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  • Karen Gellert

    Accounting Department Manager

    Inspiration:  Garden and photography books, urban gardens. The international design blog Freunde von Freunden – an endlessly inspiring glimpse into the lives of creative people from around the world.

    Hometown: Los Angeles, California

    Education: BA/MA Cal State University Northridge

  • William Reid

     

    Inspiration: Travel. While studying in Paris, France, I was able to experience a particular favorite – the Maison de Verre by Pierre Chareau & Bernard Bijvoet. I see this as an architectural work expressing truth in material and internal adaptability that was years ahead of its time.

    Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Education: BArch, California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo

  • Virginia Alexander

    Architect

    Inspiration: I draw inspiration from the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson with their careful composition, interplay of light and shadow, and elegant sense of movement. The photos are a great reminder to find beauty in everyday moments.

    Hometown: Eastern North Carolina

    Education: MArch, North Carolina State University and BA, University of Virginia

    Affiliations: AIA, LEED GA, and SFHAC (San Francisco Housing Action Coalition) Project Review Committee and the SF Bike Coalition

  • Jon Oelschig

    Architect

    Inspiration: Orvieto Aircraft Hangar by Pier Luigi Nervi, 1935 and the Mercedes-Benz Museum by UNStudio in Stuttgart, Germany, 2006.

    Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa & Fullerton, California

    Education: MArch, University of California, Los Angeles and BA, University of California, Berkeley

    Affiliations: Architect, California and LEED AP

  • Sydnor Elkins

    Associate

    Inspiration: Artist Olafur Eliasson and his multi-disciplinary design studio, with the exploration of sensory and perceived experiences such as “The Weather Project” an installation at London’s Tate Modern and the Circkelbroen pedestrian bridge in Copenhagen.

    Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    Education: MArch, BEDA, North Carolina State University

    Affiliations: SPUR

  • Brian Stryzek

    Senior Associate

    Inspiration: Chicago, where I grew up, with its rich history of modern architecture. And today, I draw inspiration from Oakland, with its cultural diversity, as well as travel to memorable sites such as the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul.

    Hometown: Suburbs of Chicago.

    Education: BArch, University of Kentucky

    Affiliations: AIA East Bay and SPUR.

  • Sarina Bowen Kennerly

    Principal

    Hometown: St. Helena, California

    Education: BA and MArch, University of California, Berkeley

    Affiliations: AIA, SPUR, SFHAC (SF Housing Action Coalition), and Build It Green

  • Owen Kennerly

    Principal

    Hometown: New York City

    Education: BA, Northwestern University and MArch, University of California, Berkeley

    Affiliations:  AIA, SPUR, and SFHAC (SF Housing Action Coalition)