Braulio Baptista, AIA
Braulio Baptista is a gifted designer who embodies the intellectual curiosity and talent to sensitively integrate user values and aspirations while creating innovative ideas. For more than a decade at ZGF, he has served as Design Partner and Senior Designer for a broad range of advanced technology and programmatically complex public and institutional buildings. His projects include Bidwell, Sitka, Aspen and Sequoia Houses for Reed College in Portland; Museum Square: Caterpillar International Visitor Center and Peoria Riverfront Museum in Peoria; the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center at the California Science Center in Los Angeles; Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute at the University of California, San Diego; and the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, Family Justice Center in San Jose; as well as two net-zero energy buildings—the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters in Agoura Hills and the Bolsa Chica Conservancy Center for Coastal Ecology in Huntington Beach. Braulio has a particular passion for mentoring young professionals, and has supported mentoring programs for students from various academic institutions. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Kathy Shaloo Berg, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
In her 20-year career at ZGF, Kathy Shaloo Berg has led teams from programming through construction for a broad range of buildings, including mixed-use district developments, corporate offices, research buildings, as well as art and branding projects. Her involvement on these diverse project types has inspired project teams and resulted in the exchange of ideas and greater opportunities for innovation. Kathy’s work with leading clients in the fields of technology, workplace, higher education, and research has enabled her to offer a depth of experience in the latest advances in high-performance design, as well as learning and office environments.
Joseph Collins, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Joe Collins is a leader in the planning and design of innovative laboratory facilities. During the last two decades at ZGF, he has developed a particular expertise in working with multidisciplinary teams to engage clients in a highly collaborative manner for several of the firm's most complex projects across the country. His projects at The Johns Hopkins University, Oregon Health & Science University, Stanford University, and multiple University of California campuses are all models for a new generation of flexible, high-performance buildings that inspire innovation and support multidisciplinary research communities. Leading teams for cultural centers, such as the Museum Square: Caterpillar International Visitor Center and Peoria Riverfront Museum in Peoria, and The Bishop Museum Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center in Honolulu, Joe has been able to successfully blend cutting-edge science and education with urban revitalization. He has also led teams in the design of large public-use facilities, such as the Conference Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as the 20-acre City Creek Redevelopment, both in Salt Lake City. Joe received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from the School of Design at North Carolina State University.
Patrick Cotter, AIBC, OAA, AIA
Patrick Cotter, Partner, is located in ZGF’s newest office in Vancouver, British Columbia—also the firm’s first office outside of the United States. Patrick founded the award-winning Cotter Architects, a firm with design expertise in large-scale, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments; urban design; and multi-family and senior housing. ZGF and Cotter Architects joined forces after successfully collaborating on multiple projects, including 3 Civic Plaza, a 52-story mixed-use development in Surrey, BC. The transformative urban impact of this development—representative of Patrick’s body of work—broadens and highlights ZGF’s portfolio and is indicative of his leadership and compatibility with the ethos of the firm. Patrick’s notable current projects include large-scale, mixed-use developments that thoughtfully increase the density, livability, and sustainability of cities in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, such as the Bosa Properties Denny Center in Seattle. His recent work also encompasses long-term residential care facilities, including The Heights at Mt. View for Baptist Housing, recipient of an AIA Design for Aging award.
Kelly Davis, AIA
As Managing Partner of the DC office, Kelly Davis has great skill in both technical design and project management. His ability to lead diverse and multidisciplinary project teams is demonstrated by numerous highly complex projects, including mixed-use developments, and government, civic and healthcare facilities. Throughout the last three decades at ZGF, he has served as partner-in-charge and project manager on a variety of projects for clients including the U.S. Department of State, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Port of Portland, and Legacy Health. Kelly recently completed the 2 million SF City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, which is being hailed as a new model for responsible urban redevelopment. As the largest downtown mixed-use project in the country, it is also a pioneering participant in the LEED for Neighborhood Development program. He has also played a key role in significant commercial, transit and urban revitalization projects in Washington, DC. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Idaho.
Mark Foster, AIA
Mark Foster is a Design Partner whose experience reflects the diverse portfolio of the firm, ranging from transit systems and airports to mixed use buildings and academic facilities. He has played a lead design role on light rail projects in Portland, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, and San Diego. He has also maintained a 20-year relationship with the Port of Portland, working on concourses, offices and airline facilities, as well as retail and concessions at Portland International Airport. His ability to work effectively with academic constituencies has resulted in a 12-year relationship with Washington State University, beginning with a master plan for WSU's new 345-acre Vancouver campus and resulting in over 400,000 SF of new facilities. Mark has been instrumental in mentoring younger staff in the office, providing design leadership in a collaborative, team-oriented environment. He has also led the design of several new buildings on the campuses of George Fox University, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture. He was also the recipient of a Steedman Fellowship and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.
Robert Frasca, FAIA
Bob Frasca has been instrumental in transforming the firm from a regional office to an international design practice with a reputation for design excellence. His passion for creating buildings that fit their surroundings and respond to program, climate and place—versus a signature style—has earned him the admiration of both clients and colleagues. He has designed such projects as the Oregon Convention Center, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, and the Portland International Airport in Portland; and the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. He continues to lead the design of new hospitals, academic and research campuses, civic and cultural facilities, and projects around the world. Bob was honored with the 2011 Medal of Honor Award from the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region for his contributions to the region’s design quality, the role of his urban-design-driven approach in making “livable cities,” and his many professional contributions through his service to the AIA. Bob received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Michigan, a Master of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ted Hyman, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Ted Hyman is Managing Partner of ZGF, and has served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Los Angeles and New York offices. For over two decades, he has led teams for many of the firm’s most challenging and technologically complex projects, taking responsibility for the programming, management, coordination, production, and construction administration. Ted has been responsible for guiding the design and implementation of a broad range of research facilities, hospitals, courthouses, and other civic buildings nationally. As a LEED Accredited Professional, he has a particular passion for developing strategies for the integration of sustainable systems, materials, and technology, including the design of one of the greenest buildings in the United States, the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California, which will have a LEED-Platinum rating and net-zero energy footprint. He has played a key role in guiding the development of the firm, while also successfully directing and mentoring project teams for a number of clients, such as University of Southern California, the University of California, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the J. Craig Venter Institute, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Cornell University, and the University of Chicago. Ted received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Doss Mabe, FAIA
Doss Mabe's sensibilities as an architect and urban designer have been shaped by his decision to study and teach social anthropology for a decade. As a Design Partner in ZGF's Los Angeles and New York offices, he has created architecture in its context ̶—physical, social and cultural. His commitment to community-based design has been visible in his leadership of such major public projects as Exposition Park's revitalization (a national AIA Honor Award recipient) and the California Science Center in the heart of south central Los Angeles. Doss has also been instrumental in designing research and healthcare projects for clients including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago as well as Cornell University, University of Miami, The University of Chicago, University of Southern California, University of California. Prior to entering private practice, Doss taught at Yale University, the University of Redlands, and Rice University, and more recently, at the University of Southern California. Doss received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University, a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, and a Master of Philosophy in Social Anthropology from Yale University.
Robert Packard, Associate AIA
Bob Packard has served as ZGF’s Managing Partner for nearly three decades where he was responsible for directing the firm's strategic, financial and operational activities. Today, as an urban designer and planner, he continues to serve as Partner-in-Charge for projects throughout the world. This has included such projects as Children's Hospital Colorado and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8 Headquarters in Denver; the Twelve | West Mixed-Use Building in Portland; the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda; as well as projects for the Port of Portland and the U.S. Department of State. Bob has actively worked within the profession to promote and encourage design excellence. He is former chair of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable and has served on numerous other national boards as well as civic and educational organizations. Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Willamette University, and Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, College of Environmental Design.
Eugene Sandoval, Associate AIA
Gene Sandoval is a Design Partner whose philosophy is based on fresh, holistic and socially responsible ideas that also respect aggressive budgets and schedules. For the last two decades at ZGF, he has been responsible for the design and design team leadership on architectural, urban design and interiors projects, ranging from academic buildings and corporate headquarters to regional transportation systems. He led the design of the Port of Portland Headquarters Office Building, the Twelve | West Mixed Use Building, which is home to ZGF's Portland office, and the University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Academic Center in Eugene. His other recent experience includes the University of Oregon Athletic Medicine Center in Eugene, the Eliot housing project in Portland, the Portland Transit Mall Revitalization, and stations for the Sound Transit Light Rail system in Seattle. Eugene was honored as one of Portland's top "40 Under 40" business leaders by Oregon Business Magazine. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Karl Sonnenberg, AIA, ACHA
Much of Karl Sonnenberg's career has been focused on the planning and design of healthcare facilities across the country. For more than three decades, his varying roles as Partner-in-Charge, Project Manager, Senior Urban Designer or Medical Planner have enhanced his ability to work with complex user groups and diverse constituencies at academic medical centers like Oregon Health & Science University or for healthcare providers such as Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health & Services, and Legacy Health. Karl works hard to translate operational and facility needs into flexible, healing environments that are sensitive to the needs of both patients and staff. He has also developed master plans for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the National Institutes of Health. His background in urban design complements the need of hospitals to meet medical goals while being sensitive to zoning and neighborhood issues. Karl is past-chair and current member of the AIA Architecture for Health Panel of the Northwest, a founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), and a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Ball State University.
Allyn Stellmacher, AIA, ARCHITECT AIBC, LEED AP BD+C
As a Design Partner in Seattle, Allyn Stellmacher provides design leadership for a wide variety of projects, both in the public and private sectors, many of which have been complex and multi-phased, and have required working closely with user groups throughout design to build consensus amongst stakeholder groups. During the last two decades at ZGF, Allyn has played a significant role in the design of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center campus, which involved working closely with multiple stakeholders throughout design to integrate diverse laboratory and research programs into an integrated sustainable campus environment. He led the design of an environmentally sensitive, integrated science facility at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and the U.S. General Service Administration’s Federal Center South Building 1202 in Seattle, both of which demanded high-performance building goals. Allyn’s project involvement has demonstrated his sensitivity to the use and detailing of appropriate sustainable materials, building systems, and technologies to optimize design quality within established budgets, and to meet or exceed sustainability goals. Allyn graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture.
Todd Stine, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Todd Stine’s 28-year portfolio of work on a wide range of public and private sector projects demonstrates a proven ability to deliver holistic and enduring design solutions. His passion for architecture is evidenced by his micro to macro approach to considering each aspect of a project, from integrating design teams to optimizing building systems at every level. Todd’s project oversight reveals his aptitude for responding to the evolution of project delivery methods while ensuring the highest value solution unique to each client and project. Career highlights span design for clients including Beacon Capital, Boeing, Hines, Microsoft, Urban Visions, and the U.S. General Services Administration, among others. His project work has received international attention and award recognition including a 2013 AIA Top Ten Green Award. Todd holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.
Jan Willemse, AIA, ARCHITECT AIBC, LEED AP BD+C
Jan Willemse is Managing Partner of ZGF’s Portland office, and has served as Technical Design Partner firmwide. With experience on a variety of large, technically complex buildings, he approaches the creation of the built environment as a synthesis of art and science, infused with a strong sense of social responsibility and environmental stewardship. He researches and implements strategies that support design and innovation, with a focus on the intelligent application of sustainable systems and materials. He is responsible for advancing ZGF's approach to Integrated Project Delivery and utilization of BIM as a design tool. As technical designer, he applies his knowledge to a variety of complex projects to ensure that the design intent, as a reflection of clients' goals, manifests itself in all aspects of the project. These projects range from new children's hospitals in Portland and Denver and terminal expansions for the Portland International Airport to corporate headquarters for Clif Bar and academic buildings for the California State University, Fresno. He has also worked on major research and clinical facilities for clients including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Oregon Health & Science University. Jan earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Tim Williams, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Tim Williams, Partner, who recently relocated from ZGF’s Seattle office to the Washington, DC. office, plays an instrumental role in the development of landmark projects for cities, universities, and corporations across the country. A common thread in his work is successfully managing the design of complex and flexible facilities that advance innovation, collaboration, historic restoration, and sustainability. Some of Tim’s most notable recent projects include: the LEED-Platinum certified historic restoration of Seattle’s King Street Station, a recipient of both the AIA National Institute Honor Award for Architecture and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Honor Award; the LEED-Gold certified Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building at the University of Washington; the Nintendo of America Headquarters; and the Cascade Bicycle Club Headquarters, recipient of an AIA Seattle Honor Award.
Barbara Anderson, RN, MN
Barbara Anderson is a Senior Medical Planner bringing more than 25 years of expertise to all types of healthcare projects. Her leadership in Lean facility planning translates clinical needs into operationally efficient, patient-centered design solutions. She enjoys collaborating with clients who embrace change to create facilities that support improvements in the healthcare delivery system. Barbara has contributed to the design of a number of highly integrated and flexible award-winning healthcare environments, including St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington; and St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Oregon, both for the Franciscan Health System; as well as The Everett Clinic at Smokey Point in Marysville, Washington; the Cymbaluk Tower for Providence Medical Center in Everett, Washington; and most recently, two new clinics for Intermountain Healthcare, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Barbara is a frequent speaker at national conferences, presenting on Lean facility design and the impacts this approach has on patient-centered care. She holds a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Washington.
Deb Barbour, Associate AIA
With 39 years of experience in marketing, communications, business development, and practice building within architecture and other design-related disciplines, Deb Barbour has guided the development of the Los Angeles office of ZGF since its inception nearly 30 years ago. Most recently, serving in a bicoastal capacity, while also assuming responsibility for the development and growth of the New York and Washington DC offices. During her tenure at ZGF she has served as the principal leader and manager for projects that have included branding and identity, as well as environmental graphics, building signage, and the design of books and websites. Deb has been involved in strategy development and the execution of a broad range of special projects, and has served as a multidisciplinary team participant in the delivery of many nationally recognized public and private projects, including the California Science Center; the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters; J. Craig Venter Institute; the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago; and for clients that include Wexford Science & Technology, the University of California, University of Southern California, the University of Miami, The University of Arizona, Soka University, and the U.S. Department of State. She attended Arizona State University and earned a Bachelor of Architecture. Deb is a former President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, and a past Leonardo Award recipient.
Sue Ann Barton, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C
Sue Ann Barton is a Principal in the Portland office with 31 years of professional experience in healthcare design. Her portfolio includes hospital campus master plans, children's hospitals, adult acute care hospitals, medical clinics, and other healthcare-related projects. Sue Ann brings to the team a national perspective on healthcare issues and trends, with an emphasis on translating building programs into the most appropriate environments for patients, families, and staff. Her recent project experience includes the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, with the latter being named Best of the Year in Healthcare by Interior Design magazine. Sue Ann has a particular expertise in the application of Evidence-Based Design principles, having worked with multiple Pebble Project® partners. She is actively involved in studies analyzing the impact of the design of the physical environment in children’s hospitals on patient safety, medication errors, and stress reduction for staff. Sue Ann has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Krista Becker, FAIA, LEED AP
Krista brings over 25 years of experience in planning, design, and management of challenging project programs and coordination of complex project teams. Prior to joining ZGF, she served as Principal at Moore Ruble Yudell, where she directed the design, planning, and execution of a wide range of civic, cultural, and educational buildings, for clients that include the University of Virginia and the Santa Monica Public Library. Krista was also responsible for advancing the design of United States embassies worldwide, including the U.S. Embassies in Berlin, Santo Domingo, The Hague, Helsinki, and N’Djamena, as well as the American Institute in Taiwan and the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo. Early in her career, as owner’s representative and design coordinator for the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center in Los Angeles, she cultivated a talent for communication and in-depth understanding of client needs. Krista is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Accredited professional, and the 2015 AIACC Distinguished Practice Award recipient. She has served on national and regional design award juries, and is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture.
As Chief Financial Officer of ZGF, Rob Burton brings more than 20 years of business experience to the firm, including broad-based experience in professional services firms. As a seasoned executive, his focus is on proactive financial management, providing valuable, timely information to improve business operations and inform management decision-making. He is responsible for firm-wide financial planning and analysis, strategic business planning, and business process improvement. Rob is an insightful financial manager and an effective communicator with strong team management skills. Aside from his work at ZGF, Rob serves on the Governing Board and chairs the Operations Committee of the Albertina Kerr Centers, a leading provider of programs and services to children and adults with developmental and mental health challenges. He is an avid cyclist and serves on the Executive Committee for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, an annual cycling fundraiser. Rob received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Texas State University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Julie Bronder, AIA, NCARB
Julie Bronder is a project manager and a natural facilitator, whose leadership style has led to the successful delivery of some of ZGF’s most large-scale projects. Her approachable demeanor and 30 years of professional experience facilitate consensus-building among a range of constituents, as she steers industry partners, clients and jurisdictions through the challenges of designing and delivering complex programs. From the 490,000 SF vertical expansion of Providence Portland Medical Center, to 1.3 million SF of high-performance office, residential, parking and retail space at the City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, to her most recent work on the new Canopy by Hilton lifestyle hotel in Portland’s Pearl District, Julie has successfully managed a range of building types. Recognizing the importance of creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive organization, Julie serves as the current Chair of ZGFs Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Group. She has been the Director of the Oregon Board of Architects, is on the Board of the American Institute of Architects – Portland Chapter, and was just named a 2016 Woman of Vision by the Daily Journal of Commerce. Julie holds a Bachelor of Architecture from North Dakota State University.
Justin Brooks, Associate AIA, LEED BD+C
Justin Brooks, a native Oregonian and avid photographer, is passionate about capturing the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest on camera and in preserving the environment through low impact design. His experience designing U.S. Embassy and Consulate facilities in Cuba, New Zealand, and Laos, has also given Justin a global perspective, as he seeks out the unique characteristics of climate, culture and place to infuse into the design solution. From one of the greenest buildings in the country—the Rocky Mountain Institute’s new, net-zero energy Innovation Center—to high-performance laboratories for Stanford University’s Biomedical Innovation Building, to a new North American Headquarters for Pearl Izumi, Justin’s projects are contextually inspired, expressive of the building’s mission, and timeless in nature. Over his 13-year professional career, Justin has held leadership and mentoring positions within the design community and the firm, including serving on the Advisory Board for the Boston Society of Architects as well as the Community Design Resource Center, and as Co-Chair of ZGF’s Young Design Professionals group. Justin received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University.
Gary Cabo, AIA, LEED AP
Gary Cabo has 33 years of experience leading large project teams in the execution of innovative design solutions for technologically and programmatically complex research buildings. His involvement on projects extends from initial design through construction administration, working closely with clients, architects, and engineers to resolve technical design issues and develop design documentation. Inspired by the craft of building and the permanence of great architecture, Gary believes that, as architects, we can create exemplary spaces where important work takes place, and ultimately, where the building endures as an artifact for years to come. Gary’s high-level communication and mentoring skills combined with his hands-on detail design experience contribute to the success of each of his projects. His clients include Arizona State University, The University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Austin, Princeton University, Georgetown University, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Gary received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota.
Jhiah Chang, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C
Jhiah Chang has over 11 years of experience serving as a planner, project manager, and designer on healthcare and academic projects—both renovation and new construction. Her participation has included predesign studies, master plans, space programs, and operational improvement analyses, as well as architectural and interior design services. Surrounded by art and literature at an early age, Jhiah’s love for architecture sprouted from a marriage between engineering and business, which her parents wanted her to pursue, and her own interests in fashion, interiors, and furniture design. As an Evidence-Based Design and LEED Accredited Professional, she is passionate about planning and designing environments that are sustainable and operationally efficient, and that support patient and family-centered care. As such, she draws inspiration from those who are compassionate and driven to improve the lives of others. Through her experience with various project delivery methodologies, Jhiah has gained valuable technical knowledge with complex regulatory requirements and approvals processes. Her clients have included Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health & Services, Penn Medicine, SickKids, UC Irvine Health, The University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Austin, the University of California, and the University of Southern California. Jhiah is currently serving as Co-Chair of the AIA Los Angeles Committee on Architecture in Healthcare and is on the planning committee for the AIA California Council’s annual Healthcare Facilities Forum. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chris Conaway, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
As a Principal, Chris Conaway brings over 35 years of experience in leadership and a collaborative approach to working with clients and consultants. His upbringing in rural, central Ohio has led to a special interest in finding nature and small communities within larger urban areas, and a need to find the balance between two opposing viewpoints held simultaneously, such as built form versus nature, small scale versus large, local versus regional, less versus more, and form versus function. Chris’s early career serving on environmental task forces that led to the creation of the LEED program and the USGBC has turned his focus lately to affecting policy on a much broader scale, to dramatically accelerate the Los Angeles area’s conversion to renewable energy. Chris has worked on a variety of institutional, and public and private sector projects, including buildings for clients such as the California Science Center, Judicial Council of California, The University of Arizona, the University of Southern California, and the University of California at Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Barbara. Chris earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.
Janel Fausti, IIDA, NCIDQ
A devoted backpacker, outdoor adventurer, and world traveler, Janel brings a diverse perspective to programming, planning and interior design. The breadth of her portfolio spans workplace design for corporations such as Nike, Peet’s Coffee, and Integra Telecom; offices for law and finance firms; and high-performance, government work places such as the Port of Portland’s LEED Platinum Headquarters and U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. Janel has also worked with academic institutions including the University of Oregon, Lundquist College of Business, Oregon Executive MBA and Sports Product Management Programs’ new learning, office, and creative space. With over 20 years of interior design experience, and extensive knowledge of innovative space planning and furniture design, Janel helps clients understand how the workplace environment can enhance a company’s brand, as well as the wellness and satisfaction of its employees. Janel is National Council for Interior Design Qualification-certified (NCIDQ), a member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and has served as President for the Oregon Chapter of IIDA. She received her Bachelor of Art in Interior Design from Washington State University.
Chris Flint Chatto, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Chris Flint Chatto is a high-performance building specialist with 12 years of experience working on projects for both public and private sector clients. His work focuses on integrating architectural design and building systems, optimizing building performance through energy and daylighting studies in early project development, and tracking building efficiencies in completed projects. Recent projects include the GSA Federal Center South Building 1202, the University of Washington Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building, and the Fifth + Columbia Tower in Seattle, WA; the Nintendo of America Headquarters in Redmond, WA; and a new office for the Rocky Mountain Institute in Basalt, CO. A number of Chris’s projects have achieved LEED-Gold and LEED-Platinum certifications, and he’s currently working on several projects that are targeting net-zero energy use. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Otto Condon, AICP
With 24 years of experience, Otto Condon is an Urban Design Principal in ZGF’s Washington, DC office. Originally from Minnesota, Otto has lived and worked across the country, including periods in Boston, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, and Washington, DC. He is a well-known figure within the planning and urban design community of Washington, DC, leading public meetings and neighborhood working groups, while also cultivating relationships with individuals from District and Federal agencies, Business Improvement Districts, and community organizations. Otto’s urban design experience includes collaborations with the National Capital Planning Commission, U.S. General Services Administration, City and County of Denver Public Works, and the DC Department of Transportation. Otto frequently shares his urban design and architectural expertise with the local community and has led walking tours of Columbia Heights, the U Street Corridor, and Downtown Ward 7. His commitment to sustainable design extends beyond work—he has installed solar panels on the roof of his home that work so efficiently they actually put power back onto the grid. Otto received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the University of Washington.
Kristin Crain, Associate AIA
Kristin Crain has been a leader in marketing, business development, and public relations for the architecture and design field for more than 15 years. As the Director of Marketing for the Portland office, she collaborates with ZGF’s partners, principals, and designers to develop strategies and build teams for the pursuit of work that meets the firm’s mission and design aspirations. With degrees from the University of Kansas in journalism and sociology, her approach is rooted in investigation, storytelling, and human context—understanding a client’s core culture to help determine what can make them successful via the built environment. Her successful endeavors include work for Clif Bar; Google; Nike; the University of California, Berkeley; and the U.S. State Department. Kristin is actively involved in the Society for Marketing Professional Services, and her work has been recognized with a National Marketing Communications Award. She is a graduate of the Business for Culture and the Arts Leadership Program at the University of Oregon, and is an instructor for the University’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts’ Context of the Profession.
Clint Diener, a Principal in the Seattle office, is an architect with over 37 years of experience. He has been involved in managing a wide variety of ventures in both the public and private sectors, responsible for all project aspects, including preparation and evaluation of job costs, manpower estimates, and work schedules. Clint has represented the firm in negotiations with clients, user groups, and regulatory agencies and has managed consultant contracts and the coordination of engineering disciplines on numerous projects for Microsoft Corporation, UNC Hospitals, Providence Alaska Medical Center, and the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. Clint holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Architecture from the University of Manitoba.
Peter Dougherty, AIA, LEED AP
Peter is directing design in the Washington, DC office. Peter has collaborated with a broad range of clients, including cultural organizations, such as the Smithsonian Institution, the National Building Museum, and the Park Avenue Armory; educational institutions, including KIPP DC, The George Washington University, and Brown University; and private developers, such as Forest City, PN Hoffman, The John Buck Company, and Brookfield Properties. Peter has guided projects of numerous types and scales, including academic, research, healthcare, and cultural buildings; mixed-use, housing, and transit-oriented development; adaptive reuse; and master plans. In partnership with the DC Office of Planning and the District Department of the Environment, he led the development of Sustainable DC, a 20-year vision plan for improving the environmental, social, and economic performance of Washington, DC, across a wide spectrum of key metrics. Peter is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a leader on the AIA | DC Design Excellence Committee, and has served as visiting architectural design critic at schools, including Harvard University, Princeton University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and is a past recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship in Architecture. Prior to joining ZGF, Peter worked with Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, and with Studios Architecture in Washington, DC.
Nancy Fishman has been responsible for marketing and public relations in the architectural profession for over 29 years. During her tenure with ZGF, she has worked in the firm’s Portland and Seattle offices as Marketing Director. Her role as Principal has evolved into one with firmwide responsibilities, coordinating with marketing directors in ZGF’s five offices to oversee marketing and communications, and developing strategic partnerships. She continues to support specific business development opportunities, as well as fundraising and branding programs for clients. Upon graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Nancy worked for five years as a reporter and editor for the Daily Journal of Commerce in Portland, primarily covering the design profession and construction industry. This background provided a natural segue into the field of architecture. She is past president of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, and has served on the boards of community organizations related to the arts, education and women’s health. She is currently on the board of the Halprin Fountain Conservancy and a Volunteer Grant Evaluator for the Oregon Community Foundation.
Jerry Foster Jr., AIA
With more than 22 years of professional experience, Jerry Foster finds daily inspiration in the process of uniting project teams to create beautiful, high-functioning facilities. In his 17 years at ZGF, Jerry has proven himself an effective leader and project manager for healthcare and higher education clients, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the National Institute of Health. Jerry’s strength is in his ability to foster transparency and open communication among project team, anticipating challenges before they arise, and guiding complex projects. Jerry’s experience has involved executing all project phases, from programming and conceptual studies through working drawings and construction administration, for projects ranging from hospital and cancer centers to clinical research facilities and academic and campus environments. A member of the American Institute of Architects, he earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Alan Gerencer, LEED AP
Alan Gerencer is a designer with more than 24 years of experience on projects encompassing new construction, tenant improvements, and historic preservation. With a strong belief that design should move the human spirit, and drawing inspiration from colleagues and clients, he translates the intent of each client’s aspirations into the built environment while balancing aesthetic and technical requirements. He has focused on team leadership, sustainable design, and the use of innovative materials and high-performance technology in both design and construction. His greatest strength is his ability to coalesce multidisciplinary teams while keeping projects moving forward, on time, and on budget. Alan served as project architect for the Twelve | West Building, which was double LEED-Platinum certified for New Construction and Commercial Interiors, and as project manager for a number of Nike workplace designs. Clients have also included Stoel Rives, Perkins Coie, Hanna Andersson, Google, Legacy Health, and the U.S. General Services Administration. Alan has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Detroit.
Mark Gesinger, LEED AP
Mark Gesinger is a Senior Healthcare Designer in the Seattle office with 21 years of experience. Beginning his career as a medical student before pursuing architecture, Mark is particularly sensitive to architecture’s ability to support the care of patients and to deliver healing environments for staff, patients, and their families. Mark has served in a leadership capacity on numerous healthcare projects and has worked with administrators, physicians, and staff to incorporate Lean strategies into the planning and design of award-winning healthcare facilities in order to improve operational and organizational efficiencies. His clients include Seattle Children’s, The Everett Clinic, Catholic Health Initiatives, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Mark is active in the Washington / Oregon Architecture for Health Panel and has volunteered in the Trauma Unit of Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. Mark received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington.
Patrick Gordon, AIA
With over 38 years of professional practice, Patrick Gordon’s passion for design excellence, his rare ability to collaborate, and his commitment to working with the public in the exploration for exceptional results have made significant contributions to the community and to the practice of architecture. As a Principal in the Seattle office, his leadership is exhibited in the breadth and scope of the projects for which he has been responsible, in the complex project teams he has directed, and in the longstanding relationships he has developed and nurtured with his clients, including Microsoft, Safeco Insurance, Capstone, Vulcan Inc., and Amazon.com. The impacts of Patrick’s efforts are evident throughout the region in downtown urban environments, corporate campuses, cultural centers, and higher education campuses. He has held leadership positions within notable civic organizations and been asked to provide strategic input on projects, initiatives, and policies that impact the quality of the built environment within and beyond the Northwest region. Patrick received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Washington.
Sandra Grande, Associate AIA
Sandra Grande is the Director of Marketing for the Los Angeles office. With over 12 years of experience in the architecture and engineering industry, she understands the importance of connecting and collaborating with clients, consultants, and in-house teams to ensure that project and marketing objectives are met. Her marketing and business development responsibilities include closely collaborating with Partners and Principals to plan and implement marketing strategies that align with the firm’s overall design goals. She is also involved in the coordination of firmwide public relations activities, and has managed branding and identity projects for clients, as well as environmental graphics for buildings. Sandra has played a significant role in the pursuit of projects for corporate, healthcare, research, civic, and academic clients, including the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company; the University of Southern California; and The University of Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University. Sandra remains involved in many professional organizations, including the Society for Marketing Professional Services and the American Institute of Architects.
David Grigsby, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
David Grigsby brings his experience as a project architect—coordinating the team, establishing goals and best practices—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 staffing, and developing strategies for mentorship and professional growth. David’s involvement with complex design projects over the past 20 years, including his understanding of details within the larger project and its context, applies equally to balancing staffing and talent development across the firm. David’s ability of consensus-building and collaborating with teams and clients inspires his daily work. His notable project experience includes the Oregon Health & Science University Biomedical Research Building; expansions to Portland International Airport; and award-winning projects for Providence Portland Medical Center. David is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and NCARB’s Architects Licensing Advisors Community, diligently promoting internship development initiatives within the firm. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and serves on the Dean’s Leadership Council for the College of Architecture.
Jim Harman, AIA
Jim Harman brings 37 years of experience in the planning, programming, and design of large-scale healthcare projects across the firm. In his 15 years at ZGF, Jim has proven himself as an effective manager, planner, and designer of a range of medical facilities, including long range master plans, inpatient towers, and ambulatory care / outpatient buildings. Jim’s recent projects experience include Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre in Vancouver, BC; St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington; the Cymbaluk Tower for Providence Medical Center in Everett, Washington; North Carolina Cancer Hospital for UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; numerous renovations for the University of Washington Medical Center; and Children’s Hospital of Saskatoon. Jim is a published author of several articles on advancements in operating suites, including hybrid ORs. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University.
Toby Hasselgren, AIA
Toby Hasselgren’s 18 years of design experience encompasses work with a number of the nation’s leading higher education institutions, corporations, and healthcare providers. In the past five years alone, he has designed more than 540,000 SF of facilities for Stanford University. Other higher education clients include The University of Texas; University of California, San Francisco; Brigham Young University; California State University, Fresno; and Pacific Lutheran University. Toby has designed more than 1.1 million SF of LEED-Gold and LEED-Silver certified projects, and he has played a key role in the design of two projects expected to achieve or surpass a LEED-Platinum rating. He is proficient in the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and has a deep toolkit of modeling / rendering software for communicating design intent with key project stakeholders. Toby has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.
A Principal in the Portland office, Andrew Hollomon has 15 years of experience as an information and telecommunications systems specialist. At ZGF, he is responsible for firm-wide implementation of computer-aided design, including research, development, and management of technological resources. Andrew has taught architectural professionals how to effectively implement digital technologies in practice, such as innovative new work processes that leverage digital technology to increase coordination, visualization, and quality of documents. In addition, he has been responsible for the design and implementation of ZGF project-specific collaboration solutions used by members of the building team during design and construction. Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from The College of William and Mary, as well as a Master of Science in Information Systems Management from The Johns Hopkins University.
Terri Johnson has practiced interior architecture at ZGF for more than 30 years. As a designer, her approach is to treat each project with a fresh perspective, creating an interior environment that uniquely reflects the client’s culture and regional influences. Terri has a strong interest in healthcare design and the patient experience, applying Evidence-Based Design principles to enhance patient outcomes. She has applied her knowledge on such notable patient-focused care projects as Children's Hospital Colorado, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, the Emily Couric Cancer Center at the University of Virginia, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Ambulatory Care Center at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center. She has maintained ongoing relationships with the St. Charles Health System in Bend, Oregon, as well as the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her leadership skills foster a collaborative approach, working toward project goals, schedules and budgets. Terri has a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Renee Kajimoto, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Renee Kajimoto appreciates the challenge of designing research laboratory facilities and finds supporting their missions to improve health particularly rewarding. With over 35 years of experience, she has a depth of expertise in these programs, as well as other academic, office, medical and public projects. Renee combines an aptitude for solving technical problems with a warmth and joy of working alongside clients, design colleagues and builders. She is an avid world traveler whose explorations have informed a diversity of approaches to building envelope systems and material applications. Renee has led technical design teams on a number of projects for Stanford University, including the net-positive Central Energy Facility, the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, and a new campus in Redwood City. She has also been an instrumental team member on interdisciplinary research buildings at the University of California, San Diego; University of California, Berkeley; and University of Washington. She has served the profession as a member of the Oregon Building Officials Association Advisory Board, the City of Portland Advisory Board Special Inspections, and was on the Board of Directors of the AIA Portland Chapter. Renee received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jason Kasparek, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Jason Kasparek is an architect with over 12 years of experience on diverse projects for academic and healthcare institutions, and commercial and governmental clients. With each endeavor, he is inspired by the opportunity to innovate and push the boundaries of building performance, particularly with regard to user experience, occupant health, worker productivity, and energy consumption. Jason works closely with owners to create environments that uniquely respond to their needs and goals. His collaborative approach and leadership ability has resulted in notable buildings and campuses for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the U.S. General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security. Passionate about sustainable building practices, Jason serves as co-chair of the AIA|DC High Performance Building Committee. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture with a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Cincinnati.
Charles Kelley Jr., AIA, LEED AP
Charles Kelley, a well-known architect within the international urban design and Smart City planning communities, has been recognized for his role in high-performance planning and community-oriented sustainable developments, most recently in Japan. Charles fosters an interdisciplinary approach to design that blends community aspirations with natural and financial resources to reach balanced architectural solutions for developers, institutions and municipalities. His work has facilitated urban renewal and economic development in districts and neighborhoods, including the Pearl District in Portland, SW Ecodistrict in Washington, DC, and Kashiwanoha in Japan. His projects span transportation, environmental design, healthcare and mixed-use development, and include such clients as TriMet, the National Capital Planning Commission, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Providence Health & Services, Mitsui Fudosan, and the City of Portland. Charles is a founding member of the City of Portland’s % for Green, as well as EcoDistricts, and is a lead planner for We Build Green Cities. He has spoken at GreenBuild, the American Planning Association, and Urban Land Institute about mobility, storm water management and sustainable communities. Charles received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington and a Master of Architecture and Urban Design Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sue Kerns, IIDA, NCIDQ
Sue Kerns, a Principal in the Portland office, was drawn to interior design for the opportunity to solve problems and to create exciting interior environments for a building’s occupants. With 35 years of experience, Sue’s body of work includes establishing the detailing, color palette, furnishings, materials, and finishes for corporate offices, higher education buildings, healthcare facilities, libraries, conference centers, and athletic clubs. She works closely with clients to understand their goals and to provide them with original and imaginative environments that foster collaboration and increase efficiency, while enhancing user satisfaction. Inspired by creative and motivated individuals, Sue seeks them out in her travels, endeavoring to gain new perspectives in different environments. Her recent work with the Port of Portland Headquarters and Twelve | West Building, both LEED-Platinum certified projects, has resulted in multiple national honors, including the American Institute of Architects COTE Top Ten Green Project Award and the International Interior Design Association / Metropolis Magazine Smart Environments Award. Sue received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Kimberly Kilgour, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Kimberly Kilgour is a Principal with 16 years of professional experience in the planning, design, and coordination of a variety of complex facilities. She is responsible for organizing and directing teams in the production of schematic design, design development, and construction document drawings and specifications, as well as interfacing with clients and leading design presentations. Her clients include the Soka University of America, the J. Craig Venter Institute, the California Science Center, and the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts. The daughter of a city planner and an interior designer, Kimberly grew up with an appreciation of the built environment. She was drawn to architecture because of the way it combines artistic expression with rational thought. The challenge of turning a design vision into a built reality is an inspiration for her, as is working with a team and keeping people motivated to seek creative solutions. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Pomona College and a Master of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.
Barbara Kubasti, AIA
With 26 years of experience in medical planning, Barbara Kubasti was drawn to architecture by the idea that optimizing the physical environment can shape and improve the overall patient experience. She has led the medical planning teams for many of ZGF’s East Coast healthcare projects, most recently for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Yawkey Center for Cancer Care and UNC Hospitals’ Hillsborough Campus. Barbara’s work is inspired by the healthcare providers who want to offer the best care for their patients, and the patients who are passionate about sharing their experiences to improve the future care of others. She enjoys working closely with these users to deliver innovative projects that simultaneously address aesthetics, workflow, and technical issues. Barbara is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Environmental Design & Research Association. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Facilities Planning, Programming, and Management from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Architecture from the University at Buffalo, where she served as a research assistant on two projects that later contributed to the guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Nolan Lienhart, Associate AIA
As Principal and Director of Planning & Urban Design, Nolan Lienhart is known for his strategic ability to bring together clients with community stakeholders and the diverse disciplines that are critical for the successful planning of major district-scale developments, as well as site-specific projects. His background in politics in Washington, DC gave him a perspective on the role of public policy in supporting livable communities and the complementary relationship among public, private, and institutional sectors. Over the past decade, Nolan has gained a depth of experience in transit-oriented development, master planning, and urban design, which includes riverfront development, mixed-use neighborhoods, and campus planning. This experience includes work for Oregon Health & Science University, Portland’s South Waterfront District, Stanford University, the Portland Development Commission, and Denver’s Regional Transportation District. Civic leadership is an important part of Nolan’s work, which has led to his national recognition by the Design Futures Council's 40 Under Forty, and Engineering News Record’s Top 20 Under 40 in the Northwest. He has served as Board President for 1000 Friends of Oregon, is a member of the Portland Development Commission's Central City Budget Advisory Committee, and is on the Inclusionary Housing Panel of Experts for the Portland Housing Bureau, and the Board of the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Nolan received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Geography from Colgate University, and a Master of City Planning and a Certificate of Real Estate Design and Development from the University of Pennsylvania.
Bertha Martinez, RA
Bertha Martinez is a technical architect with over 35 years of professional experience in all phases of project development. She believes that great architecture is achieved when innovative designs are executed with technical precision, and is adept at coordinating and documenting concepts to maintain design excellence through construction. Bertha particularly enjoys collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, and fosters a proactive and participatory environment for each of her projects. Some of her notable projects include the Seattle Children's, Major Institution Master Plan and Building Hope: Cancer and Critical Care Expansion; the Washington State University, Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health; mixed-use projects for Vulcan Inc.; The NV for Unico Properties LLC; and SECO Development’s Southport Office Development. She earned a Master of Architecture with a specialty in Computer-Aided Design from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida / Florida A&M University.
Greg McCants, AIA
With 31 years of professional experience, Greg McCants was first inspired to become an architect while exploring the wooded areas near his childhood home in Georgia. This experience studying how light and shadow alter color, and how the texture and spatial quality of natural forms differ based on the time of day and season, has contributed to his desire to create spaces that lift the spirit. As a Principal in Los Angeles, Greg’s focus is on the programming, planning, technical design, and project administration of a broad range of building types, including academic, healthcare, hospitality, retail, residential, and corporate facilities. He has served as the Project Manager for clients such as the University of California, San Diego; California Lutheran University; and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Greg is also a volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Brian McCarter, FASLA, AICP
Brian McCarter is a Principal in the Portland office with nearly four decades of experience. Brian was initially drawn to landscape architecture for its ability to bring the interior and exterior of a building together into a cohesive space. He is inspired by successful urban open spaces and the designers who created them. Brian has focused much of his career on the urban design, landscape architecture, and planning for a variety of urban, mixed-use, waterfront, campus, public open space, and transportation projects. His experience with urban spaces throughout the United States provides him with a unique perspective on place-making in varying environments. This experience includes the Denver 16th Street Mall Extension; the Portland Mall Revitalization; Washington State University, Vancouver, Student Services Center; and the TriMet Milwaukie Light Rail Transit West Preliminary Engineering and Final Engineering. Brian has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Randy McGee, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Randy McGee is a Principal in the Portland office with 24 years of experience. In his 14 years with ZGF, he has been responsible for the design of complex research and medical institutions, public facilities, corporate offices, and higher educational facilities. He has a depth of experience with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations through his recent planning and design of embassy facilities in Laos, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka. Randy’s portfolio reflects a body of work at the forefront of workplace environments, the integration of cutting-edge technologies, advanced sustainable-design strategies, and security features. His experience with best methods, technologies, and strategies stems from his collaboration with top institutions across the nation, including the University of California, Berkeley, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Furthermore, Randy has designed more than 1.6 million SF of LEED-Silver and -Gold facilities that have been constructed to date. Randy earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University.
Sean McGreal, AIA
Sean McGreal has 13 years of professional experience in the design of academic, residential, judicial, research, and office facilities, as well as historic renovations. As a designer, he is responsible for the quality of design and documentation throughout all phases of a project, beginning from conceptual design through construction administration. Growing up in rural West Virginia, his admiration for the sights around him—whether of newly constructed buildings, dilapidated barns in a frozen state of collapse, or abandoned cars overgrown with weeds—led to his interest in architecture. This perspective of manmade structures interacting with Mother Nature inspired his love for design and the way the esoteric notions of beauty can be combined with the rationality of engineering. Hence, Sean is devoted to creating spaces and places of lasting beauty that integrate high-performance features. He works closely with clients, such as The University of Arizona and the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts, to ensure that the design is efficient, resilient, and cost-effective. Sean holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee.
Mitra Memari, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Mitra Memari often wonders whether she chose architecture or architecture chose her—in her native language of Farsi, her last name actually means architect. Her grandfather was a city planner in Northwest Iran and she grew up viewing spaces through a design prism. Inspired by the detail and craft of architecture, Mitra has provided the leadership for a number of innovative and high-performance building designs. As Principal in the Los Angeles office, Mitra brings over 19 years of professional experience and a portfolio of large-scale and technically complex projects, including research laboratories, academic facilities, healthcare projects, as well as commercial and mixed-use buildings. She has been responsible for guiding multi-disciplinary teams and diverse user groups from programming through construction. Her portfolio encompasses projects for The University of Arizona / Dignity Health, The University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Southern California, where she was responsible for the Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research—a recipient of the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum & The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Laboratory of the Year High Honors from R&D Magazine. Mitra graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.
Brett Meyer is a Principal in the Los Angeles office with 28 years of professional experience in the planning and design of a variety of complex facilities, particularly healthcare. In his 12 years at ZGF, he has been involved in all phases of medical facility design and construction, from programming and technical design to technical coordination, construction documents, and construction administration. Brett has been responsible for working with the design team to resolve technical design issues, as well as ensuring that the team achieves its goal of continually improving the design, technical quality, efficiency, and accuracy throughout the design process. He has worked on a variety of projects, including The University of Arizona Cancer Center; Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion; and the University of California, San Diego, Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute. Brett attended the Southern California Institute of Architecture and holds a Bachelor of Architecture.
Leslie Morison, Associate AIA
As Principal and Director of Marketing for the Seattle office, Leslie Morison has over 15 years of experience overseeing business development, marketing, and client relationships within the AEC industry after transitioning from a career developing education programs within art museums. She particularly enjoys developing strategic teaming relationships for a wide range of project types and delivery mechanisms. Among the projects pursued during her nine years with ZGF, are the Federal Center South Building 1202 in Seattle, a GSA Design Excellence project and the new regional headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building at the University of Washington, ZGF’s first building on campus; and Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health in which some of the world’s most meaningful research into the discovery and prevention of pandemic diseases is being performed. Leslie has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Bates College and a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Rachell Morris is a Principal at ZGF where she manages operations and human resources in multiple offices on the East and West Coast. Over the last 14 years, her responsibilities have involved leading the growth of the Los Angeles office, supervising the administrative staff, and serving as liaison for firmwide Principals and Partners. Rachell is committed to enhancing the workplace and enriching the culture of the firm. It is with this conviction that she established ZGF's Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Group (DIAG) in 2013. The Group’s mission is to celebrate diversity and advocate for inclusive work environments where all employees feel valued and have the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential. Rachell has led the implementation of numerous people-focused initiatives, many of which have promoted a positive cultural change within the firm. Rachell is involved in many professional organizations, including the Society for Human Resource Management, the National Organization of Minority Architects, and she is a Vice Chair for the Annual Discovery Ball at the California Science Center. Rachell graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Hispanic Studies.
David Neal, AIA
A Principal in the Seattle office, Dave Neal brings over 40 years of experience in the design and management of public and private projects ranging from healthcare and research and development facilities to academic buildings and commercial offices. His responsibilities include day-to-day client relations, contract negotiations, budget preparation, the coordination of in-house architects and outside consultants, the production of contract documents, and the management of construction. For over two decades, Dave has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm’s involvement in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, including the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, beginning with master planning and programming efforts through construction. Additionally, he led the planning and design process for Seattle Children's, Major Institution Master Plan and Building Hope: Cancer and Critical Care Expansion, and served as the project manager for the award winning, lean designed The Everett Clinic at Smokey Point. Dave earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University and a Juris Doctorate from the School of Law at the University of Puget Sound.
Solvei Neiger, AIA
Solvei Neiger has 25 years of professional experience working on healthcare and institutional projects, and brings a diverse medical background that includes master planning, planning, programming, project management, technical design, and construction administration. Her broad healthcare experience ranges from master plans and remodels to new construction and major additions to existing hospitals. Solvei has worked on several pediatric and adult facilities in the Pacific Northwest, as well as medical institutions across the country. Recent projects include the Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, OR; the Bay Area Hospital Expansion in Coos Bay, OR; and program studies for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA. Solvei is the 2014 Chair of the AIA Architecture for Health Panel in the Pacific Northwest. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University, and a Green Belt in Lean Certification for Facilities Design.
Victoria Nichols, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Victoria Nichols is an architect with over 20 years of experience managing the planning, programming, and design of a variety of projects in the healthcare sector. She brings expertise in facilitating the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process, as well as in Lean planning and design, which minimizes waste and enhances outcomes both in project delivery and the design of environments. Her focus is on collaboration—working closely with project teams and stakeholders to deliver patient-focused facilities that provide clients with optimal value. Victoria’s holistic approach to each phase of the design process has led to highly flexible, award-winning healthcare environments for clients such as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s, and the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, ranked No. 3, No. 5, and No. 6 respectively on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Best Children’s Hospitals. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Ball State University, and is a frequent speaker at healthcare conferences for organizations, including The Center for Health Design, Children's Hospital Association, and American Institute of Architects.
Vlad Pajkic, LEED AP
Vladimir Pajkic is a registered architect and LEED AP with Ivy League training and broad international experience. Originally from Croatia, Vladimir studied architecture at Cornell University and Princeton University under full scholarships, earning bachelor and master degrees in architecture and completing studies abroad in China, Rome, and Scandinavia. Prior to joining ZGF Architects, Vladimir worked as an architect in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and Basel, Switzerland. His pre-ZGF project experience includes luxury residential towers in New York, a museum and public park in the Middle East, a new central police station and cultural center in Hong Kong, and a master plan and building design for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Vladimir’s tenure at an architecture firm in Basel, Switzerland included serving as a partner-in-charge, which required him to manage projects, provide strategic and design guidance to project teams, and be the main point of contact for clients.
Kristi Paulson, AIA
Kristi Paulson is a designer with 12 years of experience in architecture, planning, and programming of complex projects ranging from educational, residential, corporate, and mixed-use projects to museums and sports facilities. Her clients include the California Science Center and the University of California, Los Angeles. Kristi has a special interest in the discovery of innovative ideas and solutions through the combination of sophisticated design, high-performance objectives, and user experience. She sees architecture as a way of expressing an organization’s culture. As such, she works closely with clients and project teams to understand a project’s goals and challenges and develops innovative solutions that respond to these findings. Kristi earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington and a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. She has lectured internationally and has served as an Architecture Critic for Washington University in St. Louis and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Josh Peacock first fell in love with architecture at the age of four when his uncle showed him a model of a tower he had designed in Atlanta. Today, Josh is a seasoned designer with more than 13 years of experience with nearly every project type at ZGF. From designing U.S. Embassies and Consulates, airports, and numerous mixed-use developments in Seattle, Portland, and San Diego, Josh’s designs emphasize place, timelessness, and community. Recent, notable projects include the new Canopy by Hilton - Portland / Pearl District lifestyle hotel, The Wave apartment tower at Stadium Place in Seattle, The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, and a LEED-Platinum certified World Headquarters Campus Expansion for a corporate client in Oregon. His work abroad includes U.S. Embassies in Manila, Sri Lanka, Laos, and the recently completed LEED-registered, U.S. Embassy Compound in Paramaribo, Suriname. Josh received his Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and studied abroad at the Politechnika Krakowska in Poland.
Mark Piaia, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, RIBA
Growing up in the Midwest, Mark Piaia was exposed to many works by Frank Lloyd Wright at a young age, but it was the design of the Milwaukee Art Museum by Eero Saarinen that served as his primary architectural inspiration. With 33 years of professional experience, Mark is a Principal in the Los Angeles Office and has worked on a broad range of projects and building types, including educational, corporate, civic, cultural, and other mixed-use projects, as well as adaptive reuse of historic facilities. He has also been involved in numerous high performance academic projects where he was responsible for the technical review and document coordination of all design phases, with a primary focus on code compliance. Highlights from his tenure with ZGF include the J. Craig Venter Institute La Jolla, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters, and the Soka University of America, Performing Arts Center and Wangari Maathai Hall. Mark attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies.
Cindy Prater, ZGF’s Chief People Officer, has more than 30 years of experience in financial services, media, publishing, broadcast, performing arts and design firms developing strategies to ensure exceptional experiences for employees. At ZGF, she uses a holistic approach to create and implement unique business and people strategies and initiatives rooted in the organization’s individual ethos. Her touch points include culture, internal communications, change management, organization development, talent acquisition and onboarding, learning and development, performance and feedback, leadership development, total rewards, people operations, process improvement, workplace environment and social impact. Her work aims to optimize the employment relationship and create custom people solutions.
Craig Rizzo is a designer with over 22 years of experience in the healthcare, higher education, and mixed-use sectors, primarily involved in conceptual and design development, technical coordination and documentation, and team management. Craig’s design philosophy is to seek elegance through simplicity. He approaches each project by first gaining a deep understanding of the client’s needs and goals, and then looking holistically at program, site, and context to bring forward innovative design solutions. A number of Craig’s projects—St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington; Microsoft Building 83 in Redmond, Washington; and the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego—have been recognized with local and national design awards. Craig holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Woodbury University and a Master of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design.
Brent Rogers is a Principal with 39 years of experience in the planning, programming, and design of complex projects ranging from high-tech office buildings and mixed-use developments to cultural and academic facilities. He has a special interest and expertise in designing innovative workplace environments in which the integration of design, program, and building systems are indivisible and provide an exceptional environment for occupants. He has designed projects for nationally recognized clients such as Boeing, Skanska, Microsoft and Starbucks. Current projects include The Mark, an iconic high-rise office and hotel in the heart of Seattle’s financial district; the San Francisco’s Shipyards Urban Innovation Center for Lennar Urban; and the new 300,000 SF Engineering Complex for the University of Wyoming which includes research and teaching laboratories designed to attract faculty and students, encourage innovation and industry involvement. Brent earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington.
Kim Scott, NCIDQ
Kim Scott is an interior designer with over 27 years of experience focused on technical design and delivering highly efficient interior environments that respond to the human experience. Kim brings expertise in a range of project types, including corporate, institutional, retail, residential and tenant improvement. She is particularly passionate about workplace design, and has partnered with clients, such as Microsoft Corporation, Nintendo of America, and The Boeing Company, to develop design solutions that are responsive, flexible, and innovative. She brings an eagerness to collaborate with clients to discover the unique opportunities of each site, and to build programs that respond to their needs and aspirations. Kim attended the University of Cincinnati where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Design.
Nat Slayton, RA
Nat Slayton enjoys navigating between a project’s aspirational vision and its functional realities. With a strong technical and design background, he helps to lead collaborations between designers, engineers, builders and stakeholders, working across disciplines to discover innovative opportunities and solutions. His 17 years of architectural experience includes the design of research and teaching facilities for academic institutions, such as the Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley; high-performance, mixed-use residential buildings in urban settings; corporate campus expansions; and public projects, such as the Multnomah County Health Department Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and the U.S. Embassy Compound in Paramaribo, Suriname. Nat received a Bachelor of Art in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Doug Sams, AIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C
Doug Sams joined ZGF in 1989 and has more than 30 years of professional experience as an architect. He has worked on a variety of projects spanning the healthcare, institutional, commercial, and aviation sectors. Many of these projects focused on high-performance strategies, including daylighting, water conservation, and energy efficiencies. Doug’s passion and commitment to sustainability inspired him to pursue a degree in sustainable development; he continues to explore new technologies to further a sustainable-built environment. Recent projects include the Port of Portland Headquarters, which received LEED-Platinum certification and was one of the first commercial office buildings in the U.S. to incorporate a Living Machine; Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, named one of America’s Top 10 Green Hospitals by The Green Guide; and a programming and conceptual design effort for a 1.6 million SF corporate campus for a high-technology company focused on health and well-being. Doug has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and a Master of the Built Environment in Sustainable Development from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Dan Simpson, a Principal in the Seattle office, brings more than 32 years of design experience, including conceptual and design development, technical coordination and documentation, and design team management. He has worked on a number of complex projects for clients such as Providence Health & Services, The Everett Clinic, and Microsoft Corporation and has demonstrated his sensitivity to the use and detailing of appropriate materials, building systems, and technologies to optimize design quality within established budgets. Dan has been honored with several design awards from the AIA and other organizations, recognizing his commitment to design quality. He is highly regarded by clients for his ability to listen and translate a wide range of design criteria, from complex programs and challenging sites to budget constraints, and to synthesize appropriate design strategies while achieving excellence. He has taught architectural design and served as a visiting critic at institutions in Washington, Virginia, and Massachusetts. Dan has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from Washington State University and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.
Bob Snyder, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Bob Snyder’s 23 years of experience as an architect and project manager encompasses a variety of project and building types, including corporate offices, performance halls, industrial facilities, hotels, housing, healthcare and research facilities, higher education buildings, and sports facilities. He sees project management as the art of taking ideas into the physical world to help people reach their aspirations. He has been involved in several LEED-certified projects, including the Biomedical Research Building at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, and the Courtside Mixed-Use Student Housing and Skybox Apartments in Eugene, OR. Bob’s projects have recently garnered industry recognition with Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Best Project Awards, Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards, and the American Institute of Architects’ Honor Award, among others. Bob is active with the AIA Lecture Committee and the AIA Committee on the Environment; he is also frequently invited as a critic for the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Taka Soga has 22 years of experience on a wide variety of projects that span across a spectrum of climates and cultures. His design perspective is inspired by work that synthesizes the perspectives of passionate and diverse people resulting in functional and beautiful buildings that serve clients and communities alike. Some of Taka’s notable projects include master planning work for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the design of a premier life sciences building for BioMed Realty Trust in Seattle, WA; the Iowa State University, Biorenewables Complex in Ames, IA; and the University of Minnesota, Physics and Nanotechnology Building in Minneapolis, MN. Taka maintains deep ties to the academic community. He serves on the professional advisory committee at the University of Washington and as a visiting lecturer and critic at Washington and Oregon institutions of higher education. He received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Reed College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon, and has studied abroad in Italy and Japan.
Kari Thorsen, LEED AP
Kari Thorsen is an interior designer specializing in healthcare facilities. Over the last 12 years, she has designed projects for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, CHI Franciscan Health, and Providence Health & Services, as well as numerous projects for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics System, including their children’s hospital. Kari’s work seeks to improve the healthcare experience by creating soothing, supportive environments that provide patients, families, and staff members with moments of joy to facilitate healing. With a focus on understanding each client’s unique culture and each project’s challenges and needs, Kari participates in user group interviews, visioning sessions, observations, and shadowing, which ultimately lead to innovative solutions that balance users’ requirements with the community context, while bringing the therapeutic elements of nature to patients inside. Kari earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Erin Ward, AIA
Erin is an architect and technical designer with more than 14 years of experience in a diverse range of project types, from academic laboratory buildings and healthcare facilities to corporate offices and urban high-rise buildings. She approaches each project by pursuing simplicity in both design and process, and her strength in problem-solving allows her to quickly synthesize key components of a client’s vision to create highly efficient spaces that provide a sense of community and support. Her experience includes work for nationally-recognized clients, such as the University of Minnesota, the University of Alaska Anchorage, and Seattle Children’s, as well as iconic projects like The Mark, a high-rise office, and SLS Hotel in the heart of Seattle’s financial district. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
David Staczek, AIA
David Staczek’s 21 years of design experience includes work in varied market sectors, such as developer / speculative office buildings, corporate interiors, banking / financial, retail stores, pedestrian bridges, healthcare projects, U.S. embassies, and multimodal centers. Because of his range of experience, he brings a fresh approach to every design solution. As lead designer on his projects, David works with the client to develop a vision for the project, and then orchestrates the design team’s efforts in executing that vision. His experience in studying the daylighting of patient rooms at the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, was the genesis of a collaborative study with the University of Oregon to explore daylighting issues that are unique to healthcare. David has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University.
A Principal in the Portland office, Kip Storey has 25 years of professional experience managing projects in all phases of development. He has been responsible for project management, design, feasibility studies, and extensive coordination with consultants, contractors, and clients. Kip is adept at managing new construction, renovation, and expansion projects as evidenced by his work with leading healthcare, corporate, and higher education clients. He has also played an integral role in multiple Integrated Project Delivery efforts for large-scale projects. Kip’s portfolio of work includes the Children’s Hospital Colorado and subsequent East and West Tower Additions; the Exempla St. Joseph Hospital; the Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center; and projects for Fortune 500 companies based in Oregon and California. Kip attended the University of Oregon and received a Bachelor of Architecture.
Tobin Thompson has 18 years of experience in the implementation of complex, large-scale projects for a wide range of commercial and institutional clients. Tobin is adept at leading multi-disciplinary teams, overseeing technical design, and working collaboratively with clients and stakeholders in all phases of project delivery. His influence on internal team building ensures that each project is paired with a team that will best serve clients’ needs and aspirations. His project experience includes work for Stadium Place—the largest transit-oriented development project in the Pacific Northwest—Providence Alaska Medical Center, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Microsoft, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Tobin holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington.
Paddy Tillett, FAIA, FRTPI, FAICP, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C
Paddy Tillett has 41 years of professional experience, having worked for consulting firms and public agencies in many parts of the world before settling in the Pacific Northwest. His arrival in Portland in 1980 was preceded by 14,000 miles under sail. A Principal in the Portland office, Paddy has been responsible for many of the firm's major planning and urban design projects, including downtown revitalization strategies and urban waterfronts, large-scale corporate campuses, transportation systems, and more than 25 college and university campus master plans. His projects include the Dickinson College Sustainable Campus Master Plan, Boise State University Master Plan, Reed College Master Plan, California State University, Fresno Master Plan, Denver 16th Street Mall Urban Design Plan, and the Embarcadero Parkway Master Plan, as well as projects for clients, such as Microsoft, Google, and the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry. Paddy holds an Architectural Diploma from the Oxford School of Architecture, as well as a Master of Civic Design from the University of Liverpool.
Phiroze Titina, AIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C
Phiroze Titina brings 16 years of professional experience in the planning, design, and coordination of a variety of complex facilities, including educational, civic, and corporate projects for clients, such as the University of California, Los Angeles; the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; and the City of Santa Monica. As a project manager, he believes in interacting and collaborating closely with colleagues, clients, and consultants to develop and execute projects. His leadership and collaborative approach has contributed to the success of every project on which he has worked. His early interest in art and nature led to Phiroze’s interest in high-performance design and architecture. As a LEED-Accredited Professional, Phiroze has been involved in developing sustainability design concepts for many projects across the office. He has assisted project architects in creating a standard for the application of green building concepts in all projects, as well as the coordination of the firm’s environmental team effort and sustainable design continuing education series. Phiroze earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University.
John Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
John Thompson has 33 years of experience in architecture, planning, and urban design. As a Principal Designer in the Portland office, he has orchestrated teams on many of the firm’s more technically complex projects for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and healthcare systems to numerous public sector entities. His background includes a diverse mix of urban design and site planning, research and laboratory buildings, museums, convention centers, airports, offices, and educational facilities. John’s recent experience involves the largest private developer-led project in the nation at the time of construction, and projects that have garnered design Honor Awards from the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region and the AIA Portland and Honolulu chapters. His long-term relationships with clients, such as the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Oregon Health & Science University, and Providence Health & Services, have comprised of projects ranging from small-scale studies to a 490,000 SF expansion. John attended Iowa State University and has both his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and his Master of Architecture.
Peter van der Meulen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Peter van der Meulen is an architect with 34 years of professional experience in the design of technically complex and large scale academic, scientific research, commercial, and government projects. During his tenure at ZGF, his responsibilities have grown to include project development, project management, conceptual design, and design execution, as well as technical and sustainable design. Peter has found great satisfaction in promoting technical design excellence and accountability on projects, with a focus on energy performance, responsible application of building methods and materials, and natural resource conservation through design exploration. He takes special pride in working for the U.S. State Department on numerous projects. Through his work and leadership, Peter has helped to build the sustainable design practice and culture at ZGF. Under his leadership, precedent-setting LEED projects have created important benchmarks toward sustainable and evidence-based design and construction. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington.
Sharron van der Meulen
Sharron van der Meulen has 29 years of interior design experience working with clients ranging from higher education and healthcare institutions to Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies. As a Principal in the Portland office, she works with the design team through user group interviews, visioning sessions, observation, and shadowing to gain a deep and common understanding of how spaces need to function and feel. Sharron also develops, alongside the design team, the program and the quality of the interior environment, such as the interior detailing and selection of colors, furnishings, materials, and finishes. She brings strong consensus-building skills to align a project’s vision and goals with the wants and needs of multiple user groups. Sharron has recently applied this expertise to projects for clients ranging from Gerding Edlen Development Company and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the University of California system. Sharron earned a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon.
James Woolum, AIA, IIDA
James Woolum is a Principal and is the interior design leader of ZGF’s New York office. With a career in architecture spanning more than 23 years, James has significant experience designing corporate, healthcare, research, and institutional environments. His design approach leads to authentic and user-focused solutions that are deeply rooted in the unique culture, process, and community of each client. James has led design and workplace strategy efforts for a variety of media, technology, and financial services clients, such as Viacom, TED Conferences, McAfee, Bluepoint Solutions, and CITI Group. During his previous tenure with ZGF, James was instrumental in the design of buildings for many of the firm’s notable healthcare and institutional clients, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, The University of Chicago, The University of Arizona, and Cornell University. James is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California.