New Director of Mixed-Use Practice Joins ELS

Berkeley, CA, June 14, 2016 – ELS Architecture and Urban Design is pleased to welcome David Masenten as our new Director of Mixed-Use Practice, bringing over 15 years of experience and management to ELS’ growing mixed-use portfolio. Masenten’s strong background in urban design and experience with a wide range of project types fit in well with a diverse ELS portfolio that emphasizes quality public spaces and buildings that enliven their surroundings.


“The addition of David builds on ELS’ established reputation as a leader in design, and we are excited to have him join our team,” said Clarence D. Mamuyac, Jr., FAIA, President of ELS.

Masenten has extensive experience designing large multi-use projects that incorporate the best green practices, including high-rise residential and commercial projects, large-scale urban master planning and urban design, corporate interiors for international companies, and town planning and commercial tenant fit-outs for national retailers. He has worked on numerous complex projects involving lengthy and challenging approvals requiring political outreach and public sensitivity. He has also worked strategically with developers to create economic strategies for long-range planning scenarios.

Masenten joins ELS after nine years as a Senior Associate at Heller Manus Architects in San Francisco, where he worked extensively on entitling complex mixed-use high-rise projects in San Francisco, as well as managing master planning and urban design projects in cities across China, including Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shanghai. Masenten managed the planning approvals process for the first LEED ND-Platinum (Stage 1) project in the world, the Emeryville Marketplace, and helped lead the 15.5-square-mile Guangzhou South Axis master plan, a redesign of the city’s southern center which is currently under construction.

A registered architect and LEED accredited professional, Masenten is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). He received his Bachelors of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and holds a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About ELS Architecture and Urban Design
ELS Architecture and Urban Design has a 50-year history of designing public places. The award-winning Berkeley design studio’s work includes mixed-use and urban design projects; education, sports, and recreation facilities; theaters and performing arts venues; and historic building renovations. ELS ranks among the ARCHITECT 50, a listing of the best architecture firms in the United States for design, sustainability and business, and is listed among the Architectural Record Top 300 Architecture Firms. For more information, please visit

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