Daniel Adams, Deputy Director for Housing, San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), oversees the agency's new construction pipeline, acquisition and preservation work, and affordable housing policy-making and legislative affairs. Prior to joining MOHCD, Dan served as a Director of Housing Development at BRIDGE Housing in San Francisco, and MidPen Housing, based in Oakland. A licensed architect, Dan holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of California, and a BA from the University of Texas.
William Baumgardner, PE, Principal, ARUP, directs Arup’s Intelligent Mobility Business in the Americas. He has over 20 years of multimodal transportation planning experience on site, campus, corridor, and regional projects. His practice is focused on the implications rapidly emerging urban mobility trends and technologies on the transportation and property markets. He earned an MS in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and a BS in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Leiasa Beckham, LEED AP, Principal, Common Ground Urban Development, has over 15 years of community development real estate experience. Her collaborative leadership style has resulted in 14 high-profile catalytic projects serving over five million square-feet of distressed real estate, leveraging over $300 million in investment with ongoing annual operating budgets over $30 million in distressed communities. She founded two San Francisco based nonprofit real estate holding organizations: San Francisco Land Trust and the Community Arts Stabilization Trust. Her current effort is Common Ground Urban Development with three projects focusing on nonprofit ownership. As founding principal, Leiasa is helping secure commercial real estate transactions for nonprofits in three sites.
Elaine Breeze, Vice President, Development, SummerHill Apartment Communities, part of SummerHill Housing Group and a division of Marcus & Millichap Company. Elaine is responsible for project entitlements and design development for new communities. In addition to obtaining discretionary approvals, her primary responsibilities include due diligence, forecasting and budgeting, initial land and site planning, architecture and design, government relations and community outreach. She has been affiliated with the Marcus & Millichap companies since 1988, starting as a research analyst with Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage. With affiliate SummerHill Homes until 2008, as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, she oversaw the development of award-winning single family and multifamily projects throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
Thomas Brutting, FAIA, Principal, HKIT Architects, has been an Architect with HKIT since 1989, and a Principal since 1998. Over his 35 years as an architect, he has gained experience with a range of project types, and senior housing is a specific area of expertise. He stays current with research and in understanding the trends and needs of senior living environments. He is actively involved with committees regarding culture change in Senior Living and Health Care. He is the Chair of the AIA Northern California Design for Aging Committee and serves on the National AIA Design For Aging Knowledge Community Advisory Group.
Josiah Cain, ASLA, Director of Innovation, Sherwood Design Engineers, serves as Sherwood Design Engineers’ Director of Innovation. As a student of design, ecology, and technology, his deep sustainable design experience and multi-disciplinary approach provide insight and opportunities for optimization of site and structure. His informed drive for enhanced systems performance and integration has led to first of a kind permits in over a dozen jurisdictions; his work has advanced the public dialogue and design of rain harvesting, graywater, blackwater reuse, living roofs and walls, native plants, sustainable stormwater management, food systems, and sustainable materials.
Susan Coliver, Principal, Herman Coliver Locus Architecture, is with a 14-person architectural practice in San Francisco, which, for over 30 years has focused almost exclusively on the design of supportive housing. Her practice is unusual in as much as all of its clients are non-profits. HCLA has collaborated with private non-profit housing developers on the design of dignified, sustainable housing for those with incomes of up to 60% AMI. Currently, the studio is working on the new construction of 96 apts for low income seniors in the Mission, a project which involved a lot of community outreach, 156 apartments for low-income and formerly homeless families on the former Candlestick Park site, 250 modular apartments for adults suffering from chronic homelessness in South of Market (SoMa), as well as affordable senior housing in Fremont, Hayward, Palo Alto and Santa Cruz. When not working on housing, the design of sacred spaces has occupied her energies.
Megan Dale, Landscape Architect, Senior Associate, RHAA, is a licensed landscape architect with over 13 years of international and domestic experience. She has managed a range of projects in the fields of urban planning, public parks, waterfront design, high-density housing, urban forestry, trails, cemeteries, public utilities, and community development. Her design approach is to listen to the land and people, then incorporate the unique aspects of each site while bringing awareness and spirited creativity to her projects. She enjoys teaching people to care for the outdoor recreation places they cherish and to protect the natural environment.
Todd David, Executive Director, San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC), has been active in San Francisco politics throughout his professional career. Prior to joining SFHAC, Todd was the Political Director for Scott Wiener’s successful State Senate campaign. He’s a public school parent and founding member of the San Francisco Parent PAC. He also served as the Campaign Manager for the 2016 Recreation and Park funding measure as well as the 2014 Soda Tax. Todd is also an active community advocate, serving as the President of Residents For Noe Valley Town Square as well as Friends of Noe Valley.
David Dologite, Senior Housing Finance Consultant & Policy Counsel, California Housing Partnership, has provided financial consulting, technical assistance, and public policy guidance to CHPC's government and nonprofit clients since 2015. Prior to joining CHPC, David served in real estate development roles for 14 years with nonprofit housing developers in Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland and Boston. David has extensive experience in various community development financing programs with a particular focus on complex, mixed-use transactions and joint-ventures. David received a JD from University of Michigan Law School and BA from Boston University.
César Escalante, Design & Technology Manager, HOK, provides support to the San Francisco and Seattle offices. He is a licensed Architect with 15 years of experience leveraging architecture and design tools as a practitioner, consultant and educator. He is passionate about computational design, digital prototyping, and a visual programming. César is a licensed architect, LEED accredited professional. He holds a dual Master degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. He is the founder and coordinator of the San Francisco Dynamo User Group.
Gwen Fuertes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, is an architect, sustainability lead, and building scientist at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects in San Francisco. She heads the AIA 2030 Commitment program as well as the sustainability and post-occupancy research efforts at LMS. LMS has been tracking progress towards the 2030 Commitment since 2010, and has a number of projects that have achieved the commitment goals. She is working with the firm to map a way for the firm to achieve the goals across the firm. Gwen is a member of the AIA 2030 Commitment Working Group (AIA National) and sits on the LEED Technical Advisory Committee.
Arathi Gowda, AIA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Director, SOM, leads SOM’s Performance Design Group, charged with recommending integrated environmental solutions for SOM project teams worldwide. She has led Sustainable Design on projects in 35+ cities spanning global rating systems and climate zones. Trained as an architect, with Architecture and Planning registrations, she champions the environment at multiple scales. Philanthropically, Arathi engages with organizations with a deep commitment to greening the Heartland. She is on the Carbon Drawdown Advisory Board for Illinois Green, the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate Advisory Board, the Board of the Global Philanthropic Trust, and a Co-Chair of AIA 2030 Commitment working group.
June A. Grant, CA, NOMA, Founding Principal, blink!Lab, is an architect and designer who focuses on the intersection of design, technology and the re-socialization of ambiguous urban spaces. As a design lead, with more than 15 years of experience, she founded blink!LAB architecture as a “staying small / thinking big” design studio. Integral to her methodology is an avid belief in experimentation, collaboration and the digital future. Combined with her high energy and aptitude for innovation, June is heavily involved in front-end conceptualization of a project's strategic direction. Her contributions are consistently recognized for rationally resolving complex issues towards broadening perceived goals.
Emilie Hagen, Associate Director, Atelier Ten works in the San Francisco office and is an expert in the firm’s daylight and carbon practices. She has over a decade of experience in the application of advanced building analysis including façade optimization, daylight and shading analysis, net zero water and energy, resiliency, and carbon management. Emilie is the public member of the City of San Francisco Green Building Task Force, and a steering committee member of Façade Tectonics. She co-authored Urban Green Council’s “Baby It’s Cold Inside” report about the relationship between resilience and high performance building envelopes, and wrote the Trim Tab article “Observations on Resilience in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy.”
Brad Jacobson, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, EHDD, has led a wide range of climate-conscious projects including two AIA Top Ten Green Buildings: the Net-Zero Energy and LEED Platinum certified headquarters for The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (2014) and the Department of Global Ecology for the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University that reduced carbon emissions from energy and materials by over 60 percent (2007). Brad oversees EHDD's 2030 Commitment, for which they've beaten the target performance level each year since first reporting in 2013.
Ryan Jang, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, thoughtfully understands the values of each client, institution and community for whom we design, ensuring that everyone, especially underserved populations, have access to thoughtful, uplifting architecture. Ryan is values the relationships formed through his affordable housing, higher education, and adaptive reuse projects, including Folsom Family Housing, UC Davis Walker Hall, the recently completed San Francisco Art Institute at Fort Mason Center, and UC Berkeley’s Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. Ryan is a registered Architect in California and a LEED accredited professional. He received a bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Carolyn ("C.J.") Johnson, Associate Director, Commercial Real Estate, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, joined EBALDC as Associate Director of Commercial Real Estate in 2016. She has nearly 30 years of experience in business management, non-profit operations, finance and commercial real estate. Concurrently, she lectures on various entrepreneurship and business topics at the College of Alameda and with the Alameda County Small Business Development Center. She is also a certified trainer for the NxLevel Business curriculum for start-up, micro, expansion and green businesses. She has worked on nearly $250 million in Investment Sales transactions and has leased hundreds of spaces throughout the Bay Area.
Dan Johnson, Sustainability Architect, Beyond Efficiency, holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington, which included a Valle Fellowship to study building technology at the IVL Swedish Environmental Institute in Stockholm. Dan also earned degrees in conservation biology and anthropology from UW and is an alumnus of the International Honors Program for comparative foreign study. Dan is a leader that inspires camaraderie and team integration to meet project objectives. Recognized as an expert on sustainable buildings and early-design energy modeling, Dan enjoys creative problem solving and using his broad skill set to bridge gaps between architects, engineers, owners, and contractors. Prior to joining Beyond Efficiency, Dan led projects through all phases of design in the K-12 Schools studio at Ratcliff Architects, and worked as a designer and project manager at Arkin Tilt Architects. With Dan's leadership, the firm undertook one of the first Passive House, net-zero energy homes in the Bay Area, which used many reclaimed materials and received several design awards and green certifications. Dan also brings his experience from the Integrated Design Lab in Seattle, where he consulted on daylighting for commercial and educational buildings.
Jennifer Jones, MS, CAE, IOM, Executive Director, AIA San Francisco (AIASF), oversees one of the largest AIA Chapters in the nation representing 2,300+ members in San Francisco and Marin counties. As executive director, her core responsibilities relate to the long‐term organizational stability and success of AIASF, which includes establishing and maintaining internal and external partnerships, guiding strategic planning, formulating policy, and leading administration in the interest of architect and allied professional membership. Jenn has an master of science in Public Service & Nonprofit Management from DePaul University, and was a 2006 DePaul Public Service Fellow. She received her BS in Journalism and Sociology from Eastern Michigan University. Jenn has been honored for her accomplishments in association management by PR Newswire, Association of Media & Publishing, International Association of Business Communicators, and Association TRENDS.
Anthony ("Tony") Kingman, Registered Architect, C23670, Senior Project Manager, Jacobs Engineering Group, has over 29 years of experience in developing renewable energy solutions. Throughout his career, Tony has established himself as an industry leader in renewable energy implementation. Tony is adept at performing studies, developing financial models, sourcing grants and rebates, developing detailed designs and managing the installation of solar PV projects. He specializes in evaluating, designing and installing small and large scale commercial solar systems. He also has extensive experience consulting for various private and public sector entities to guide them through the intricacies of implementing renewable energy solutions into their facilities.
Stan Lew, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, RMW architecture & interiors, leads the firm’s environmental initiatives and oversees the design of work for public, corporate, science and research clients. His focus on the design of high performance buildings and sustainability fuels his adoption of new technologies to accelerate the pace of positive change in a wide range of building types. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the San Francisco 2030 District, an urban sustainability initiative working towards achieving the goals of the 2030 Challenge for Planning. The SF 2030 District currently represents over 14 million square feet of existing buildings in San Francisco and on track to achieve 50% reductions in energy consumption, water consumption and GHG emissions from transportation by the year 2030. He also participates on the 2030 Districts Advisory Council, serves as Co-Chairman of the Board at RMW and is 2018 President-Elect of AIA San Francisco.
Mark Macy, Principal, Macy Architecture, is based in San Francisco and has a versatile architecture and interiors firm that has realized projects across California, throughout the United States and internationally. Cultivating a diverse client base has resulted in extensive experience with institutional, educational, commercial and multi-family residential projects. Macy Architecture realizes innovative approaches to housing at the creative intersection of politics, finance, technology and design.
Marsha (Pendergrass) Maloof, Managing Partner of Pendergrass Smith Consulting / President Bayview Neighborhood Association, brings over two decades of experience in the fields of nonprofit management, program planning-development-implementation-management, project management, and public and community and relations. She has been successful in developing effective strategies for facilitating and forging collaborative partnerships, organizational change management, executive management and organizational development. Her expertise includes developing and implementing successful public communications and community outreach strategies. Pendergrass Smith Consulting, is a creative and gifted communicator with an accomplished history of performing community relations.
Claire Maxfield, Director, Atelier Ten, Claire Maxfield is a LEED Fellow and recognized leader in the environmental design and delivery of large, complex, environmentally ambitious masterplans, landscapes and buildings. She has worked among multi-disciplinary teams to lead the development of district, neighborhood and building-scale interventions to reduce carbon emissions and identify opportunities for effective local resource use that support sustainable development. Claire has worked intensively on energy target setting, water conservation planning, and carbon management for several San Francisco developments. This has culminated in policy frameworks, sustainable design guidelines, property portfolio improvement plans and applied building improvements.
Leah Marthinsen, RA (California), LEED AP BD+C, Architect, Burks Toma Architects, is an architect and designer at Burks Toma Architects, working on a range of project types across the Bay Area. She brings a unique background combining art, research, & architectural design, giving her extensive experience in collaboration, communication, and developing ideas collectively. Her experience designing multiple project types and serving in various roles—from designer, to technical specialist, to construction manager—has given her a deep understanding of how to develop exciting design through a collaborative process, as well as how to implement design ideas.
Zoe McBride, LEED AP BD+C, EIT, Project Consultant, Thornton Tomasetti, joined her firm with a background in environmental engineering and quickly took an interest in optimizing for sustainable water resources within the context of the built environment. She works with the research and development team to create innovative tools for the sustainability practice and also interfaces with design and construction teams to achieve green building certification goals. She reviews specifications and drawings to ensure that sustainability goals are achieved and is experienced in performing life-cycle assessments. Zoe is skilled in analysis of best-strategies for achieving net zero energy goals, promoting water reuse technologies and identifying healthy building materials.
Mark Meredith, Product Manager & National Sales Manager, PHOENIX Process Equipment Co., has been at the forefront of water recycling in the built environment since Aquacell’s U.S. launch in 2010. He oversees sales, marketing and regulatory matters for Water Recycling at PHOENIX. Mark frequently advocates for the adoption of new and improved policies to support the practice. Prior to PHOENIX, Mark held several positions in the federal government, including the U.S. Senate and most recently as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. Mark has also worked as a consultant to start-up’s and SBE’s on marketing, finance and growth strategies.
Sam Moss, Executive Director, Mission Housing Development Corporation, oversees the administration of all the organization's assets, programs and services. Issues like human resources, operations, budgets and board meetings come with the territory. Since taking the reins at Mission Housing in September 2013, Sam has grown the organization to 25 people, and added the construction of more than 1,000 new, 100% affordable housing units to the Mission Housing pipeline. Any given day, Sam can be found at City Hall and throughout San Francisco communities pushing for more support of the Affordable Housing industry. In 2017, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee appointed Sam to the Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors. In 2016, Sam joined the Executive Board of San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, and, is a board member of YIMBY Action. Prior to joining Mission Housing, Sam managed real estate assets for union pension funds and various union locals throughout Northern California. Sam has been involved in various aspects of the real estate industry since graduating from Bucknell University in 2004. After meeting his wife Ali while living in Baltimore, they moved to San Francisco in 2008. Sam and Ali enjoy watching live music and going to Giants games.
Riki Nishimura, AIA, RIBA, MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Urban Strategies, Gensler, specializes in urban design and architecture with a focus on the psychology of spaces, repairing and future proofing cities, urban mobility futures and solving complex intertwined issues through urban strategies. He approaches projects from an ecological, data-driven, evidence-based design perspective. These projects range from large-scale mixed-use urban regeneration districts, future cities, and next generation waterfronts to urban cultural parks, corporate/tech campuses, university campuses, and institutional buildings.
Mohammed Nuru, Director, San Francisco Public Works, oversees one of the City’s largest and most complex operations with a 1,200-member work force and a $223 million annual operating budget. Mayor Edwin Lee and City Administrator Naomi Kelly appointed him to the top Public Works’ post in August 2011. Prior to that, he served 11 years as the deputy director for operations. Director Nuru manages and directs the department’s four divisions: operations, engineering, architecture and administration. Public Works’ responsibilities range from construction management to graffiti removal and street tree care.
Francesca Oliveira, AIA, LEED BD+C, NCARB, Associate, Technical Design, SOM, is responsible for projects from concept through construction execution, ensuring that sustainability principles are incorporated holistically into the built environment at every phase. Her project experience includes a diverse range of building types in the United States and abroad, which seek creative building solutions that leverage progressive design standards into project design approaches, pushing the boundaries of resilient and adaptable designs. Specializations in high-performance building enclosures and strategic programming compliment her strong balance of design and technical abilities. Francesca is currently serving as an AIASF Chapter Director.
Cynthia Parker, President & CEO, Bridge Housing Corporation, , is responsible for the overall direction of BRIDGE Housing, a leading nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing. She joined BRIDGE as President and CEO in February 2010, bringing over 30 years of diverse and relevant experience to the organization. She previously served as Regional President for Mercy Housing Northwest. Prior to her tenure at Mercy, she was Senior Vice President of Seattle-Northwest Securities, a public finance firm, where she oversaw affordable housing, commercial and public facility real estate financing in five Northwest states. A partial list of her real estate financial advisory clients includes: The Port of Seattle, Port of Olympia, City of Redmond and City of Seattle; the housing authorities of Portland, Everett, King County and Seattle (HOPE VI); the University of Washington, Pacific University, and the University of Portland; and the school districts of Edmonds, Seattle, and Portland. In Alaska, her clients included the Municipality of Anchorage and the Alaska Railroad.
William (Billy) Riggs, Ph.D., AICP, LEED AP, Professor, USF, is a professor, researcher and strategist at the University of San Francisco School of Management. His research focuses on policy and innovation related to transportation, housing, economics, and emerging technology. His recent work focuses on the autonomous vehicle revolution. In addition to his academic capacity Dr. Riggs also has over 15 years of experience as a planner, policy maker, economist, and engineer. He currently sits on the City of Palo Alto’s Planning and Transportation Commission, is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Transportation Economics.
Adhamina Rodriguez, Founder, AR Green Consulting, has over 20 years of experience managing interdisciplinary teams to improve sustainability in buildings. She has been involved in hundreds of green building projects and has worked pro-bono in low-income communities. One of her current projects seeking LEED Platinum, the First Street Tower, will be the second tallest building in San Francisco. Adhamina teaches at U.C. Berkeley and lectures Stanford University since 2001. In 2011 she was recognized by Engineering-News-Record among California’s Top-20-Under-40. In 2017 Adhamina was featured at Pledge 1% Women-Who-Lead for creating change within her community.
Neal J. Z. Schwartz, AIA, Founding Principal, Schwartz and Architecture | S^A, completed dual Master’s degrees in Architecture and Public Policy at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and the Kennedy School of Government respectively. In 2016, Neal became the Chair of the newly revived AIASF Public Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC) and in 2015, he independently established a joint working group between AIASF and SF Planning advocating for improvements to residential design procedures, which continues to result in much-needed change. From 2006 - 2009, Neal was on the Board of Directors for the National AIDS Memorial Grove, chairing the Memorial Design Committee working towards the capital campaign and design development of this national memorial. Neal has been actively involved in teaching since 1988, most recently as a full professor in architecture at the California College of the Arts (CCA), where he currently coordinates the Professional Practice program.
Rosa T. Sheng, FAIA, Principal and Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, SmithGroupJJR, is also AIASF President and Founding Chair of Equity by Design. As a licensed architect with 23 years of experience in architecture and design, Rosa has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects from the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple’s original high-pr ofile retail stores, to the innovative and sustainable LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, California.Most notably Rosa has led a national movement for equitable practice in Architecture catalyzed by three pivotal surveys, effective workshops, and public speaking outreach both nationally and abroad. Key speaking engagements and Press of Rosa’s work with Equity by Design include Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harvard GSD, TEDxPhiladelphia and KQED/NPR.
Lynn Simon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Senior Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti, has more than 22 years of experience in the green building industry. She joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2013 after 19 years leading Simon & Associates, Inc., a green building consulting firm she founded in 1994. Her prior experience includes positions with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Global Green USA, a nonprofit dedicated to greening affordable housing. Lynn’s responsibilities include leading the firm’s U.S. West Coast building sustainability efforts and managing complex green design and consulting projects. Lynn is a green building pioneer and a leading authority in the industry. She has consulted on numerous LEED projects, including some of the earliest to achieve certification in California. Notable examples include the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco (LEED-EBOM Platinum); CalPERS Headquarters Expansion Project, Sacramento (LEED-NC Gold); the Energy Foundation, San Francisco (LEED-CI Platinum); Gish Apartments, San Jose (LEED-NC Gold and LEED for Homes Gold); and Hunters Point Shipyard-Candlestick Point in San Francisco, a 777-acre LEED-ND Gold mixed-use development.
Maia Small, Principal Urban Designer and Architect, San Francisco Planning Department, co-leads design review for current projects and urban design work and policy in long-range planning. Her work over the last five years includes being the project manager and co-author of the recently adopted San Francisco Urban Design Guidelines and the design lead for the Central SoMa Area Plan and the Market Street Hub project. For the 10 years prior to working at the Department, she was a partner at Thurlow Small Architecture, design office based in Rhode Island that worked on projects ranging from interior architecture to downtown master planning. Maia completed her Master of Architecture at the Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She has also taught architecture at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Tennessee. She is a licensed architect in Rhode Island and California.
Rae Smith, Registered Architect, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Urban Designer/Planner, HOK, has eight years of experience in urban design and project management. Her background includes corporate and university campuses, mixed-use, multi-family, waterfront and transit-oriented developments with physical site planning; detailed analyses of federal, state, and local planning regulations; leading participatory public engagement sessions and managing internal project processes and consultant teams to address today’s complex urban design and planning challenges. A proponent of walkable urbanism, her approach is supported by strong analytic skills and graceful persistence and dedication to improving the neighborhoods she works in.
Caroline Souza, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, David Baker Architects, is an Associate at David Baker Architects, a leading progressive housing firm in San Francisco. She previously spent several years with UrbanWorks in Chicago, specializing in design for nonprofits in underserved communities. Caroline was the Project Architect for FIVE88, 200 new homes for low-income families in Mission Bay, and is currently overseeing the design of 1950 Mission Street-100% affordable housing that features a wide range of active ground-floor spaces, including, retail, restaurant, office, service, and artist studios.
Mimi Sullivan, AIA, Principal, Saida + Sullivan Design Partners, has provided architectural services in the Bay Area for over 25 years. Early influences from a developer-grandfather and carpenter-dad meant she spent hours sketching places both imagined and real, and then discovering how they were built in real time. Traveling globally from an early age has proved pivotal to her discovering how the urban and rural systems work in different countries and cultures engaging her commitment to community and sustainable design. Ms. Sullivan’s 25 years of diverse experience includes extensive work in multi-family/ mixed use housing, as well as commercial, retail, civic building and custom residential projects. She has taught architectural design at universities in the states and in Japan. She was the founding director of the Graduate Architecture Program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and achieved NAAB accreditation for the program in 2007. Prior to starting SSDP with her partner, Koji Saida, Ms. Sullivan was living and teaching Japanese architectural history at Waseda University in Tokyo.
Peter Swearengen, Director of Product Strategy, Orignate, applies principles of game design and exponential technology to building products and businesses which carry “humans, thriving” as a core characteristic. His experience developing video games like Spore, and Sim City, as well as “crowdsourced” design products carry over to more serious endeavors like Resilient by Design and waterstate.io a project fostering open data and transparency in infrastructure.
Barbara Tien, CEO/Founder, Ponga, is a startup founder who is passionate about visual communications and collaboration dynamics. Her academic focus in East Asian Studies and cross-cultural communications led in a roundabout way to a career in technology as a product manager. After over a decade at each of two startups, Barbara earned her stripes on the shoestring budgets of bootstrappers, the white-knuckle drama of growth, and the euphoria of two IPOs. She still loves languages and is an avid networker. She 'pays it forward' in any way she can, actively supporting other startups — taking special care to support other women founders.
Roana Tirado, Landscape Architect and Planner, HOK, has extensive experience in a variety of public and private projects throughout the bay area and abroad with a focus on community and stakeholder participation projects. Roana holds Master degrees in Landscape Architecture and City and Regional Planning from Cornell and a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley. While at Cornell, Roana focused her master’s thesis on an urban design vision for Bayview Hill at Bayview Hunter’s Point, the result of which was produced as the 7th Piero N. Parti fellow. Her current work in the Bayview centers on a community based approach to rethinking public open space and working closely with the community and public works to develop a unified vision for the neighborhood.
Ted Tiffany, LEED BD+C, Director of Sustainability, Guttman& Blaevooet Consulting Engineers, has 17 years of experience using various energy analysis tools modeling energy, comfort, and daylighting. Ted provides analysis for office, retail, healthcare, laboratory buildings including naturally ventilated and mixed-mode buildings. He has been a lecturer at Sonoma State University teaching various courses in Energy Management. Ted works with the California Energy Commission, IOU's, and serves on the LEED Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group . He is currently focused on Zero Net Energy buildings and their interaction with the grid systems, co-generation, and active storage systems for energy management
Ruth Todd, FAIA, LEED AP, AICP, Principal, Page & Turnbull, is the leader of her firm's Cultural Resources Group and uses historic preservation to promote economic vitality for both infill and master development projects. She is equally adept at integrating contemporary buildings into an existing historic context as with preservation projects. An expert at leveraging funding tools and other historic preservation resources to catalyze development, Ruth has been integral to the adaptive reuse of former industrial and office buildings into mixed-use infill development throughout Northern California. Her recent projects include the adaptive reuse of large portions of Moffett Federal Airfield at NASA Ames Research Center, the conversion of St. Joseph’s Church into contemporary office space, and the integration of historic buildings into the Oceanwide Center, which will be the second tallest high-rise in San Francisco.
Alberto Tono, Research + Development Intern, HOK, freelanced in Italy focusing on BIM computational solutions workflow for large projects. His study travels took him to China and the Netherlands where he worked for René van Zuuk Architekten. He also taught in a workshop hosted by the University of Rome. He is very keen on computational design and machine learning. Additionally, Alberto has assisted with the San Francisco Dynamo User Group. Prior to arriving in San Francisco he presented at various conferences about AI and ML in Italy.
Anne Torney, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, Mithun, is an architect who has made affordable multi-family housing and transit-oriented urban infill the focus of her work for more than 20 years. Her affordable housing experience includes award-winning projects in San Francisco as well as San Jose, Los Angeles and Seattle. Anne brings a deep commitment to community outreach and sustainable design to all her projects, which range from supportive studios for formerly homeless seniors, to the revitalization of isolated public housing sites into walkable, mixed-use and mixed-income communities. Her sensitivity to client and user objectives animates her leadership of complex projects with multi-layered client and consultant teams.
Kristy Wang, Community Planning Policy Director, SPUR, leads the organization's work in community planning and housing, splitting her time between San Francisco and San Jose. Her focus includes neighborhood planning, housing policy and project review in San Francisco and housing policy and urban village plans in San Jose. She co-wrote SPUR's white paper Cracking the Code, which makes recommendations for raising the bar for urban design in downtown San Jose and other areas designated for urban growth. Prior to joining SPUR, Kristy was a project manager at BRIDGE Housing Corporation, one of California's largest affordable housing developers, where she worked all around the Bay Area, including on projects in the three central cities of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. She currently sits on the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation Board of Directors. Kristy earned master's degrees in city planning and real estate development from MIT and a bachelor's degree in architecture and urban studies from Yale College. She was also a Public Policy Fellow at the Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. A Palo Alto native, Kristy lives with her family on the border of Bernal Heights and Glen Park in San Francisco.
Danielle Wyss, AIA, BA Arch, MSM, President, The Shift Group, has more than 21 years of experience in architecture. The Shift Group launched just prior to beginning her Fellowship at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and after having designed more than 50 projects representing hundreds of millions in construction investment in corporate, high-end residential, restaurant, resort, and urban development projects. She has her BA in Architecture from the University of Washington and Masters of Science in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business.