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Team
Leadership
Andrew Appleton-Architect-Lowney Architecture
andrew appleton
Architect
Renata Araujo-Designer-Lowney Architecture
renata araujo
Designer
Shivani Bhalla-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
shivani bhalla
Job Captain
Theresa Bort-Architect-Lowney Architecture
theresa bort
Architect
Ruben Borup-Senior Designer-Lowney Architecture
ruben borup
Senior Designer
Jing Bu-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
jing bu
Job Captain
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
Sheren Cheung-Senior Technical Designer-Lowney Architecture
sheren cheung
Senior Technical Designer
Cecilia Cruz-Senior Technical Designer-Lowney Architecture
cecilia cruz
Senior Technical Designer
J. Domingo R. Cuevas-Senior Technical Designer-Lowney Architecture
j. domingo r. cuevas
Senior Technical Designer
Mark Donahue-Design Director-Lowney Architecture
mark donahue
Design Director
Cristen Doyle-Office Manager-Lowney Architecture
cristen doyle
Office Manager
Jesse Duclos-Senior Project Designer-Lowney Architecture
jesse duclos
Senior Project Designer
Rich Furigay-BIM Manager-Lowney Architecture
rich furigay
BIM Manager
Nick Gomez-Studio Director, Multi-Family-Lowney Architecture
nick gomez
Studio Director, Multi-Family
Herminio Hernandez-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
herminio hernandez
Job Captain
Jennifer Ivanovich-Director, Landscape Architecture-Lowney Architecture
jennifer ivanovich
Director, Landscape Architecture
Mariah Jaochico-Administrative Assistant-Lowney Architecture
mariah jaochico
Administrative Assistant
Justin Kelly-Project Manager-Lowney Architecture
justin kelly
Project Manager
Richard Layugan-Senior Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
richard layugan
Senior Job Captain
Nick Lo-Junior Designer-Lowney Architecture
nick lo
Junior Designer
Ken Lowney-President & CEO-Lowney Architecture
ken lowney
President & CEO
Kimberly Lozada-Executive Assistant-Lowney Architecture
kimberly lozada
Executive Assistant
Claire Luo-Senior Project Architect-Lowney Architecture
claire luo
Senior Project Architect
Aleksandra Makuch-Designer-Lowney Architecture
aleksandra makuch
Designer
Wylan Marquez-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
wylan marquez
Job Captain
Paul Matys-Senior Technical Designer-Lowney Architecture
paul matys
Senior Technical Designer
Sam McGeehan-Senior Technical Designer-Lowney Architecture
sam mcgeehan
Senior Technical Designer
Rebecca Migan-Designer-Lowney Architecture
rebecca migan
Designer
Curtis Miller-Senior Project Architect-Lowney Architecture
curtis miller
Senior Project Architect
Glad Molina-Project Architect-Lowney Architecture
glad molina
Project Architect
Patrick Nelson-Designer-Lowney Architecture
patrick nelson
Designer
Natalie Snyder Pond-Architect-Lowney Architecture
natalie snyder pond
Architect
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
Gabriela Sanchez-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
gabriela sanchez
Job Captain
Ian Sheng-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
ian sheng
Job Captain
Tony Silva-Project Architect-Lowney Architecture
tony silva
Project Architect
Tim Sloat-Senior Project Designer-Lowney Architecture
tim sloat
Senior Project Designer
Paige Smith-Project Manager-Lowney Architecture
paige smith
Project Manager
Ron Suverkrop-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
ron suverkrop
Job Captain
Annie Tvetan-Designer-Lowney Architecture
annie tvetan
Designer
Evelyn Wai-Job Captain-Lowney Architecture
evelyn wai
Job Captain
Katrine Wong-Senior Project Manager-Lowney Architecture
katrine wong
Senior Project Manager
Yi Wang-Designer-Lowney Architecture
yi wang
Designer


andrew appleton
Architect

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

What I like best about architecture + design:
I enjoy highlighting material quality and promoting inclusivity through art and architecture. I also like working towards a solution for the housing crisis, increasing urban density, and supporting the use of public transit.

 

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:
I enjoy motorcycle maintenance and my favorite band is Radiohead.



renata araujo
Designer

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, California College of the Arts

What I like best about architecture + design:
I really enjoy being part of a team that transforms ideas from drawings into built reality.

 

What I add to a project team:
I bring creative problem solving and attention to detail to project teams.

Get to know Renata:
I’m training for a marathon, and my favorite band is the Topaz Gang.



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!



theresa bort
Architect

Education:
Bachelor Science in Architecture, University of Cincinnati

What I like best about architecture + design:
Designing and planning a building is all just a big puzzle. And a puzzle is a game. What’s not to love?

 

What I add to a project team:
I’m capable of looking at problems from all different angles in order to come up with creative solutions. My favorite tool is my pen, on which I rely heavily when getting into the weeds of building design. I’m also quite adept at raving about the intricacies of Revit.

Get to know Theresa:
In my free time, you can find me at a dance class, sewing clothes, hiking, obsessing over my bonsai tree collection, or playing board games with friends. My favorite movie is Amelie.



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.”



jing bu
Job Captain

Education:
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan
Bachelor of Agriculture, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China

 

 


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.



sheren cheung
Senior Technical Designer

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

What I like best about architecture + design:
I like developing professional relationships through coordination with consultants, operators, clients, and building officials. I also enjoy managing the details of the construction administration phase.

 

What I add to a project team:
I have extensive experience with the production of construction documents for new residential and hospitality projects.



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.

 



j. domingo r. cuevas
Senior Technical Designer

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, Woodbury University

What I like best about architecture + design:
What I appreciate most about architecture and design is the collaboration process. I understand that the architecture itself can have a single vision, but it takes a dedicated group of people working together to make that common design goal a reality.

 

What I add to a project team:
I bring thoughtfulness and clarity to each project I’m on. I’m a diligent and experienced core team member with over 20 years of design and production experience, ranging from the coordination of conceptual design through contract documents and construction. 

Get to know Domingo:
I’m a runner and have completed the SF Full Marathon twice since 2015. I have also been in over 10 half marathons since 2012. The best thing I’ve ever eaten was street food in Bangkok. I love the movie Fifth Element, and Green Day and Otis Heat are in my regular rotation. My favorite quote is from Bruce Lee: “Be water, my friend.”



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 technical standards effort.

He shares his experience with the next generation of architects, as a professor at the Academy of Art University, teaching a 4th year studio.

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!



jesse duclos
Senior Project Designer

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

What I like best about architecture + design:
I’ve always loved the combination of art, science, and the physical act of building and making. The master builders of the Gothic period have long inspired me for their ability to design, engineer, and then build their visions.

 

What I add to a project team:
Concept and project design, visualizations, entitlement sets, mentorship. I am also hard working and meticulous. 

Get to know Jesse:
I like making my own liqueurs and bitters, carving wood, and making my own furniture. My favorite quote is by Charles Darwin: “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”



rich furigay East Bay RUG
BIM Manager

Education:
Drafting Design Technology, ITT Institute – Seattle, WA

What I like best about architecture + design:
From the BIM side, I enjoy creating a 3D model from a 2D drawing, add the finishes and realistic elements, plugging it all into a rendering program and seeing it really come to life.

 

What I add to a project team:
I bring problem solving skills, and leverage best practices and team trainings to improve workflow.

Get to know Rich:
I love to work on cars — especially European imports. Everything from building their motors, to modifying them to be aesthetically appealing.



nick gomez
Studio Director, Multi-Family

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Nick has over 20 years of experience in affordable/multi-family housing. He has worked on a range of urban infill projects for both non-profit and for-profit developers. He has managed projects from design development through construction administration, and they have received awards at the local, state, and national levels. Nick’s expertise also includes institutional projects requiring DSA approvals in West Contra Costa and Berkeley Unified School Districts.

Nick’s background in housing and experience with state regulatory agencies has been a great fit for Lowney’s modular housing practice. Working closely with two of the leading factory-built housing manufacturers, he has helped grow the firm’s proficiency in this field. Nick has also spoken as an expert panelist at several conferences on modular housing.

 

Nick holds an architecture degree from CCA. Early in his career he formed a network of artist and designers to work on public art and gallery installations. His personal and group work has been exhibited in local galleries.  His art collective completed the Broadway I-880 underpass project for Oakland and was shortlisted for the GSA African Burial Ground memorial project. Nick remains committed to the arts, sat on the Public Art Advisory Committee for Alameda County from 2012 through 2020, and was appointed to the board of SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.



herminio hernandez
Job Captain

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Idaho
Master of Architecture, University of Oregon

What I like best about architecture + design:
I enjoy the technical process of helping build a project from start to finish.

 

What I add to a project team:
I like to think I am a patient person.

Get to know Herminio:
During my free time, I like to run, fish and go camping. My favorite movie is A Bronx Tale.



jennifer ivanovich ASLA
Director, Landscape Architecture

Education:
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts, w/ Distinction in Biology, Aspects of Conservation and Spanish, University of Wisconsin

Jennifer is the landscape team leader at Lowney Architecture specializing in the design and development of contemporary spaces. Her expertise fuses landscape architecture, ecology, graphic design, and product design.

She has been involved in a range of projects throughout her career including art installations, residential and commercial landscapes, and restaurant designs. Influenced by the natural environment and responsive to user needs, she seeks to create landscape spaces of longevity that reinforce the connection between people and their environment.

 

What I like best about architecture + design:
I enjoy the creative expression, and the way it has direct impact on people’s daily lives.

What I add to a project team:
Critical levity—meaning that I am generally quite critical, but I also like to laugh. So, there is a sense of playfulness combined with my “get the job done right” attitude.

Get to know Jennifer:
I am a self-declared master pinata maker. My favorite movie is The Jerk.



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.”



justin kelly LEED AP BD+C
Project Manager

Education:
BS Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University
M. Arch, University of Washington

What I like best about architecture + design:
I enjoy the synthesis of as much as you can possibly bring to the project, complex problem solving, meeting interesting people, and creating a tangible and durable result.

 

What I add to a project team:
I add a strong technical background, and a love of form to project teams. I also have a strong desire for projects to be successful from all points of view: client, contractor, and design.

Get to know Justin:
I am a dedicated photographer. Since moving to the Bay Area, I have learned to love the water lifestyle: open water swimming, paddle boarding, and most recently, I attempted kite boarding. My favorite food is sushi, and I love just about every book by Hemingway. My favorite movie is a short called Wanderers, by Erik Wernquist, and I love the band Dandy Warhols.



richard layugan AIA, LEED-AP
Senior Job Captain

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, California College of the Arts

What I like best about architecture + design:
The act of making and knowing what you are making is meant to enrich someone’s life.

 

What I add to a project team:
I bring many years of experience in commercial TI and Interior Design to my project teams. I like to contribute structure to the often chaotic creative process. I am flexible and a team player, aiming to always provide support where needed.

Get to know Richard:
My hobbies include cooking and baking, especially any comfort food! My favorite band is Linkin Park.



nick lo
Junior Designer

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Southern California
Master of Arts in Architecture, Rice University

What I like best about architecture + design:
I’m passionate about enacting real tangible change through the built world. I believe that thoughtful crafting of spaces and architecture

 

What I add to a project team:
I am quick on my feet, bring a sharp design eye, and am able to think deeply about the experiential qualities of a built space.

Get to know Nick:
I’ve been training wushu (a Chinese martial art) for over ten years. My favorite food is Sushi.



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.



kimberly lozada
Executive Assistant

What I like best about architecture + design:
The beauty it brings to the world.

What I add to a project team:
I add the fun and the flavor to our team!

Get to know Kimberly:
I’m an expert shot and a professional shopper (for myself, of course)! My favorite food is anything Puerto Rican because I’m Boriqua!

 


claire luo AIA
Senior Project Architect

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, Tsinghua University, China
Masters in Urban Planning, Tsinghua University, China

What I like best about architecture + design:
Architects gets the opportunity to be very creative, and feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment when a project is finished.

 

What I add to a project team:
I am a creative and innovative problem solver. I have many years of experience as a full cycle Architect working on projects from design inception through construction. I bring a strong knowledge of construction documentation, code analysis, detailing and consultant coordination.

Get to know Claire:
I love to spend time with my kids, and enjoy growing vegetables in my garden. My favorite movie is Forest Gump.



aleksandra makuch
Designer

Education:
Masters in Architecture, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Bachelors in Architecture + Urban Planning, University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland

What I like best about architecture + design:
I love harmony, proportion, and color. The challenge of creating a well-designed building that includes all of these characteristics but is still functional is my favorite part of being a designer. When architecture elegantly complements its surrounding city or nature – that is such a pleasure to see.

 

What I add to a project team:
I am very organized and put a lot of thought into my work, especially in the planning stages of a project. I am able to execute feasibility studies quickly. I have a strong aesthetic eye and enjoy exploring color theory.

Get to know Aleksandra:
I love painting anything from tiny, detailed paintings to large murals. I also build small architectural models and enjoy woodworking. I like to go cycling and horseback riding, and in my free time I volunteer at a dog shelter. My favorite food is sushi, and I love the film The Pursuit of Happiness. One of my most favorite quotes is from Steve Jobs: “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They already know what you truly want to become.”



wylan marquez Associate AIA, NCARB
Job Captain

Education:
Doctorate of Architecture (D. Arch), University of Hawaii School of Architecture

What I like best about architecture + design:
What I like best about architecture is the opportunity to create a sense of place that is connected and inspired from the local environment, culture and lifestyle. It gives me joy and accomplishment to go through the design process and push for progressive solutions while also respecting tradition and cultural values.

 

What I add to a project team:
I like to focus on understanding the macro and micro environments of a project. Elements and features beyond the project boundaries can greatly affect a project and vice versa. Recognizing the energy that you want to capture and radiate helps shape the conceptual story of how a project wants to be told and experienced. I believe every project has the opportunity to be a positive catalyst that can shape the synergy around it.

Get to know Wylan:
I love shoreline fishing, camping, paddling, hiking, photography, being at the beach and out in the sun.. when I’m not in front of my computer. My favorite quote is from Albert Einstein, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere.”

 



paul matys ASLA
Senior Technical Designer

Education:
M. Arch – Southern California Institute of Architecture

What I like best about architecture + design:
I came into architecture after studying philosophy in undergrad. I became enamored with the idea of design as a language. The notion that one is expressing a certain belief or argument, from the overall form to the minutiae in detailing, is exciting to me. There is a playfulness and an attention to detail that I really appreciate in getting to practice architecture as a professional.

 

What I add to a project team:
As anyone that knows me, I am excited for new things. I enjoy being a team player and feel that I learn from everyone on the team. Working to everyone’s strengths and finding out the best way to do things are ways that I try to add to a team. In addition, I believe in really being thorough when dealing with coordination efforts. The more work you do front end, the more it pays off later in the game.

Get to know Paul:
I love the band Tribe Called Quest, quesadillas, and the movie Harold and Maude. One of my favorite quotes is from Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (In Praise of Shadows): “Were it not for shadows, there would be no beaity.”



sam mcgeehan
Senior Technical Designer

Education:
Master of Architecture, Montana State University 2000
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design, Montana State University 2000

What I like best about architecture + design:
I enjoy tackling difficult design problems with creative technical solutions. As a member of Lowney’s technical team, I like to see strikingly beautiful, but structurally improbable designs being successfully built. There is a strong research and development component of my work that I enjoy, particularly working on new modular and panelized solutions.

 

What I add to a project team:
I have over a decade of experience in technical coordination, detailing, concrete and framing, building renovation and remodeling, modular permitting, entitlements, and construction documentation.

Get to know Sam:
I really love golf but am not very good. My favorite quote is “This too shall pass.”



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.”



glad molina
Project Architect

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of Illinois, Chicago

What I like best about architecture + design:
What I like best about architecture is the feeling of satisfaction, and sometimes pride, that comes after a project is realized.  To know that I was an integral part of that process that created something perceptible and tangible.

 

What I add to a project team:
Technical knowledge, problem-solving and positivity.

Get to know Glad:
I spent a year abroad during architecture school and attended classes in the Royal Stables at the Palace of Versailles.  My studio space was in the mansard roof attic, facing the grand palace! My favorite treats are dim sum and peanut butter beer.



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



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 creating sustainable land use patterns. Eric has worked within the City of Oakland for the past 12 years and feels a strong sense of connection within this urban environment. His projects near the rapidly changing Broadway Corridor range from the reuse of the old Firestone Building to the Jack London Square mixed-use retail project. He served as project architect for the award-winning Whole Foods Market near Lake Merritt and project manager for the rezoning and redevelopment of several parcels – now called The Orchards – in Walnut Creek. The Orchards is 24 acres and consists of over 200,000 sf of retail space, approximately 4 acres of open space and a senior housing community project with over 175 residences.

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 and complex building construction methods. Eric understands that the hallmark of exceptional retail and commercial design is that user experience is paramount.

 

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Texas, Austin

What I like best about architecture + design:
The opportunity to make the world better though place-making, to design buildings that serve people and delight everyday lives. I enjoy collaborating with large and small teams that seeks 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. I love improv tacos – anything goes! My favorite movie is The Big Lebowski, and one of my favorite quotes is from Jane Goodall: “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Some of my favorite bands/musicians are Gabriela Quintero, Thelonious Monk, Victor Wooten and Bela Fleck.



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.



gabriela sanchez
Job Captain

Education:
Master of Architecture, Florida International University

What I like best about architecture + design:
There is always something new to explore. From net-zero building design, to parametric modeling software, to modular construction, there is always something pushing the field forward and making it more exciting.

 

What I add to a project team:
I contribute a strong sense of initiative, and general friendliness to my project teams.

Get to know Gabriela:
I am an animal lover, and my favorite quote is: “Life is beautiful.”



ian sheng LEED
Job Captain

Education:
Master of Architecture, SCI-Arc
Bachelor of Architecture, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan

What I like best about architecture + design:
I enjoy the process of discovering the ideas and stories behind the various architectural compositions and articulation of forms, bringing the novelty and beauty to enhance the joyful of community.

 

What I add to a project team:
Design and production coordination with BIM technologies tools, experience in digital and analog design process and fabrication with Grasshopper, CNC, 3D printing and robotic arm for the design efficiency and accuracy.

Get to know Ian:
I like to fix the broken staffs to become useful again. My favorite move is Inception.



tony silva
Project Architect

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

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.”



ron suverkrop
Job Captain

Education:
M.Arch New School of Architecture and Design, San Diego, CA

What do you like best about architecture/design:
The multi-disciplinary, polymath approach of place-making.

 

What I add to a project team:
I have strong Revit and 3D design skills, and experience in structural coordination.

Get to know Ron:
I enjoy wandering, sketching, and running. I like Prokofiev and Coltrane. My favorite food is any type of pasta, and my favorite quote is from Yoda: “There is no try, there is only do.”



annie tvetan LEED GA
Designer

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.



katrine wong LEED AP
Senior Project Manager

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.



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.


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