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.
CO-FOUNDER SQUARETRADE AND BOARD DIRECTOR VARIOUS COMPANIES
Steve Abernethy co-founded SquareTrade in 1999 and led the company as its CEO and then executive chairman for 17 years until Allstate acquired it in early 2017. SquareTrade changed the consumer electronics warranty industry, creating a leading consumer-rated protection service. Prior to this, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey in New York, and as a structural engineer at Arup in London and Los Angeles. Steve now advises technology companies, currently serving on the board of directors of Autofi in San Francisco and Triparound in Athens, Greece. He serves on the ARCE Industry Advisory Council. Steve earned his Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering from Cal Poly in 1989, and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
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.
executive vice president
Tom graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in construction management in 1986. He grew up in the construction industry working for his father Stan. Tom spent the majority of his career working for Granite Construction as an Estimator, Project Manager & Branch Manager in California, Nevada & Utah. Later promoted to Senior Vice President, Tom credits his success at Granite to strong relationships and a work ethic shared by his teammates on many challenging projects throughout the west. Later with Sundt Construction in Arizona as Chief Operating Officer, Tom added Industrial & Commercial Building Construction to his resume. Leveraging lean and six sigma principles, Tom helped lead continuous improvement initiatives at both companies. Currently, Tom is EVP of Construction for Replay Destinations, a private real estate developer from Vancouver BC, Canada. Tom & his wife Lisa live in Park City, Utah.
principal, chief strategy officer
Donna has over 30 years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Donna joined AC Martin as the director of the marketing in 2007. Since then, her role has evolved considerably as the firm has grown. Now, as the chief strategy officer and member of the firm’s executive management team, Donna initiates business development and marketing plans; develops win strategies for major project pursuits; coordinates professional development training and key hire recruitment; reinforces community and public relation outlets; and strengthens and develops new business contacts for the firm. She has served on the board of the Society for Marketing for Professional Services and the Asian American Architects and Engineers Association of Southern California, and currently sits on the board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACE Mentor, as well as the ARCE Advisory Council. Donna is named the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Honored Alumna of 2020.
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. He 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. Scott is the CAED representative on the Cal Poly Alumni Association Board. Scott was named the College of Architecture and Environmental Design Honored Alumnus of 2015. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Cal Poly in 1979 and his Bachelor of Architecture in 1980, and currently serves on the Cal Poly Foundation Board.
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
HKS Architects, Inc.
Rick Gunter is principal of HKS Architects, Inc. in Los Angeles, managing large hospitality and residential projects. He is responsible for the firm’s 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 the firm, he opened and led multiple offices in California, Colorado and New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1991 from Cal Poly. Rick has consistently been involved in his surrounding community, as a newly elected councilmember for La Canada Flintridge, member of the West Hollywood Seismic Advisory Committee, liturgical leader at St. Bede, board member for the LCHS Boosters, and former chair of the La Canada Planning Commission.
Ray Hashimoto, AICP
As a vice president at HMH, Ray has more than 37 years of land use planning experience including several years with the City of Palo Alto and nearly ten years with the San Jose Department of City Planning, Building & Code Enforcement. He provides expertise in land use and entitlement for HMH’s land development projects. He has been involved with a wide range of assignments from inception through construction including multi-use and industrial/commercial projects, large-scale residential projects, and specialized work such as operating and post-operation landfill sites. Ray has extensive familiarity with governmental agencies throughout the Bay Area and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He received his Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 1981.
Ray was a building industry association representative to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Citizen’s Advisory Committee and is a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose.
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.
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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.
FAIA, LEED AP (BS ARCH ’79)
ZGF 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.
vice president of education
american wood council
Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, M. ASCE, SECB, is vice president of education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she leads the AWC Education team to provide education on building codes and AWC standards as well as leading the effort to expand university level wood design course offerings. She has authored several articles and white papers related to the use of structural wood and has more than 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects. Michelle graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (ARCE), has served on the Cal Poly ARCE Industry Advisory Council and CALBO Structural Safety Committee, and is a former director for SEAOC and past-president for SEAOSC. She currently volunteers her time on the NCSEA Basic Education Committee, the ICC Professional Development Council Education Committee and is chair of the ASCE-SEI Wood Education Committee as well as the SEAOSC Women in Structural Engineering Committee.
Karen A. Kuklin
Karen Kuklin is the principal at DGA, 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
SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Prior to working with the firm, Jasmine was a project engineer with Morley Builders where she worked on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Museum, and a senior project engineer at Shangri-La Construction. She has completed the LEED Green Associate, Certified Green Professional (CGP), and OSHA 30 Certificate. At UCLA, she is finishing the Real Estate Certificate with a concentration in investments and the Project Management Certificate. In addition to her CM degree at Cal Poly, Jasmine completed Real Property Development, and City and Regional Planning minors. She is an active participant in community and professional associations as a board member of the USGBC-LA Board of Directors, as a member of Commercial Real Estate Women – Los Angeles, NAIOP SoCAL Chapter – Commercial Real Estate Development Association, 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.
Kaitlin Murchison (CM '07)
vice President of construction and development
Kaitlin manages real estate development projects from the conceptual phase through entitlements, design and construction. She has overseen a variety of urban development projects totaling hundreds of thousands of square feet, including award-winning, transit-oriented, mixed-use communities and projects featuring heavy timber office space and preservation of historical features. In her role at Heller Pacific, Kaitlin also works on behalf of other property owners and tenants to provide project management and construction consulting services.
Prior to assuming her current role, Kaitlin spent the first 9 years of her career with DPR Construction in the San Francisco Bay Area focusing on technologically complex projects such as data centers, research laboratories, corporate offices, and hospitals. She graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management in 2007 and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
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 is regarded as one of the country’s leaders in healthcare architecture for his understanding of the issues affecting the healthcare industry and the practice of medicine. He was partner in charge on 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’s Hearst Memorial Mining Building. He is a Founding Fellow and regent of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA). John is a 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, and Association for the Care of Children’s Health. His award-winning work and articles have appeared in many publications including Architectural Record, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, and Engineering News-Record. Now John has the opportunity to mentor and coach others in the serious competitive world, and is back to doing architecture for friends and family.
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.
sacramento county board supervisor
Phil Serna earned a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Cal Poly in 1994 after graduating from California State University, Sacramento. Phil is currently serving his second term on the Sacramento County Board of supervisors and was re-elected to a third term in June 2018. In addition to his service as a Supervisor, Phil participates on many other boards and commissions, including chairing the Sacramento First 5 Commission and serving on the boards of Sacramento Regional Transit and Sacramento Library Authority; just three of the 30+ to which he commits time. In 2013 Governor Jerry Brown appointed Phil to serve as the first-ever Sacramento delegate to the California Air Resources Board. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Rules Committee one year later. Phil is a Sacramento native and the son of Sacramento’s first Latino mayor, the late Joe Serna Jr. Among his many priorities, Phil continues to work tirelessly protecting the American River Parkway, improving residents’ quality of life in some of the region’s most economically challenged neighborhoods, and reducing childhood health disparities countywide. Phil lives in Sacramento with his wife Roxanna Recinos-Serna (Architecture, ‘94) whom he met on a Cal Poly field trip, and to whom he credits the love and support necessary to do what he does for his home community.
M. Farid Shahid
M. Farid Shahid is making waves in San Luis Obispo’s local business community. Immediately upon graduating from the Architecture program in 2016 he launched his career in the Real Estate industry. After working at a local brokerage for a few years, Farid co-founded the Eighty20 Group in May 2019 with business partners: James Fucillo and Walker Sotello. The quickly growing firm is a full service real estate brokerage with headquarters in Downtown SLO. Earlier in 2019, he also co-founded WithCo Coffee with business partners: Walker Sotello and Rydian Searles. WithCo Coffee serves premium espresso drinks in a modern setting within the Creamery Marketplace – Downtown San Luis Obispo.
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
Vai/Van Atta Associates, Inc.
Susan uses her work to reflect a commitment to environmentally appropriate landscape design. 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 30 years as a practicing landscape architect. 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 trustee of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a council member of Art, Design & Architecture Museum of UC Santa Barbara, and a member on the Santa Barbara Land Trust, Land Use Advisory Committee.
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.
AICP (MCRP ’01)
President/Co-founder, Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc
Since the founding of the firm in 2006, Lisa has maintained a consistent commitment to client service and the development and application of innovative solutions. She 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. And 18+ years in the assessment and creation of land use policy. Previously she worked 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 teaches at Cal Poly.