Full-Time Faculty


Seth Wachtel is the program director of the Architecture & Community Design program. He has worked in architecture and construction in India, Colombia, Haiti, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Zambia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. His focus is on culturally and environmentally appropriate design and the development of innovative construction techniques that produce regenerative and aesthetically fitting buildings and landscapes for human environments.

Professor Wachtel...

  • UC Berkeley, MArch in Architecture, 1987
  • UC Berkeley, BA in Architecture, 1982
  • Community Engaged Design
  • Construction Innovation
  • Tiny House Villages
  • Food Security Gardens
  • Environmentally Appropriate Design
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Steven I. Doctors, PhD teaches architectural history, theory, professional practice, and design studio courses, and directs the Honors in Architecture concentration. He is a licensed architect and general contractor, and maintains a project management practice (The CM+ Group, LLC) in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Tanu Sankalia is a tenured full professor in the Department of Art + Architecture, and coordinates the Urban Studies Concentration within the Environmental Studies Program. He teaches courses in urban planning and design, architectural and urban history, and architectural design. He was trained in urban design at UC Berkeley, and in architecture at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, from where he graduated with a gold medal for the best diploma thesis.

Professor Sankalia's research and...

  • UC Berkeley, Master of Urban Design, 1999
  • School of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India, Bachelor of Architecture, 1994

Part-Time Faculty

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In 2018, Professor Ahlblad finished graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, and moved to San Francisco to teach and work on sustainable architectural projects for healthcare and education clients. As an undergraduate, she completed coursework in tandem at MIT's Media Lab, School of Architecture + Planning, and Department of Economics.

In New York, she worked with Steven Holl Architects and TEN Arquitectos on projects for NASA, a library in Malawi, and a residential project in...

  • The University of Texas at Austin, M. Arch, 2018
  • Wellesley College, BA in History of Art, 2014
  • Art and Architectural history
  • Illustrating sunlight and space
  • Conceptual model-making

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...

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Roger Bass's architectural career spans over five decades with built work from New England to Florida and from Washington, DC to Portland, OR.

  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Master in Architecture, 1972
  • The University of Rochester, Bachelor of Arts, 1968

Andrea studies the built environment at the intersection of the industrial and urban, where borders and edges are blurred. She is most interested in what is left behind when the industrial use has waned or disappeared and how this affects the fabric of our cities, towns, and rural landscapes. Through photography, both abstract and representational, she aims to capture these intersections and document their relevance.

In addition to teaching architecture, she is a registered architect and has...

  • University of Idaho, Master in Architecture, 2001
  • University of Idaho, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2001, Minors in Art & Spanish

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...

Nathaniel Eck is a highly effective and driven project management and design professional with a passion for making the world a better place for all. He has worked on over 60 public infrastructure design, engineering, and construction projects. Projects have ranged in length from one year to three years. Individual project budgets have ranged from $500k to over $65MM with a total portfolio of over $150MM. He has coordinated and interfaced with top engineering, architecture, construction, and...

June Grant received a master's degree in Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture and her undergraduate degree from Baruch College, CUNY with a focus on International Economics and Finance with a minor in Studio/Ceramic Art. She is an architect with a long interest in the space of transactions and form. Upon leaving Steinberg Architects and AECOM, where she was a Principal and Associate Principal, respectively, she launched blink!LAB with 15 years' experience in design. Her architecture...

  • MA, Yale School of Architecture
  • BA, Baruch College

Dr. Molly Hankwitz is a transdisciplinary researcher in techno-cultural arts and sciences; a trained architect, filmmaker and project designer.

  • Queensland University of Technology, Media and Communications, Ph.D. 2011
  • Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, NYC, Studio Art, 1989
  • Yale School of Architecture, coursework...
  • Art History and Theory of New Media
  • History of modern design and western European design
  • Situationist theory

Kerstin Hellmann is a practicing professional in the field of architecture and design. Her interest as an architect is in space and light and a sensitivity to the surrounding natural and urban environment. She is a licensed architect in California and her firm Kerstin Hellmann Architecture is an underwriter of the AIA 2030 Commitment for carbon neutral building.

Kerstin came to the US as a DAAD fellow to study urban design at UC Berkeley with a focus on landscape architecture. Prior to coming...

  • UC Berkeley, Master of Urban Design, 1998
  • Technisch Universitaet Braunschweig, Diplom Ingenieur in Architektur, 1994
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Robert Jackson has a diverse professional background ranging in scale from small single-family homes, to mixed-use commercial and residential towers to large scale urban design. Project Type Experience Includes: Transit Oriented Development, High Rise, Adaptive Re-use, Affordable Housing, Senior Housing, Luxury Housing, Urban Design, Office, Entertainment (Theater), Urban Revitalization, and Schools. He specializes in architectural computer drafting with a strong background in 3D modeling and...

  • University of Oregon, MArch Architecture w/ Specialization in Urban Design
  • University of San Francisco, BA Architecture and Community Design, 2012

Yim Gloria Jew has been teaching since graduate studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a licensed architect and also EDAC certified, Evidence Base Design Research. Her areas of teaching in architecture include undergraduate and graduate design studios, thesis, contemporary theory in urbanism and architecture, professional practice, and materials and methods. In addition, she has taught in programs of ethnic studies with a focus on cultural identity and social justice.


  • Harvard University, MArch 1984
  • Architecture
  • Urbanism
  • Ethnic studies
  • Healthcare and the environment

Dijon Marcelle Jones is a manufacturing engineer and BIM/VDC expert with over 10 years of industry experience and a proven ability to develop technical solutions and to anticipate potential challenges and/or opportunities.

  • University of Oregon, MA of Architecture, 2010
  • University of San Francisco, BA in Architecture and Community Design, 2007
  • Modular architecture
  • Enclosure design and detailing
  • Building information modeling (BIM)
  • Virtual design and coordination (VDC)

Yu-Chung’s diverse background exposes him to the intersecting relationships among humans and nature, science and art, logic and intuition, at various scales. He passionately explores the possibilities in shaping our world and brings them into reality with thoughtful details.

His design philosophy focuses on people. Design is not only the beautiful backdrop of human activity; it is the essential wheel driving life-changing economic and social improvements.

  • UC Berkeley, Master in Landscape Architecture, 2011
  • Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands), Msc in Architecture and Urbanism, 2006
  • Landscape design
  • Landscape infrastructure
  • Participatory design
  • Drawing and representation

Jackson Lindsay is a Project Manager based in the East Bay, designing single-family and multi-family residential projects. Through graduate school, he focused on the link between architecture and US housing policy and developed research and designs oriented around the commons and communal living.

  • Yale University, MArch in Architecture, 2020
  • University of British Columbia, B.End in Environmental Design, 2016
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Fernanda Lopez Ornelas is a Mexican biologist and environmental manager who has always been passionate about nature and environmental phenomena. She earned her biology degree in Mexico and completed her Master of Science in Environmental Management at USF, where she developed a strong interest in geospatial technologies and GIS. She is proud to be part of the first group to obtain the GIS Certificate recently developed by USF’s Geospatial Analysis Lab (GsAL). Lopez Ornelas has a particular...

  • University of San Francisco, MSc in Environmental Management, 2016
  • Universidad Simon Bolivar (Mexico), BS in Biology, 2010
  • GIS
  • LiDAR Technologies
  • Ecology
  • Spanish

Carol Mancke is an architect, artist, and educator with more than 30 years professional experience. She has worked in architecture practices in London, San Francisco and Tokyo and has taught architecture at the the Nagaoka Institute of Design, the University of Western Australia and Kingston University London, where she ran the March (Design) program from 2004 until 2014. Carol is a chartered British architect and licensed in California and Japan.

  • PhD Candidate, The Royal College of Art
  • MArch, University of California Berkeley
  • BA Fine Art, Central St Martins College of Art
  • BS Urban Studies, MIT
  • Certificate in Urban Landscape Design...

For the past 30 years Leslie has devoted her career to designing buildings and spaces for seniors and special needs housing communities. Her award-winning work involves the full continuum of care facilities, from active adult to senior centers, independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, skilled nursing environments, and life plan communities. Considered an expert in her field, Leslie regularly speaks at national conventions concerning the latest trends in senior living design and she...

  • University of Maryland, Bachelor of Arts, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, 2016
  • UC Berkeley, M.Arch, 1980
  • Environments that promote wellness
  • Sustainable design in senior living
  • Culture change in skilled nursing environments 
  • Trends in senior living
  • Best practices in environments for seniors

Professor Hajo Neis teaches urban architecture and urban theory with emphasis on city building, the art of building, and urban structures integration. He has previously taught at the University of California, Frankfurt University, the Prince of Wales Urban Design Task Force, and the Technical University of Dresden. His main interest in research includes, the question of quality and value in architecture and urban structure and, the question of process and processes, which create quality in...

  • UC Berkeley, PhD in Architecture, 1989

Jeff Oberdorfer is a national leader in sustainable, affordable housing. He uses his courses in the architecture and urban planning programs to provide students with design guidelines for multifamily housing in an urban setting, with projects ranging from a studio to an urban, multifamily development. The LEED fellow believes it is essential for an architect to understand housing design.

  • Kent State University. BArch, 1971
  • Architecture
  • Housing
  • Sustainability
  • Community Design
  • Participatory Design

Okamoto has committed his professional architectural career to designs that optimize environmental and social qualities. With his San Francisco-based firm, he has worked on affordable housing, community centers, passive solar residences, and community-based neighborhood plans. He is a licensed California architect and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Before establishing his own practice in 1991, Okamoto worked with several prominent architects including Paolo Soleri and Peter Calthorpe. He is...

  • Harvard University, Loeb Fellow at the GSD, 2001
  • University of Adelaide, M. Arch, 1988
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, B. Arch, 1981
  • Architectural design & practice
  • Neighborhood planning

Benjamin Okenwa is currently a doctoral candidate at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom. His research interest includes built environment and health with a focus on urban open spaces, computation, social and behavioral factors. Benjamin’s research critically examines salutogenic responses to the built environment through the lens of design, with an objective to investigate design strategies that respond to contemporary social and behavioral lifestyles as...

  • Clemson University, MLA in Landscape Architecture, 2020
  • Covenant University, BSc. in Architecture, 2015
  • Built environment research
  • Urban open spaces
  • Physical activity
  • Designed outdoor spaces

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...

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...

At the intersection of engineering and design, Andrew Sonta studies what makes our buildings and cities more environmentally friendly and better able to meet our needs. He has published his research in proceedings and journals spanning computer science, civil engineering, and energy efficiency. At USF, he teaches Environmental Control Systems, a course focused on minimizing the active energy requirements for buildings through passive design.

Sonta is currently a research fellow at Stanford...

  • MS, Civil Engineering, Stanford University
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Northwestern University

Nur Yavuz is in the architectural education for 10 years sharing her experience as a practicing architect -New York, Athens and Istanbul- with her students. She led Basic Design and Graduation Studios, aswell as courses on Drawing, Architecture and Cinema and Representation of Time and Space. Her students' work was exhibited in Istanbul Design Biennial, Izmir Archeology Museum and students she has consulted won awards in respectable competitions in Turkey. Nur led many workshops on...

  • Bilkent University, MFA in Graphic Design, 2001
  • Middle East Technical University, BA in Architecture, 1998
  • Architectural design
  • Residential typography
  • Exhibition and performance spaces
  • Public space and interventions
  • Cinematography
  • Phenomenology
  • Gender and space
  • Embodiment
  • Anatolian arts and architecture


Jamie Doyle has been working as an architect and teaching for over 30 years in the USA and Ireland. His father was an architect, and at an early age, Jamie became intrigued with architecture and was inspired to follow in his footsteps. Jamie believes architecture can be an art, a science and a platform for change and justice in society.

  • Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI), License for Professional Practice, 1995
  • University College Dublin, Bachelor of Architecture, 1991
  • Housing
  • Research facilities

Bobby Glass teaches Studio One: Drawing & Representation, where students first learn to observe, analyze and represent the built environment by gaining an understanding of basic visual principles, concepts, and modes of architectural representation. Bobby is the founder of Space Open Studio, a landscape design and ecological planning firm based in the Bay Area. He previously worked for Hyphae Design Laboratory, where he integrated landscape architecture with recycled water systems and civil...

  • UC Berkeley, Master of Landscape Architecture, 2011
  • Clemson University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2008
  • Landscape architecture
  • Community planning 
  • Ecological engineering
  • Drawing & representation
  • Landscape painting