THE TEAM


The Kwan Henmi office environment is a welcoming, collaborative, and dynamic workspace. We are dedicated to providing a professional, fun, and rewarding work environment for our employees.

The dynamic, growing Kwan Henmi Team, located in San Francisco’s FiDi, is comprised of passionate and self-motivated team players. From weekly Eat-Drink-Crits, tech-talks, happy hours, and holiday parties, to the occasional game of ping-pong, there are many opportunities to connect with the team. We offer competitive salaries, full benefits, a design-oriented, transit-friendly workplace, and opportunities for professional growth. 

Kwan Henmi hires professionals at all levels with exceptional technical, design, organizational and communication skills.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

SYLVIA KWAN, FAIA, LEED AP
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 37-year legacy within the San Francisco community.

In addition to numerous awards for architectural design, Sylvia’s personal recognitions include being named among Honoree for Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence, and San Francisco Business Times’ 100 Largest Women Owned Companies as well as being listed as one of SFBT’s Largest Bay Area Architectural firms.

Sylvia received both her B.A. in Architecture with Honors and her Masters of Architecture at University of California at Berkeley. She is a licensed architect in the State of California.

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DENIS HENMI, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB
President & CEO

Denis brings more than 42 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.

Denis was awarded NCARB’s highest honor, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. Having served on several National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) committees, he played a key role in California’s adoption of the NCARB’s Intern Development Program (IDP). He served as president, vice president, and master commissioner over two terms on the California Architects Board, and was awarded the Octavius Morgan Distinguished Service Award for 2011.

Denis earned his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a licensed architect in the States of California, Hawaii, and Washington.

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.

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.

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.

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, LEED AP / 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. Robert is a licensed architect in the State of California.

ROBERT JANSEN, AIA, LEED AP / 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. Robert is a licensed architect in the State of California.

JASON TRAN, ASSOC. AIA / 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.

JASON TRAN, ASSOC. AIA / 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.

LAURA DULSKI, AIA, LEED AP / Principal 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. Laura is a licensed architect in the State of California.

LAURA DULSKI, AIA, LEED AP / Principal

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. Laura is a licensed architect in the State of California.

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. Dan is a licensed architect in the State of California.

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. Dan is a licensed architect in the State of California.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SVETLANA YELINSON / Accountant As a senior staff accountant who holds a Business degree from University of San Francisco and a MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University, Svetlana brings a wealth of accounting and business knowledge and skills to a variety of finance, human resources, and operations projects at Kwan Henmi. Svetlana is an associate member of the National Society of Accountants.

SVETLANA YELINSON / Accountant

As a senior staff accountant who holds a Business degree from University of San Francisco and a MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University, Svetlana brings a wealth of accounting and business knowledge and skills to a variety of finance, human resources, and operations projects at Kwan Henmi. Svetlana is an associate member of the National Society of Accountants.

JOSEPH CHANCE, AIA / Residential Consultant 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.

JOSEPH CHANCE, AIA / Residential Consultant

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.

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). 

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). 

PETER HESS, ASSOC. AIA 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.

PETER HESS, ASSOC. AIA

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.

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.

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.

OSMA DOSSANI 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.

OSMA DOSSANI

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.

AMÉLIE-PHAINE CROWE, ASSOC. AIA With a master's degree in architecture from the Savannah College of Art & Design, Amélie is in constant pursuit of new knowledge and experience. Always looking for ways to engage in the local community,  Amelie was on the AIA California Council Board for the 2015-2016 term. She was also former Associate Director for the AIASF Board of Directors in 2014 and former Chair of Bay Area Young Architects.

AMÉLIE-PHAINE CROWE, ASSOC. AIA

With a master's degree in architecture from the Savannah College of Art & Design, Amélie is in constant pursuit of new knowledge and experience. Always looking for ways to engage in the local community,  Amelie was on the AIA California Council Board for the 2015-2016 term. She was also former Associate Director for the AIASF Board of Directors in 2014 and former Chair of Bay Area Young Architects.

JOSE BRUNNER, AIA 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.

JOSE BRUNNER, AIA

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.

MATTHEW SHEW 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).

MATTHEW SHEW

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 MENG 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 mentors for the ACE Mentor Program.. Catherine is a licensed architect in the State of California.

CATHERINE MENG

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 mentors for the ACE Mentor Program.. Catherine is a licensed architect in the State of California.

TAKARA TADA 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.

TAKARA TADA

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.

DEBBIE LIN 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!

DEBBIE LIN

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!

JACQUELINE WU, LEED AP BD+C Jacqueline is a multi-faceted designer and creative. She studied architecture at UC Berkeley and spent part of her education abroad in Spain. She has an interest in interactive media at the intersection of art and technology and has exhibited installation work at Gray Area. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the city through the lens of a camera and collecting sneakers.

JACQUELINE WU, LEED AP BD+C

Jacqueline is a multi-faceted designer and creative. She studied architecture at UC Berkeley and spent part of her education abroad in Spain. She has an interest in interactive media at the intersection of art and technology and has exhibited installation work at Gray Area. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the city through the lens of a camera and collecting sneakers.

ARVIN NASSIM YAZD, LEED AP BD+C 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.

ARVIN NASSIM YAZD, LEED AP BD+C

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.

STACY HANAWA, LEED AP BD+C 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.

STACY HANAWA, LEED AP BD+C

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.

FERNANDO TURCIOS 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. 

FERNANDO TURCIOS

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. 

MAI THANH BUI, ASSOC. AIA / Marketing + Business Development Mai is an all-purpose ninja in the Marketing and Business Development efforts of the firm, bringing experience 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 Mai's spare time, she enjoys traveling and fitness activities such as lifting, yoga and rock climbing. 

MAI THANH BUI, ASSOC. AIA / Marketing + Business Development

Mai is an all-purpose ninja in the Marketing and Business Development efforts of the firm, bringing experience 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 Mai's spare time, she enjoys traveling and fitness activities such as lifting, yoga and rock climbing. 

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. 

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.