Architectural Resources Group Promotes Seven Staff Members To Principals

San Francisco, CA—The San Francisco-based architecture, planning, and conservation firm Architectural Resources Group (ARG) has named seven of its senior staff members as principals, announced Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding principal of the firm. They are Deborah J. Cooper, Matthew M. Davis, Maya M. Foty, Katie E. Horak, Christopher J. Smith, Kitty Vieth, and Lisa Yergovich.

Deborah J. Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, has more than 25 years of experience as an architect. Based in the San Francisco office, she served as project manager for the restoration of the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco and managed the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of Cavallo Point: the Lodge at the Golden Gate. Deborah also acts as ARG’s sustainability coordinator. She is a board member of San Francisco Heritage and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Oakland Heritage Alliance, and National Trust for Historic Preservation. She received her bachelor of science in architectural studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Matthew M. Davis, AICP, is a preservation planner and architectural historian in ARG’s Portland office with over nine years of project management experience in the treatment of historic properties. His projects include developing a historic preservation plan for the State Forester’s Office Building in Salem, Oregon; completing a historic context statement and survey for Downtown Monterey, California; and writing a strategic plan for the historic Ermatinger House in Oregon City, Oregon. Matt is currently working with the city of Ashland, Oregon, to revise the city’s review process for exterior alterations to residential historic resources. He is a member of the American Planning Association, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Architectural Heritage Center of Portland, and Restore Oregon. Matt received a master of city planning from UC Berkeley and a bachelor of arts with honors in mathematics from Harvard University.

Maya M. Foty, AIA, LEED AP, is based in ARG’s Portland, Oregon office. Her projects include the restoration and renovation of the McDonald House in Hillsboro, Oregon, and the seismic upgrade and exterior restoration of Portland Union Station in Portland, Oregon. She was a 2013 Richard Morris Hunt Fellow and received a U.S. ICOMOS summer grant program to study in Tbilisi, Georgia, and a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Budapest. She received a certificate in conservation of historic buildings and archaeological sites from Columbia University; a master of architecture and a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Washington, Seattle; and a bachelor of arts in art history and French from Mills College in Oakland, California.

Katie E. Horak is a Los Angeles-area native and architectural historian and preservation planner in ARG’s Pasadena office. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the field of historic resource management in both the public and private sectors. Her recent work includes the Los Angeles Union Station historic structures report and SurveyLA, the Los Angeles Citywide Historic Resources Survey. She is an adjunct lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, where she teaches graduate-level courses in historic site documentation, and founding president of the Southern California chapter of Docomomo/US. In addition, Katie is an active member of the Los Angeles Conservancy, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California chapter. She received a Master of Heritage Conservation from the University of Southern California; attended the University of Oregon, Eugene, Historic Preservation Field School in Canova, Italy; and received a bachelor of arts in art from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

Christopher J. Smith is a preservation specialist in ARG’s Pasadena office with 20 years of experience in project management and construction administration. His work includes the seismic upgrade and rehabilitation of Pasadena City Hall and the Ole Hanson Beach Club & Pool rehabilitation in San Clemente, California. He is currently serving as the project manager/preservation specialist/project designer for ARG’s work at Los Angeles Union Station. He was a member of the Pasadena Heritage board of directors from 2008 to 2011 and is a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s historic resources committee. He received a graduate certificate in historic preservation from the University of Southern California and a bachelor of arts in urban studies from California State University, Northridge.

Kitty Vieth, AIA, LEED AP, has more than 20 years of experience in historic preservation and combines training as an architect, historian, and conservator. Based in ARG’s San Francisco office, she has managed many of ARG’s projects in Yosemite National Park, including rehabilitation projects at the Ahwahnee Hotel, Curry Village, the Ansel Adams Gallery, and the Yosemite Medical Clinic. She sits on the board of directors of the Association for Preservation Technology International and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the International Council on Monuments and Sites. She received a master of architecture and a master of science in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of arts with honors in architectural studies from Brown University.

Lisa Yergovich, AIA, LEED AP, has more than 10 years of experience in historic architecture and has a strong background in architectural conservation. Her work includes master planning, historic research, and code evaluation. Based in ARG’s San Francisco office, she has extensive experience conducting conditions assessments, preparing repair documents, and overseeing exterior renovations. She recently served as project architect on the renovations of Coit Tower in San Francisco and Hoover Tower at Stanford University and is currently working on the renovation of the Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem. She is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the AIA San Francisco’s Historic Resources Committee. She received a master of architecture and a bachelor of science in architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

About Architectural Resources Group
With offices in San Francisco, Pasadena, and Portland, Oregon, Architectural Resources Group’s practice helps people realize opportunities in the historic built environment to create great places, enhance investment, and enliven community. The firm’s services include new design in historic settings, adaptive reuse, rehabilitation, seismic strengthening, sustainable design, restoration, programming and facility master planning, feasibility studies, and interior design.

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