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Synchronized Swimming: Project Management for Community Aquatic Facilities

I’ve worked on a number of community recreation and aquatic facilities over the years, including the Burgess Aquatics Center in Menlo Park, for which I was project designer and project manager, and an aquatic center for the city of Elk Grove, for which my role is project manager. The two roles inform each other, I’ve found. With every project, I’m… more

Building Innovative Buildings, Building Innovative Delivery Systems

In 2015, I was assigned to handle construction administration for the Legends Aquatic Center at my alma mater, U.C. Berkeley. The project initially began in 2012 and involved an innovative funding model and an innovative project delivery method. The innovations were successful because they allowed for strong working relationships among the client, the university, the design team, and the contractor.… more

The Next Generation of Makerspaces

February 7th, 2017 |
There are all kinds of makerspaces in the Bay Area. Some focus on technology, others on craft. As a designer, I can’t afford having my own full-time studio or buying a lot of expensive tools to explore all my interests. But for a small sum, I can try out different makerspaces depending on what I need at a certain time.… more

STEAM – It’s All About the “How”

Clarence Mamuyac talks with Peter Sollogub of Cambridge Seven Associates I started working with Peter Sollogub of Cambridge Seven Associates on the new Santa Clara International Swim Center and International Swimming Hall of Fame. Although he is trained as an architect, a lot of his work focuses on immersive learning exhibits. I sat down with him recently to ask about… more

Making Net Zero Real in Schools Is a Community Project

Last year, I helped form a new integrated design committee in Albany, California, to advise the school district and the school board on new school construction made possible by recent bond measures. Bonds B and E passed with majorities and provided $95 million for four new Albany schools. I volunteered for this group because my two kids attended Albany public… more

Always in our Hearts: Tiffany Y. Yuan

Tiffany Y. Yuan February 27, 1991 - December 8, 2016 It is with profound sadness that I share the passing of Tiffany Y. Yuan.  She was 25. Tiffany joined ELS after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in architecture.  We recruited Tiffany through the firm’s participation at the annual UC Berkeley Career Fair.  She was… 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

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

Making a San Francisco Destination Rooted in Bay Area Traditions: An Interview with Chris Meany of Wilson Meany

August 19th, 2016 |
This is the third in a series of extended interviews Sean Slater conducted when he was writing about “Crafting Authenticity for Retail Destinations” for Urban Land. He shares more of his conversation with Chris Meany, cofounder and managing partner of Wilson Meany, the owner of San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Meany talks about how the market hall concept of the Ferry Building came into being.… more

How to Give a Retail Center an Authentic Feel: An Interview with Shaheen Sadeghi of LAB Holdings

August 19th, 2016 |
This is the second in a series of extended interviews Sean Slater conducted when he was writing about “Crafting Authenticity for Retail Destinations” for Urban Land. Here, he shares more of his conversation with Shaheen Sadeghi, president and founder of LAB Holding in Costa Mesa, California. Sadeghi talks about the thinking behind his company’s “anti-malls”: unique, local-feeling urban alternatives to homogenous shopping… more

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