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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Steve Abernethy 

CO-FOUNDER SQUARETRADE, Board of Directors Member of Various Companies 

Steve Abernethy graduated from Cal Poly with a BS in Architectural Engineering. In addition to his role on the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Dean’s Leadership Council, he currently serves on the college’s Architectural Engineering Industry Advisory Council. He received his MBA from Harvard and worked as a management consultant at McKinsey in New York and as a structural engineer at Arup in London and Los Angeles. In 1999, he cofounded SquareTrade, which specializes in consumer electronics warranty services, and led the company as its CEO and then executive chairman for 17 years. He 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 BS in Architecture. Since establishing his firm in San Diego in 1976, 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. In the arena of urban development, his teams have designed and built more than $3 billion worth of construction value in the past 10 years alone. 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 

Principle and Architectural Engineer, Daniel A. Bastião Design 

Daniel A. Bastião holds a BS in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly. As a structural and consulting engineer, he has worked domestically and internationally on medical, educational, and research facilities for firms such as JK Engineering, ZFA Structural Engineers, Rutherford + Chekene, and Beca. He has performed structural seismic assessments, detailed engineering evaluations, and emergency building assessments following seismic events in both California and New Zealand. Since founding his firm in San Francisco in 2014, some of his notable works include Eichler, Victorian, and Mid-Century home remodels throughout California. 

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Kurt Buxton

Vice President
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.

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Tom Case

executive vice president

Replay destinations

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.

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Donna Clandening

principal, chief strategy officer

ac martin

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.

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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.

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David J. Gilmore, AIA, LEED AP

Principal Architect
LPA Inc.

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.

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Kelly Givens

Executive managing director
Savills Studley

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).

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Wallace B. Gordon, AIA

President
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.

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David Grigsby, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Principal
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.

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Rick Gunter, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Principal
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.

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Camille Hardin 

Project Manager, Flint Builders, Inc. 

Camille Hardin earned her BS in Construction Management from Cal Poly. While attending the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, she was a member of the Associated Students of Construction Management and Alpha Rho Chi. Professionally, she spent seven years 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. She is currently a project manager at Flint Builders, Inc., 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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Danielle J. Harris 

Managing Director of Engagement & Innovation, Elemental Excelerator 

Danielle J. Harris graduated from Cal Poly with a BS in City and Regional Planning. She was the Innovation Strategist for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Office of Innovation, where she integrated her background in land use and transportation planning to create dynamic teams with both city departments and tech companies. Part of that work included fusing government and tech to implement pilot programs that successfully improved roadway safety, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and addressed environmental inequities. As Managing Director of Engagement & Innovation at Elemental Excelerator, she oversees the firm’s social justice and climate action goals. She has also worked directly with Elemental Excelerator’s mobility portfolio companies, partners, and cities to catalyze collaboration within the transportation industry. As a thought leader in new mobility, she provides a systems approach to help both startups and companies strategize and thrive within the ever-evolving transportation revolution.  

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Ray Hashimoto, AICP

VICE PRESIDENT,HMH

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.

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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 Hong

Principal
English hong architecture

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.

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Ted Hyman

FAIA, LEED AP (BS ARCH ’79)

Managing Partner
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.

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Michelle Kam-Biron

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. 

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Karen A. Kuklin

principal
dga

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.

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Trish Kuo Beckman

Principal and Retail Designer
Field Paoli

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.

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Jasmine A. Lomax 

Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Kilroy Realty Corporation  

Jasmine A. Lomax earned a BS degree in Construction Management from Cal Poly with minors in Real Property Development and City and Regional Planning. She recently 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 has completed the LEED Green Associate, Certified Green Professional, and OSHA 30 Certificates. She is an active participant in several community 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

President
Overaa Construction

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.

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Lori Marmolejo 

Associate Principal, Montalba Architects 

Lori Marmolejo earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly. She has worked in markets around the country, navigating diverse requirements across numerous project types, including restaurants, aviation, luxury residential, and hospitality. As an associate principal for Montalba Architects, she recently 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. In addition to serving on the CAED’s Dean’s Leadership Council, she also sits on the board of the AIA Architecture For Community Los Angeles. 

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Kaitlin Murchison (CM '07)

vice President of construction and development
heller pacific

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.

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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.

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Binh Q. Nguyen 

Associate, ZFG Architects 

Binh Q. Nguyen graduated from Cal Poly with a BS in Architecture. During his time with the CAED, he worked as 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 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. He is currently an associate with ZFG Architects in Los Angeles.  

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John R. Pangrazio, FAIA, FACHA

consulting Partner
NBBJ, Seattle

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.

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Susan Rozakis 

Director of Real Estate and Construction, Google 

Susan Rozakis graduated from Cal Poly with a BS in Construction Management. She leads the Real Estate, Design and Delivery team at Google, where she is responsible for a diverse team and portfolio of innovative, high-tech, and user-focused interiors in Google’s Silicon Valley offices. With more than 35 years of experience, she has managed all aspects of capital projects, including leading campus initiatives at Stanford University as a project manager and a member of the university’s Seismic Advisory Committee. Her experience with construction disputes, estimating and contracts, construction management degrees, design experience, and a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion has led her to a successful and well-rounded career in the real estate, design, and construction industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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Shannon Saliba 

Senior Project Engineer, McGuire and Hester 

Shannon Saliba graduated from Cal Poly with a BA in Landscape Architecture 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. Her licenses and certificates include Cal OSHA 30 and USA North 811 California Damage Prevention.  

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Sarah Samynathan 

Designer, Terremoto 

Sarah Samynathan holds a BS in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly. During her time as a student, she served on the orientation team of the New Student and Transition Program. She is currently a designer in the San Francisco office of Terremoto, a landscape architecture design studio that creates site-specific landscapes which are aesthetically, ecologically, and metaphysically provocative and productive. 

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Mark P. Sarkisian 

Partner Of Seismic and Structural Engineering, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP 

Mark P. Sarkisian’s 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. He 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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Phil Serna

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.

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M. Farid Shahid

Founding Partner

Eighty20 group

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.

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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.

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Susan Van Atta

president
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.

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Jill Williams, AIA

Managing Principal, Chairman of the Board
KTGY Oakland

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.

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Lisa Wise

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.

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