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.
Senior Concept Architect
Walt Disney Imagineering
David Abair is the senior concept architect for Walt Disney Imagineering. David’s grasp of design, team leadership, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) has allowed him to succeed in his current role where he leads conceptual design efforts including programming, facility design, BIM, scheduling, and staffing. Over the past 10 years of working with Walt Disney Imagineering, David has been responsible for both domestic and international theme park attractions. He is currently working on a major domestic theme park expansion.
Before becoming a licensed architect in California, David received his Bachelor of Science in architecture from Cal Poly in 2007 as the CAED Valedictorian. David is also associated with the Pasadena-Foothill Chapter of AIA.
BrightView Design Group
Kurt Buxton is the vice president of BrightView Design Group in Irvine, California. His project experience includes multi-family, mixed-use, resort, sports, recreation, and civic examples with an expertise in master planned communities. Kurt is respected for his innovative design leadership and 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 earned his degree in landscape architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 1987 and is now a LEED Accredited Professional and a Licensed Landscape Architect in California, North Carolina and Florida. 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. He is also on the landscape architecture advisory boards for Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and Saddleback College.
Sean Carolan, LEED AP, DBIA
Sean Carolan is an operations manager with Hensel Phelps, and focuses on operations throughout Northern California as well as supporting the management of Hensel Phelps’ office in San Jose, CA. With more than 22 years of experience, Sean has been involved in the successful completion of a variety of challenging projects. He has extensive experience in the design-build delivery method and has been instrumental in the delivery of approximately $1 billion of design-build projects for owners ranging from local cities, counties, and the State of California. He is recognized for providing leadership, vision, and creating collaborative environments on projects.
Sean sits on the Design-Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region Board. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management in 1995 and is now a registered DBIA and LEED Accredited Professional.
Guy Conversano, P.E, S.E.
Principal and Co-Founder
Guy Conversano is principal and co-founder of DCI Engineers, a civil and structural engineering firm providing consulting engineering throughout North America. He has more than 36 years of experience as a structural engineer, designing and managing projects for clients in commercial, medical, residential, industrial, and marine sectors. Guy’s expertise lies in post-tensioned concrete and steel framed structure design. His innovation in construction led to several patents including the proprietary precast stair, Redistair.
Guy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 1980 with a degree in civil engineering and earned his master’s degree in structures and mechanics at the University of Washington in 1989. In addition to this, Guy was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering Society. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Steel Construction, and the Structural Engineers Association of Washington. His work with the non-profit group, Childhaven, led DCI to receive the 2012 Mark Matthews Service to Children award.
Michael Corrick, AIA
Nacht & Lewis
Michael Corrick is president of Nacht & Lewis, a Sacramento firm that has provided planning and architectural design services for more than 90 years. His portfolio includes civic, justice and public safety projects for numerous federal, state, county and local government entities as well as senior living and commercial office work in the private sector. A number of his projects have used design-build as the delivery method and he has spoken at conferences about the process.
With his background in finance, he has led Nacht & Lewis' efforts in public-private partnership projects and pursuits. He has held leadership positions with professional, not-for-profit and community organizations including the American Institute of Architects, East Bay and Central Valley Chapters, Eskaton Foundation Board of Directors, and San Juan Unified School District Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. Mike earned his Bachelor of Science in architecture from Cal Poly in 1978 and a Master of Business Administration in 1993 from Saint Mary's College.
Scott Gaudineer, AIA
president and ceo
Flewelling & Moody
Scott F. Gaudineer, AIA, is president & CEO of Flewelling & Moody Architecture in Pasadena. As a chief strategist for business solutions, Scott develops creative, cost-effective designs for educational and housing environments and is a veteran facilitator of school district design committees. Scott is a member of ACSA, CASH, AIA, the California Association for School Board Officials, the Construction Specifications Institute, the Small School Districts Association and the Council of Educational Facilities Planners, International. He earned a Bachelor Science in architecture from Cal Poly in 1979 and his Bachelor of Architecture in 1980.
David J. Gilmore, AIA, LEED AP
David Gilmore is a principal architect at LPA Inc. and has played a key role in the implementation of sustainable California K-12 schools. With more than 30 years of experience in the architectural design industry, he has left his mark on more than 200 educational projects including work at Paramount High School, Grossmont High School, Newport Harbor High School, and Laguna Beach High School. He has expertise in urban planning, commercial, retail, institutional, mixed-use and public architectural design. Dave is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H). He received his Bachelor of Science in architecture in 1976 from Cal Poly, and as an alumnus, continues to mentor students through the Professional Studio Program–a partnership between LPA and Cal Poly. David received the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Honored Alumni Award in 2011.
Executive managing director
Kelly Givens is the senior transactional consultant and executive managing director at Savills Studley where his primary responsibility is to assess all workspace and facility requirements and feasibility of occupancy solutions. Active in the real estate and construction industry since 1980, Kelly has experience as project architect, construction manager, asset manager, contractor and developer. Kelly has been the lead professional and cost engineer on some of the largest commercial Real Estate Transactions in the country. Recently completing the two largest transactions in California in the last 25 years. He is one of the most experienced real estate professionals in the country when it comes to BTS construction projects. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His credentials include registration and license as an Architect, AIA, General Building Contractor and Certified Property Manager (CPM).
Wallace B. Gordon, AIA
Deems Lewis McKinley (DLM), Architects
Wallace B. Gordon is president of DLM Architects with offices in San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento. The majority of his work has been for corporate and public agencies, including a wide range of high technology, municipal and educational projects. During the past several years DLM increased its focus on educational facilities design and has been honored with several AIACC/CASH educational facility design awards. Wally started with DLM's San Diego office in 1981 and became a principal of the firm in 1988.
He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing. Wally’s experience also includes the technical coordination and execution of construction documents and construction administration for many K-12 school facilities for schools in Newark, Pleasanton, Roseville, San Francisco, and Santa Ana. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly in 1980.
David Grigsby, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
ZGF Architects LLP
David Grigsby is a principal at ZGF Architects and brings his experience as a project architect to his current 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. His involvement with complex design projects over the past 20 years applies equally to balancing staffing and talent development across the firm. His ability to collaborate with teams and clients inspires his daily work.
His 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. David received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 1995, is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and served on the Portland AIA Board of Directors. He represents ZGF as part of NCARB’s Architects Licensing Advisors Community, diligently promoting internship development initiatives within the firm.
Rick Gunter, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Associate Principal and Senior Vice President
HKS Architects, Inc.
Rick Gunter is associate principal and senior vice president of HKS Architects, Inc. in Los Angeles, managing large hospitality and residential projects. He is responsible for Los Angeles commercial and sports group operations, with a focus on employee development. Rick has more than 26 years of experience in both large and small firms leading industrial, commercial, aviation, interiors, non-profit, residential, hospitality, and retail projects. Prior to his time with HKS Architects, he opened and led multiple offices in California, Colorado and New Jersey.
He earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1991 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has consistently been involved in his surrounding community, most recently as chair of the La Canada Planning Bede, member of the West Hollywood Seismic Advisory Committee, liturgical leader at St. Bede, and a board member for the LCHS Boosters.
Simpson Strong-Tie Co., Inc.
Alan Hanson is the training/outreach coordinator for Simpson Strong-Tie Co., Inc., located in Riverside, California. He started with the company shortly after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, following a 10-year stint as a distributor of Simpson products. His responsibilities include supervision of the Southern California connector sales force, as well as coordination of the Brea lead generation and pricing programs.
He is a member of SEAOC, BIA and ICC, among other trade associations and has been active with Cal Poly for many years. His association began with the Structural Forum and was cemented with Ken Kohlen, long-time architectural professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Ken and Alan initiated the first Simpson Strong-Tie/ Cal Poly Symposium in 1996, in which Poly alums come back to conduct career fairs and hands-on training for the students. Simpson’s relationship with Cal Poly culminated in their donation to the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab, an interdisciplinary training center adjacent to the new Construction Innovations Center.
Peter Hendrickson, AIA
Associate Vice Chancellor, Design and Construction
UCLA Capital Programs
Peter Hendrickson is the associate vice chancellor of design and construction for UCLA Capital Programs. His leadership skills, complemented by 30 years of experience in architectural practice, have enabled Peter to work for some of the nation’s leading healthcare and educational institutions. Peter is responsible for managing the design and construction of the capital improvement program for the UCLA campus.
Before joining UCLA, Peter served as the 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. Peter spent the first ten years of his career in private practice serving the Long Beach and South Bay areas. He also served as an AIA California Council director, president of AIA Long Beach South Bay, and as an economic development commissioner for the City of Long Beach. Peter is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and the California State University International Program.
Chris Hong Design, LLC
Chris has managed all phases of project delivery ranging from schematic design through construction administration, with an emphasis on sustainability and integrated collaboration. Mentoring is also one of his passions.
Chris has working relationships with the University of Hawai’i, the University of Oregon and has led design-related high school mentoring programs over the past decade. Along with being vice president and president elect of the AIA’s Hawai’i chapter, he is also involved with NCARB, Habitat for Humanity, and the U.S. Green Building Council. He completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly in 2005 and is a registered architect in the state of Hawai’i.
ZDF Architects LLP
Ted Hyman is the managing partner of ZGF Architects LLP. During his 25 years at ZGF, he has played a key role in guiding the development of the firm, while also successfully directing and mentoring project teams for leading edge research institutions. Prior to assuming his current role, Ted spent 10 years as the managing partner of the Los Angeles office with a focus on many of the firm’s most challenging and technologically complex projects. Many of these projects have involved overseeing multidisciplinary teams and working with multiple client user groups in a highly collaborative manner. Ted has a particular passion for sustainability, high-performance building system integration, materials, and technology.
Ted graduated with a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is now a registered architect in 17 states including, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Utah. He is also a LEED Accredited professional in building design and construction.
Karen A. Kuklin
Senior Associate / Studio Director
Karen Kuklin is the senior associate and studio director at Gensler, and has extensive experience leading complex projects across a variety of practice areas with particular expertise in academic research facilities. Her management skills have been applied in all phases of project development, from programming and feasibility studies through construction administration. Karen excels in assisting multiple client organizations and multi-disciplinary user groups to coalesce around shared goals and win-win solutions for resource allocation. Having participated in extensive leadership training, she is highly effective in managing interdisciplinary groups seeking answers to difficult challenges. Karen earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly in 1982.
Trish Kuo Beckman
Principal and Retail Designer
Trish Kuo Beckman is a principal and retail designer at Field Paoli in San Francisco since 2002. She has more than 12 years of experience in 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. She works at all scales, balancing management of large teams with attention to precise detail. Her recent projects include the Ghirardelli Retail Store at the LINQ in Las Vegas, the Cupertino Village Revitalization, Serramonte Center in Daly City, and St. Dominic’s Catholic Church Parish Center in San Francisco. She is currently working on Keahuolu Village, Hawai'i.
Kuo Beckman received her Master of Architecture from Cornell University in 2002 and her Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly in 1999.
Jasmine A. Lomax, LEED GA, CGP
Senior Project Engineer
Jasmine A. Lomax is a senior project engineer at Shangri-La Construction in Los Angeles. She is currently working on a beautification, renovation and seismic upgrade of a historic 1920’s hotel. At UCLA she is completing the Real Estate Certificate with a concentration in investments and the Project Management Certificate. Jasmine has completed the LEED Green Associate, Certified Green Professional (CGP), and OSHA 30 Certificate, among other certifications. In a previous position, she was a project engineer with Morley Builders where she worked on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Museum.
Jasmine received her Bachelor of Science in construction management from Cal Poly with minors in real property development, and city and regional planning. After graduation she was elected as a board member of the USGBC-LA Board of Directors. She is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women – Los Angeles, NAIOP SoCAL Chapter – Commercial Real Estate Development Association, U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter, and ULI Los Angeles.
Christopher Manning is the president of Overaa Construction and is responsible for all operations including hands-on oversight of all preconstruction, project management, field, and administrative operations. Founded in 1907 and headquartered in the East Bay, Overaa conducts operations throughout Northern California. Overaa is ranked top largest general contractor in the Bay Area. Nationally, Overaa is ranked #226 in the ENR’s top 400 national contractors. Overaa’s services include design-build, and design-assist, all areas of general construction, preconstruction, budgeting services, and construction management. These services are performed by personnel with engineering knowledge, technical expertise using Building Information Modeling, enhanced scheduling software and lean construction techniques and a personal commitment to excellence.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in construction management from Cal Poly in 1988. He served on the Advisory Council for the Architectural Engineering Department at Cal Poly from 2009 to 2011 and is a member of the Design Build Institute of America.
Daniel Margulies, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Margulies Hoelzli Architecture
Daniel Margulies is a principal at Margulies Hoelzli Architecture. He has extensive and varied experience in project management, design and construction administration services of all building types with a heavy concentration in industrial, educational, residential sectors, and facilities planning. He is experienced in site evaluation and selection, master planning, space layout, programming, preliminary planning, specifications, and overall interdisciplinary coordination for more than $1.5 billion worth of completed projects.
Managing the firm in a supervisory capacity, Daniel is thoroughly versed in and cognizant of the latest construction management concepts with particular emphasis on value analysis, cost controls and project coordination. He attended the City University of New York City College, graduating in 1979, and has 34 years of experience in his profession.
Geoffrey Neumayr, SE
Chief Development Officer
San Francisco International Airport Planning, Design and Construction Division
Geoffrey Neumayr is the chief development officer for the San Francisco International Airport Planning, Design and Construction Division. He is responsible for the design of the airport’s maintenance and capital projects. Geoffrey has more than 30 years of experience in design, construction and project management, making him a big proponent of the public infrastructure projects. He was responsible for some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most prestigious projects including the San Francisco International Airport BART Station and Terminal 2.
Geoffrey earned his Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering from Cal Poly in 1984. He holds both civil and structural engineer licenses in California, Nevada and Florida. He serves on the advisory board for the Cal Poly CAED Architectural Engineering Department, as well as chair for the Airports Council International Project, and Construction Delivery Group. Additionally, Geoffrey is a member of the International Partnering Institute’s Board of Directors, and the Airports Council International Operations and Technical Committee.
John R. Pangrazio, FAIA, FACHA
John Pangrazio is a partner at NBBJ and regarded as one of the country’s leaders in healthcare architecture for the breadth of his understanding of the issues affecting the healthcare industry and the practice of medicine, his determination to reach the highest standards in the planning and design of healthcare facilities, and for his leadership and visionary work in healthcare. John was partner in charge on numerous projects including Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle; Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; Catholic Healthcare West, twelve Southern California campus master plans; and UC Berkeley, Hearst Memorial Mining Building. He is a Founding Fellow and regent of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), and member of the AIA, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), Health Environmental Research and Design Journal, American Association for Hospital Planning, Lambda Alpha International Society, Association for the Care of Children’s Health, etc.
His award-winning work and articles have appeared in many publications including Architectural Record, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and Engineering News-Record. He has been a guest lecturer and critic at several universities including Washington State, Texas A&M, and Cal Poly, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture in 1967.
Mark P. Sarkisian, PE, SE, LEED, BD+C
Partner of Seismic and Structural Engineering
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Mark P. Sarkisian is the partner of seismic and structural engineering in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. 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, Kuwait City, Kuwait. Mark holds nine U.S. patents and five 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.
He has written and published a book titled “Designing Tall Buildings – Structure as Architecture,” and he teaches Integrated Studio Design courses that include students from the University of California, Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Stanford University, and California Polytechnic State University, among others. He received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut, his Master of Science in structural engineering from Lehigh University, and an honorary doctorate degree from Clarkson University.
Bob Stephens is a project executive at Morley Builders with more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, specializing for the last 20 years in large cast-in-place concrete structure. His projects range from residential projects, to hospitals, parking structures, commercial, aerospace, institutional, entertainment, and seismic retrofit and renovation. He also has extensive experience in estimating, preconstruction, managing client contract negotiations, subcontract awards, cost control, scheduling, and documentation.
Bob graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science in construction management. He is also a graduate of the Anderson School at UCLA, Graduate School of Management, Executive Program. He is a Certified Professional Constructor by the American Institute of Constructions and serves as a member of the Constructor Certification Commission, Exam Committee. In addition, Bob serves as chair of the Cal Poly Parent and Family Programs Advisory Council, and is a member of the Construction Management Advisory Council at Cal Poly.
John P. Tully
Founding Partner / Principal
KTGY Group Inc.
John Tully is the founding Partner/Principal and the "T" in KTGY Group Inc. John has been a visionary for community design from infill to large scaled planned communities for more than thirty years. His work with public regulatory agencies and processing various land use entitlements has benefited developers and property owners alike. His expertise has been most widely recognized in the Las Vegas market, which has led him to work on more than fifty master planned communities and several million square feet of infill projects. John earned his Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture from Cal Poly in 1979.
Susan Van Atta
Van Atta Associates, Inc.
Susan Van Atta is the owner of Van Atta Associates, Inc. and uses her work to reflect a commitment to environmentally appropriate landscape design, habitat restoration, and the use of native plants. Her practice approaches design with an understanding of environmental processes gained from a degree in environmental studies, an early career in California coastal planning and environmental impact assessment, and more than 25 years as a practicing landscape architect. Susan’s award-winning designs strive to 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 has written and published a book, The Southern California Native Flower Garden, and was elected to the ASLA Council of Fellows for outstanding contribution in design to the profession of landscape architecture. She is a board member of The Sustainability Project and the Cultural Landscape Foundation. Her other affiliations include the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Innovative Building Review Committee in Santa Barbara.
Jill Williams, AIA
Managing Principal, Chairman of the Board
Jill Williams is chairman of the board of directors and managing principal at KTGY Oakland. She takes an active role in client relationships, building quality architectural teams and providing overall project direction from planning and design conception through construction observation. Jill joined KTGY in Irvine in 1991. Since 2001, she has directed her efforts to building an award-winning studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 30 years of experience in innovative residential and mixed-use architecture, her dedication to sustainable and thoughtful design has been recognized by clients, communities and the development industry alike, resulting in a thriving practice in the Bay Area.
She earned her Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As a licensed architect in California, she is affiliated with the Home Builders Association of BIA Bay Area, the North State Building Industry Association, American Institute of Architects, AIA, and Gold Nugget Advisory Committee.
President/Co-founder, Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc
Lisa Wise is president and co-founder of Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc. (LWC). Founded in 2006, LWC is an urban planning and economics firm that specializes in enabling pedestrian- and transit-oriented neighborhoods, and facilitating sustainable, well-designed places to live, work and recreate. She has led the firm to be distinguished by a consistent commitment to client service and the development and application of innovative solutions. Lisa has more than 25 years of professional experience in land development codes, specific plans, housing policy, financial feasibility analysis, and the economic assessment of land use. She has more than 18 years in the assessment and creation of land use policy and over nine years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the securities and commodities industry. Lisa is considered a national expert in the field of zoning and housing, and speaks regularly at industry conferences. She also sits on the Form-Based Codes Institute Board of Directors and is adjunct faculty at Cal Poly.