Distinguished Alumni Award

Alumni 2015


Allison Williams

Allison Williams, FAIA (M.Arch. 1976)

Vice President and Director of Design , AECOM

Allison Williams is the Design Director for AECOM’s San Francisco Metro Regional architecture practice and leads the San Francisco design studio. Williams is known for her collaborative drive and interdisciplinary design leadership which generate inventive, sustainable, and relevant buildings and places. William’s broad portfolio includes civic, corporate, and cultural facilities, places for research and education, mixed-used and high density urban development, nationally and internationally. An intuitive and creative thinker, Williams’ work is consistently authentic in a skillful synthesis of culture, climate, civic place, and building technology.

Williams’ award-winning portfolio includes The August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh PA; CREATE (Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise) a 690,000 GSF Greenmark Platinum research facility; the New Calexico US Port of Entry (a GSA Design Excellence Commission) and Princess Nora Abdulrahman University (PNU) Health Sciences and Research Campus in Riyadh Saudi Arabia (for 40,000 Islamic Women). As studio design lead, Williams’ credits include The San Francisco International Terminal, The San Francisco Civic Center Complex, and The Library of Virginia. Headquarter facilities for notable corporate clients include Salesfoce, Freddie Mac, America Online and Capital One. At AECOM, Williams is currently designing two research laboratories for NASA (a laser lab at Langley in Virginia and a biological research lab at Ames/Moffitt Field in California).

A Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Allison earned her M.Arch and a B.A. in the Practice of Art, at the University of California, Berkeley, and was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1997. She is a current member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Visiting Committee for Harvard’s Board of Overseers, serves on the Board of Directors for the SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) and was honored in 2014 as one of the Bay Area Business Times Most Influential Women.

 

Kofi Bonner

Kofi Bonner (M.C.P. 1986, M.Arch. 1987)

President, Lennar Urban

Kofi Bonner serves as President of Lennar Urban. In this role, Bonner oversees all land acquisition and urban development activities in Northern California.

Born in Ghana, Bonner began his career as an affordable housing developer for Oakland Community Housing Inc., and then in 1989 served as head of redevelopment in Emeryville. In this capacity, he played a crucial role in planning and developing the public financing and infrastructure, and attracting key businesses that led to the successful transformation of Emeryville from an aging industrial city to a mixed use mecca for technology companies and high end retail and housing. Bonner later held the positions of Deputy Executive Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Oakland. In 1995, he became the Interim City Manager for the City of Oakland where he helped lead efforts to revitalize the city’s downtown neighborhood. During his term as Mayor, the Honorable Willie L. Brown appointed Bonner to serve as his Chief Economic Policy Advisor. Bonner was in charge of leading the major redevelopment projects and economic growth in San Francisco, including planning and implementing the redevelopment of the City’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

From 1998 through 2004, Bonner was the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for the Cleveland Browns where he was responsible for the business affairs of the team. Additionally, he directed the construction of the Cleveland Browns Stadium. Later, Bonner became the Regional Director and Executive Vice President of MBNA. He is a non-resident Senior Fellow and Member of the Brookings Institution, and a Member of Lambda Alpha International, a Land Economics society where he received the “2010 Member of the Year” Award. He is also a Commissioner on the University of Virginia's Millstein Commission on Infrastructure and the Middle Class, serves on the boards of the Bay Area Council, on the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and is a Member of the National Planning and Technical Advisory Council to the Ghanaian Government. 

Among Mr. Bonner’s most recent projects is  the development of Treasure Island, Located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. The development includes 8000 homes, 200,000 sq. ft. of retail and commercial space and 245 acres of parkland. The sustainable aspects of the development plan have been widely acclaimed and have received the Clinton Global Initiative Sustainable Development Award. The development received approval from the City of San Francisco in June 2011. His current project, The Hunters Point Shipyard-Candlestick Point revitalization, is possibly the largest urban redevelopment project in the country with over 800 acres, 12,000 homes, 3 million square feet of business and industrial space, and 800,000 sq. ft. of retail. This project has received numerous awards, including the Grand Award from the Pacific Coast Building Council, the Best Land Plan 2010. Homes are currently under construction, and the sales process is underway.

Mr. Bonner frequently guest lectures and speaks upon requests from UC Berkeley Haas Business School, Urban Land Institute and the Executive Leadership Program at UC Davis. Bonner, 58, received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He holds Masters Degrees in City Planning and Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Bonner is married to Gladys and has three children.

 

Daniel Iacofano

 

DANIEL S. IACOFANO (PH.D. Environmental Planning, 1986)

Founding Principal, MIG Inc.

Daniel Iacofano, a founding principal of MIG, Inc., has over 32 years of experience in regional and land use planning, facilitation, partnering and organizational development. Since 1982, MIG has focused on planning, designing and sustaining environments that support human development and has assisted public agencies throughout the nation in projects that enhance community livability, support revitalization and connect people with places.

Mr. Iacofano has combined his strategic and organizational planning expertise with interactive facilitation techniques to assist countless agencies, organizations, and companies in working together to articulate goals, strategies, and actions for the future. His projects have addressed issues ranging from regional growth and economic development to public transit and traffic to housing and environmental impacts.
Mr. Iacofano has previously been involved in transportation projects for local, regional and statewide agencies, including MTC, BART, Caltrans, ACTA, CCTA, Muni, and others.

From the Napa and Silicon Valleys to Downtown Los Angeles, Mr. Iacofano has also worked with communities, business leaders, cities and agencies to create land use plans that can be successfully implemented.  In Los Angeles, Mr. Iacofano worked with the Downtown Business Association to ensure the implementation of plans to further develop and connect the Staples Center complex to Downtown. In Phoenix, Mr. Iacofano has been instrumental in helping the City prioritize projects, allowing Phoenix to recreate its Downtown as an innovative center of cultural activity.

Mr. Iacofano has personally led and designed over 150 successful public involvement programs to support land use and transportation initiatives that have helped to create new partnerships among key stakeholders, agencies, cities and communities that are maintained after the project is completed. Mr. Iacofano’s work has gone on to been recognized by the National League of Cities, the International Downtown Association, the American Planning Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Daniel Iacofano has been a visiting lecturer at University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of California at Davis, teaching courses in urban planning, urban and environmental conflict management, group process management and advanced communications and has authored several ground-breaking publications, including Public Involvement as an Organizational Development Process (1990), Meeting of the Minds (2001), and The Inclusive City: Design Solutions for Buildings, Neighborhoods and Urban Spaces (2007), and most recently, What is your Construction Management EQ (2014). 

Mr. Iacofano received a PhD in Environmental Planning from the University of California at Berkeley; an M.S. in Environmental Psychology from the University of Surrey, England; and a Bachelor of Urban Planning degree with Honors from the University of Cincinnati.