CAED Dean's Leadership Council

The CAED Dean's Leadership Council was formed in September of 1988 to aid the college in fulfilling its mission and goals. The Council consists of individuals who are leaders in the respective professions that are represented in the CAED as well as business and community leaders who share a profound interest in furthering the mission of the CAED. Council members assist the college in the following ways: they provide advice, advocacy, access, and resources for the college and its Dean.

Council Members

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Steven Abernethy 

CO-FOUNDER SQUARETRADE, BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER OF VARIOUS COMPANIES 

Steven Abernethy graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering and received his MBA from Harvard. Steve currently serves on the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Architectural Engineering Industry Advisory Council. He has worked as a management consultant at McKinsey in New York and as a structural engineer at Arup in London and Los Angeles. He cofounded SquareTrade, which specializes in consumer electronics warranty services, and led the company as its CEO and then executive chairman. Steve currently advises technology companies, serving on the board of directors of iLendingDIRECT in Denver, AutoFi in San Francisco, and Triparound in Athens, Greece. 

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Douglas H. Austin 

Founder, chairman, and CEO, AVRP Studios 

Douglas H. Austin graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. Since establishing his firm AVRP Studios in San Diego, he has led teams in designing projects both domestically and internationally, focusing on urban infill, development, mixed-use, housing, education, corporate office, multigenerational space, health care, and more. The AVRP Studios team is currently responsible for the design of the upcoming $1.2 billion Seaport San Diego Project, the most significant urban, waterfront project in San Diego. Austin also presently serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of San Diego, and as a leader for the Young President’s Organization (YPO). Throughout his career, he has been the recipient of more than 135 design awards including national AIA, CCAIA, San Diego Chapter AIA, Gold Nugget, SAM Awards, and Golden Tower/BIA Awards. 

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Daniel A. Bastião 

PRINCIPAL AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEER, DANIEL A. BASTIÃO DESIGN 

Daniel A. Bastião graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering. He has had the privilege of working for various sized engineering firms domestically and internationally. Since returning from abroad, he has taken the enlightenment from his world travels and combined it with his passion for architecture and knowledge in structural engineering to create his joint architecture and engineering design practice. His journey began with taking an architecture design class in the 7th grade. It was then that he learned where his heart and mind belonged, in the built environment. Because of this opportunity, he understands the importance of being an advocate of architecture and engineering for youth. His mentoring efforts have partaken in programs such as Engineers Alliance for the Arts, SEAONC High School Outreach, and tutoring for the AIA Architect Registration Structures Exam. 

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Kurt Buxton

Vice President,
BrightView Design Group

Kurt Buxton graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture. He is a member of the landscape architecture advisory board for Cal Poly and Saddleback College. His project experience includes multi-family, mixed-use, resort, sports, recreation, and civic examples with expertise in master planned communities. Kurt is respected for his innovative design leadership and for applying an interactive approach to solution testing. His interest in sustainable, community-centric design developed his passion for local community agriculture, art and discovery in the landscape. He is the vice president of BrightView Design Group in Irvine, California. Kurt is a member of The Urban Land Institute, the American Society of Landscape Architects, US Green Building Council, Design-Build Institute of America, Home Builders Council, and serves on the programs committee for the local Building Industry Association of Orange County.

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Thomas Case

executive vice president,
Replay destinations

Thomas Case graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. Having grown up in the construction industry, he spent much of his career working for Granite Construction as an estimator, project manager, branch manager, and served as senior vice president. Later as Chief Operating Officer of Sundt Construction, he focused on industrial and commercial building construction. He then took on the role of executive vice president of construction at Replay Destinations. Tom recently founded TCM Services, focusing on providing construction management consulting services to owners, designers and contractors.

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Donna Clandening

VICE PRESIDENT, MANAGING PRINCIPAL, BUILDINGS + PLACES - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AT AECOM

Donna Clandening graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering. She was named the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Honored Alumna of 2020 and served on the Architectural Engineering Advisory Council. Her professional experience spans the architecture, engineering and construction industries. Donna joined AECOM in 2021 and is currently a Vice President and Managing Principal of their Buildings + Places practice in Southern California. Previously, she was the Chief Strategy Officer at AC Martin. She has served on the board of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, as well as the Asian American Architects and Engineers Association of Southern California. She is currently a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACE Mentor Program.

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Scott F. Gaudineer

PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, FLEWELLING & MOODY

Scott F. Gaudineer graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. While at Cal Poly, he was a founding member of the Daedalus chapter of Alpha Rho Chi and co-chaired the CAED Student Council. He has served as the chair of the DLC and was the college’s Honored Alumnus of 2015. He presently serves on the Cal Poly Foundation Board and as the CAED director on the Cal Poly Alumni Association Board. Scott strives to provide architecture-related support to numerous K-12 and higher education facilities throughout California both as an architect advocate and as a mentor to students and emerging professionals. He is the president and CEO of Flewelling & Moody, an interdisciplinary planning and design firm in Southern California. Scott is currently serving as president of the AIA California Council and previously received the AIACC’s Presidential Citation. He is a member of the Trustee Division of the State Architect Advisory Board.

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David J. Gilmore

STUDIO DIRECTOR, SAN DIEGO OFFICE, LPA

David J. Gilmore graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. As Studio Director of LPA’s San Diego Office, Dave has led architecture projects throughout Southern California. He specializes in urban planning that furthers sustainable, diversified urban neighborhoods, and architectural projects that provide retail, commercial, institutional, educational and mixed-use environments. He has mentored Cal Poly students through the Professional Studio Program, a partnership between LPA and Cal Poly, and was named the college’s Honored Alumnus of 2011. He bases his work ethos on three guiding principles: collaboration, communication, and talent development. He is also an active member of the AIA, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing.

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Kelly J. Givens

VICE CHAIRMAN, SAVILLS CORPORATE SERVICES GROUP

Kelly J. Givens graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Kelly specializes in architecture, construction, asset management, development and transaction management. With diverse experience related to architecture, he plays a key role in both the brokerage and real estate industry and shares this expertise by serving as a board member of Savills U.S. and Bluon Energy. Currently, he is a senior transaction consultant and vice chairman at the Savills Corporate Services Group based in Orange County. As an established broker and architect, he effectively advises clients throughout the real estate procurement and delivery process of large commercial real estate transactions.

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Wallace B. Gordon

PRESIDENT AND CEO, DLM ARCHITECTURE, DLM HED

Wallace B. Gordon graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He has served as chair of the DLC and was the College of Architecture & Environmental Design Honored Alumnus of 2010. Wally gives back to Cal Poly by volunteering his time to work with architecture students and interns. As president of DLM Architecture based in San Francisco, he specializes in public school design as a creative problem solver, providing guidance to school districts to plan and design educational facilities ranging from entirely new campuses to significantly modernized and restored historic campuses. He is committed to the professional development of emerging architects and mentors DLM team members towards licensure. He is an active member of the AIA and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing.

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David Grigsby

PRINCIPAL, ZGF ARCHITECTS LLP

David Grigsby graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is currently a design process advocate at ZGF Architects in Portland, Oregon and brings his experience as a project architect to his role in professional staff development. His focus on building high-performing teams includes recruiting design talent, guiding teams on project planning and developing strategies for mentorship and professional growth. David’s notable project experience includes the Oregon Health and Science University Biomedical Research Building, expansions to Portland International Airport, and award-winning projects for Providence Portland Medical Center. He represents ZGF as part of NCARB’s Architects Licensing Advisors Community, diligently promoting internship development initiatives within the firm. He is an active member of the AIA and served on the Portland AIA Board of Directors.

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Richard B. Gunter III

LOS ANGELES STUDIO EXECUTIVE CHAIR, WOODS BAGOT

Richard B. Gunter III graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He currently leads the Woods Bagot Los Angeles office. He is responsible for all aspects of the practice in Southern California. Throughout his career, Rick has specialized in two areas: Starting and growing architectural studios and leading and managing large complex projects. Prior to his current role, Rick led teams on iconic LA projects like Edition West Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood Park, and SoFi Stadium. While his current focus is Southern California, he has worked through the US growing studios in California, Colorado, and New Jersey. Richard is highly active in his hometown of La Canada Flintridge where he was Planning Commissioner for eight years and was elected to the City Council in 2020.

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Camille Hardin 

PROJECT MANAGER, FLINT BUILDERS, INC. 

Camille Hardin graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. While attending the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, she was a member of the Associated Students of Construction Management and Alpha Rho Chi. She has served as a project manager at Overaa Construction in Richmond, California, where she managed the schedule and budget of construction projects to deliver high-quality results and meet the needs of her clients. Camille is currently a project manager at Flint Builders, Inc. in Livermore, California which focuses on the design-build and design-assist delivery methods to serve clients in industries such as education, government, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, sports, and entertainment.

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Ray Hashimoto

VICE PRESIDENT, HMH Engineers

Ray Hashimoto graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in City and Regional Planning. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has extensive familiarity with governmental agencies throughout the Bay Area. Ray is a member of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, a Board member of the Urban Confluence Project and a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose. He has worked with the City of Palo Alto and the San Jose Department of City Planning, Building & Code Enforcement. Currently, he is vice president at HMH where he provides expertise in land use and entitlement for land development projects. His work experience spans from inception to construction, including multi-use, industrial, and commercial projects, large-scale residential projects, and specialized work such as the operation of landfill sites.

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Peter Hendrickson

ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, UCLA CAPITAL PROGRAMS

Peter Hendrickson graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and is a graduate of the California State University International Program. He practiced architecture in the Long Beach and South Bay areas and served as an AIA California Council director, president of AIA Long Beach South Bay and economic development commissioner for the City of Long Beach. He has also held the title of director of facilities planning and design at Cedars-Sinai Health System and as the chief of facilities planning for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Currently, Peter is associate vice chancellor and manages the design and construction of UCLA’s capital programs. His leadership skills, complemented by experience in architectural practice, facilities planning, design and construction, have enabled him to work for some of the nation’s leading healthcare and educational institutions.

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Christopher T. Hong

PRINCIPAL, ENGLISH HONG ARCHITECTURE

Christopher T. Hong graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. A recipient of the AIA Young Architect Award, Chris has practiced architecture in Honolulu. He has served as president of AIA Hawai’i, and on the boards of AIA Honolulu and the AIA Hawai’i Architecture Foundation. He is active in the Honolulu Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the U.S. Green Building Council. Chris is a visiting lecturer at the University of Hawai’i and has led design-related high school mentoring programs. Specializing in project innovation and rebranding with experience in healthcare, commercial and institutional architecture, he is currently a principal at English Hong Architecture and has managed all phases of project delivery ranging from schematic design through construction administration, with an emphasis on sustainability and integrated collaboration.

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Ted Hyman

MANAGING PARTNER, ZGF

Ted Hyman graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and is now a registered architect in 17 states. Ted served as president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA, is a fellow of the AIA, and was the College of Architecture & Environmental Design Honored Alumnus of 2014. He has a particular passion for sustainability, high-performance building system integration, materials, and technology. Prior to assuming his current role as managing partner of ZGF, Ted was the managing partner of the ZGF Los Angeles office overseeing multidisciplinary teams and collaborations with client user groups. He has played a key role in guiding the development of the firm, while also successfully directing and mentoring project teams who are envisioning future facilities for premier institutions, including the Warren Baker Center and the Frost Center on the Cal Poly campus. His passion for architecture is met with his desire to halt climate change, working across all project typologies to ensure that architects work to remedy rather than damage the earth.

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Michelle Kam-Biron

MASS TIMBER SPECIALIST, STRUCTURLAM MASS TIMBER CORPORATION

Michelle Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering. She has served on the Cal Poly ARCE Industry Advisory Council, CALBO Structural Safety Committee, is the former director for the Structural Engineering Association of California (SEAOC) and served as the first woman president of the SEAOC Southern California Chapter. Michelle volunteers on the NCSEA Basic Education Committee, and the International Code Council (ICC) Professional Development Council Education Committee and is past chair of SEAOSC Women in Structural Engineering Committee and the ASCE-SEI Wood Education Committee. She was the first SEAOSC woman inducted into the SEAOC College of Fellows in 2021 and has earned the Susan M. Frey NCSEA Educator Award, SEAOSC Engineer of the Year Award, in addition to the SEAOSC S.B. Barnes Research Team Award. She also held the position of vice president of education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she led the AWC Education team to provide education on building codes and AWC standards to expand university-level course offerings. Currently, Michelle is a mass timber specialist at Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation utilizing her expertise in mass timber to educate and promote the use of mass timber construction.

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Karen A. Cribbins-Kuklin

PRINCIPAL, DGA

Karen Cribbins-Kuklin graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. She is currently a principal at DGA and has extensive experience leading complex projects across a variety of practice areas with expertise in research facilities. Prior to her role at DGA, she was the studio director at Gensler. With experience in architecture, planning and construction, she excels at assisting clients and multi-disciplinary user groups. Her management skills have been applied in all phases of project development, from programming and feasibility studies to construction administration. She currently serves as chair of the CAED Dean’s Leadership Council.

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Patricia Kuo Beckman

PRINCIPAL AND RETAIL DESIGNER, FIELD PAOLI

Patricia Kuo Beckman graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and went on to receive her Master of Architecture degree from Cornell University. Trish has experience in the design of retail and mixed-use projects, including regional centers, large-scale master plans, individual buildings within large complexes, and interior prototypes for boutique retailers. Starting as a summer intern, she continued her career at Field Paoli, becoming a full-time staff member, then project manager, and is now a partner. Her recent projects include Prairiefire in Overland Park, Kansas, the Ghirardelli Retail Store at the LINQ in Las Vegas, and the Fashion Place Mall in Murray, Utah.

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Jasmine A. Lomax 

SUSTAINABILITY & CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MANAGER, KILROY REALTY CORPORATION

Jasmine A. Lomax graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management with minors in Real Property Development and City and Regional Planning. She served as the vice president of the Cal Poly Black Alumni Chapter. Professionally, she has held various roles, including project engineer with Morley Builders in Los Angeles, where she worked on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Museum, and as a senior project engineer at Shangri-La Construction. She is an active participant in several communities and professional associations as a board member, and currently manages Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives within Kilroy Realty Corporation, where she focuses on bringing environmentally friendly practices to the built environment.

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Christopher Manning

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, OVERAA CONSTRUCTION

Christopher Manning graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. He served on the Advisory Council for the Architectural Engineering Department at Cal Poly for several years. Christopher began as a project engineer after graduating from Cal Poly and is now CEO of Overaa Construction, overseeing various projects including commercial, educational, industrial, and municipal projects. In his leadership position, he is responsible for all operations including hands-on oversight of all preconstruction project management, and field and administrative operations. He is an expert in managing complex design-build projects. Under his direction, Christopher has championed alternative delivery methods and has developed a niche in green energy and water resource projects.

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Lori Marmolejo 

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL, MONTALBA ARCHITECTS

Lori Marmolejo graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. She has worked in markets around the country, navigating diverse requirements across numerous project types, including restaurants, aviation, luxury residential, and hospitality. Lori is currently an associate principal for Montalba Architects in Santa Monica. Most recently, she guided the design and construction of the 51,000-square-foot Nobu Hotel, which includes multiple dining and meeting spaces, successfully overseeing multiple teams and construction phases. Lori currently sits on the board of the AIA Architecture for Community Los Angeles (AC-LA).

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Kaitlin Murchison

VICE PRESIDENT OF CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT, HELLER PACIFIC

Kaitlin Murchison graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. Kaitlin began her career with DPR Construction in the San Francisco Bay Area with a focus on projects such as data centers, research laboratories, corporate offices, and hospitals. She has overseen a variety of urban development projects, including award-winning, transit-oriented, mixed-use communities and projects featuring heavy timber office space and preservation of historical features. Currently, as vice president of construction and development at Heller Pacific, she manages real estate development projects and leads the design and construction teams from the conceptual phase through entitlements, design and construction. In her present role, Kaitlin works on behalf of property owners and tenants to provide project management and construction consulting services.

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Geoffrey W. Neumayr

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PLANNING, DESIGN, AND CONSTRUCTION DIVISION

Geoffrey W. Neumayr graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering. He currently serves as the Chief Development Officer for the San Francisco International Airport Planning, Design and Construction Division. He is responsible for the planning, design and construction of all the airport’s maintenance and capital projects. In his current role, he has been responsible for the delivery of over twenty major projects totaling over $10 billion. Geoffrey is the previous chair of the Design Build Institute of America, and currently serves on the National Board of Directors. He is an advocate of integrated project delivery utilizing Progressive Design Build combined with LEAN construction to deliver design excellence.

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Binh Q. Nguyen 

Associate, ZFG Architects 

Binh Q. Nguyen graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. During his time with the CAED, he worked as a teaching assistant and interpreter to help launch a pilot partnership with Duy Tan University in Da Nang, Vietnam, to develop the first international-level architecture program in Vietnam’s central region. He is currently an associate with ZFG Architects in Los Angeles. Binh has studied at Ho Chi Minh University and Cal Poly Pomona, among others. His volunteer work includes building homes for low-income families in the greater San Francisco area with Habitat for Humanity, as well as assisting with educational initiatives for SPARK Los Angeles and SoCal NOMA to introduce architecture to elementary, middle, and high school students.

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John  R. Pangrazio

PARTNER EMERITUS (RETIRED), NBBJ SEATTLE

John Pangrazio graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and was the college’s Honored Alumnus of 2021. As a former partner at NBBJ Seattle, John was instrumental in shaping the firm’s successful health care practice. He was a partner in charge of projects including Stanford University Medical Center; Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; Catholic Healthcare West, twelve Southern California campus master plans; and Berkeley’s Hearst Memorial Mining Building. A fellow of the AIA, John is a Founding Fellow, regent and president of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) and served as president of the AIA / Academy of Architecture for Health. His award-winning work and articles have appeared in many publications including Architectural Record, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, and Engineering News-Record.

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Susan Rozakis 

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF WORKPLACE DESIGN AND DELIVERY, GOOGLE

Susan Kutner Rozakis was one of the first women to graduate from Cal Poly’s Construction Management program. Today, her leadership role at Google as the senior director of workplace design and delivery involves creating innovative approaches to high-performance, sustainable and user-focused offices. Her team is responsible for the design and delivery of forward-thinking workspaces that embody Google's unique company culture. They incorporate inclusive amenities such as on-site fitness centers, outdoor meeting spaces, healthy food service, and other design features that promote wellness, sustainability and encourage collaboration along with a data-driven focus. Prior to Google, she played a significant role at Stanford University managing all aspects of capital projects. She started her career working for a Bay Area general contractor and has been a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion. Rozakis is a member of the CAED’s Dean’s Leadership Council and is the college’s 2022 Honored Alumna. 

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Shannon Saliba 

SENIOR PROJECT ENGINEER, MCGUIRE AND HESTER

Shannon Saliba graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree and a minor in Construction Management. During her time at the university, she served as a student representative on the Landscape Architecture Advisory Council and as a manager for Cal Poly Annual Giving, where she oversaw a team of students tasked with growth initiatives. She is currently a senior project engineer for McGuire and Hester, which embraces the LEAN construction philosophy and focuses on a collaborative approach to its projects by integrating all site trades within one company.

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Sarah Samynathan 

SENIOR DESIGNER, TERREMOTO

Sarah Samynathan graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. During her time as a student, she served on the orientation team of the New Student and Transition Program and was a member of the LABash Planning Committee. She is currently a designer in the San Francisco office of Terremoto, a landscape architecture design studio that creates site-specific landscapes that respond to client needs while simultaneously challenging historical and contemporary landscape construction methods, materials and formal conventions.

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Mark P. Sarkisian 

PARTNER OF SEISMIC AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING, SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL LLP

Mark P. Sarkisian graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and earned a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from Lehigh University. His career has focused on developing innovative structural engineering solutions for more than 100 major building projects including the 421-meter-tall Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China, and the 412-meter-tall Al Hamra Fidrous Tower in Kuwait City, Kuwait. He holds fourteen U.S. and international patents for high-performance seismic structural mechanisms designed to protect buildings in areas of high seismicity, and for seismic and environmentally responsible structural systems. In 2021, he was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. He is the author of “Designing Tall Buildings: Structure as Architecture,” a reference on fundamental principles that guide the design of high-rise structures. Mark teaches an integrated design studio that includes students from Cal Poly, the University of California, Berkeley, California College of the Arts, and Stanford University, among others.

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Phillip Serna

DISTRICT 1 SUPERVISOR, SACRAMENTO COUNTY BOARD SUPERVISORS

Phillip Serna graduated from California State University, Sacramento, and earned a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Cal Poly. In 2018, he was the CAED’s Honored Alumnus, the same year he was elected to serve a third term as Supervisor of District 1 on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. He was just elected to serve his fourth term on June 7, 2022. Phil participates on 30+ other boards and commissions, including chairing the Sacramento First 5 Commission and serving on the Sacramento Regional Transit and Sacramento Library Authority boards. In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Phillip to serve as the first-ever Sacramento delegate to the California Air Resources Board, later unanimously approved by the Senate Rules Committee. Phillip works to protect the American River Parkway, improve residents’ quality of life in some of the region’s most economically challenged neighborhoods, and reduce childhood health disparities countywide.

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Farid Shahid

FOUNDING PARTNER, EIGHTY20 GROUP

Farid Shahid graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. While at Cal Poly, he served as a College of Architecture and Environmental Design Ambassador. He specializes in architecture, city planning, art and design, and property and real estate development. After graduating, he began his career in the real estate industry. Farid is a founding partner at the Eighty20 Group, a full-service real estate brokerage firm in San Luis Obispo County and is an active real estate investor in luxury redevelopment projects. In addition, he cofounded Dwellforward, a community organization aimed to educate people about the housing approval process on the Central Coast. Farid is currently on the Board of Directors of Downtown San Luis Obispo.

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John P. Tully

FOUNDER, KTGY ARCHITECTURE + PLANNING

John Tully graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture. He is a founding partner for KTGY Architecture + Planning, a full-service architectural and planning firm. He specialized in planning and urban design, working with public regulatory agencies and processing various land use. John’s work is widely recognized in the Las Vegas market, where he worked on over 50 master planned communities and several million square feet of infill projects. John is also a supporter of Cal Poly’s Earn by Doing internship program at the CAED’s Support Shops which funds students’ work experiences during their undergraduate careers at Cal Poly.

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Susan L. Van Atta

PRESIDENT, VAN ATTA ASSOCIATES INC.

Susan Van Atta graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture. She is the founder and president of Van Atta Associates Inc., a landscape architecture company based in Santa Barbara. She specializes in commercial, public and residential landscape architecture and planning. Susan’s notable projects include the Santa Barbara Bowl, Sheffield Park, Carpinteria Marsh, UCSB’s Campus Point, the Biltmore redesign, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Her firm’s award-winning projects regenerate the land and engage the public in site understanding and site stewardship. She frequently lectures on topics of design and sustainability at colleges and community forums. Susan serves as a trustee of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a council member of the Art, Design & Architecture Museum of UC Santa Barbara, and a member of the Santa Barbara Land Trust, Land Use Advisory Committee.

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Jill D. Williams

PRINCIPAL & CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, KTGY ARCHITECTURE + PLANNING

Jill Williams graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in Architecture and Urban Design. She is the managing principal and chairman at KTGY Architecture + Planning in San Francisco and Oakland. With experience in innovative residential and mixed-use architecture, Jill takes an active role in client relationships, setting design vision, mentoring KTGY’s practice area principals, and providing leadership that encourages a continuous search for better and higher quality, forward-looking solutions. She has dedicated her efforts to building an award-winning studio in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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Lisa A. Wise

FOUNDER, LISA WISE CONSULTING, INC.

Lisa A. Wise graduated from Cal Poly with a Master of City and Regional Planning. She is the founder of Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc., an urban planning and economics firm headquartered in San Luis Obispo with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The company works on projects with clients to build more resilient and equitable communities, both domestically and internationally. Lisa specializes in long-ranged planning, land development codes, housing policy, financial feasibility analysis, and land use economics. Previously, she worked as a certified public accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where she gained an extensive accounting and financial consulting background. Lisa has served as a part-time lecturer at Cal Poly in the city and regional planning department teaching courses that focus on real estate, finance and housing.

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