Brett Terpeluk principal

Brett Terpeluk was born and raised in rural Pennsylvaniawhere he developed a keen appreciation for nature, history,materials and the primal forms and spaces of agrarianarchitecture. He received his BA from Princeton Universityand his Masters in Architecture on fellowship from Rice University, where he was awarded the prestigious Fossi traveling fellowship for outstanding student work.

Upon graduation, Brett began a decade-long collaboration with Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano in Genoa Italy. It washere, among Mr. Piano and a select group of international architects,that Brett was able to nurture his passion for designand his knowledge of materials, sustainability and the craft ofbuilding. For Piano, Brett played a pivotal role in three iconicprojects: the Aurora Place Towers in Sydney Australia, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the largest LEED Platinum museum inthe world, where he assumed the role of local project architect.

Brett founded Studio Terpeluk in 2008 as a continued explorationof the intersection of craft, design, and material expression. He has taught at the California College of the Arts and at University of California at Berkeley as a Friedman professor. Brett is involved in several non-profits and was past boardpresident of the AIA San Franciscoís Center for Architectureand Design. He has been awarded numerous design accoladesand his work has been published internationally in such journalsas the New York Times and the Washington Post. His firstrestaurant, Farina, was awarded best restaurant design in San Francisco by the American Institute of Architects and he hasbeen recognized as one of Californiaís emerging young designers. Brett lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter. He is fluent in Italian and is an avid fly-fisherman.

Brett is a licensed California architect and LEED accredited professional.

Huy Nguyen architect

Huywas born in Vietnam and grew up in Southern California, where the warm and sunny climate of his childhood engendered an appreciation of the outdoors and is likely the source of hisbelief that architecture is most inspiring when it interacts with its natural surroundings. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is an architect with over 15 years of experience. In practice he has had the good fortune of working on projects as small and honorable as the refurbishment of San Francisco buses into shower facilities for the cityís homeless population; as thoughtfully designed and crafted as the Tahoe City transit center; and as big and complex as two 180,000-sf office buildings for the software company, Intuit.

Huyis a licensed California architect and LEED accredited professional.

Michelle Pena designer

Michelle moved to the Bay Area after having lived in NYC, South Carolina, Michigan, and Ohio. Her exposure to various people, cultures, and ideologies while growing up has left her constantly studying the relationships between people, their environments, and their histories, an interest she carries with her in her design practice. Sheís had the opportunity to work at all scales of design, from detailing custom metalwork, to designing retail fixtures and temporary architectural installations, up to assisting in the re-design of a 12-story office building. Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.

Kyat Chin Designer

Kyat Chin was born in Burma and moved to California when he was young. He attended high school and community college in Northern California before transferring to Cal Poly Pomona where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture in the spring of 2016. Kyat is constantly fascinated by the interaction between the people and built environment (Cities, Suburbs, Parks, etc). While he was in school, Kyat was awarded LT. Shanks Travel Scholarship where he traveled to Brasilia to study the Pilot Plan and its unplanned satellite cities. Upon graduating, Kyat received Cavin Fellowship, which took him to Europe to study the transformation of city walls and fortifications in modern time when their functions have become obsolete. Both researches help Kyat further his understanding of urban transformations that are shaped by political, social, and cultural factors.