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Full Time Architecture & Community Design Faculty 

Hana Mori Böttger joined the Architecture and Community Design program in 2005. She is the Architecture + Community Design Program Director. She teaches physics, design, structural analysis and construction materials courses for architecture students. Hana's research interests involve low-cost engineering techniques. She studies the use of inexpensive fabric between courses of adobe bricks, allowing much higher energy dissipation and inherent warning mechanisms by adobe walls during seismic activity.  full bio

Tanu Sankalia was trained as an architect and urban designer at the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (C.E.P.T), Ahmedabad and the University of California, Berkeley. He is Program Director of the interdisciplinary Urban Studies major in the Art + Architecture Department. His range of professional work spanning San Francisco and Mumbai includes urban design plans, mixed-use developments, housing projects, residential architecture, and campus planning and architecture.  full bio

Seth Wachtel is the Chair of the Dept. of Art + Architecture and is Co-Director of the Garden Project Living-Learning Community at the University of San Francisco. He received his March from UC Berkeley in 1987 and has worked in architecture and construction in India, Colombia, Israel, Mexico, Nicaragua, Zambia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. His focus is low-income housing and the development of innovative construction techniques that produce sustainable and aesthetically and culturally appropriate buildings for human environments. full bio

Adjunct Architecture & Community Design Faculty

Renata Ancona graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florence, with architectural, urban design, and structural engineering studies at the University of Pescara, and a grant to research at U.C. Berkeley. Principal of Studio Peek Ancona, a research and design firm combining architecture, planning, and interiors, her extensive experience in the U.S. and Europe is characterized by a contemporary aesthetic focusing on a refinement of sustainable materials. Ancona’s use of technology is founded on academic research: her groundbreaking restoration study of the Laurentian Library forms a critical basis for contemporary materials innovations. A balance of construction projects, competitions, and publishing form the basis of her practice, with projects including LEED homes, housing, commercial, and civic buildings combining innovative structure and energy-efficient facade systems. Her work has been recognized by honors including the AIA California Design Award and through international publications.

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Shelley Brock is a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional. She received her M.Arch. at Columbia University in New York City in 1992, and a B.A. in French Literature and Art History at Sarah Lawrence College. In New York, she worked for William McDonough Architects on sustainable residential and institutional projects before relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where her architectural work developed an emphasis on the forms and materials indigenous to the Southwest region, including adobe and straw bale, as well as passive solar and permaculture principles. In Santa Fe, Shelley also served as senior exhibit designer to the Museum of New Mexico. Since 2000, in California, she has acted as managing architect for affordable housing and residential projects, as well as master planner for larger sites. She champions ecological sensitivity and community involvement in the design process. In addition to teaching the Studio One course at USF, she has taught design at the University of New Mexico and Columbia University. Her current projects include a new Zen Center and Hotel in Berlin. As a devoted student of Zen Buddhism, she strives to infuse her work with mindfulness and an abiding sense of well-being. 

Catherine Chang is a practicing professional and instructor in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Through her firm Catherine Chang Design Studio and her role as an educator, her attention is focused on the role of buildings and streetscape design in supporting rich, active pedestrian environments. Recipient of several design awards, she studied architecture and landscape architecture at UC Berkeley. Prior to starting her own practice, she worked at Calthorpe Associates and other notable urban design firms. She is currently an adjunct faculty instructor at USF Architecture and Community Design and UC Berkeley Extension Landscape Architecture Certificate programs. 

Steven I. Doctors, PHD maintains a project management practice (The CM+ Group, LLC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and both a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California (Berkeley). He has been teaching architectural history, theory, and professional practice in the Department of Art + Architecture since 2007. His research interests include the history of architectural practice, design theory and methods, project management methodologies, and project delivery strategies. Steven is licensed as an architect and general contractor, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Practice Management Knowledge Community, the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management, and the International Project Management Association.

Jake Herczeg is an Architect licensed in California. He has expertise in restaurant, retail, office, residential, institutional and hospitality projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and in New York City. In 2012 Jake co-founded Herczeg + Tobias Architects. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union and holds an NCARB certificate. He is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and grew up working in his father’s architectural practice. Jake lives with his wife and daughter in San Francisco.

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Grace Lee has worked broadly as an architectural, landscape, and urban designer in the Bay Area for the past 20 years.  As Vice President of Carrasco and Associates Architects in Palo Alto, CA., she managed urban design, mixed-use development and multi-family housing projects.  She has collaborated on landscape architecture and planning projects with Hood Design Studio, Field Paoli and Catalyst.  She is a a LEED Accredited Professional and a former chair and member of the Palo Alto Architectural Review Board. As Adjunct Faculty, she has taught undergraduate and graduate design studios in the Departments of Architecture at the University of San Francisco, Stanford University, and the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley.  She received Masters degrees of Architecture and of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley and Bachelors degrees of Art History and French Literature at Stanford University.

Paul Craig Okamoto  has committed his professional architectural career to designing buildings and neighborhoods in ways that optimize environmental and social conditions. With his San Francisco-based firm Okamoto Saijo Architecture, he designs affordable housing developments, community centers, custom passive solar residences, community-based neighborhood plans, all with an emphasis on sustainable design. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, and his Master of Architecture from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He is a 2001 Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He is a licensed California architect and a LEED Accredited Professional. He also serves on the Urban Ecology Board of Directors. 

Matthew Peek studied architecture, urban design, and fine art at Berkeley, Columbia, and Yale, with a Fulbright at the University of Venice. Principal of Studio Peek Ancona, a research and design firm combining architecture, planning, and interiors, he is a licensed architect, member of the AIA, and contributor to international journals of architecture. Peek’s work investigates the use of cutting edge natural and composite materials, ranging from new uses for renewable materials to the most recent lightweight prefab and high-tech structures. Collaborations with international firms include EMBT, Ove Arup, Portoghesi, SMWM, and Renzo Piano's Favero + Milan. International broadcasts include a series of sixty-minute conversations with architects including Steven Holl, Richard Meier, and MVRDV. Peek has taught in U.S. and abroad, including collaborations with Architecture for Humanity and contributions to international relief efforts. His built projects include LEED homes, housing, commercial, and civic buildings combining innovative structure and energy-efficient facade systems. His work is recognized internationally, through publications, competitions, and honors including the AIA California Design Award.

Rafi Sarkis is a LEED accredited architect.  A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has practiced architecture in the San Francisco Bay area for over fifteen years.  His architecture firm integrates environmental approaches and technological solutions into the design process. His multinational background and early childhood exposure to archeology in the Middle East and Europe have greatly influenced his contextual approach to architecture and pedagogy. As adjunct faculty at USF teaches History of Architecture II, which focuses on the rich and intricate interconnectedness between past built environments and the cultures, technologies and physiography which produced them. Through teaching he works to instill in the next generation of young architects, a sense of responsibility and stewardship towards our increasingly transnational and fragile environment.

Barbara Shands is a licensed architect with over seventeen years of experience. As principal of Shands Studio, her work focuses on site-specific contemporary design that integrates light, structure and materials within the context of sustainable practices. Prior to establishing her own firm, Barbara was a project designer for numerous civic, commercial and educational projects as an associate at SMWM in San Francisco. Her experience also includes volunteering with organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Architecture for Humanity. Barbara completed her Bachelor of Design at the University of Florida and received her Master of Architecture at University of California, Berkeley.

Biliana Stremska is a visual artist and environmental designer. She has worked as a painter, sculptor, interior designer and architectural designer. Currently she is focused on public art projects--in the summer of 2008 she completed a 118 foot long mural for Children's Fairyland in Oakland. In addition to the University of San Francisco, she has taught architectural drawing at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill and at the University of California, Berkeley.  Biliana has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.  She has also studied art and design in Poland and in her homeland, Bulgaria.

Aaron Thornton completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee in 1994 and his graduate studies at the University of California Berkeley in 1998. He began teaching introductory courses in Architecture at UC Berkeley and continues to teach beginning architecture students at the University of San Francisco focusing on fundamental techniques and graphic representation. Aaron has practiced architecture since 1998 and has designed custom furniture, private houses, multi-family housing, office interiors, wineries, theaters, elementary schools, and community colleges. Currently practicing at Gould Evans in San Francisco, he brings his attention to detail and professional rigor into the basic training of the classroom.

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