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San Francisco Founding Principal Architect Cory Creath

Cory Creath, AIA

Founding Principal

Cory Creath, AIA

Founding Principal

With more than 36 years of architectural leadership and design experience, Cory Creath, AIA, LEED AP, President and CEO of AXIS/GFA, brings to the team an impactful vision that empowers everyone to always strive for their best. Based out of the San Francisco office, Cory perfectly captures the spirit of what AXIS/GFA is all about, working closely with each member of our talented team to help advance both personal and professional growth. He was instrumental in the merger of AXIS and GFA into one firm, and is actively engaged in all aspects of daily operations. Day in and day out, Cory strives to lead with ingenuity and passion, as well as an uncompromising commitment to building beautiful and productive places where people can truly live their best lives.

If you weren’t so awesome at your job, what would be your “Plan B”?
No Plan B, but I suppose traveling the world could easily replace work—and hopefully will one day.

What’s your favorite word in your native language?
“Yes!”

What’s the most important lesson you’ve ever learned?
Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you aren’t uncomfortable, you aren’t growing.

San Francisco Founding Principal Architect Shawn Alexander

Shawn Alexander, AIA

Founding Principal

Shawn Alexander, AIA

Founding Principal

Shawn Alexander, AIA, LEED AP, is one of the Founding Principals of AXIS/GFA, and brings more than four decades of professional experience to the San Francisco office. His leadership is fundamental to AXIS/GFA’s design and practice ethos, as is his strong belief that all humans deserve an inspiring built environment. Shawn leads the team with his passion for sustainability—both in terms of architecture and in establishing a company culture that AXIS/GFA employees can be proud to work in. While he might be a pioneer in the industry, Shawn still tries to learn something new every single day, and is honored to be able to constantly grow as an architect and a person.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
My family and friends are most precious to me, and I enjoy spending time with them golfing, skiing, biking, and uncorking a nice bottle of wine.

What is the most important lesson you’ve ever learned?
Be kind to others and share your gifts.

What is your favorite movie?
It’s a Wonderful Life. I admire George Bailey’s commitment to providing help and opportunity to others.

Los Angeles Founding Principal Architect Gene Fong

Gene Fong, AIA

Founding Principal

Gene Fong, AIA

Founding Principal

Gene Fong, AIA, is one of AXIS/GFA’s Founding Principals, with nearly 50 years of experience blending design and functionality to create stunning spaces. Gene works out of the Los Angeles office, where he puts his leadership skills to work guiding the team toward successful project completions. Over the course of his established career, Gene has picked up a few major lessons that he imparts to the rest of the AXIS/GFA staff, including that the best way to be a role model is to lead by example, and that lines of communication should always be open between team members and between architect and client. Gene’s investment in the ideas and culture that drive AXIS/GFA has been a guiding force since day one, especially when it comes to ensuring that our team always meets—and exceeds—client expectations.

What are you best known for amongst the AXIS/GFA team?
My “Gene-isms,” such as saying “Hey, where are you going?” every time someone is just stepping out of the office. Having a good sense of humor is what it’s all about.

If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have and why?
To be a super multi-tasker and be able to work on several projects at once while still having time to travel and play golf.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve ever learned?
It’s always worth putting in the extra quarter to avoid another parking ticket.

San Francisco Principal Architect Rory Carroll

Rory Carroll, AIA

Principal

Rory Carroll, AIA

Principal

Rory Carroll, AIA, LEED AP, is a Principal and Senior Project Manager out of the San Francisco office, where he’s spent his entire professional career helping craft the innovative working environment that drives our progress. His primary role at the firm is to work with team members on their professional growth, ensuring they have new opportunities and challenges and supporting them along the way. Rory oversees all renovation work for the firm as the Principal-in-Charge. A true people-person, Rory helps get the best out of everyone he works with, whether it’s AXIS/GFA’s architects and designers or the clients, consultants, and contractors we partner with. It’s all centered on the belief that when you smooth out the rough edges of a team you can get a whole lot more accomplished.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
Food, gardening, art, and making things, as well as spending time exploring with my wife and two daughters.

If you weren’t so awesome at your job, what would be your “Plan B”?
I would make ceramics. I’ve worked with clay for more than 20 years, and the gratification is so quick.

If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have and why?
I’d have the ability to shoot a positive vibe force field from my hands. Making buildings and helping people grow in their career can be stressful, so some sort of way to bring immediate calm would be great.

San Francisco Associate Principal Athena Christodoulatos

Athena Christodoulatos

Associate Principal

Athena Christodoulatos

Associate Principal

Athena joined AXIS in 2012 and quickly proved herself the firm’s ‘Jane of all trades.’  As AXIS grew, so did Athena’s responsibilities.  With the merger of AXIS and GFA in 2017, Athena’s responsibilities at the nexus of business system integration, financial reporting, and marketing communications demonstrated her instrumental in ensuring the merger closed as seamlessly as possible.  Athena is a people-person first and foremost, and her ability to connect with anyone she meets naturally led her to roles in business development.  Her passion for personal growth means that she pushes her own limits, including taking evening on-line MBA courses from Harvard.

Los Angeles Associate Principal Architect Kevin Sund

Kevin Sund

Associate Principal

Kevin Sund

Associate Principal

To his role as an Associate Principal and Project Manager at our Los Angeles office, Kevin Sund brings 16 years of professional experience and a steadfast devotion to simple and elegant solutions. He finds fulfillment in seeing the reflection of his ideas and knowledge in a project’s evolution, and is driven by the same thing that got him into this career in the first place: the love of creating something new.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
My weekends are often spent either competing in or watching beach volleyball.

What’s your favorite word in your native language?
“Ubetchya,” if Minnesotan counts as a native language.

What is something else that’s interesting about you?
My wife and I have a silly goal of seeing all states before turning 50. She’s a few years younger than me so we may still make it.

San Francisco Architect Matt Soisson

Matt Soisson, AIA

Associate Principal

Matt Soisson, AIA

Associate Principal

Matt Soisson, AIA, LEED, AP is an Associate Principal and Project Manager based out of AXIS/GFA’s San Francisco office. Matt has a B.S. and Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, plus more than 12 years of professional experience and a passion for helping people turn their ideas into realities. He believes that a building best engages and inspires its users when its design is tied to the story of its place and people, and that it’s important to take a step back sometimes and consider a structure’s greater purpose and the experience it provides for those who use it.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
Obsessively collecting points and miles to travel the world.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve ever learned?
Surround yourself with people who appreciate what you bring to the table.

What’s something else that’s interesting about you?
Madonna and I have gone to all of the same schools, so I’m basically a pop star.

Los Angeles Associate Principal Architect Randy Itaya

Randy Itaya, AIA

Associate Principal

Randy Itaya, AIA

Associate Principal

Randy Itaya is an Associate Principal and Senior Project Manager out of our Los Angeles office who has spent more than two decades helping mentor and inspire growth within our team. It can takes years of hard work to bring a project from concept to construction, which is why Randy’s role as a team leader is so important. His work helps our staff provide the best experiences possible to clients and end-users, in turn shaping the AXIS/GFA vision and giving team members an opportunity to create work they’re proud of—and an opportunity to celebrate that pride with others.

What are you best known for amongst the AXIS/GFA team?
I am the Commissioner of the AXIS/GFA Fantasy Football League. Every year I organize 16 to 20 teams from both our L.A. and S.F. offices, providing updates on each week’s winners and losers and awarding the top teams at the end of the season.

What would your teammates say is the most unusual thing in your desk or bag?
If you look at my desk, you’ll see what seems like a random, disorganized collection of small yellow Post-Its. In reality, there’s a definite order and purpose to them. People joke that I would be completely lost if someone removed or reorganized the Post-Its, and I think they’re right.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
Being outdoors, hiking, skiing, fishing, and camping. I have a passion for traveling and experiencing beautiful natural and man-made environments.

San Francisco architectural design director Ruari O'Connell

Ruari O’Connell

Design Director

Ruari O’Connell

Design Director

Ruari O’Connell is a Design Director out of AXIS/GFA’s San Francisco office with a B.Arch from the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. He got into the field because he’s “not smart enough to be an astronaut and too altruistic to be an attorney,” and feels that good design—like good writing—is only obvious when it’s complete. Ruari approaches all projects from an angle of environmental, programmatic, and operational pragmatism, and delights in helping facilitate AXIS/GFA’s collaborative studio culture. His plan for the next ten years is to continue doing great work for our clients—and to maybe get a bit more sleep in, too.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
Things with wheels: bicycles, motorcycles, and cars. I use them to explore the best of Northern California with the wind in my hair and tinker with them to restore or improve them.

If you weren’t so awesome at your job, what would be your “Plan B”?
Accept defeat and go to law school.

What is something else that’s interesting about you?
I spent a year answering 999 (911) calls on the night shift in college. I was on the other end of a line from all manner of mishaps, tragedies, and other human moments. I like to think it left me with a well-calibrated sense of what constitutes a crisis.

San Francisco Senior Associate Jennifer Fujishima

Jennifer Fujishima

Senior Associate

Jennifer Fujishima

Senior Associate

Jennifer Fujishima is a Senior Associate and Project Manager out of the San Francisco office with more than a decade of professional experience. Jennifer offers a calm, thoughtful, and open-minded approach to problem solving that makes her a leader and mentor among her colleagues—a role she’s honored to take on. Her career is centered around making a positive impact with the spaces she creates, and she appreciates the ability to influence the human experience through design.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
Spending time with my family, cooking and baking, cake decorating, crafting, gardening, and drawing.

If you weren’t so awesome at your job, what would be your “Plan B”?
Operating my own café and bakery… or protecting pandas in China.

If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have and why?
Super-human speed would be awesome! There’s never enough time in the day to get everything done.

AXIS/GFA's architectural designer in Hawaii, Dan Padgett

Dan Padgett

Associate

Dan Padgett

Associate

Dan Padgett is an Associate out of AXIS/GFA’s Hawaii satellite office, where he’s continually reminding himself that everything he does as an architect helps shape a better human experience. By focusing on that vision he’s able to fully utilize his talents and abilities in order to turn ideas into realities—and to overcome the challenges that often stand in the way. His favorite part of the job is working with his team members to find beautiful and simple solutions to complex problems, as well as witnessing projects materialize into physical structures that can be experienced and enjoyed with all of the senses.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
Being in the ocean, whether it’s surfing, diving, swimming, or kayaking.

What is your favorite word in your native language?
“Crisp.” I’m not a fan of soggy, wrinkly, or crinkly.

Los Angeles Associate Architect Dicle Roberts

Dicle Roberts, RA

Associate

Dicle Roberts, RA

Associate

Dicle Roberts, LEED AP, is a Project Architect and Associate out of our Los Angeles office with a Bachelors in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, and a Masters in Architecture from California Polytechnic University Ponoma. Her design ethos is centered on simple, elegant, and functional spaces, with a diverse portfolio that speaks to her passion for optimizing the human experience. She started her Bachelors in Architecture when she was just 16 years old, and has spent the subsequent years putting her skills to work, along the way establishing herself as a true team player in every project she takes on.

What are you best known for amongst the AXIS/GFA team?
Laughing too loud.

What would your teammates say is the most unusual thing in your desk or bag?
Probably some sort of exotic fruit that I’ve snuck into the country.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
I love collecting mid-century modern art and furniture, and own a mid-century modern house that I am always doing restorations on.

Los Angeles Associate Architect Ivan Ivanov

Ivan Ivanov, RA

Associate

Ivan Ivanov, RA

Associate

Ivan Ivanov, RA, is an Associate out of AXIS/GFA’s Los Angeles office. Ivan is an adept problem solver who’s proud of his work untangling tight budget constraints and complicated site conditions on a variety of projects, and who firmly believes that the more complex the problems you overcome, the more exciting the building you end up with. He enjoys the collaborative nature of architecture, and hopes that in 10 years he’ll still be on the ground helping overcome whatever hurdle gets thrown his way.

What are you best known for amongst the AXIS/GFA team?
Having the same pizza every single day from the same place downstairs.

If you weren’t so awesome at your job, what would be your “Plan B”?
A shepherd high up in the Bulgarian mountains.

What’s the one song that should play every time you walk into a room?
“Good as Gold” by The Beautiful South.

Los Angeles AXIS/GFA architectural designer Joni Ablay

Joni Ablay

Associate

Joni Ablay

Associate

Joni Ablay, LEED GA, with more than 10 years of experience including eight at AXIS/GFA’s Los Angeles studio, is a graduate of University of Hawaii at Manoa. Simply put, Joni became an architect to partake in designing the built environment.

Amongst the team, what are you best known for/infamous for?
Extreme multi-tasking.

Outside of work, what’s your hobby/passion?
Sports, particularly running.

If you weren’t so awesome at your job, what would be your “Plan B”?
Cakepops.

Los Angeles Junior Project Manager

Lana Ung

Associate

Lana Ung

Associate

Lana Ung is an Associate and Project Manager out of AXIS/GFA’s Los Angeles office. She has a B.Arch. from the University of Southern California and 14 years of professional experience – more than half of which has been spent at AXIS/GFA. Lana became an architect to have an impact on the fabric of the surrounding environment, and includes in her personal mission a focus on helping other women in the industry advance and succeed.

Outside of work, what’s your hobby/passion?
Outside of work, I enjoy gardening and landscaping.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve ever learned?
I’ll learn more if I approach every situation with curiosity and questions, rather than assuming I have all the answers.

What are your three favorite books, podcasts, or television shows?
I enjoy listening to these 3 podcasts: Make Me Smart, 99% Invisible, and Recode Decode.

San Francisco Associate Architect Matthew Johnston

Matthew Johnston

Associate

Matthew Johnston

Associate

As a Job Captain based out of AXIS/GFA’s San Francisco office, Matthew Johnston helps bring to life buildings that the world will ultimately get to use and interact with. Matthew, whose early interest in architecture started with watching This Old House episodes with his dad, has a BS and Master in Architecture from Northeastern University, as well as more than a decade of professional experience. He helps facilitate many of the steps that take a project from concept through construction, and finds the most fulfilling part of his job to be witnessing an idea that was put down on paper turn into something others can touch and enjoy.

What are you best known for amongst the AXIS/GFA team?
My research ability and coding knowledge, particularly regarding accessibility.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
Playing the violin. I saw Itzhak Perlman on Sesame Street when I was three, and started playing when I was five. I’m currently a member of the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra, a local volunteer orchestra in Oakland.

What are your three favorite books?
The Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein, Byzantium by Stephen R. Lawhead, and Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

Los Angeles Architect Sean O'Brien

Sean O’Brien

Associate

Sean O’Brien

Associate

Sean O’Brien, LEED AP BD+C is a Project Manager and Associate out of our Los Angeles office, with a  M.Arch from the University of Southern California and more than 25 years of professional experience. He firmly believes that better designed spaces lead to better people, and guides his practice with aspiration and endless creativity. Sean sees architecture as a marriage between physics and poetry, and he appreciates the value of mentorship and “people-focused” endeavors. His plan for the next years? Work less, but get more done.

If you weren’t so awesome at your job, what would be your “Plan B”?
Making and designing furniture.

If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have and why?
The ability to stop time. Getting more work done would just require a snap of the fingers.

What’s the best useless talent you have?
Being able to touch my tongue to my nose.

Los Angeles architect Stephanie Park

Stephanie Park

Associate

Stephanie Park

Associate

Stephanie Park, LEED AP, is an Associate Project Manager out of AXIS/GFA’s Los Angeles office. She received her academic training at the University of Washington, and has been with the firm for 17 years.

AXIS/GFA's Los Angeles architectural designer Arthur Berenguer

Arthur Berenguer

Arthur Berenguer

Arthur (Art) Berenguer is a Designer at AXIS/GFA’s Los Angeles office who thrives on the challenges posed by architectural projects. His design-centric approach is focused on helping create spaces that flow—and that inspire awe among those who experience them. He chose this career because of his love of drawing and the fulfillment that he saw his father—also an architect—get out of his work.

What would your teammates say is the most unusual thing in your desk or bag?
A plastic fork and a spoon. I’m always prepared!

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
Collecting figures and go-with-the-flow cruising.

What’s the one song that should play every time you walk into a room?
“Déjà Vu” by Dave Rodgers.

Los Angeles architectural Job Captain Avani Sheth

Avani Sheth

Avani Sheth

Avani Sheth is a Job Captain out of AXIS/GFA’s Los Angeles Office who has been passionate about architecture from a very early age. She’s proud of her ability to set priorities and separate the relevant from the irrelevant in day to day tasks, and is a team player who is always happy to help out her peers both in and out of the office. Her discipline and creativity are critical to furthering AXIS/GFA’s mission, and her minimal approach to design can be found highlighted in the many projects that she’s worked on.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
I have varied passions that change with time. My most recent one, however, is being a mother.

What are you best known for amongst the AXIS/GFA team?
I love being able to leave the office every day with my desk cleaned out, so my desk always looks like no one sits there. My officemates find that unusual.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve ever learned?
Sometimes you have to let go.

San Francisco architectural Designer Farooq Khayyat

Farooq Khayyat

Farooq Khayyat

Farooq Khayyat is a Designer at AXIS/GFA’s San Francisco office, where he regularly leads the way in designing practical and beautiful experiences for people to enjoy. His wide range of experience is put to task every day, both in his work and in his dedication to helping support and encourage his colleagues. His plan for the next decade is to continue doing what he loves, which includes a focus on producing more affordable housing projects.

If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have and why?
The ability to speak all languages in the world.

What’s the one song that should play every time you walk into a room?
The Arabic version of “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanna Vega.

San Francisco architecture firm Junior Job Captain James Rimbakusumo

James Rimbakusumo

James Rimbakusumo

James Rimbakusumo is a Job Captain out of AXIS/GFA’s San Francisco office who has turned a childhood fascination with building and architecture into a burgeoning career. Rimbakusumo brings to the table a BS in Engineering and Architectural Design from Stanford University, and a dedication to communication, strong relationships, and teamwork. He’s been honing his skills on a variety of projects for AXIS/GFA in San Francisco. The most fulfilling aspect of his job? The day-to-day interactions with clients, consultants, and teammates, and the opportunity to work together with people from different disciplines and come up with inventive solutions. He wakes up every morning with a desire to rise up to the challenges and responsibilities imposed by the architecture field, and believes that architecture—and design as a whole—has an incredible impact on each and every person.

What are you best known for amongst the AXIS/GFA team?
Definitely my hair.

If you weren’t so awesome at your job, what would be your “Plan B”?
I love to travel and consider myself a fairly gregarious and extroverted person, so I would probably be a travel blogger or social media influencer/content creator.

If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have and why?
I would love to be able to teleport. Travel can be so time-consuming and expensive, and this power would allow me to see more of our fascinating world. As a bonus, I could get to off-site work meetings without dealing with traffic!

San Francisco architect John Skrivanich

John Skrivanich

John Skrivanich

John Skrivanich brings more than 30 years of experience to AXIS/GFA’s San Francisco studio.  A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Faculty of Architecture, John cheekily credits Mike Brady for inspiring his boyhood interest in joining the craft. Apart from contributing to AXIS/GFA’s architectural design bench strength, John embraces a personal mission to help develop AXIS/GFA’s developing talent by assisting the firm create a culture where young and intermediate technicians have the opportunity to flourish. In John’s own words: “The best places to work produce the best work.”

Outside of work, what’s your hobby/passion?
For decades I would have said playing softball. But that has been replaced by Pickleball. I’m a fanatic.

What’s your favorite word in your native language, and why?
Fraught. Because it sounds weird. And Tigger loves it.

What’s the one song that should play every time you walk into a room (your “walk on” song)?
Whiteout Conditions by The New Pornographers.

San Francisco architectural Junior Job Captain Joseph Martins

Joseph Martins

Joseph Martins

Joseph Martins is a Job Captain out of the San Francisco office and has a B. Arch from the Academy of Art University. He has spent the majority of his professional career with AXIS/GFA, where he most enjoys solving problems and seeing work go from a vision on paper to a real world building. He first realized his interest in building and design after shadowing his father, a general contractor, along on job sites when he was younger. In 10 years he expects to still be doing what he loves, just with even more knowledge and experience.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
Traveling to new countries, exploring San Francisco, and catching small comedy shows in random bars throughout the city.

If you weren’t so awesome at your job, what would be your “Plan B”?
Some other profession involving design.

What’s your favorite word in your native language?
I have several, mostly from where I grew up in the Azores Islands in Portugal. On the mainland they don’t speak the same language, so no one ever knows what they mean.

Boston AXIS/GFA architect Katherine Bradley

Katherine Bradley, RA

Katherine Bradley, RA

Katherine Bradley is an architect and Project Manager who works remotely for our San Francisco team out of her home base in Boston. Katherine is driven by efficiency in all that she does, whether that’s thinking about how to make the best use of a space or overseeing the introduction of administrative tools that help the AXIS/GFA team improve office productivity. She is actively involved in keeping us up to speed with the latest design and construction software, and never tires of the fact that her job involves getting to draw every day.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
Making pizza from scratch.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve ever learned?
Try to be as efficient as you can, but stay focused on just a few things at a time.

What are your three favorite podcasts?
WorkLife with Adam Grant, Armchair Expert, and Safe for Work.

San Francisco hotel designer Kyle Wild

Kyle Wild

Kyle Wild

With a Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture, and a Certificate in Hospitality Design, Kyle Wild, Associate AIA, brings more than five years of practice to AXIS/GFA’s San Francisco studio. Crediting, “The ability to find creative solutions for design issues and then bring them to life,” Kyle chose architecture as a career for its ability to allow him to help make the world a better place for future generations.

What are your three favorite books, podcasts, or television shows?
Westworld, Game of Thrones, and True Detective.

Outside of work, what’s your hobby/passion? 
Working out and staying healthy.

Dealer’s choice – tell us something about yourself otherwise.
I am an identical twin who enjoys football, baseball and hanging out with friends and family.

Los Angeles architectural firm Junior Job Captain Luis Salas

Luis Salas

Luis Salas

Luis Salas is a Job Captain at AXIS/GFA’s Los Angeles office and has a B.Arch from Woodbury University. He finds the most fulfilling part of his job to be the endless opportunities to learn new things, which he readily applies to every project he works on. He’s most proud of his work on the Residence Inn—Rowland Heights, since in addition to being a great learning experience it also helped him get a taste for all that he’s capable of achieving—a lesson in itself, and one that all professionals could stand to benefit from.

Outside of work, what is your hobby/passion?
I love to watch movies, especially those screened at the Hammer Museum for its annual Contenders series.

If you weren’t so awesome at your job, what would be your “Plan B”?
To coach a European football team, specifically FC Barcelona.

What is your favorite word in your native language?
“Parangaricutirimícuaro.” I remember it as a tongue-twister and the name of a place in Mexico. The former is true, but the latter is actually Parangaricutiro (though some people know the city by the former name).

Los Angeles architectural firm Office Manager Marina Tumas

Marina Tumas

Marina Tumas

Marina Tumas is the Office Manager at our Los Angeles location, where she has been an integral part of the team for more than 13 years. She contributes to AXIS/GFA’s vision by looking for solutions to various challenges and inspiring others to go outside of their comfort zone in the pursuit of personal growth. She’s always available to provide positive encouragement to the team when it’s needed, and believes in finding as many opportunities for creativity as possible.

If you weren’t so awesome at your job, what would be your “Plan B”?
Being a manager for my friend who’s a musician.

If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have and why?
I would be Cupid, helping people find love. I think we need more of that in the world.

What’s your best useless talent?
I can balance and walk on a slack line.

San Francisco architect Job Captain Runing Wang

Runing Wang

Runing Wang

Runing Wang has a BA from Nanjing University of Technology in China and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. As a Job Captain in AXIS/GFA’s San Francisco office, Runing brings his appreciation for the role of research in both design methodologies and technologies to every project he works on. Runing’s focus on helping overcome design and technical problems makes him an integral part of the team, particularly when it came to his favorite project so far, the 3800 W. 6th Street project in Los Angeles’ Koreatown.

What is your favorite hobby?
Photography.

What is your best useless talent?
Walking very fast.

What is something else that’s interesting about you?
I’ve lived in six cities, including Shanghai, Nanjing, Rugao, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.