Berkeley, CA—ELS Architecture and Urban Design has promoted Christopher Jung, Anthony Grand, and Kenneth Loretto to design directors, and William Gordon to director of interior architecture, announced Clarence Mamuyac, FAIA, president of the firm.
“We are pleased to recognize the tremendous contributions these four individuals have made to ELS,” says Mamuyac. “These promotions honor the exceptional design talents and leadership capabilities they have brought the firm over the past several decades.”
As design directors, Jung, Grand, and Loretto will be responsible for the quality of design of all the firm’s projects. As director of interior architecture, Gordon will be responsible for the quality of design of all of ELS’s interior environments. The four will lead the dialogue of design issues and practices within the firm, mentor junior staff, organize firm-wide design discussions, and make sure the firm stays informed about current and future innovations.
Christopher Jung, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Design Director
Christopher joined ELS in 1992. With a special focus on community, aquatics, sports and recreation projects, his design portfolio also features retail and entertainment, performing arts, and education facilities. His recent designs include the newly opened University of California, Berkeley Legends Aquatics Center, which has been honored in the 2017 AIA East Bay Design Awards program; Cañada College Kinesiology, Wellness and Aquatics Center; and the new George F. Haines International Swim Center, International Swimming Hall of Fame, and Community Recreation Center in the city of Santa Clara. His design for the East Oakland Sports Center was recently honored for design excellence by AIA San Francisco, AIA East Bay, and Athletic Business. Christopher received a bachelor of arts in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
William Gordon, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Interior Architecture
William Gordon joined ELS as a designer in 1998 and has worked on a wide variety of retail, mixed-use, entertainment, aquatics, recreational, and educational projects. His recent work includes the Hillsdale Shopping Center Customer Service and Conference Center in San Mateo, California, and the Downtown Berkeley YMCA Men’s Locker Room and Mind Body Center in Berkeley, California. He is currently working on the Elk Grove Aquatics Center in Elk Grove, California, and the University of California, Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility Gender Inclusive Locker Room in Berkeley. He received a bachelor of science in art and design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master of architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Anthony Grand, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Design Director
Anthony joined ELS in 1988. He has had a primary design role on numerous civic, community, recreation, theater, education, mixed-use, and urban design projects. His experience and talent in conceptual design and presentation graphics are extensive and have been instrumental in financing, leasing, and securing approvals for many of ELS’s projects. An accomplished illustrator, Anthony has received seven awards of excellence from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), and his work has been exhibited in ASAI’s Architecture in Perspective juried exhibition of architectural illustrations. Anthony received a bachelor of architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kenneth M. Loretto, AIA, LEED Green Associate, Design Director
Ken joined ELS in 1999. He has had a primary design role on large retail and mixed-use projects including Stonestown Mall in San Francisco, California; Downtown Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada; NewPark Mall in Newark, California; and Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo, California. His projects also include the Tucson Mall and Park Place renovations and expansions in Tucson, Arizona; NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles; and the Eastridge Center renovation in San Jose. Ken received a bachelor of fine arts from Brigham Young University and a master of architecture from California Polytechnic State University in Pomona.
About ELS Architecture and Urban Design
ELS Architecture and Urban Design has a 50-year history of designing public places. The firm’s work includes retail, mixed-use, and urban design projects; education, sports, and recreation facilities; theaters and performing arts venues; and historic building renovations. ELS is included among Architect magazine’s 2017 Architect 50: Top 50 Firms in Business and is listed among Architectural Record’s 2017 Top 300 Architecture Firms. For more information, please visit www.elsarch.com.