As a Technical Director in Gensler’s Northwest region, Brent Van Gunten guides teams developing new construction and major repositioning projects for commercial offices, life sciences, and education. He facilitates the alignment of design goals to energy performance and daylight-tuned work environments. His leadership in technical design is informed by his foundation in the rehabilitation of historic buildings.
Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, founded Mark Cavagnero Associates in 1988, and has guided its growth into a design-centered practice serving clients internationally. His work embodies a timeless quality, visible in a broad range of renovation and new construction work. Mark is focused on creating tangible spaces that encourage the ephemeral aspects of human interactions. As the founding principal of the firm, Mark provides leadership over the design of all projects within the office. He brings over three decades of expertise in the planning, design and construction and has been recognized for seamlessly integrating environmental, cultural, and contextual strategies to curate a holistic design approach, through various building types from education, museums, civic buildings, theaters, and residential buildings. His projects are known for careful attention to balanced natural light through all parts of the building, in support of activities and wellness of the occupants. Mark Cavagnero Associates’ approach in design has garnered the firm more than 100 awards from international, national, state, and local organizations. Mark has personally been recognized with the AIACC 2010 Distinguished Practice Award and the AIACC 2015 Maybeck Award for outstanding lifetime achievement, among many other accolades. He is currently engaged on projects throughout North America, including the new San Francisco Moscone Center Expansion; San Francisco Conservatory of Music; the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Quest Diagnostics headquarters in New Jersey; as well as projects for Salesforce spanning across Asia, North America, and Europe.
Lisa leads Eckersley O’Callaghan’s West Coast offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She joined EOC in 2013 to support the practice’s emerging facade engineering group in London and after playing a significant role in the group’s exceptional growth, Lisa has been responsible for the expansion of EOC’s West Coast presence.
Lisa directs EOC’s R&D efforts, focusing on innovative glass designs and technology.
She remains heavily involved in academia particularly with the Facade Research Group at TU Delft where she pursued her doctoral research and has built strong links between research and industry.
IwamotoScott Architecture is an award winning architecture and design firm established by Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott. Based in San Francisco, California, the firm has gained national and international recognition for innovative design with projects around the country and overseas. Committed to pursuing architecture as a form of applied design research, IwamotoScott proceeds from the belief that each project can achieve a unique design synthesis. IwamotoScott’s client list includes arts organizations, educational institutions, media firms, commercial developers, and private clients.
IwamotoScott received the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2019. The partners were inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame, and Lisa Iwamoto won Architectural Record’s Women In Architecture Award in 2018. IwamotoScott received the ACADIA 2017 Digital Practice Award of Excellence, Curbed’s inaugural Groundbreakers Award in 2015, and was honored with Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard in 2011, CA Home + Design’s Ten to Watch in 2011, and The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices in 2007. Design awards for the work include nineteen AIA Design Awards including a national AIA Institute Honor Award in 2017, three A/N Best Of Awards, Interior Design Best of Year Awards, I.D. magazine Design Awards, Wood Design Awards, P/A and R+D Awards from Architect magazine, Grand Prize in the History Channel City of the Future: SF 2108 Design Challenge, and Winner of World’s Coolest Office 2011 from Inc./Architizer for Obscura Digital HQ.
IwamotoScott’s work has been exhibited widely, including: at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Triennial, Vitra Design Museum, Guggenheim Museum, MoMA/PS1, SCIArc, Artists Space, and the work is represented in the permanent collection at SFMOMA. IwamotoScott’s work has been published widely, in books, journals and newspapers; and Lisa and Craig have lectured on the work of the firm at professional, academic and arts institutions worldwide.
“Shruti is an Associate Director, a senior member of the Atelier Ten Energy Analysis Practice, and the Environmental Design Practice Leader for the firm. She combines her technical competency and creativity across multiple disciplines – architecture, engineering and master planning – to develop integrated, cross disciplinary solutions for projects. She is an expert on passive systems, façade and energy optimization, and energy masterplanning.
Shruti has worked on many of the firm’s most ambitious projects including the LEED Gold San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the new Uber Headquarters in San Francisco, and the Willow Campus master plan for Facebook. Furthermore, as a member of the International Living Future Institute, Shruti guides project teams through the complex materials selection and vetting process while also developing passive and active strategies to minimize water and energy use.
Shruti holds a M.S. in Building Sciences from Arizona State University and a B.Arch from Pune University in India. She is the current Chair of the San Francisco Chapter of IBPSA-USA and a committee member for the ASHRAE BEAP and BEMP certification examinations.”
As a licensed architect, Chris fundamentally believes in the responsibility to positively contribute to the world’s built environment and takes pride in fulfilling this moral obligation. Throughout his career he has specialized in the design and execution of high-profile and complex projects. With a true passion for the craft of practicing architecture, Chris seeks to push boundaries in an effort to deliver iconic projects at the highest levels. His built portfolio includes academic, healthcare, cultural, office, and mixed-use projects, including New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.
As a Senior Associate and Senior Project Architect at Gensler’s San Francisco-based practice, Chris leads diverse teams through the holistic process of design and delivery of projects. He has particular expertise in realizing innovative building enclosures, marrying aesthetic goals with technical and environmental performance targets. As the signature exterior expression of a building, he is inspired by the pivotal role facades play in reducing overall energy consumption, impacting internal occupant comfort, and providing a canvas for contextual material exploration.
Chris is active in the industry through conference speaking engagements and as a member of the Facade Tectonics Institute Special Advisory Council. He also serves as a content editor of the Institute’s monthly SKINS newsletter.
Karen Brandt, AIA, is a Senior Principal at Heintges, a certified WBE. She joined Heintges New York in 2001 and launched the firm’s San Francisco office in 2013. She has spent the last eight years leading and growing the firm’s West Coast teams and body of work. Notable projects include 100 Stockton Street, headquarters for Adobe, LinkedIn, and Uber, the MIRA SF tower, the new Whitney Museum of American Art at Gansevoort and the historic renovation of the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. Ms. Brandt holds degrees in architecture from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Bob Perry is a Design Director at Gensler’s Bay Area architecture practice. He is guided by a passion for creating enduring designs that provide value for his clients and the greater community. His work focuses on the intersection of practical construction methodology and theoretical studies to create a design inspired by place, people, and the environment.
Bob’s portfolio spans various typologies including mixed use, office, build to suit headquarters, and supertall structures. Most recently, his work in San Francisco explores how natural light can shape an exterior and enhance an interior experience. Local projects 633 Folsom, 100 Stockton, and Burlingame Point engage computational optimization and building performance analysis to rationalize intuitive concepts into sensible realities. At 200 Park in San Jose, his team explored how an aesthetic can be created from the inside out by examining the relationship between the interior workplace and outdoor environments in an urban context.
Throughout his career at Gensler, Bob has grown the firm’s practice, strengthened its internal and external relationships, and mentored upcoming designers. He regularly contributes to industry publications, conferences, and is a founding board member of the community nonprofit organization, Simply the Basics.
Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 49 locations across
Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. Gensler designers strive to make the places people live, work, and play more inspiring, more
resilient, and more impactful.
Megan Cross-Wilkinson is an Associate, Building Science Engineer in San Francisco Bay Area with 9+ years of experience. She works on new construction, existing building rehabilitation, and forensics/litigation projects. Her experience ranges from façade design for high-rise unitized curtain wall to large re-cladding projects for existing wood-framed structures. She has worked on construction projects in a variety of geographic locations, including California, British Columbia and Ontario (Canada). She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Washington and is the Past President of the Northern California Chapter of the International Institute of Building Envelope Consultants (IIBEC). She holds at BASc in Honours Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
As a Façade Specialist, Felix has a deep knowledge in complex façade and glass design. He is a highly creative engineer and experienced team leader with over 15 years of experience in façade consulting and structural engineering. He enjoys designing structures and façades influenced by individual materials or products. He has worked with many cladding types and specializes in structural facades, structural glass, complex geometry structures, and uncommon building materials such as ETFE and fiber-reinforced polymers. Felix was involved, for example, in the Bombay Sapphire Greenhouses (Laverstoke, UK), a Large Confidential Campus Project (Cupertino, CA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA) and the Berkeley Hotel Entrance (London, UK).
A generalist by nature, with over 20 years of diverse experience, Paul focuses his keen eye towards uniting the design ambition and technical implementation of his work to create considered, elegant and holistic solutions that are attuned with the client’s and stakeholder’s goals.