ELS Promotes Kim-Van Truong and Sam Hitchon

by: Diana Banh | May 23, 2019

ELS is pleased to announce Kim-Van Truong has been promoted to associate principal and Sam Hitchon has been promoted to associate.

Kim-Van Truong, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal

Kim-Van Truong joined ELS in 2007. She has managed a variety of projects, including college and university wellness, sports, and recreational facilities; retail centers; and master planning. Currently, Kim-Van is project manager on the Santa Rosa Junior College Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance project as well as the College of Marin’s New Miwok Center. She previously served as job captain on the LEED Silver–certified UC Berkeley Legends Aquatic Center and the Santa Clara International Swim Center. In addition to managing projects, she is involved in marketing and business development efforts and is an active participant in ELS’ sustainable design group. Kim-Van currently serves on the board of directors of the AIA East Bay as secretary/treasurer. She continues to look for ways to enhance the community, whether by designing the built environment or volunteering her time. She regularly participates in career outreach events for current architecture students at UC Berkeley. Kim-Van received a bachelor of arts in architecture with high honors from UC Berkeley.

Sam Hitchon, AIA, LEED AP, Associate

Sam Hitchon joined ELS in 2014. He has been a valuable contributor on winning major projects such as Austin Energy’s LEED Platinum Headquarters in Austin, Texas, and Plaza West Covina’s redevelopment in Los Angeles County. He is currently the project architect for a new signature headquarters building for Fremont Bank, located at the entrance of the city of Fremont’s newly master-planned downtown district. As an architect, Sam draws on his experience living and working in global cities such as Christchurch, London, Boston, Manila, and San Francisco. He brought his previous experience working on historic building projects in Boston to his work over the past four years rehabilitating San Francisco’s Bethlehem Steel Headquarters Building 101 at Pier 70. The project transforms the historic building into RH’s flagship luxury destination with a refreshed, attractive classical revival façade, a grand staircase, seismic upgrades, a bar/café, and roof terrace with stunning views of the waterfront and bay. Sam received his master of architecture from Boston Architectural College and his bachelor of science in geography and computer science from University of Canterbury in New Zealand.