Nicole Stine, Assoc. AIA
My journey into architecture began in my hometown of Yakima, Washington. My father, who is an accountant by trade, showed me the drawing board he had used to draft our house. He told me stories of setting up the board on the plane tray tables to pass time while traveling for business. Seeing and feeling the hatch-pattern of lines engraved into the wood gave my lifelong habit of doodling a purpose. This introduction gave me insight into design and opened my eyes to a potential career in architecture. Following high school graduation, I pursued my bachelor’s degree in architecture at the University of Idaho. I took a detour the summer before graduation and studied abroad in Rome. I then completed my education at Montana State University, where I received my master’s degree.
During my time in academia, I realized that my love for architecture runs deeper than just design. It is instead rooted in a desire to problem solve. As a big sister, I have been solving my brother’s problems since he was born. He may refer to my problem solving as “Nicole, my bossy older sister,” but deep down I am sure he considers it helpful. As a Girl Scout through elementary, middle and high school I helped come up with solutions to sell the most boxes of Girl Scout cookies, being named top salesman multiple years in a row. As a college student I juggled school assignments, campus participation and managed a group of 96 women as chapter president of my sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta.
As a post grad, thirsty for professional experience, I jumped into a summer internship with The KPA Group in Oakland. I spent the summer with other interns, working alongside architects and structural engineers, giving me a taste of the design challenges and engineering of solutions that lay in my future. My success that summer led to a job offer, giving me the opportunity to call the Bay Area home. The KPA Group has relocated to Pleasanton where I now manage the production of marketing materials, collaborate with fellow designers to produce construction documents and handle critical client design problems on a daily basis.
Outside of the office I am in pursuit of my license. I am constantly in search of the next best coffee shop to spend my day working through flash cards and practice tests. I am fortunate to have found a career that allows me to practice my love for problem solving, but still tests my knowledge of design. Architecture is a lifelong passion, one to which I have just opened the door.
Sriram Ramakrishnan, Assoc. AIA graduated with a B.Arch from the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchirappalli, India with a University Gold medal in 2012. He worked for a couple of years for Larsen & Toubro, a multinational design build company. His work primarily consisted of designing corporate offices for Fortune 500 clients. He first came to the U.S. in 2014 to pursue M.Arch from Ohio State University, with a prestigious university fellowship. In 2015, he secured a graduate associateship instituted by AIA Columbus in collaboration with Ohio State University. His final academic project at Ohio State was titled “2050AD-Net Zero Housing” and was published in Archiprix “2017 World’s Best Thesis Projects” along with projects from over 80 countries. His was voted “Participant’s Favorite” by finalists around the world. The project studied the future of architecture in an energy-scarce environment. He graduated with M.Arch in May 2016 and started working for Architectural Dimensions as an intern in August. Sriram is a licensed architect in India and is currently completing AXP/IDP hours and preparing for the ARE exams to get licensed in U.S. in the next few years. He has a strong sense of design development, BIM modeling and LEED design.
Sriram perceives architecture as a tool for creating social, cultural and economic change. His favorite architects include Louis Kahn, Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hahid. His hobbies include traveling, art and music.
Rex Crabb, Assoc. AIA
Rex Crabb is a recent graduate of U.C. Berkeley’s M.Arch program who now works at Woods Bagot. His experiences so far have led him to seek to bridge the worlds of architecture as art and construction. After Rex graduated from Reed College in 2012 with a B.A. in Chinese Literature, he worked at Hammer and Hand, Inc., a high-end residential passive house contractor based in Portland and Seattle. At first he worked in the field reclaiming and recycling demolished materials. Then he worked in the contractor’s office, helping to manage the documentation of projects and request bids from subcontractors.
From 2013-2016, Rex attended the M.Arch program at Berkeley, with projects that combined conceptual speculation and intensive use of digital fabrication. In one project for a sustainable, low-carbon lamppost intended for rural communities in India, he developed a system of 3D printed joints for bending-active lattice bamboo structures that would support a solar panel and an LED light.
During a summer internship with McCall Design Group in San Francisco, Rex and his partners Kasra Yazdanbakhsh and Mariela Levy designed a chicken coop for the non-profit community resilience organization, the Sweetwater Foundation in Chicago. After graduating from Berkeley, Rex has launched his professional career at Woods Bagot. As his experience as a Graduate Student Instructor inspired him to continue teaching, he now works as an instructor at Berkeley as well.
Scott Malloy, Allied Member
Dolan’s Windows and Doors continues to emphasize its ability to serve architects and builders in the Bay Area with the addition of Scott Malloy. The new sales executive comes from Southern California with almost a decade of window and door experience and specializes in working with architects and builders focused on residential construction and remodels. The Walnut Creek Showroom is located at 2750 Camino Diablo, Walnut Creek 94597.
“I chose to become part of the knowledgeable Dolan’s team because they have the best of breed products,” said Malloy. “The company features more name brands from Andersen Windows & Doors and Marvin to Fleetwood, Milgard and TruStile. They have highly rated customer service and a factory authorized service department.”
Dolan’s Walnut Creek Window & Door Showroom is one of the largest in the Bay Area. Architects and builders are encouraged to bring their clients to the Showroom to explore a wide variety of window and door styles, colors, materials and other options.
The name Dolan’s has been associated with the building industry in the Bay Area since the early 1900’s. This family owned business is dedicated to providing the best possible products at affordable prices. Many employees have been with the company for years. Management emphasizes attention to detail and prompt response to the needs of both consumers and industry professionals.
Throughout the year, Dolan’s hosts several seminars for architects and builders. Many of the programs provide continuing education credits. The next program, The Future of Building, sponsored by Andersen Windows & Doors, Tyvek and Orepac is a breakfast meeting scheduled for January 26th. Interested building industry professionals can Sign up for e-mails and event news at dolanlumber.com.
Dolan’s has another Showroom in Burlingame and two full-service lumber yards and home improvement centers, one in Concord and one in Pinole. Showrooms are open Monday through Saturday. Home Improvement Centers are open seven days a week.
Zachary Wong, Assoc. AIA
Zachary Wong, Assoc. AIA is an East Bay native and was heavily influenced by the historic settings around him growing up in Alameda. To this day, he has maintained a lifelong interest in music, drafting and historic preservation by joining the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society and the Rally Committee and Straw Hat Band during his time at UC Berkeley. He later joined the Sigma Phi Society, which allowed him to live- in and help maintain and preserve the William R. Thorsen House, the last ultimate bungalow designed by the Pasadena firm of Greene & Greene in 1909. He would eventually serve as House Manager, President and a member-at-large of the alumni board.
During his last years at Berkeley, he worked closely with Landscape Architect Chip Sullivan on several side projects including a comic book about the history of typography and writing.
Zachary joined LDA Architects in San Francisco as an Architectural Designer where he interned in the winter of 2014, after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley that following summer. He joined the staff full-time in the fall of 2015. He has gained a valuable amount of experience working in a diverse pool of projects ranging from support buildings at utility plants to amenities for San Francisco International Airport’s Interim Boarding Area B. At LDA, he has been engaged in all areas of the project planning aspect. He has recently finished a new master plan document for the San Francisco Department of Public Health for the re-purposing of the historic buildings at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital campus in the Mission District.
He previously worked as a designer for Biggs Group Architecture in Oakland, working mostly in housing and as a fine arts printer, having some of his work showcased at the Grey Loft Gallery in Oakland. Prior to working in the architectural field, he worked as a shipwright and in construction. Today Zachary still participates in music playing the bass clarinet with the Alameda Community Band and continues to draw and paint the natural and built environment. Under the guiding hand of the senior staff at LDA, Zachary continues his education and technical understandings of the architectural office as he works towards his professional licensure.
My career as an architect is related to my early childhood experiences and travels. I always loved the trips I would take with my parents and siblings. Each summer we would journey to a new place. My father loved driving and long trips, taking me and my other five siblings to show us different towns and villages and sometimes other countries. I was a very curious child. As I grew older my interest in exploring expanded. I wanted to see and learn more. I visited Germany, Russia and Turkey which wasn’t too far from my home town in Iran. The path led me from Tehran, where I was born and raised, to continue my education in Dubai. I was moved by the new architecture and technology that was being developed there. It all looked surreal and it motivated me to pursue my design education. Ultimately, art and design are a part of my life that has been present through all of my travels; It has never left me. From magnificent ruins of Persepolis to Istanbul and Moscow with their colorful tiles and details, to the twisting forms of the towers in Dubai, it has all inspired me.
After graduating in 2007 with a BFA in interior architecture from the American University in Dubai, I worked as an intern and had a few interior projects on my own. But I always felt that something was missing. I was excited by the work I saw being done by Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne. They designed comprehensive projects and total experiences. I was drawn to a more complete vision of space and form and realized that architecture could provide that. I wanted to be an architect. I applied to AAU in San Francisco in 2009, and while it was a big leap to make, being so far from family, my father encouraged me to pursue my dreams. After two years of working through the challenges of a new country, a new culture and a new language, I had my Masters in Architecture. I worked as a designer and last year, I founded ROBABEH, my design and development studio. Having a studio has given me the opportunity to participate in amazing work and I’m where I always wanted to be. I believe that design and architecture can change the way people live and work and make a better place for people of all race, classes and beliefs. I hope my work will accomplish these objectives in time.
Christo DaSilva, AIA worked at Levitch Associates, Hilliard Architects and Bull Stockwell Allen while attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Upon graduation, he received the AIA Henry Adams Medal and the AIA CCC Design Award before going on to work at Studio Bondy Architecture. His interest in shaping the future of education has led him to pursue a specialization in the design of independent schools at Studio Bondy.
Tyler Mavichien, Assoc. AIA is an Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., an architecture and engineering firm in Emeryville. He joined the firm in July of 2015 after graduating from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture. He has been involved in a wide range of projects with topics including building envelope and leakage investigation, curtain wall design, water testing, investigations for litigation support and construction document preparation.
Recent projects include a commercial shopping complex in Roseville, CA, where he performed water tests of reported leaks, observed inspection openings, and repair design and recommendation. Much of his time was dedicated to plant observation of window wall fabrication and review of insulating glass units for 2155 Webster, a 77-unit residential complex consisting of the adaptive reuse of an existing office building in San Francisco. His most recent project involves being on the window, envelope and roof waterproofing consulting team for Uptown Station in Oakland, a renovation of the former Sears department store building located at 20th and Broadway into a mixed-use retail, dining and commercial center.
Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Mavichien was heavily involved in American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers activities at the University of Oregon’s student branch. He was able to travel to conferences in New York City and Chicago and present a research project graphically showing the movement of air in the University of Oregon Lillis Business Complex. With his technical background he looks forward to opportunities in building science and envelope consulting.
As an associate member of AIA, he is appreciative for the resources and professional development the East Bay chapter provides in addition to starting the architecture licensure process.
Upon graduating from The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque with both a BA and Master’s of Architecture degree, Chris Trujillo moved to Washington, D.C. in 1994. There, he started his professional career with Kvell Corcoran Architects. He worked on various types of projects including medical, retail, commercial and residential projects including projects for the National Institutes of Health.
Following a year in D.C. Chris moved to Los Angeles and began working with J. Staff Architects, working on high-end residential projects. During this time, Chris developed a strong foundation for project and team management that would benefit him throughout his career.
From there, Chris took a position with Leo A. Daly, Los Angeles where he took on new and challenging project types. Managing projects for clients like: Disney, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Zoo and Los Angeles City College gave Chris a greater understanding of the demands and challenges of our profession. After seven years with Leo A. Daly he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003, where he shifted gears and made the choice to be a stay-at-home dad to his new son. During this time he also made licensure and continuing education a priority. In 2004, following an 18-month sabbatical, Chris joined the Dahlin Group in Pleasanton and resumed the profession he loves. With Dahlin’s commercial group Chris continued to work on large commercial projects like Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo and Scenic Oaks Office Buildings, along with several others. Chris spent five years working and collaborating with DGA.
Following the death of his wife and with a nudge from the downturn in the economy, Chris walked away from architecture and focused on his son and navigating this new version of his life. He continued to dabble in residential projects, helping out family and friends with small projects. During this time, Chris maintained licensure and continuing education, knowing that this break from his profession would not be permanent. He became a resource for his church and son’s Catholic school making use of his architectural skills to facilitate some much needed improvements to their campus. He became a member of the Design Review Board for the Town of Danville. He found love, remarried and settled into his new life in Danville with Liz and his four new stepchildren.
This year, Chris joined the AIA and has begun the process of starting his own practice in Danville. With his sights set on starting small and focusing on residential projects, Chris hopes to create a practice that will allow him to utilize the skills he’s gained along the way and resume the career he enjoys.
Brett Snyder, AIA is a principal of Cheng+Snyder, and an Assistant Professor of Design at the University of California, Davis. Snyder works at and researches the intersection of architecture, media, and graphics with a particular interest in developing vibrant urban spaces.
Recent projects include Smart Sidewalks, a winning entry to the NYC Reinvent Payphones competition, Museum of the Phantom City an architectural iPhone app to view visionary but unbuilt architecture recently re-released with an archive of unbuilt projects in San Francisco), and #FOGWASTE a multi-disciplinary approach to improving the residential wastewater system in San Jose. Additionally, Snyder has recently collaborated with colleagues at UC Davis in leading the school’s first entry into the Department of Energy sponsored Solar Decathlon—Aggie Sol—a zero-net-energy home aimed with affordability and the needs of the California farmworker in mind. Prior to founding his design firm, Snyder designed inter-nationally at a wide range of scales. His experience spans disciplines from working on large urban scale architecture projects to intimate size objects to interactive experiences.
Snyder’s award-winning work has been exhibited internationally, including the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts award and a Van Alen New York Prize Fellowship. His speculative and built work has been featured in national and international media outlets including Architectural Record, The Architect’s Newspaper, BBC News, BLDGBLOG, Fast Company, Metropolis, The New York Times, and WNYC. Snyder holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Carnegie Mellon University and an M. Arch from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He has taught design and architecture at several institutions including Columbia University, Cooper Union, Pratt, Syracuse, and University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Snyder’s current work is focused on issues around water and drought and ways that design can enhance our relationship to the environment. Since arriving three years ago from the country’s snowiest city (Syracuse, New York) Snyder has taken particular pleasure in creating projects with a strong connection to the outdoors.