Owen Kennerly

Principal

Hometown: New York City

Education: BA, Northwestern University; 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: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Education: BEDA and MArch, North Carolina State University

Affiliations: SPUR

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: BA, University of Virginia; MArch, North Carolina State University

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

William Reid

Architect

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

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: BA, University of California, Berkeley; MArch, University of California, Los Angeles

Affiliations: Architect, California and LEED AP

Jeff Hineline

Designer

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

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

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

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

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.

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; 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: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Education: BEDA and MArch, North Carolina State University

Affiliations: SPUR

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: BA, University of Virginia; MArch, North Carolina State University

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

William Reid

Architect

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

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: BA, University of California, Berkeley; MArch, University of California, Los Angeles

Affiliations: Architect, California and LEED AP

Jeff Hineline

Designer

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

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

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

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