Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects Promotes Four Architects

San Francisco, CA (September 17, 2018) — Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMS A ) has promoted Vanna Whitney to associate principal, Edward Kopelson to senior associate, and Gwen Fuertes and Dominique Elie to associate, announced Bill Leddy, FAIA, founding principal of the San Francisco–based firm.

Vanna Whitney, AIA, has been with LMS A since 2005. Her projects include Rene Cazenave Apartments, 474 Natoma, and Mission Walk in San Francisco; Madison at 14th Street Apartments in Oakland; and Laguna Commons in Fremont. She is currently working on Mission Bay South Block 9 in San Francisco, Balbach Apartments in San Jose, the BRIDGE & Berkeley Food and Housing Project in Berkeley, and 300 Arballo at ParkMerced in San Francisco. Vanna has also led the firm’s mentorship program and has been an active member of Street Meal, the East Bay Housing Organization, the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, and Habitat for Humanity. She has presented at the last three AIA National conventions. She received her master of architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and her bachelor of arts in architecture from the University of Virginia.

Edward Kopelson

Edward Kopelson AIA, LEED AP, has been with LMS A since 2014. His experience includes several of the firm’s affordable housing projects, including Mission Bay Block 3 East in San Francisco, Candlestick Point Block 11A in San Francisco, Laguna Commons in Fremont, the Nueva Hillside Learning Complex Expansion in Hillsborough, and 75 Arkansas student housing in San Francisco. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and is in charge of the firm’s technology development. He received his master of architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and his bachelor of arts from the University of California, San Diego.

Dominique Elie

Dominique Elie, AIA, has been with LMS A since 2013. Her projects include the Chinese American International School and new student housing for the California College of the Arts, both in San Francisco. She brings extensive experience with the process of community design from her previous work at the Trust for Public Land and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. Dominique is currently working on the new community center at the redevelopment of Sunnydale and Visitacion Valley. She received her master of architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012 and her bachelor of arts from Harvard University in 2006.

Gwen Fuertes

Gwen Fuertes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been with LMS A since 2015. In addition to her projects at Mission Bay 3 East and Planned Parenthood Northern California, she leads the firm’s sustainability research and post occupancy evaluation efforts. She has led the LEED certification process for the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco and multiple projects for the Nueva School in San Mateo and Hillsborough. She is a lecturer in building energy at California College of the Arts as well as a member of the AIA National 2030 Commitment Working Group and the USGBC LEED Technical Committee. She received her master of architecture and building science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2014 and her bachelor of arts from Brown University in 2005.

About Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Founded in 2001, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects designs high-performance architecture that addresses some of today’s biggest challenges. The firm works with community, cultural, educational, and social justice organizations to build environments that support positive social change and help lead our society to a sustainable future. The firm’s work has garnered numerous local, national, and international awards, including the 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the highest recognition the national American Institute of Architects can bestow. For more information, visit www.lmsarch.com.

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