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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 and MA Cal State University Northridge

  • Rachael Freedman

    Office Manager

    Inspiration:  Travel, experiencing new cultures, nature, good food, the ocean, and community.

    Hometown: Sausalito, CA

    Education: BArch, Woodbury University, San Diego; Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Mount Madonna Institute, Watsonville; Certified 500-hr & Prenatal Yoga Teacher with an Emphasis in Yoga Therapy, The Stress Management Center of Marin, Larkspur

  • Eric Martina

    Junior Designer

    Inspiration: Minimal design and clean lines or gritty post-industrial abandoned objects. Individually, they capture my attention, but combined they capture my imagination. I love being around dynamic and creative people that challenge me and show me new unexpected possibilities.

    Hometown: Udine, Italy

    Education: Laurea in Scienze dell’Architettura, Universita degli Studi di Udine;
    MArch, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

  • Mingjing Yang

    Junior Designer

    Inspiration: The organizational logic of Chinese ancient gardens creates a feeling of infinity within a limited space.

    Hometown: Hebei, China

    Education: BS in Urban Planning, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China; MArch, Washington University in Saint Louis

  • Jeff Hineline


    Inspiration: Well-crafted objects and passionate, thoughtful people. It’s easy to feel inspired when you surround yourself with infectious energy.

    Hometown: Southern New Jersey

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

  • 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, San Luis Obispo

  • Sydnor Elkins


    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: BEDA and MArch, 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


    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


    Hometown: New York City

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

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