Mentorship Exchange Summer Series: Growing Our Network for Professional Development, Session II<< All Events
Mentorship Exchange Summer Series: Growing Our Network for Professional Development, Session II
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About the Mentors
John is the Principal of the firm Mithun/Solomon. He has been leading the Firm for 8 and a half years. His Firm is located in San Francisco, his practice combines his vision for sustainable design and the commitment for urbanism and affordable housing. He previously was the Principal, Director of Urban Design at Daniel Solomon Design Partners and their projects were developed in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Berkeley, and Hayward.
He was a Professor at University of Cambridge giving lectures on sustainable urbanism with case studies from around the world as well as running a series of urban design charrettes at the Department of Architecture. He was an Associate Principal/ Senior Designer for 9 years at KMD Architects, he worked on several projects in San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento, amongst others. He graduated in 1970 with a degree in Master of Arts, Diploma in Architecture from the University of Cambridge. According to some students, he is a person with extreme passion and enthusiasm for his subject matter and he has helped to shape his students’ profession, and guiding them to be a better Urban Designers in this world.
After working in various architecture firms and independently for over 10 years, Laurie started her own company Earthlight Dwellings, which as been dedicated to sustainable design since its founding in 2003. Besides designing green, “responsive and responsible” buildings, Laurie has an expertise in zoning and building code interpretation. Her portfolio of work includes full architecture and planning services for non-profit organizations, numerous custom homes on both the East and West coasts, and commercial and residential remodels.
In addition to her practice, Laurie is passionate about teaching the next generation of architects and designers: she is currently an Instructor of Interior Architecture in the certificate program at University of California, Berkeley Extension. Prior to that, she was an instructor of architectural and engineering design at Redwood High School, in Larkspur, CA. She also taught an architectural design elective to middle school students for 9 years at Brandeis Marin in San Rafael, CA, as well as a seminar, “Introduction to Architecture and Design Thinking” at San Domenico High School in San Anselmo, CA. With all of her design studios, emphasizes sustainability as if there is no other way to design.
Veronica is a licensed architect with over 25 years of experience designing award-winning affordable, market-rate, and senior housing projects. Veronica brings a particular passion for creating beautiful, sustainable affordable housing that is specific to its context and population and that truly enhances the lives of its residents and their communities.
She founded and ran her own practice for 15 years, during which she helped transform several of the Bay Area’s newest neighborhoods—including San Francisco’s Shipyard, Mission Bay, and Hayes Valley and Alameda’s Site A. In 2019 she joined SERA Architects in Oakland, where she is a Design Principal and the Director of Housing for California. Current projects she is most excited about include the McEvoy Apartments in San Jose, which is a 365-unit affordable high rise, all electric, LEED Platinum, mass timber project near Diridon Station; and The Magnolias, which is a 66-unit affordable, all electric, LEED Platinum Modular project in Morgan Hill.
Daniel is a landscape architect and urban designer currently serving as an Associate at the Guzzardo Partnership in Levi’s Plaza. His current work is focused on workplace and educational campuses, parks, mixed use districts and sites, and regional infrastructure. He’s been a designer in the bay area for years but his background includes experiences outside of the design world as an entrepreneur, a consultant for the City of Shenzhen, and an educator for university and corporate audiences who also once taught science at Kennedy High School in Richmond.