The CED Dean's Advisory Council is a select group of alumni and friends who care deeply about the College of Environmental Design and serve as its ambassadors with fellow CED alumni, alumni of the University, and others whose professional and philanthropic interests align with CED's purpose.
Membership in the Dean's Advisory Council is by invitation of the dean of the college. Council members provide strategic planning advice to assist the dean in promoting CED to constituencies beyond the campus, as well as encouraging alumni and others to make gifts to the college. Members also bring their external expertise to the college, informing the dean about notable trends in the architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning fields to help shape CED's activities, programming, and facilities development.
The CED Dean's Advisory Council evolved out of the CED Alumni (CEDA) board of directors, founded in 1990, which for almost two decades served the college by organizing events and programs such as the annual Distinguished Alumni Award Program and the CED Mentorship Program. In 2010 the CEDA board redefined and reformed itself as the CED Dean's Advisory Council.
Fred Blackwell, Master of City and Regional Planning 1996
Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation was former Assistant City Administrator for the City of Oakland. He was responsible for community and economic development; parks and recreation; select public works functions; human services; libraries; liaison to museum services; and community relations, including supporting public safety initiatives. He was also the director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA) since 2007, where he oversaw housing, economic development, and infrastructure investments in the city's eight project areas. Before joining SFRA, Mr. Blackwell was the director of the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Community Development, where he administered the city's Community Development Block Program, focusing on economic and service-focused strategies to meet the needs of San Francisco's low-income families and neighborhoods.
Kofi Bonner, Master of City and Regional Planning 1986, Master of Architecture 1987
Kofi Bonner is Regional Vice President for Northern California of FivePoint. In this role, Mr. Bonner leads development of The San Francisco Shipyard and Candlestick Point communities, as well as the communities managed for Lennar: Treasure Island and the Concord Naval Weapons Station. Born in Ghana, Mr. Bonner began his career as an affordable housing developer for Oakland Community Housing Inc., and then served as head of redevelopment for the City of Emeryville. He later held the positions of Director of Community and Economic Development and Interim City Manager for the City of Oakland, where he helped lead efforts to revitalize the city's downtown neighborhoods.
Ricardo L. Capretta
, B.A. Architecture 1981
Ricardo Capretta is President of Capretta Properties Inc. since 1992, a Western U.S. real estate development and investment company that has completed over 8,000,000 square feet of commercial transactions valued at over $1.3 billion. Currently, Mr. Capretta is solely focused on “Net Zero” green design and development of office and residential subdivisions. Mr. Capretta also attended UCLA and received a MBA in 1981 and a Masters in Architecture & Urban Planning in 1985. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Ricardo Capretta is a licensed Architect in the State of California, the Chairman of the Mill Valley Planning Commission and active with assisting Foster Care children in California.
Vishaan Chakrabarti,FAIA, is a registered architect and the founder of PAU. Simultaneously, Vishaan is an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design studios and seminars on urbanism. His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. Mr. Chakrabarti has previously served as the Director of the Manhattan Office for the New York Department of City Planning where he successfully led efforts to save the High Line, rezone Hudson Yards, extend the #7 subway line, and reincorporate the street grid at the World Trade Center site after the tragic events of 9/11. He currently serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York, the Municipal Art Society of New York, and Enterprise Community Partners. He serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and the Regional Planning Association. He is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, and is an emeritus board member of Friends of the High Line. He is also a member of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Council on US-China Relations and has served on the National Mayor’s Institute of City Design.
Darrell Chan, B.A. Architecture 1998, Master of Architecture 2004
Darrell Chan is the executive director of The Luk Hoi Tong Co. Ltd. (LHT), a development company founded in 1926 that specializes in hospitality as well as commercial and residential developments in Hong Kong. Prior to overseeing the company's project development and project management divisions at LHT, he was the Senior Designer at Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning in San Francisco. Notable projects include the re-construction of the former Luk Hoi Tong Building and Queen's Theatre, well-known as a previous Hong Kong cinematic landmark. Mr. Chan earned both his B.A. in Architecture and Master of Architecture degree from UC Berkeley, where he also met his spouse, Jamie Ho, a fellow CED alumni.
James R. Crawford, B.A. Architecture 1970
Jim Crawford is a Partner and the Project Manager and Senior Technical Coordinator for the Los Angeles office of Richard Meier & Partners Architects. Since 1988, Jim’s role has encompassed general project management including schedule development and monitoring, consultant contracting and administration, technical coordination, code compliance, and construction administration services. Working in close collaboration with Design Partner Michael Palladino, Jim continues to offer his valuable experience to the firm’s projects which range in locations from Southern California and Northern California to Singapore, Malaysia, China, Italy, and Australia. Jim is a former Board Member of Pasadena Heritage and a current Board Member of the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Jenny Gant Pham, B.A. Urban Studies 2011, Master of City Planning 2013
Ben Gilmartin, B.A. Architecture, B.A. English Literature 1992
Ben Gilmartin is a partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R). He has led the design of some of DS+R’s major works, including the Alice Tully Hall and Fountain Plaza / Columbus Avenue Grand Entrance projects within the transformation of the Lincoln Center campus. He was also a design leader for the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a key contributor on projects such as The Broad museum in Los Angeles, the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University, MoMA expansion, and The Shed, all in New York. Currently, Ben is Partner-in-Charge of the United States Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs, The New Health Precinct at the University of Sydney in Australia, and a collaborator on three projects in London: the Centre for Music, a new Symphony Hall at the Barbican; a Collections and Research Centre for the Victoria & Albert Museum at Stratford; and P5K, a public space network within the new mixed use development at Greenwich Peninsula. He has taught at the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, was a longtime contributor to the independent architecture journal Praxis, and is Co-Chair of AIA New York’s Global Dialogues Committee.
As Vice President of NYC's Economic Development Corporation, Jhalen Hernandez-Eli oversees the development and management of the city's industrial and commercial assets. He is also a partner at HE, a design firm based in New York City co-founded with his wife, Juliet Hernandez-Eli. The work of the studio includes residential, commercial, and cultural projects. Hernandez-Eli was a visiting professor at Parsons New School for Design, where he taught design and management seminars in the business program. He has lectured and participated in design reviews at Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, and Pratt among others. He was formerly the Development Director for Diller + Scofidio + Renfro where he was a core member of the operations group that oversaw the strategic management and profitability of the 100-person studio.
Chris Kent, M.L.A. 1993
Chris Kent is a Principal at PGAdesign Landscape Architects.He enjoys working on a wide range of urban projects from housing to transportation serving both public agencies and private developers. He has worked in the bay Area for over 20 years and has completed over 100 projects. He was ASLA Trustee for 6 years, served on the ASLA Government Affairs Advisory Committee, and is currently the Chair of the Albany Planning and Zoning Commission.
Sylvia P. Kwan, B.A. Architecture 1976, Master of Architecture 1978
Sylvia founded Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning with her husband, Denis Henmi, in 1980. The firm recently merged with the DLR Group to form DLR Group | Kwan Henmi. The firm has worked on such projects as the Moscone West Convention Center, SBC Park, airport projects in San Francisco and Oakland, and the Bessie Carmichael Elementary School. Ms. Kwan also lends her skills to various organizations and boards, including the American Institute of Architects, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Woman's Forum West, the Friends of Marin Center, and the Norcal Waste Systems Board.
Brian Lee, B.A. Architecture 1976
Brian Lee’s hands-on design approach is focused on achieving full integration of the natural and built environment through the most innovative design forms, materials, and construction technologies. Using these simple and essential principles, Lee has designed landmark structures of lasting value and impact around the globe. Directing this international practice — including projects in East and Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Middle East — has honed his collaborative and design leadership skills. Lee’s internationally published and award-winning designs include the China World Trade Center in Beijing (the city’s tallest building); Poly International Plaza in Guangzhou, China; the University of California San Diego Telemedicine Education Building; and the Kia Motors America, Inc. Research and Development Project and Design Center in Irvine, California.
Michael Lin, B.A. Architecture 2001
Michael Lin is a financial advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services in San Ramon. He focuses on asset management and retirement & estate planning strategies. He was co-chair of UC Berkeley's 10th and 15th reunion campaign committees for the Class of 2001 and also does work with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For his great work, Mr. Lin was awarded the UC Berkeley Foundation Young Bear Award in 2011 for outstanding achievement on a fundraising project and successful outreach to the community and alumni. In January 2012, Mr. Lin also received the CAA Bradford S. King Award for Excellence in Service by a Young Alumnus. He is also currently serving on the planning committee for UC Berkeley’s Sesquicentennial.
Bernadette Ma, B.A. Architecture 2011
Clarence Mamuyac, B.A. Architecture 1981, MARCH 1985
Clarence met Donn Logan, principal of ELS Architecture and Urban Design, while in graduate school at U.C. Berkeley, and became an intern for the firm in 1983, then an employee after receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Berkeley in 1985. Now he is member of the firm’s board of directors and leads the firm’s sports, recreation, wellness, and aquatics market sector. He strongly believes in the capacity of well-designed, ecologically sustainable sports and recreation centers to serve their communities, and he has developed public participation strategies for getting these centers built in a variety of contexts, including many underserved neighborhoods. Sometimes that means attending local church services or talking with local police officers to get the word out to community members. His projects include the Countryside Park Pergola and Pavilions in Sacramento (a collaboration with his father’s firm); the Irvington Community Center in Fremont, California; several athletic facilities for Stanford University, the Waterman Community Center in San Bernardino, California, and the East Oakland Sports Center in Oakland, California.
Lydia Tan, B.A. Architecture 1983
Lydia Tan joined Bentall Kennedy in October 2014 after serving as executive vice president and director of Northern California Relations, Related California. Prior to Related California, Ms. Tan worked as executive vice president of Bridge Housing Corporation. She serves on the boards of directors of the Northern California Community Loan Fund and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and served for 12 years on the board of the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation. Ms. Tan earned her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1993.
Barbara Wachsman, Master of City and Regional Planning 1983
Barbara Wachsman is a Senior Executive, Director of Health Management at The Walt Disney Company in Burbank. She is the former Senior Vice President at AON Consulting, which focused on health and benefits consulting. Barbara has been a tireless volunteer for the College of Environmental Design over the years, having served on the Board of Directors of the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design Alumni Association.
Peter Walker, FASLA, Landscape Architecture 1983
Educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Walker has designed hundreds of projects, taught, lectured, written, and served as an advisor to numerous public agencies. The scope of his concerns is expansive—from the design of small gardens to the planning of cities—with a particular emphasis on corporate headquarters, plazas, cultural gardens, academic campuses, and urban-regeneration projects.
Judd Williams, B.A. Visual Design1990
In 1975 Mr. Williams’s waterbed frame design was accepted into the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery exhibit and Craft Multiples. This led to a career in designing and building furniture with Gary Foltz dba Williams & Foltz. They created simple modular knock down furniture built to last and recombine over time with a Greene and Greene aesthetic. When personal computers became popular he led the thinking about home office ergonomic notions into the broader furniture industry. Closing his company in 1989 he became a pioneer in stay at home fathers and has raised his girls. This provided time to volunteer with a range of school and nonprofits most notably the Discovery Council of the children's museum, College of Marin Foundation, City of Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness, and CED Alumni Association and Art Practice Alumni. He is currently working on a range of issues to further the transition from petrochemical fuels to twenty first century energy sources.
John Wong, B.A. Landscape Architecture 1974
John Wong is Managing Principal and Chairman at the SWA Group in Sausalito, California. He has directed an array of projects, from the design and crafting of small gardens to the large-scale planning and design of neighborhoods, towns, and new communities. He has extensive experience in both North America and Asia — particularly in Japan, Korea, and China. In 2010, Mr. Wong made an appearance in the movie Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol alongside Tom Cruise (Mr. Wong designed the 27 acres of gorgeous gardens that provided a backdrop for Tom Cruise's stunt on the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai). Over the past two decades, Mr. Wong has led more than 125 campus improvement projects at Stanford University. He sits on the Design Review Committee for the UC Berkeley campus.
Joseph O. Wong, Master of Architecture 1974
Joseph O. Wong founded JWDA (Joseph Wong Design Associates), a San Diego-based firm, in 1977 to provide excellent professional services in architecture, planning, and interior design. Mr. Wong has served on the Board of Directors for the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC), a San Diego Redevelopment Agency, and is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. JWDA has been recognized with numerous local and national awards of excellence such as AIA Honor Awards, National Design-Build Institute Honor Awards, and Gold Nugget Grand Awards. In addition, JWDA has an active presence in Asia and the Pacific Rim with offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Kenneth P. Wong, B.A. Architecture 1977
Kenneth P. Wong is Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Development of Related Companies where he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative, corporate and business functions, and the company’s national and international expansion activities. Mr. Wong has over thirty years of diverse experience having overseen the development of a broad range of real estate assets from retail shopping centers to theme parks and planned communities both in the U.S. and international markets and representing well over $20 billion worth of assets. His executive experience includes both development and operating companies, both public and private, bridging the worlds of real estate, entertainment, design and technology.
Darrin is a co-founder at Blake’s, a real estate investment firm focusing on urban redevelopment projects in Hong Kong. Trained as an urban planner at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, he is interested in historic neighbourhoods and led a number of retail and residential development projects in Sheung Wan including TwoTwoSix and 208 Hollywood Road. It’s latest projects are located in Sham Shui Po, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the city. He is also a director at Woo Hon Fai Group, a single family office investing in hedge funds, private equity and venture capital..
Throughout his more than 30 years as an architect, Tom has demonstrated superior capabilities in the design and management of large-scale, complex projects and the coordination of sizable design and consultant teams. An outstanding designer, he also has a proven track record of producing exceptional results within strict budgetary and schedule constraints. His design work revitalizes traditional architectural forms, drawing inspiration from alternative shapes and materials, as well as light and structure. Tom's experience encompasses corporate, civic, and university projects, along with a substantial portfolio of headquarters and regional offices for leading law firms. He has also led the design of multiple commercial and cultural projects within China.
Former Advisory Council Members
Brian Dougherty, B.A. Architecture 1972, Master of Architecture 1975
Founder, Dougherty and Dougherty Architecture
Gray B. Dougherty, Master of Architecture 2006
Partner, Dougherty and Dougherty Architecture
William Fain, B.A. Architecture 1968
Founder, Johnson Fain
David Friedman, B.S. Civil Engineering 1975
Principal and Chairman, Forell/Elsesser Engineers
Keith Helmatag, BA Architecture 1973
Founder and Partner, C&G Partners
Jackson Hsieh, BA Architecture 1983
Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley
Scott Johnson, B.A. Architecture 1972
Founder, Johnson Fain
Bob Lalanne, B.A. Architecture 1978, UCB Parent
Founder, Lalanne Group
Tom Mead, B.A. Architecture 1974
Vice President of Construction Management, Equity Residential
Gabriel Metcalf, M.C.P. City & Regional Planning 2002
President & CEO, SPUR
Michael Painter, B.S. Landscape Arch 1956 (1935-2018)
President, MPA Design
Frederic Schwartz, B.A. Architecture 1973 (1951-2014)
Founder, Frederic Schwartz Architects
Design Director, Helmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK)