ELS Promotes Kim-Van Truong and William Gordon to Principal

Berkeley, CA — ELS Architecture and Urban Design has promoted Kim-Van Truong and William Gordon to Principals, announced Clarence D. Mamuyac, Jr., FAIA, president/CEO of the firm.

“We are pleased to recognize the tremendous impacts that Kim-Van and William have made on ELS,” says Mamuyac. “These promotions honor the exceptional leadership, mentorship and dedication they have brought to the firm over the past decade. They are an essential part of our success.”


Since joining ELS in 2007, Kim-Van Truong has overseen a variety of projects, including recreational and sports, college and university, retail, and master planning on all aspects of project delivery from start to finish. Kim-Van’s current focus is on recreation, sports and aquatic projects. She is currently managing the City of Piedmont’s all-electric Community Pool and the City of South San Francisco’s new Aquatic Center. She also oversaw College of Marin’s newly opened New Miwok Center, where she led the team in preparing project documents, met with the client and user groups, and coordinated with the consultant and design-build team. Kim-Van has experience in leading projects that have obtained LEED certification, has a strong interest in creating healthy environments for building users, and is an active participant in ELS’ sustainable design group. Kim-Van, who has served on the board of directors of the AIA East Bay from 2017-2019, continues to look for ways to enhance our community, whether by designing the built environment or volunteering her time. She regularly participates in career outreach events for architecture students. Kim-Van received a bachelor of arts in architecture with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley.

WILLIAM GORDON, AIA, LEED AP BD+C – Principal, Director of Interior Architecture

William Gordon joined ELS as a designer in 1998 and has worked on a wide variety of community, retail, mixed-use, entertainment, aquatics, recreation, and education projects. William is currently working on the South Oxnard Aquatics Center for the City of Oxnard and the LEED Platinum Veterans Memorial Senior Center for the City of Redwood City, and recently concluded the design-build Millbrae Recreation Center for the City of Millbrae. He also managed the City of Elk Grove’s Regional Aquatics and Recreation Center and oversaw interior architecture for the Hillsdale Shopping Center customer service and conference center in San Mateo, as well as the Men’s Locker Room and Mind Body Center at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA and the Gender Inclusive Locker Room at UC Berkeley’s Recreational Sports Facility. He received a bachelor of science in art and design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master of architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

About ELS Architecture and Urban Design

ELS Architecture and Urban Design is an award-winning architectural practice with a 50-plus year tradition in the design of extraordinary buildings and spaces that enhance the experience of urban life while being mindful of the environment. The firm’s portfolio represents a diverse array of projects, including community and civic, recreation and sports, historic renovation, performing arts, education, mixed use, retail, sustainable design, and planning and urban design. ELS has ranked among the Top 50 firms in the U.S. by Architect magazine for six years and is listed among the 2022 Architectural Record Top 300 Architecture Firms. We are honored to be the first firm in California to be awarded the JUST 2.0 label which represents our commitment to transparency, equity, and stewardship practices. For more information, please visit elsarch.com.

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