SAN FRANCISCO, California – As SB Architects approaches 50 years of design practice, the firm is pleased to announce the promotion of seven key staff. These members of the SB Architects team contribute a balance of talents and passions to the firm’s San Francisco and Miami offices, and illustrate the firm’s commitment to expanding its leadership and capabilities from within.
In San Francisco, David A. Louie, AIA, has been promoted to vice president and Jessica L. Sager has been promoted to senior associate, while Mike Kehl, LEED AP and Erica Gilmore have been appointed associates. In Miami, John Orgren, Elias B. Kawass, AIA, Giovanni Medina Marenco, LEED AP have been named associates.
With 15 years of architectural experience, David Louie contributes to the firm both strong design and management skills, directing a number of the firm’s most high-profile projects, including hotels on the coast of Southern California, in Lake Tahoe, the Napa and Sonoma valleys, Vail, Colorado and Eastern Europe. His wealth of experience with large, multi-faceted resort and multifamily residential projects enhances both of the firm’s core competencies.
Jessica Sager is one of the firm’s rising design stars. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with dual degrees in architecture and fine arts, Jessica has brought a progressive sense of design and high degree of creativity to the team in her five years with SB Architects, and has been a leading voice on some of the firm’s most exciting projects. A graduate of California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, Erica Gilmore has brought her unflagging energy and positive attitude to project teams ranging from island resorts to large, urban mixed-use developments.
In Miami, Elias Kawass was instrumental in the successful design and delivery of the firm’s new Coral Gables office, has spent time in the Middle East managing the firm’s projects there, and has worked on the design teams for groundbreaking resorts in the Caribbean and Egypt. Giovanni Marenco has translated his world-wide travel experience into designs that are unique and inspiring, and consistently impresses the firm’s clients with his quick response and creative design solutions. John Orgren has brought a high level of expertise to the firm’s small, boutique hotel projects, successfully spearheading the renovation and expansion of a number of properties, continually impressing clients with his sensitive approach and ability to integrate new and existing design.