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California Architects’ Board License #21365

 

Master of Architecture

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

 

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

Department of Architecture

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

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Tiny House Village, a Youth Spirit Artworks 

Berkeley, CA

Chairman of Development Committee, Head of Architecture and Planning                           2017 - 2019

 

Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) is a non-profit, job training program committed to empowering homeless and low-income San Francisco Bay Area young people. YSA undertook to build a Tiny House Village to house homeless youth on an accelerated schedule. Responsible for the overall design, planning, and construction of 25 individual units and supporting structures, from inception to launch.

  • Led a 15-people, multi-disciplinary development team

  • Developed and tracked project plan encompassing all aspects of the development project, including building/zoning permitting, community involvement, site inspections, construction, and hazardous mitigation.

  • Ensured compliance with state and local codes, as well as emergency housing ordinances, keeping in mind the expedited schedule.

  • Negotiated with Berkeley city council to allow code exceptions to support a successful launch for this high-visibility project.

 

Arch Street  

Berkeley, CA 

Principal and Founder                                   1995 - 2017

Founded Arch Street, a business consulting and software development firm, focusing on project management and construction administration needs of architecture companies.

  • Led the development of PORTFOLIO Prime, a configurable COTS software helping users to organize, structure and share project data, as well as handle all correspondence.

  • Oversaw all aspects of business development and marketing. Achieved 100% sales success rate, where each pitch concluded with a purchase. Grew customer base to over 1500 design professionals throughout North America.

  • Created training curriculum as well as practice review guidelines. Instituted that common best practices were adopted.

  • Ensured that all custom projects were delivered on time and on budget.

  • Received high customer satisfaction feedback as demonstrated by a 100% upgrade rate, repeat purchase by users as they changed companies, and 100% on-time fees payment.

Partial Client List for Arch Street:

Architects Unlimited, Allen Lew & William Patnaude, Blake-Drucker Architects, BKSK Architects, BNIM Architects, Bruck Architectural Group, State of California, Architectural Division, D B + PARTNERS, Design Atlantic Inc., DIMAR Services, Frank Goring and Straja, HSMM|AECOM, Kwan Henmi, Leers Weinzapfle Architects, Loving & Campos, MBT Architecture, NBBJ,  Omega Consultants, Richard + Wittschiebe Architects, Sazevich-Faulkner Associates,  Seeberger and Associates, Siegle, Strain Architects, SMPC Architects, Strauss Design Group, Ratcliff Architects, Thruston Design Group, University of California Berkeley HD&CC Services

Arts & Crafts Cooperative, Inc. (ACCI)

Berkeley, CA

Board of Directors President and

Interim Gallery Director                         2010 - 2014

ACCI Gallery -a member-based community of artisans, artists, and art patrons- showcases emerging and established artists, while building an artist community. Incorporated in 1959, it is the oldest art collective, retail store and gallery in the U.S. Responsible for all operations, including real estate, finance, marketing, staffing, event scheduling, and exhibition experience.

  • Restored financial viability —stopping an 8-year slide— by arresting bankruptcy and streamlining procedures, controlling costs, and initiating crowdfunding campaigns. Refocused financial expectations and collective coop goals.

  • Increased retail store and gallery revenue by rapid initiatives developed from analysis of prior years' POS sales data and surveying membership. Redesigned gallery and retail spaces to support those initiatives.

  • Defined new vision for ACCI and led an extensive repositioning and rebranding, which resulted in a new logo, image, website, and social media presence.

  • Revitalized cooperative participation. Increased social relevancy.

  • Reorganized and strengthened leadership. Maintained 100% employee and member retention.

 

 

Association of Clay and Glass Artists (ACGA)

Palo Alto, CA

Chairman, Annual Art Event and

Board of Directors                          2009 - 2013

ACGA sponsors and promotes programs that showcase high standards of craftsmanship and design in clay and glass; it is today the largest art organizations West of the Mississippi. Since 1945, ACGA regularly presents museum and gallery exhibitions of clay and glass throughout California. The ACGA annual art event's profit funds workshops at Bay Area schools and art centers. Responsible for all event operations, including venues selection, finance, marketing, staffing, scheduling, and artwork selection.

  • Discovered a 25% sales erosion over 5 years.

  • Identified root causes through analysis of 10 years of project and budget performance.

  • Restored profitability by re-negotiating long-term contracts.

  • Instigated restructuring of leadership committees redistributing decision-making and accountability.


 

 

 
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Multiple Architecture and Urban Planning Firms 

Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area

 

 

Performed vital responsibilities as a practicing, licensed architect in key roles on projects in major business sectors at significant architectural firms across the United Stated. Primary contact point for clients and external consultants. Responsible for the Project Management Office.

  • Conducted architectural project work, including scoping and contract development, design and technical preparations, material selection, specification review, programming, planning, master planning, client communication and expectations management, zoning/building/Fire Marshall codes compliance, construction administration, FFE coordination, and post-occupancy support.

  • Contributed to business development, marketing, and proposal preparation. Undertook entitlement and pre-design services.

  • Managed large teams and conducted all associated activities such as hiring, mentoring, coaching, reviews, staff reductions.

  • Organized and led the first Project Management Office at a large SF Bay Area firm (90+ member). Defined best practices, created project document templates, defined communication standards, provided project performance review and oversight toward preserving projects integrity and profitability throughout their lifespan.

  • Selected, negotiated, and managed external consultants and vendors

Project Architect/Project Manager/Project Designer

1984-1995

Partial Client List fo Architectural Services:

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

US GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

KAISER PERMANENTE

UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIA

FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH

CITY OF UNION CITY

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY

TOKYO DISNEYLAND 

 

Architectural Firm Associations:

The Ratcliff Architects (Emeryville) —

Backen, Arrigoni & Ross (SF) —

Sasaki Associates (Boston) —

Halasz and Halasz (Boston) —

Gruen Associates (Los Angeles) —

City Of Oakland, Planning and Development (Oakland).

 

Continuing Education:

 

Legal Aspect of Construction, UC Berkeley Continuing Education

 

Firm Management, American Institute of Architects

Project Management, American Institute of Architects

 

Federal Procurement of Architect and Engineer Services, George Washington University National Law Center

 

Project Management, Advanced Management Institute

 

Various. database development and design coursework with both conference participation and speaker roles.

 

Customary ADA coursework as required for CA Architectural License continuing education credits.

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