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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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Team
Leadership
Andrew Appleton-Project Architect-Lowney Architecture
andrew appleton
Project Architect
Beth Bakulich-Director of People-Lowney Architecture
beth bakulich
Director of People
Shivani Bhalla-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
shivani bhalla
Job Captain
Ruben Borup-Senior Designer-Lowney Architecture
ruben borup
Senior Designer
Nicole Bowman-Junior Designer-Lowney Architecture
nicole bowman
Junior Designer
Calvin Bulan-Designer-Lowney Architecture
calvin bulan
Designer
Vicente Caballes-Designer-Lowney Architecture
vicente caballes
Designer
Anthony Cataldo-Chief Operating Officer-Lowney Architecture
anthony cataldo
Chief Operating Officer
Grant Chang-Principal, Hawaii-Lowney Architecture
grant chang
Principal, Hawaii
Chi Lou Cheang-Senior Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
chi lou cheang
Senior Job Captain
Arnelson Danao-Senior Project Manager-Lowney Architecture
arnelson danao
Senior Project Manager
Mark Donahue-Design Director-Lowney Architecture
mark donahue
Design Director
Dale Furman-Senior Project Manager-Lowney Architecture
dale furman
Senior Project Manager
Nora Garcia-Studio Director-Lowney Architecture
nora garcia
Studio Director
Xuan Guo-Senior Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
xuan guo
Senior Job Captain
Nolan Higa-Designer -Lowney Architecture
nolan higa
Designer
Alexandria Hoevel-Director, Los Angeles-Lowney Architecture
alexandria hoevel
Director, Los Angeles
Christina Holcom-Designer-Lowney Architecture
christina holcom
Designer
Mariah Jaochico-Accounting Coordinator-Lowney Architecture
mariah jaochico
Accounting Coordinator
Hanna Kisialeva-Project Architect-Lowney Architecture
hanna kisialeva
Project Architect
Biwen Li-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
biwen li
Job Captain
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
Curtis Miller-Senior Project Architect-Lowney Architecture
curtis miller
Senior Project Architect
Gregory Montgomery-Senior Project Architect-Lowney Architecture
gregory montgomery
Senior Project Architect
Patrick Nelson-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
patrick nelson
Job Captain
Noe Pegardio-Design Director, Hawaii-Lowney Architecture
noe pegardio
Design Director, Hawaii
Natalie Snyder Pond-Architect-Lowney Architecture
natalie snyder pond
Architect
Eric Price-Studio Director-Lowney Architecture
eric price
Studio Director
Sarah Sapone-Project Architect-Lowney Architecture
sarah sapone
Project Architect
Tony Silva-Project Manager-Lowney Architecture
tony silva
Project Manager
Jennifer Sims-Executive Assistant-Lowney Architecture
jennifer sims
Executive Assistant
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
Evelyn Wai-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
evelyn wai
Job Captain
Yi Wang-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
yi wang
Job Captain
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



beth bakulich SPHR
Director of People
 


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.”



nicole bowman
Junior Designer

Doctor of Architecture, University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Architecture

Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Architecture

What I like best about architecture + design:

I view architecture as a complex language. Aside from being used to describe certain methods, technologies, and typical “first thought” impressions, it can act a poetic expression from the mind of the designer to the user. Whether it be a place of serenity or sadness, architecture is a beautiful way of speaking volumes and imparting lasting memories that survive generations.

What skills or traits do you add to a project team?
I really enjoy operating with and learning from others in team settings. This pushes me to work hard and apply newfound knowledge so that I can continually support those who are alongside me. That would have to be my main trait – always being on the lookout for growth opportunities.

 


calvin bulan Associate AIA
Designer

Doctor of Architecture, University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Architecture

Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Architecture

What I like best about architecture + design:

What I love best about architecture/design is how multi-faceted the profession is and how intertwined a design can be with the surrounding culture, environment, and politics. You never stop learning something new!

What skills or traits do you add to a project team?

Optimistic attitude and positive collaboration skills, as I believe good synergy is what brings a project to success! I am also a jack of all trades when it comes to design/cad programs and what I don’t know, I make up for with an eagerness to learn new skills and techniques!

 

Get to know Calvin:

I honestly vibe with almost anything if the energy and company are good!
My most recent hobby I have taken up is building Gunpla (scale model robots/figures)!

My favorite movies of all time that I could watch over and over again would have to be Jurassic Park (all), Alien (all), Blade Runner (both), Hereditary (any A24 film really), Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Coraline (and other Laika films), The Abyss, and Fantastic Mr.Fox.

I always gravitate towards sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies. Animated movies also have a place in my heart.



vicente caballes
Designer
 


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
Principal, 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.



chi lou cheang
Senior Job Captain

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Hawaii, Manoa

 


arnelson danao
Senior Project Manager

 

 

 

 



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.”



dale furman AIA, ARCHITECT, NCARB
Senior Project Manager

Education:
Master of Architecture and Urban Planning  |  University of California, Los Angeles

What I add to a project team:

Commitment to teamwork and maintaining open lines of communication with clients and all project stakeholders, ensuring diligent service from the initial project programming phase all the way through construction.

 


nora garcia ARCHITECT, NCARB
Studio Director

Education:
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

What I like best about architecture + design:

I’ve always enjoyed the process of combining creative and critical thinking to design buildings that respond to the needs of the ultimate occupants. From starting with developing the initial concept to fine tuning it until it feels ‘right’. Documentation through construction is just as interesting since there is always something new to learn as we strive to achieve the concept/design!

What I add to a project team:

An extensive archive of technical knowledge mixed in with very many lessons learned that I like to share with the team. I also bring strong leadership and mentorship.

 

Get to know Nora:

My favorite band is always changing! Although I listen to a variety of music styles, my go-to is rock/alternative.



xuan guo LEED AP BD+C, NCARB
Senior Job Captain

Education:
University of California, Los Angeles

What I like best about architecture + design:

Architecture is the subject between art and engineering, design is the process of making things pretty but also making sense in some ways. You can zoom out seeing the acres of area from urban planning, also zoom into the sections, finding the love from the details.

What I add to a project team:

Hands on experience throughout the whole process of project development from scheme to construction phase, coordination with different disciplines, multi-tasking project management abilities, diligence and positive attitude.

 

Get to know Xuan:

I used to train and play table tennis professionally. My favorite band/musician includes LANY, Peach pit, Glass animals, The Strokes, Shakey Graves, Gus Dapperton, Jeremy Zucker.



nolan higa
Designer

Education:
Master of Architecture, University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington

 


alexandria hoevel AIA
Director, Los Angeles

A life-long resident of Los Angeles with over two decades of experience, Alexandria has contributed to a diverse range of award-winning projects spanning across international and Southwestern US locations, including California, Arizona, and Texas. Her professional background encompasses multifamily and mixed-use developments, as well as involvement in civic, commercial, hospitality, master planning, and urban design initiatives.

As the Director of the Los Angeles office, Alexandria is interested in studying architecture’s relationship to the urban fabric and surrounding neighborhoods. She’s worked extensively on multi-family and mixed used developments both internationally and in the Southwestern US. Alexandria’s focus has been creating affordable housing that is innovative, equitable and impactful. Outside of the office, Alexandria devotes her free time to her community, mentorship, and to supporting equality within the field of Architecture. She’s the chair for the AIA Los Angeles Women in Architecture Committee, and is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute, the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing, and AWA+D.

 

 

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture | California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

What do you like best about architecture + design:
I see architecture, design, and urbanism as markers of society. All have the ability to mirror us at any given time or place throughout history, amplifying what holds value most to us. I find especially interesting how we use architecture and design to solve the daily challenges we face, and how those needs have adjusted over time.

What skills or traits do you add to a project team:
Collaboration! Giving all team members what they need to grow and do their best work. I also bring a big-picture approach to every project, partnered with design and technical expertise. Planning ahead, seeing potential issues, and troubleshooting them before they become delays or major setbacks – that’s a skill I bring to any team.

Any special talent, interesting hobby, or fun fact about you:
I enjoy discovering new cities and getting lost in the process. When I’m not in the office, you can find me at a local park playing fetch with my dog, Winston.

Favorite movie:
Young Frankenstein



christina holcom
Designer

Education:

Doctorate of Architecture (D. Arch), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, School of Architecture

Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, School of Architecture

 

What I like best about architecture + design:
Architecture can have a positive impact on the built and natural environment, and user experience.  I enjoy solving problems, collaborating with others, and creating a positive impact on people’s lives.

 

What I add to a project team:
I enjoy problem solving and working collaboratively with others. I am detail oriented, motivated, and have a fresh perspective as a recent graduate.

Get to know Christina:
In my free time I like to play card/board games and video games with friends. I also enjoy traveling and seeing new places.

My favorite food is definitely a sweet one, ice cream and milk tea are some of my favorites!



mariah jaochico
Accounting Coordinator

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.”



hanna kisialeva
Project Architect
 


biwen li
Job Captain
 

 



janice y.k. li AIA, LEED 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.

 



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.”



gregory montgomery AIA, NCARB, LEED GA
Senior Project Architect

Education:

Master of Architecture, Architectural Engineering & Design, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Science, Architectural Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

What I like best about architecture + design:
I love to see the realization of building projects and the exploration of groundbreaking design concepts.

 

What I add to a project team:

When I join a project team, I bring my strong problem-solving skills, technical expertise, and effective project management and leadership abilities to the table, contributing to the success of the project.

Gregory’s Project Awards:

  • Project of the Year, $50—$100 Million Large Agency Project (2013) Sacramento Railyards Track Relocation Project |  APWA-Sacramento Chapter
  • Project of the Year, Infrastructure under $2million (2009) Guadalupe Southline Platform Retrofit |  CMAA
  • Merit Award, Structural Systems Category (2007) Hamilton Station & Guideway |  CELSOC
  • Excellence in Transportation (2000) Downtown Mountain View Transit Center |  Caltrans


Favorite Musical Artist:

Elton John



patrick nelson
Job Captain

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



noe pegardio
Design Director, Hawaii

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



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



eric price
Studio Director

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 lasting 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.”



sarah sapone AIA, NCARB
Project Architect

Education:
Master of Architecture, University of Miami
Bachelor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

What I add to a project team:

As a California licensed architect with over 20 years of experience, I have been utilizing technology to drive innovation in the commercial sector. Throughout my career, I have provided guidance and collaborated closely with Technical Project Managers in the Product Design and Engineering Department, ensuring the successful execution of projects.

At Lowney, I am proud to contribute to the design and coordination of diverse project types across various phases, from feasibility studies to construction administration. These projects encompass a range of building typologies, including 100% affordable housing, mixed-use developments, market-rate housing, as well as hospitality and redevelopment initiatives in the vibrant Bay Area.

I am passionate about leveraging my expertise to create exceptional spaces that not only meet the functional needs of their occupants but also contribute positively to the communities they serve.

 

Get to know Sarah:

I cherish spending quality time with my family on weekend getaways, allowing us to explore the beautiful outdoors across our state. Together with my husband, Adam, whom I’ve known since we were 14 and 15 years old, are blessed with two wonderful children: Wells, our lively 3.5-year-old son, and Presley, our adorable one-year-old daughter. Completing our family is Buckminster, our dog who goes by the name Buck, and who has been with us for eight years.

When it comes to my work, my favorite project is typically the one I am currently immersed in. Each project brings its own unique challenges and opportunities, and I find immense joy in overcoming those challenges and creating spaces that leave a lasting impact. Additionally, one of my biggest hobbies revolves around renovating an off-grid cabin. I take great pleasure in transforming it into a comfortable and charming space, ensuring it’s not only habitable but also a cozy retreat for family and friends.

 



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.



jennifer sims
Executive Assistant
 

What I add to a project team:

I bring years of customer service experience to the Lowney team.  And a different perspective that’s not purely architectural or design based.

Get to know Jennifer:

Fun fact:  I’ve been best friends with my 2 besties for over 35 years and we continue to have regular Facetimes and visit one another as often as we can.  One in TX one in NV.

Favorite quote:

“If you care about someone, and you got a little love in your heart, there ain’t nothing you can’t get through together.” – Ted Lasso



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.



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
Job Captain

Education:
Master of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Architecture, 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, University of California, Berkeley
Minor: City and Regional Planning

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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