The Journey to Entrepreneurship, Part 1: A Panel Discussion on Navigating Firm Ownership<< All Events
The Journey to Entrepreneurship, Part 1: A Panel Discussion on Navigating Firm Ownership
Have you ever contemplated opening your own office? Are you wondering if now is the right time for you? Are you getting started in your own business and are looking for guidance?
For anyone interested in this topic we invite you to join the AIASF Mentorship Committee and this list of incredible panelists/self-starts, as we look at what it takes to navigate entrepreneurship.
- Time to meet folks outside the office
- Cross-generational interaction
- Personal and Professional Development
- Provide inspiring experiences.
- Guidance on a new path to a sole proprietorship
About the Speakers
Douglas Davis, AIA, MBA, LEED AP
Founding Principal, AE3 Partners
Douglas Davis brings 24 years of experience with education, aviation/transportation, institutional, and science/technology clients with a strong background in Type I/II construction, and ground-up core and shell. Mr. Davis believes that good design can easily co-exist with the economic and practical realities in today’s building environment and stresses a pragmatic, timeless, “less is more” design philosophy.
In 2007 Doug co-founded AE3 Partners, a 28 person practice with offices in Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Recent works include the new International Arrivals Facility at Oakland International, a new campus for PG&E, and a new campus the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center which included an award-winning renovation of a historic Paul William’s Building.
Doug is a licensed architect and has an MBA and Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Mr. Davis is also a LEED AP and a licensed real estate broker. Doug has served on the boards of local nonprofits, including Oakland Builders Alliance, 100 Black Men of the Bay and has mentored emerging professionals within the AIA. In his free time, Doug is an avid general aviation pilot and cyclist.
Founding Principal, AS-IS
Dominique Price opened AS•IS in 2016 to practice the unification of architecture and interior design as an intersectional form-making approach. Her ‘Nested Architecture’ projects in the Bay Area have focused on developing public-facing interiors to enhance the way we work, dwell, learn and play. Built on a passion for social infrastructure, the work draws from her granted research on the architect Lina Bo Bardi, known for emphasizing the social and cultural potential of architecture and design.
Dominique teaches at the UC Berkeley CED Department of Architecture, and has jurored and lectured both locally and abroad at California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley- Extension, Torcuato di Tella University in Buenos Aires, Argentina, San Jose State University, and Arizona State University.
A featured panelist and juror for AIA, Dominique has served as a committee member and juror for IIDA, board member of the TelHi Neighborhood Association, Chair for the Transbay Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, and for the San Francisco United School District.
Gennifer Munoz, AIA OWA
Founding Principal, Studio Oxeye
Gennifer Muñoz is an architect and firm owner in Sacramento, CA. Her firm opened in January 2018 and specializes in custom single family, multi family and commercial projects in California and Hawaii. Gen serves on the AIA Central Valley Board of Directors, is the chair and founder of the chapter’s committee for Equity Diversity and Inclusion, and was recently appointed to serve as an architect member of the Sacramento County Design Review Advisory committee. She considers herself an educator, activist, entrepreneur and citizen architect.
Jonathan Feldman, AIA, LEED AP
Founding Principal, Feldman Architecture
Jonathan, AIA, LEED AP, is Feldman Architecture’s founding Principal. Since establishing the firm in 2003, he has led its development into a residential and commercial design practice recognized worldwide for creating warm, light-filled spaces with an understated modern aesthetic. Jonathan is passionate about design that solves complex, human problems and is committed to creating solutions that significantly improve the way we live and interact with our planet.
Some of his notable projects are Butterfly House, a home with operable walls open to merge inside with outside; The Farm, his own Victorian-era residence, which was transformed into a state-of-the-art sustainable tour de force; the Caterpillar House, a rammed-earth structure and the first LEED Platinum Custom Home on California’s Central Coast; and the firm’s own offices, which morphed a historic firehouse in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood into a multi-use office and commercial retail venue.
In addition to his degree from the University of Oregon, Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College, where he majored in Astronomy and English. A registered architect in California, Hawaii, Oregon, Massachusetts, and New Mexico, Jonathan enjoys sharing his knowledge of architecture and sustainable design on panels and regularly serves on competition juries for local and national design awards, as well as the AIA California’s Committee on the Environment (COTE). He lives in San Francisco with his wife, two daughters, and an ever-increasing number of rescued animals.
Audrey Bauer, AIA
Founding Principal, Studio Maven
Audrey is an accomplished architect and the founding Principal of Studio Maven, a small firm focused on custom residential work in San Francisco. She has worked on diverse projects, from retail interiors to office spaces to home renovations. She worked previously at the firms of Gensler; Valerio deWalt Train Associates; and a high-end residential firm in Marin. Originally from Chicago, she received her Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and her BA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is a licensed Architect in the state of California. She draws inspiration from the urban environment around her, commutes everywhere by bicycle, and enjoys exploring city streets she’s never been to.
Merissa Periana, AIA
Founding Principal, Periana Architecture
Merissa is passionate about studying the lessons learned from modern masters and applying a contemporary twist. After studying architecture at the University of Southern California, she started in the workplace and hospitality sector working on various interior remodels, which helped sharpen her interior design and fine art skills. The Kun House project helped launch Merissa’s Los Angeles-based architecture firm, Periana Architecture, in 2009. Since then she has had the privilege to work on some of the most iconic modern masterpieces in California, including the restoration of R.M. Schindlers, El Pueblo Ribera Court, the creation of the 50×50 core house by Mies van der Rohe in Napa, and Le Corbusier’s Maison Errazuriz in Tomales. She has also worked on several remodel and ground-up construction projects that include single-family homes, multifamily dwellings, as well as commercial retail and workplace interior projects in California.
She believes strongly in the mentorship of all ages, has served on the panel for Architectural Foundation San Francisco, and is the immediate past chair of the AIASF Mentorship Committee.
In her free time, she is an avid adventure traveler who goes on architectural and food pilgrimages.