Program Director


Seth Wachtel is the program director of the Architecture & Community Design program. He received his MArch from UC Berkeley and 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...

  • 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

Full-Time Faculty

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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...


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

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...

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

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