Architecture firm WRNS Studio has named three partners, three senior associates, and twelve associates to support the firm’s continued growth. The promotions mark a new era of leadership within a firm known for architecture that values beauty, sustainability, and the public realm. These new leaders serve a national clientele out of offices in San Francisco, Seattle, Honolulu, and New York.
“When we look forward five, ten, or fifteen years, we ask ourselves who will carry the legacy of place-based, critical design forward. Our new leaders bring the kind of plurality of talents and interests that have always defined WRNS, whether it’s the ability to draw beautifully, curate place, advocate for equity, craft an exquisite building skin, or execute in a way that maintains design intent,” says founding partner, Bryan Shiles.
The three new partners are Lilian Asperin, Tim Morshead, and Russell Sherman. A leader within WRNS Studio’s higher education practice, Lilian Asperin was recently elected to a three-year term as the Society for College and University Planning’s Pacific Regional Council Chair. She is also a Board Director of AIA San Francisco and Co-Chair of the Equity by Design Committee. One of WRNS Studio’s lead designers, Tim Morshead’s portfolio includes an expansion to Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing for the School of Medicine at UC Davis School. Russell Sherman, who has been with WRNS Studio since 2006, is recognized for his ability to steward projects through the most complex of processes, contributing greatly to the firm’s reputation for matching design excellence with hands-on, client focused delivery. Sherman is responsible for two recent projects that auger in a more sustainable, publicly engaged workplace experience for San Jose’s Santana Row.
Stephen Kelley, Molly Thomas, and Moses Vaughan have been named senior associates, a new role within WRNS Studio created to expand the firm’s ability to serve clients, manage growth, and cultivate the next generation of firm leaders. Stephen Kelley helped start WRNS Studio’s New York office. His design portfolio includes the recently completed Collision Lab at Cornell Tech and numerous projects for Facebook and Microsoft. As WRNS Studio’s marketing and communications director, Molly Thomas has played a critical role in landing the firm’s most transformative projects, and she recently co-authored a research publication, Workplace and Public Realm. Moses Vaughan brings a particular focus on craft, having developed innovative building technologies for projects serving Adobe, UCSF, and Intuit.
The twelve new associates include Daniel Johnson, Tim Jonas, Emily Jones, Jonas Kellner, Jon Kershner, Natalie Kittner, Crispin Lazarit, Eric Lilhanand, Ben Mikus, Dan Sakai, Hattie Stroud, and Lily Weeks. “Our new associates are teaching, leading projects, mentoring staff, making our culture strong and fun, and introducing new tools, technologies, and ways of working. They elevate their peers and our leadership, bringing out the best in all of us,” says WRNS Studio partner Melinda Rosenberg. The new associates have been responsible for some of the firm’s most innovative projects, including the Dolby Headquarters Screening Room in San Francisco and Sonoma Academy’s AIA COTE award-winning Janet Durgin Guild & Commons.
Recognized for sustainable, site-specific design at any scale, WRNS Studio works with today’s most transformative research institutions, entrepreneurs, and social impact groups. With offices in San Francisco, Seattle, Honolulu and New York, the 170-person firm works across project types: workplace, education, civic, transportation, residential, and urban-mixed use. WRNS Studio consistently earns a top ten spot in Architect magazine’s annual ranking of firms across design, business and sustainability and is a 2017 AIA COTE Award winner.