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)

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

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.

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: North Carolina

Education: MArch and BS, North Carolina State University

Affiliations: SPUR

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

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

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

Sarah Turner


 

Inspiration: “The Shed,” a temporary performance space designed by Haworth Thompkins in London which contrasts and yet strikingly compliments the National Theater’s brutalist architecture.

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Education: BArch, Oklahoma State University

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

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)

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

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.

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: North Carolina

Education: MArch and BS, North Carolina State University

Affiliations: SPUR

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

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

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

Sarah Turner


 

Inspiration: “The Shed,” a temporary performance space designed by Haworth Thompkins in London which contrasts and yet strikingly compliments the National Theater’s brutalist architecture.

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Education: BArch, Oklahoma State University

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

Our design combines exuberance and rigor, modernism and urbanism. With each project, whether urban or rural, we consider the larger framework in which the building fits—the living context. That includes nearby structures as well as ecological, social, political, economic, and regulatory layers.

Our clients appreciate that our designs not only have flair, but also arise from a deep understanding of the finer points of building codes. We see all spaces in the urban environment as linked to each other, ripe for activation and capable of serving a variety of purposes.

We believe in tying together big-picture thinking with small-scale finesse.

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)

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

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.

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: North Carolina

Education: MArch and BS, North Carolina State University

Affiliations: SPUR

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

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

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

Sarah Turner


 

Inspiration: “The Shed,” a temporary performance space designed by Haworth Thompkins in London which contrasts and yet strikingly compliments the National Theater’s brutalist architecture.

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Education: BArch, Oklahoma State University

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