney Architecture
jordan rose
Senior Project Manager
Tony Silva-Project Manager-Lowney Architecture
tony silva
Project Manager
Tim Sloat-Senior Project Designer, Associate-Lowney Architecture
tim sloat
Senior Project Designer, Associate
Paige Smith-Project Manager-Lowney Architecture
paige smith
Project Manager
Jung Suh-Senior Project Designer-Lowney Architecture
jung suh
Senior Project Designer
Annie Tveten-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
annie tveten
Job Captain
Mylanie Ventanilla-Interior Project Manager-Lowney Architecture
mylanie ventanilla
Interior Project Manager
Evelyn Wai-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
evelyn wai
Job Captain
Yi Wang-Designer-Lowney Architecture
yi wang
Designer
Elaine Wong-Project Architect-Lowney Architecture
elaine wong
Project Architect
Katrine Wong-Senior Project Manager, Associate-Lowney Architecture
katrine wong
Senior Project Manager, Associate


andrew appleton
Project Architect

Education:
Master of Architecture, University of Oregon
Bachelor of Art, Art History, Washington University (St. Louis)

What I like best about architecture + design:
Architecture for the people.

 

What I add to a project team:
I bring an eye for detail, ample design theory and analysis, and technical knowledge to a project team. I am also a leader and advocate for mentorship.

Get to know Andrew:
Motorcycles and Radiohead



shivani bhalla Associate AIA, Associate IIA
Job Captain

Education:
Master of Arts, Interior Architecture + Adaptive Reuse, Rhode Island School Design
Interior Architecture + Adaptive Reuse, Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Denmark
Bachelor of Architecture, Sushant school of Art + Architecture, India

What I like best about architecture + design:
I have always been fascinated with the idea that architecture can shape and positively influence human interactions. The spaces we create are usually used by people who we may never meet in-person in our lifetime. As designers we have a direct role to play in shaping their experiences by shaping their built environment. That is so inspiring to me and that is what I love about architecture.

 

What I add to a project team:
Positivity, curiosity, leadership, and resourcefulness. I am a team player who is goal-oriented and enjoys problem solving. Being a very social person, I thrive in creative environments, engaging with talented and inspiring people.

Get to know Shivani:
I am a licensed Architect in India, and I belong to a family of Architects (grandfather + mother). If I weren’t in Architecture, I would probably be a lawyer. I write reviews for Yelp in my free time, and I have 8 dogs back home who I love more than life!



ruben borup
Senior Designer

Education:
Master of Architecture, Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark

What I like best about architecture + design:
I am a huge fan of architectural tectonics and honest construction – to me, that is architecture in its purest form.

 

What I add to a project team:
Extensive knowledge of geometry and architectural visualization.

Get to know Ruben:
I used to be a DJ and I love woodworking, artisanal coffee, and baking sourdough bread. My favorite quote is from Mies van der Rohe: “God is in the details.”



anthony cataldo AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Chief Operating Officer

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University

Anthony brings over 17 years of experience in commercial architecture including industrial, workplace, mixed-use, residential, medical, and hospitality to Lowney Architecture. He is a Licensed Architect in the State of California as well as a LEED AP. He has been actively involved with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and was President of the East Bay Chapter in 2012. In 2014, Building Design + Construction magazine named Anthony one of the top 40 under 40.

 

In his leadership role as COO, Anthony is responsible for fostering Lowney Architecture’s collaborative and motivating environment, as well as overseeing our project performance, milestones, and budget in a manner that supports the overall design strategy and schedule. He understands, and is perfectly aligned with, our culture of design excellence, professional collaboration, and community engagement.



grant chang
Director of Architecture, Hawaii

Grant has worked on a broad range of projects including commercial office buildings, corporate headquarters, and a variety of residential and mixed-use buildings in the United States and in Asia. He is a Licensed Architect in the State of Hawaii as well as a LEED AP and brings 12 years of experience as a designer to Lowney Architecture.

Leading the Hawaii office Grant is keenly interested in integrating architecture and sustainable strategies. He approaches each project as a unique opportunity to explore the ideas of physical, social, and environmental context to create unique and sensible designs that are driven by the local environment and vernacular.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College in 2004 and earned his Master of Architecture from the University of California Berkeley in 2007.

 

Education:
Master of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College

What I like best about architecture + design:
I like to develop solutions that respond directly to the surrounding vernacular and cultural milieu.

What I add to a project team:
I bring 13 years of experience as a senior designer to Lowney Architecture. I like to encourage others to look for depth and meaning through exploration and dialogue around the physical, social, and natural context for each project.



maggie crateau
Marketing Specialist

Education:
Bachelor of Science, Business Management, Marketing, Marist College

What I like best about architecture + design:
I love the opportunity to work with architects and designers. By doing so, I’ve found myself not only exploring my own creative side, but also learning more about the role design plays in our surroundings and how it addresses today’s challenges.

 

What I add to a project team:
I bring a perspective of marketing and branding that comes from working with different AEC firms of varying sizes.

Get to know Maggie:
During quarantine, I’ve enjoyed trying a number of DIY crafts and projects. Some have worked out better than others. 🙂



cecilia cruz
Senior Technical Designer

Education:
Bachelor of Science, Architecture, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
Construction Management, Laney College

Cecilia has over twenty years of design and construction administration experience. Her strengths include coordination of construction documents and construction administration for large educational projects, and most recently, multi-family residential projects. Her previous experience also includes large governmental projects in Brunei.

 

What I like best about architecture + design:

I enjoy the arduous design process that culminates in a fulfilling end result.

What I add to a project team:
I bring accountability, attentiveness, and conscientiousness to each project team I’m a part of.

Get to know Cecilia:
I was born in the back seat of a Volkswagen Beetle in the middle of a super typhoon. My favorite food is dark chocolate.

 



mark donahue AIA
Design Director

Mark sets the bar for design at Lowney Architecture. His journey in architecture ranges across the spectrum of project types, reflecting his expansive interests and inquisitive nature.

His design career includes laboratories at Stanford and Rice, airport terminals in Manila and Singapore, a digital arts center housing cutting-edge special effects at the Presidio of San Francisco, libraries, performing arts theaters, and high-rise multifamily residential towers.

For Mark, successful design embodies beauty, economy, and utility.  He led the renovation of the historic federal building at UN Plaza in the heart of the San Francisco Civic Center, the first to receive the LEED Platinum rating; guided the integration of a modernist apartment building into the shell of an 1888 brick power station; and leads the office design effort.

He shares his experience with the next generation of architects and developers as a volunteer in ULI’s Urban Plan Program.

Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Notre Dame, and earned his Master of Architecture with honors from the University of New Mexico. In his leisure time, he enjoys a passion for photography, science fiction, and the intricacies of domestic logistics.

 

Education:
Master of Architecture, University of New Mexico
Bachelor of Arts, University of Notre Dame

What I like best about architecture + design:
Architecture is really like a herd of small creatures standing on each other’s shoulders wearing a trench coat.  From the outside it looks like a single unwieldy thing, but inside it is made up of a vast array of passionate concerns and esoteric pockets of knowledge, each interesting in its own way.  For an omnivorously curious person, there are few other endeavors that could suit better.

What I add to a project team:
As an experienced practitioner, my greatest asset for the project team is the wealth of mistakes I’ve made that none of us will ever have to repeat.

Get to know Mark:
I skipped the 4th grade and joined my sister in the 5th.  She still has not forgiven me. My favorite quote comes from Benjamin Franklin: “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.”



cristen doyle
Office Manager

Education:
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo
Monterey Peninsula College

What I like best about architecture + design:
I like that our team creates usable space for our communities.

 

What I add to a project team:
I bring 20 years of administrative experience, and can provide a valuable, non-architectural point of view.

Get to know Cristen:
I like being crafty with a glue gun, quilting, and making elaborate Halloween costumes every year. My favorite pastime is dancing to live music. I love chips and salsa, and the movie The Fifth Element. My favorite band changes like the music, but if I can dance to them I’m happy!



mariah jaochico
Administrative Assistant

What I like best about architecture + design:
I am all about aesthetics, so I’m really into modern architecture. There is something about its simplicity and sleekness that catches my eye!

What I add to a project team:
My attention to detail, which is especially helpful when it comes to accounting.

 

Get to know Mariah:
My current hobbies include doing nails/creating press on nail designs and illustrating photos for fun. The toaster always startles me even though I know it is going to pop. My favorite movie is Grease, and my favorite musician is H.E.R. You can never go wrong with any kind of pasta! My favorite quote is from Haruki Murakami: “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.”



janice y.k. li AIA, LEEP AP
Studio Director

Education:
Master Of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor Of Arts, Wellesley College

What I like best about architecture + design:
Good architecture and design help to shape and enrich our built environment and living experience.  I love the teamwork involved to produce our work, not only within our team, but also the collaborations with clients, consultants, and builders.  The human interactions and everything I learn along the way make working in architecture and design a lot of fun.

 

What I add to a project team:
I spent most of my career focusing on crafting guest experience in hospitality projects and I hope to bring that attention to user experience to all my work.  I am by nature a “gatherer” and am at my best when I collaborate with others who are passionate about their work.

Get to know Janice:
Outside of Architecture, Janice is a dedicated foodie!, avid traveler, and what she considers a  “crazy dog mom.”



ken lowney AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
President & CEO

Education:
Master of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Occidental College

Licensed Architect:
California, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, Colorado, New York, Montana

Board of Directors:
SPUR; Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; Oakland Land Use Committee (Chair)

Member:
Oakland Builders Alliance; American Institute of Architects; Urban Land Institute, SSDC Black; International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

 

Ken founded Lowney Architecture in 2003 and is the President and CEO of the firm. His approach to architecture is rooted in his belief that architecture is more than simply buildings; and, if thoughtfully and responsibly done it can positively contribute to society and advance a community. In his hometown of Oakland, Ken leads discussions about community and economic development while serving in leadership roles for SPUR, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Oakland Land Use Committee.

On regional and national levels, Ken participates as a full member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Small Scale Development Council and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Northern California Program Committee. He frequently speaks about design innovation and the future of cities.

As a firm, Lowney Architecture has earned acclaim for their grocery store and modular multi-family housing designs. The firm has also won numerous design awards from professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects, including the Golden Nugget. The San Francisco Business Times consistently ranks Lowney Architecture among the top firms in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.



cesar martinez
Designer

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, NewSchool of Architecture and Design

What I like best about architecture + design:
I like the thought process that goes on behind the scenes. People usually see a building when it is under construction or the final product, but no one really knows how it got to that point. I also enjoy how each project brings something new to challenge the design team.

 

What I add to a project team:
I am a reliable and well-versed team member.

Get to know Cesar:
I am a BIG soccer fan! I have toured or seen over 15 famous soccer stadiums throughout the world. Traveling is something I love to do as much as possible.

 



rebecca migan
Designer

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, Academy of Arts University 2017

What I like best about architecture + design:
I enjoy being creative and always learning. I appreciate how architecture is a mixture of art, science and history all in one. As architects, we go from one interesting project to another while collaborating with so many different people to bring such projects to life.

 

What I add to a project team:
Throughout my academic career, I discovered that great design is the result of collaborative work with passionate and innovative values that transforms a place or an object into a unique solution that responds to human needs. I assist and teach other team members how to use these graphic tools/techniques to better “tell a story” when we design. My goal with 3D images is clarity, attention to detail, and informative design intent.

Get to know Rebecca:
I really love painting.



curtis miller
Senior Project Architect

Education:
Bachelor in Architecture, University of Texas, Austin

What I like best about architecture + design:
I enjoy the fact that design is solving problems in a way that is not simply functional, but that can impact the ways we live and interact. It can reach the soul of who we are on so many levels, and speaks to who we are as individuals, or even as a society.

 

What I add to a project team:
I spent a good amount of time in high school and working my way through college in construction, learning how things are put together and sequenced directly in the field. I have kept my experience very balanced across project types and the full spectrum of project phases.  I bring that understanding to every project, no matter what phase I am working through. In addition to that I bring the desire to listen, the desire to find solutions, and to create.

Get to know Curtis:
I love BBQ (more the doing of it than the eating of it). My favorite musician is Dwight Yoakam, and one of my favorite quotes comes from Dr. Suess: “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”



patrick nelson
Designer

Education:
Bachelor of Arts Interior Design UC Davis
Master of Architecture Syracuse University

What I like best about architecture + design:
What I love about great architecture is the reverence for the work that came before it. The utilization of materials and technologies that ground a building in time and place, all the while striving to create something that is timeless.

 

What I add to a project team:
I bring strong visualization skills to the table, and am a good communicator – a collaborative, communicative work environment is where I excel.

Get to know Patrick:
I am an avid disc golfer, and my favorite band is The Clash



natalie snyder pond AIA, LEEP AP
Architect

Education:
Master of Architecture, Ohio State University

What do you like best about architecture/design:
Architecture should not turn a blind eye to the many crises we face today (climate change, inequity, pandemics, etc.). What keeps me in the profession is architecture’s potential to mitigate such issues and improve quality of life. I am interested in design that’s truly sustainable, regenerative, accessible, and equitable.

 

What I add to a project team:
I enjoy the conceptual visualization stages of design. Living in Hawaii has given me a more critical perspective of our built environments.

Get to know Natalie:
I raise monarch butterflies in my backyard and have 4 black cats. I am a vegan and am involved with different activism movements. I love trail running.  My favorite quote: “Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.” – Andrew Boyd



noe pegardio
Senior Project Designer

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Hawaii at Manoa

What do you like best about architecture/design:
That as designers we are able to help shape our built environment, create experiences and in some instances influence peoples’ emotions and mood.

 

What I add to a project team:
I’ve spent almost my entire career in international hospitality design which has helped me to appreciate design from a guest or user experience from many viewpoints.  I hope to bring this experience to the diverse project types here.

Get to know Noe:
I enjoy listening to a wide variety of music and eating new things especially when I travel.  I enjoy trying to cook and learning new recipes as I see it quite similar to design but with a very personal and immediate response…hopefully more good than bad.

My favorite quote: “We borrow from nature the space upon which we build.” – Tadao Ando



eric price
Studio Director, Commercial + Hospitality

Eric has two decades of experience working on a wide variety of hospitality, retail, and commercial projects throughout the Bay Area. He believes improving our cities’ density and livability is critical to a sustainable future. His projects near Oakland’s Broadway Corridor range from the reuse of the old Firestone Building to the Jack London Square mixed-use retail project to the new Moxy Hotel just a few blocks from downtown.

“After serving our Clients as project architect and manager for challenging and award-winning projects such as the Whole Foods Market near Lake Merritt, the complex remodel of Safeway on Shattuck, and The Orchards in Walnut Creek  rezoning and redevelopment, I believe my knowledge and experience on how to guide project development from site planning, design, and CEQA / entitlement phases can be of great value to just about any project type.”

Through extensive practice in the hospitality, retail, and commercial arenas, Eric has honed his expertise in all facets and phases of the design and construction process. His projects have required extensive EIR evaluation and certification, rezoning, mapping, and new utility and easement planning. Vertical projects have required coordination of ground improvements, complex loading and vehicular access requirements, as well as multiple building construction methodologies. Eric understands that the hallmark of exceptional retail and hotel design is that user experience is paramount.

“From way-finding to arrival, the human experience must be carefully considered to make a memorable first impression.”

 

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Texas, Austin

What I like best about architecture + design:
The opportunity to make the world better through place-making, to design buildings that serve people and delight everyday lives. I enjoy collaborating with large and small teams that seek to make each project better than the last.

What skills or traits do you add to a project team:
I have two decades of experience in California working on projects that require CEQA processes, public hearings, and community engagement. I excel in advanced planning and facilitation which helps to bring out the best in each team member. 

Get to know Eric:
I’m a father of two, an amateur musician and music lover, open water swimmer, and (for better or worse) I am perpetually remodeling our small home in the East Bay. What do I like to eat? Taco night is a favorite of ours. Favorite musicians?  Gabriela Quintero, Thelonious Monk, Victor Wooten and Bela Fleck. Lastly, among my favorite guiding quotes is from Jane Goodall: “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”



jordan rose
Senior Project Manager

Education:
Master of Architecture, University of Oregon
Bachelor of Arts, Hampshire College

What I like best about architecture + design:
Making high quality, attractive, modern, sustainable living environments. Contributing to the livability of our cities. Solving complex problems and seeing them built. Teaching young architects about the way our profession is part of the larger context of development, construction, and policy.

What I add to a project team:
I believe I add some decent communication skills, a fair amount of construction knowledge and experience, design and materials knowledge, the instincts of a life of living in cities, the ability to visualize sketching solutions, and a balanced approach to the work.

 

Get to know Jordan:
I helped start a local youth sports non-profit association and a summer camp, and coached the Berkeley High School Ultimate Team to two state championships. I sat on the board of a Berkeley-based senior housing non-profit for three years. I also helped lead the team that designed and built the Temple of Promise at Burning Man in 2015.

A few of my favorite movies are Slumdog Millionaire, 20 Feet From Stardom, The Princess Bride, Being John Malkovich, and North By Northwest. I make a pretty mean stir-fry but I will eat almost anything delicious and healthy, and love everything from Ethiopian cuisine, to Thai and Vietnamese, to a good burger.  I guess I’m a bit of a classic rock guy, which is no surprise given my age and background. But I’m also a big fan of older jazz, from the 30s to the 60s; I love classical music, especially baroque; and modern rock, funk, and even some EDM.



tony silva
Project Manager

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

What I like best about architecture + design:
To me, the best part of architecture is the problem solving and collaboration between multiple parties. I’ve always loved working in teams and as an architect you get to be right in the middle of all the action and decision making. There’s nothing like walking a project under construction and having an understanding of each detail and the decisions behind them.

 

What I add to a project team:
I bring a great deal of multifaceted experience across a wide range of project types and roles. I’ve worked on everything from Retail, Commercial, multifamily, modular, and industrial projects with roles that ranged from Drafter to Project Manager. I’m excited about what I do and I love sharing knowledge and experiences with the project team.

Get to know Tony:
I love to tinker and build. I’m always working on projects around the house or creating something at my work bench. I like to think my mind controls the week but my hands own the weekend. I love anything Science Fiction! I love to let my imagination wander to new places.



tim sloat
Senior Project Designer, Associate

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in Design for Theater, UC Berkeley

 

What I like best about architecture + design:
It’s a privilege and a lot of fun to be entrusted with asking “What if?” and imagining the possibilities for each project we work on.

 

What I add to a project team:
Over two decades of experience in urban design and architecture, contributing and leading design efforts on scores of retail, mixed use, and housing projects. Strong background in entitlement processes from both the architectural side and from four years spent working directly with equity partners as a design and development manager.

Get to know Tim:
Prior to having kids, I was active in the Bay Area’s local film-making scene, writing and directing a couple award-winning shorts. One of my favorite quotes is from Charles Bukowski: “An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.”



paige smith
Project Manager

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

What I like best about architecture + design:
I love building layout, particularly for multi-family residential, and especially for townhomes. My other favorite thing is reading and interpreting the code in depth – call me if you need esoteric knowledge about applying the building code, particularly fireproofing buildings. I adore putting together innovative construction details to incorporate unusual design elements, and the problem-solving required to make sure each unique design is accurately portrayed and buildable.

 

What I add to a project team:
Code knowledge and interpretation; thoughtful construction detailing; intimate knowledge of the overall process that leads to a finished project; and project and team leadership. 

Get to know Paige:
In my spare time, I love to design and build my own furniture – I enjoy working with my hands and creating something useable. One of my favorite quotes is from Charles Eames: “The details are not the details – they make the design.”



jung suh
Senior Project Designer

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

What I like best about architecture + design:
The process of design and construction is sometimes more rewarding that the final product.

 

What I add to a project team:
My focus has primarily been on early conceptual development of various project types including large scale commercial developments, retail, hospitality, mixed use, and multifamily housing.  I enjoy developing initial concepts/ideas as well as 3d visualization, and fostering a collaborative and team environment.

Get to know Jung:
I always thought I had some athletic ability… until I took up golf many years ago.  It’s the hardest, most frustrating sport that I love. My favorite thing to eat is spicy Korean food.



annie tveten LEED GA
Job Captain

Education:
Master of Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Art, Savannah College of Art and Design

What I like best about architecture + design:
As designers we get the unique opportunity of shaping the environment around people. Through that process we’re hopefully are able to improve their lives by creating spaces designed with people in mind first.

 

What I add to a project team:
I have experience with both design and technical aspects of commercial and residential projects, so I can help my team design a project from start to finish. I’m also well versed in a variety of software for design and visualization.

Get to know Annie:
I recently bought a resin 3D printer and have been experimenting with parametric modeling for jewelry. My favorite movie is Melancholia by Lars Von Trier.



mylanie ventanilla LEED AP, BD+C, AIA
Interior Project Manager

Education:
Bachelor of Arts Architecture , University of California, Berkeley

What I like best about architecture + design:
The most rewarding part of our job as architects and designers is being a part of the process of design and watching something go from paper to the physically built environment.  I love being in the field – collaborating with the general contractors & consultants and observing the construction process.

 

What I add to a project team:
I am compassionate and truly believe in the 360-degree leader approach.  As we each evolve and learn, we should not only be learning from just senior level leadership – but also from  incoming talent and new perspectives.  Anyone can contribute to an individual’s development and growth.  I enjoy mentoring and passing along knowledge I’ve learned through my career. Lastly, I’m fun, relaxed, a fast learner and am known to be very organized!

Get to know Mylanie:
I love karaoke (after a good amount of liquid courage), hiking, golfing with the hubby, dancing with my 2 little girls, reading a good book, paintballing, snow-boarding (I stick to the greens!) & Disneyland (who doesn’t?!).



evelyn wai
Job Captain

Education:
Master of Architecture, University of Auckland

Bachelor of Architectural Studies, University of Auckland

What I like best about architecture + design:
There is always something new and something great to discover, whether it be construction methods or new designs. I enjoy being a key team member throughout the Design Development, Construction Documentation, Bid Sets and Construction Administration phases of projects.

 

What I add to a project team:
I’m a passionate and self-motivated architectural designer, with strong proficiencies across BIM and CAD software. I am also organized and believe that happy people create even better teams.

Get to know Evelyn:
I like travelling, cooking, and all things fun. My favorite movie is Inside Out.



yi wang
Designer

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
B. Arch Qingdao Technological University

What I like best about architecture + design:
Architectural design is both problem solving and artistic creation. The beauty is that it requires critical thinking and bold imagination at the same time.

 

What I add to a project team:
I enjoy the process of solving problems and figuring out the best solutions or design options. I am detail-oriented and a highly observational, which helps me craft finely tuned renderings and 3D models which vividly express the feelings of a design.

Get to know Yi:
I like trying out new things and new foods. My favorite movie is Monsters, Inc.



elaine wong AIA, LEED BD+C
Project Architect

Education:
Doctorate of Architecture, University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Architecture

What I like best about architecture + design:
I enjoy working on socially and environmentally responsible architecture that positively impacts people’s lives, provides comfort and improves the human experience of space.

 

What I add to a project team:
My strength is taking both creativity and technical aspect into consideration while solving problems in all design phases.

Get to know Elaine:
I occasionally do oil painting and also watercolor. I also love science fiction movies – Interstellar is one of my favorites.



katrine wong LEED AP
Senior Project Manager, Associate

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, Industrial Design, University of California, Berkeley

What I like best about architecture + design:
As a LEED Accredited Professional, I enjoy being a knowledgeable proponent of sustainable design. I enjoy coordinating diverse teams of professionals from different backgrounds, and managing projects through all phases, from design development through construction documents.

 

What I add to a project team:
I bring 24 years of professional experience in a variety of project types, specializing in mid-rise multi-family residential developments in the Bay Area. I am well-versed in all aspects of project management, from schematic design through construction administration.


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Multi-Family
Modular
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Hospitality
Design Philosophy



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