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Building the Future of Retail

May 18th, 2017 |
Due to the growing popularity and convenience of online shopping, traditional retail is undergoing radical transformation with unprecedented opportunities to make the shopping experience and mixed-use centers more relevant and vibrant than ever before. The leaders of ELS’s retail studio got together to talk about the trends they’re seeing. Geno Yun, AIA, LEED AP, Principal in Charge of the Retail,… more

Maureen Boyer Joins ELS as Associate Principal/Director of Retail

May 16th, 2017
ELS is excited to announce that Maureen Boyer, AIA, has joined ELS as associate principal and director of retail. Maureen has more than 30 years of professional experience and has worked internationally on a variety of commercial retail projects. For the past 18 years, she has been a firm-wide leader at Gensler, where she cofounded the retail center practice area and[...] more

ELS Certified by Great Place to Work!

April 11th, 2017
ELS has been certified as a 2017 great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work. We are honored to earn this credential based on extensive ratings provided by our employees in anonymous surveys. “According to our study, 89 percent of ELS Architecture and Urban Design employees say it is a great workplace,” says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Vice President of[...] more

Dana Grant Competing in Arena Pro Swim Series

April 6th, 2017
ELS'er and 5-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Dana Grant, will compete in the Arena Pro Swim Series at 26 weeks pregnant. Go Dana!! Links: Olympic Gold Medalist and UC Berkeley Grad Dana Vollmer to Race while Pregnant [ABC 7 News] Vollmer swimming six months pregnant [ESPN] more

Stonestown Family YMCA Grand Reopening

December 8th, 2016
On November 19, 2016, we celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Stonestown Family YMCA in San Francisco. The facility has served the neighborhood for over 60 years, and the renovation allows the Y to accommodate the changing needs of the community. The renovation included an upgraded reception area, new exercise studio and new gym equipment. As Josh Leonard, Executive Director of[...] more

Equity by Design Symposium: A Conversation with Attendees from ELS

December 8th, 2016 |
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, eight designers/architects from ELS attended AIASF's fourth Equity by Design symposium. Susan Vutz, Lauren Wynveen, Tovah Cook, Diana Hayton, Scarlet Entwistle, Katharine Blackman, Kim-Van Truong, and Niknaz Aftahi are pictured from left to right, back to front. Our team shares their thoughts and experience at the symposium. What is the Equity by Design movement, and… more

ELS Celebrates David Petta’s Career

November 21st, 2016 |
On November 10, 2016, ELS family and friends celebrated David Petta's 36-year career with a surprise retirement party at Dona Tomas in Oakland. Since joining ELS in 1980, David has worked on most of ELS’s education, recreational and wellness projects. He has sought out opportunities to create interactive social environments in a diverse, sustainable urban context. His specific areas of… more

ELS Celebrates David Petta’s Career

November 21st, 2016
On November 10, 2016, ELS family and friends celebrated David Petta's 36-year career with a surprise retirement party at Dona Tomas in Oakland. Since joining ELS in 1980, David has worked on most of ELS’s education, recreational and wellness projects. He has sought out opportunities to create interactive social environments in a diverse, sustainable urban context. His specific areas of[...] more

Geno Yun Returns to ELS as Principal to Lead the Retail and Mixed-Use Portfolio

September 27th, 2016
ELS is excited to announce that Geno Yun, AIA, LEED AP has joined ELS as principal, leading our retail and mixed-use portfolio. Geno has more than 30 years of experience as an architect and has worked extensively on mixed-use and retail center design and planning, drawing on urban place-making principles to create public areas that encourage people to gather, socialize, and shop.[...] more

Geno Yun Returns to ELS as Principal to Lead the Retail and Mixed-Use Portfolio

September 27th, 2016 |
ELS is excited to announce that Geno Yun, AIA, LEED AP has joined ELS as principal, leading our retail and mixed-use portfolio. Geno has more than 30 years of experience as an architect and has worked extensively on mixed-use and retail center design and planning, drawing on urban place-making principles to create public areas that encourage people to gather, socialize, and shop.… more

ELS Matching Pledges during KQED Radio’s September Challenge Grant

September 12th, 2016
Supporting public radio in our community, ELS will match pledges during KQED Public Radio’s Pledge Challenge Grant that begins today through September 23rd. For every pledge to KQED, ELS will give a matching pledge, up to a total of $1000, during each of the following two Morning Drive breaks on Tuesday, September 13th at approximately 7:50 am, and Thursday, September 15th at approximately 7:20 am. Listen for us on[...] more

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