DENIS HENMI, LEED AP, NCARB / President & CEO
Denis brings more than 35 years of experience and extensive knowledge of the complex issues concerning building in an urban environment. Denis has served as project principal for many of Kwan Henmi’s multifamily housing, civic, and transportation projects. He is presently leading the final architectural design effort for the $1.6 billion dollar Central Subway project in San Francisco.
SYLVIA KWAN, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C / Chairman
Sylvia Kwan founded Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning in 1980 with a commitment to the success of her clients and the realization of their design objectives. Her balance of architectural design expertise paired with her strong communication and leadership skill has enabled Kwan Henmi to have a 36-year legacy within the community of San Francisco.
FARAAZ MIRZA, LEED AP / Director of Design
Over the past 17 years with Kwan Henmi, Faraaz has become a leader of high density, urban infill project design. His award-winning projects in the San Francisco Bay Area are identifiable by their intricate detailing and textures, producing multi-dimensional planes and patterns through choice of material, color, and structure, vibranting capturing the movement and culture of San Francisco.
ROBERT JANSEN, AIA / Principal
Robert is a gifted architect who leads Kwan Henmi's Transportation department. With a Danish influence, he brings his worldly perspective to Kwan Henmi. Robert thrives in the most complex of project environments. Because of his expertise on transportation projects, he is very familiar with coordinating with local government agencies, including BART, SFO, SFMTA, and VTA.
JASON TRAN, LEED AP / Principal
Jason leads the KH Commercial design team, with 20 years of experience on all phases of the design and construction process. His extensive background on commercial projects includes leading tenant improvement and interiors projects. He specializes in project and construction document management, and providing creative solutions to complex projects with demanding schedules and tight budgets.
IGOR GOLDBURT / CFO
Igor obtained his MBA from Golden Gate University with an emphasis in Accounting/Economics and Finance. . Igor directs and coordinates all of the organization’s financial and budget activities inorder to fund operations, maximize investments, and increase efficiency. With a strong business acumen and a true passion for client development, Igor takes Kwan Henmi to new heights.
LAURA DULSKI, AIA, LEED AP
Laura brings over 17 years of experience to Kwan Henmi. Long before sustainability was rooted in the popular consciousness, Ms. Dulski independently researched environmental issues. She spoke at the GreenHome Seminar in 2006, and at the Herring Run Watershed Association on Green Building Practice, Policy, and Our Watershed with Lisa Ferretto in 2008.
BOLIVAR PUYOL, AIA, LEED AP
Bolivar is a graduate of UC Berkeley and a registered architect with 20+ years of experience. Since joining KH in 1998, he has worked on a broad range of projects including leading large educational and multi-family housing projects. His passions include advocating for the development of high-quality, affordable housing and creating high-performance educational environments.
JOSEPH CHANCE, AIA
Joseph has been associated with Kwan Henmi for 20 years, most recently as Director of Housing Design. He lends his 40+ years of experience in all types of multifamily housing to most, if not all, of the firm's residential projects. He brings extensive knowledge into planning and initial density studies for residential projects, as well as into the design of residential unit plans.
Debbie brings over 8 years of design experience in a broad range of large-scale domestic and international commercial and mixed-use projects. She’s a well-rounded designer whose process emphasizes both rationality and beauty, as well as focuses on the experiential quality of spaces. She received her undergraduate degree at Princeton and a master of architecture at Columbia. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, exploring nature, finding inner peace and French bulldogs!
MONA TAMARI, AIA, LEED AP
Mona is motivated by the thought of diverse people inhabiting and interacting with the projects she contributes to, and loves the idea of spaces transformed and enriched by use and time. Her interests in art and literature color and direct her work. Born to a Palestinian father and a Japanese mother, and a native of Tokyo, Japan, she feels perfectly at home in multicultural San Francisco.
NEIL PERALTA, LEED AP
Neil is a Hawaii native with a philanthropic spirit and a passion for the outdoors. Neil believes that simplicity in both life and architecture often yields the greatest results. In his 15+ years at Kwan Henmi, Neil has a rich history in multifamily, transportation, and commercial projects. In his spare time, Neil enjoys golfing, creating comical animations, and karaoke (mostly U2 songs).
SVETLANA YELINSON / Accountant
As a senior staff account who holds a Business degreefrom University ofSan Francisco and a MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University, Svetlana brings a wealth of accounting and business knowledge and skills to variety of finance, human resources, and operations projects at Kwan Henmi. Svetlana is an associate member of the National Society of Accountants.
DAN MOBERLY, LEED AP
A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Dan spent his early years working in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a member of the KH design staff, he has experience working on multiple housing and education projects during phases from feasibility and programming through project closeout. He is an avid researcher and knowledge source for all things related to design, construction and architecture.
JEANETTE WALTON, LEED AP
Jeanette, a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, enjoys the process of design and the collaborative environment at Kwan Henmi. She actively seeks balance as a designer, working on diverse projects, balancing aesthetics and functionality, and approaching it all with a strong work ethic and desire to have fun. Jeanette also teaches dancing, leads hikes, and judges baking contests in the office.
Manja is a multi-faceted designer, problem solver and a communicator, who is able to evaluate her clients’ objectives and achieve them through her galvanized efforts. Growing up in a family of architects and structural engineers, Manja recognizes opportunities for contextual design within the social fabric and urban renewal early on. Manja's experience includes residential, mixed-use, retail and cultural projects.
SUSAN ABBANAT, LEED AP
Susan is a leader in the sustainability field and an active participant in the green building movement who contributes expertise to the design, construction, operations and maintenance of buildings and neighborhoods that save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution, and contribute to healthier environments for their occupants and the community. She is the design lead in KH's LEED buildings.
Takara has a dual Masters degree from the University of Michigan in Architecture + Urban Design and a Doctor of Architecture degree from the University of Hawaii. Upon graduating, Takara worked at an award-winning Midtown Manhattan firm with a large not-for-profit client base. During that time, she developed the micro-studio apartment featured at the Museum of the City of New York Making Room Exhibition.
Through studying abroad across countries including Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and China, Peter has developed a passion for buildings that engage their surroundings and elevate the experience of moving through the greater built environment. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Peter's appreciation for design manifests not only in practice, but in his photography as well.
With a master's degree in architecture from the Savannah College of Art & Design, Amélie-Phaine is in constant pursuit of new knowledge and experience. Always looking for ways to engage in the local community, she is the associate director for the AIASF board of directors, and former chair of Bay Area Young Architects. Amelie is also on the AIA California Counsel Board in the year 2015-2016.
Jose works at the axis of research, speculation, and practice. Originally from Tijuana, Mexico, he embraces an identity that transcends borders by reimagining them as a starting point for dialogue. He earned a BArch from CCA and a MS.AAD at Columbia University. In addition, he is currently teaching on the agency of art and design at the boundary between nations.
Having focused her graduate thesis on the slum areas in Mumbai, Osma has developed a passion for design in urban areas, particularly housing. Her Bachelor’s from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television complements her Master of Architecture from the California College of the Arts, giving her a unique perspective of architecture as a designed experience and programmatic juxtaposition.
A Bay Area native and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate, began his career in Architecture managing capital design and construction projects for the U.S. General Services Administration. He believes developing a collaborative team is pinnacle to a project’s success. Matt also enjoys fitness, food, and exploring cities via foot and public transit (thanks to a stint abroad in Italy).
Catherine received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Having worked in Houston, Shanghai, and New York City before moving to San Francisco, Catherine is particularly interested in the complexities and constraints of designing for urban areas. Outside of architecture, she enjoys experiencing performing arts, discovering new restaurants in the Bay Area, and volunteering at animal shelters.
As a Bay Area native, Stacy recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Architecture and Japanese, in addition to a minor in Sustainable Design. Her goal is to ultimately integrate all three of these fields in her career. In her free time, Stacy enjoys training for marathons, making hand-made cards, learning authentic Japanese cooking, and tending to her succulents in the office.
ARVIN NASSIM YAZD
Having practiced internationally, Arvin brings his global vision to the design team. As a LEED AP BD+C licensed professional, he ensures each project adheres to sustainability guidelines and social responsibility goals. Arvin enjoys entering his design for international competition and has received 1st place in the Gatar Ambassador's Residence and Nargess Five Star Hotel.
Jacqueline is a multi-faceted designer and a sponge for knowledge at the firm. She studied architecture at the UC Berkeley and spent part of her education abroad in Spain. Her academic minors include structural engineering as well as city planning, and she possesses a strong interest in digital fabrication and parametric design. She enjoys exploring the city through the lens of a camera.
As a San Francisco native and graduate of California College of the Arts, Fernando strives to create spatial experiences that inspires people to connect with their built environment on a greater spiritual level. His hobbies include boxing, archery, and experimental 3D printing. As KH's residential bartender extraordinaire, he creates a new cocktail every Friday.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Vincent has fostered an affinity for nature and a thirst for exploration. The itch for traveling has given him the opportunity to experience various cultures and life at different paces and scales. He received a Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Hawaii and is currently in pursuit of a Doctorates in Architecture with an emphasis on biophilic design and experiences at the human scale.
CHRIS WONG / Administrative Assistant
Chris, a San Francisco native, brings his knowledge gained working at a Google-backed start-up to Kwan Henmi to implement scalable office processes and procedures; this ensures that all necessary tools and materials are available to designers so that they can stay on task and meet scheduled deadlines. In his free time he enjoys cooking, and is fervently trying to bolster his baking abilities as well.
MAI THANH BUI / Marketing + Business Development
Mai brings a wide background in marketing, design, customer service and administration. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and studied abroad at Seoul National University. Building relationships and connecting with people comes natural to her. On her spare time, she enjoys fitness activities such as yoga and rock climbing. And wine!