2017 has been a successful year for alumni of the College of Environmental Design, with six of our accomplished alumni recently receiving promotions from firms Quinn Evans Architects, ELS Architecture and Urban Design, BAR Architects, and Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects.
Quinn Evans Architects has named alumna Anath Ranon (B.A. Arch ‘83), AIA, LEED AP BD+C, as one of four architects as principals and stockholders with the firm. Ranon focuses on historic preservation and adaptive use projects. Her Baltimore-area projects include the Humanim headquarters at the American Brewery, several buildings for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Lazarus Center at MICA, and Mosaic Community Services. Ranon has also completed a number of projects for the U.S. General Services Administration and has led multiple campus facilities master plans. Ranon is the founder of AIA Baltimore’s Historic Resources Committee; and is a member of the AIA, Baltimore Heritage, the Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation in Baltimore, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Preservation Maryland.
ELS Architecture and Urban Design has promoted CED alumni Christopher Jung (B.A. Arch. ‘90) and William Gordon (M.Arch ‘93) to design director and director of interior architecture, respectively. “We are pleased to recognize the tremendous contributions these individuals have made to ELS,” said Clarence Mamuyac, president of the firm. “These promotions honor the exceptional design talents and leadership capabilities they have brought the firm over the past several decades.” As one of ELS’ design directors, Jung will be responsible for the quality of design of all the firm’s projects. As director of interior architecture, Gordon will be responsible for the quality of design of all of ELS’s interior environments. They will lead the dialogue of design issues and practices within the firm, mentor junior staff, organize firm-wide design discussions, and make sure the firm stays informed about current and future innovations.
Jung joined ELS in 1992. With a special focus on community, aquatics, sports and recreation projects, his design portfolio also features retail and entertainment, performing arts, and education facilities. His recent designs include the newly opened University of California, Berkeley Legends Aquatics Center, which has been honored in the 2017 AIA East Bay Design Awards program; Cañada College Kinesiology, Wellness and Aquatics Center; and the new George F. Haines International Swim Center, International Swimming Hall of Fame, and Community Recreation Center in the city of Santa Clara. His design for the East Oakland Sports Center was recently honored for design excellence by AIA San Francisco, AIA East Bay, and Athletic Business.
Gordon joined ELS as a designer in 1998 and has worked on a wide variety of retail, mixed-use, entertainment, aquatics, recreational, and educational projects. His recent work includes the Hillsdale Shopping Center Customer Service and Conference Center in San Mateo, California, and the Downtown Berkeley YMCA Men's Locker Room and Mind Body Center in Berkeley, California. He is currently working on the Elk Grove Aquatics Center in Elk Grove, California, and the University of California, Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility Gender Inclusive Locker Room in Berkeley.
Alumnus Zach Prowda (B.A. Arch ‘05), a senior associate at BAR Architects, will lead the firm’s first Los Angeles office. The new office will support the firm’s continued presence in Southern California, with day-to-day support for clients, partners and projects in the Los Angeles area. Relocated from their San Francisco office, Prowda brings proven expertise and leadership capabilities working collaboratively with both clients and consultants, and is currently involved with projects in and around the Los Angeles area.
BAR Architects has also promoted alumnus Benjamin Schaefer (B.A. Arch ‘04), AIA, to Senior Associate. He brings over 10 years of experience designing and managing multifamily, mixed-use, affordable and senior housing projects throughout the Bay Area. Most recently, Schaefer helped lead the 289-unit, mixed-use new community One Henry Adams in San Francisco for Equity Residential; the 112-unit mixed-used 99 Rausch in San Francisco for LDG/Pillar Capital currently under construction; and the 330-unit Alchemy by Alta in San Francisco for Wood Partners.
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA) has promoted Aaron Thornton (M.Arch ‘97), AIA, to the position of senior associate. “We are excited to have ... Aaron take on greater leadership roles in the firm,” said Bill Leddy, FAIA, founding principal of the firm. “[He has] extensive experience designing for public, private, and nonprofit clients in the Bay Area, and shares a powerful commitment to socially conscious and environmentally responsible architecture.”
Thornton has nearly 20 years of professional experience and has been with LMSA since 2015. He is currently working on 88 Broadway and 735 Davis in San Francisco; the expansion of Nueva School at Bay Meadows in San Mateo; and the Bay Meadows Affordable Housing project. He also taught for nearly a decade at the University of San Francisco. He is a licensed architect in California and a member of the American Institute of Architects.