Industry Veteran John Dybczak Elevated to Executive Team as Principal
Santa Rosa, Calif., Apr. 2, 2018 – Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA), a premier master planning, design and construction administration services firm for K-12 education facilities, announces five senior-level promotions. Previously an associate, John Dybczak joins the firm’s executive leadership as its fifth principal in the firm’s 32-year history; Kevin Chapin is promoted to associate from project manager; and former project architects Eve Eppard, Lyanne Schuster and Avian Soupholphakdy are now project managers.
“John, Kevin, Eve, Lyanne and Avian have all been integral members of the QKA team for many years, providing dedicated and forward-thinking design services and solutions for our clients,” said Mark Quattrocchi, QKA’s founding principal. “At the end of last year, we secured our second office location in downtown Pleasanton to better serve the many school district clients we have long worked with in the East and South Bay areas, and the growth and promotion of our team is a natural extension. We are very proud of our professionals that deliver sustainable, high-performance and innovative learning spaces for students.”
The promotions come as QKA has experienced 50 percent growth in revenue from 2015 to 2017, making it the largest architecture firm in California’s North Bay Area. The employee headcount has also steadily grown to accommodate increased client demand and expanding into new geographic regions.
Added Quattrocchi, “I’m gratified that not only are we able to grow and make sizable contributions to the future of education, but that our team continues to innovate design thinking and processes for delivering the most advanced learning spaces. John is a master at this craft and has long been a sought-out leader and design professional expert in our firm. We are thrilled to welcome him as the firm’s fifth principal and owner.”
With nearly 25 years of education design experience, Dybczak brings strong leadership to his teams and his projects, achieving success by incorporating clients’ goals into responsive and cost-effective design solutions. He has managed numerous modernization and new construction projects for public schools and community colleges throughout Northern California, including a new school for the San Mateo Union High School District and as project lead for the new Lila Bringhurst Elementary School in Fremont, California. Dybczak holds the LEED Accredited Professional certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Employed at QKA for his entire 20-year career, Chapin has overseen several large-scale projects which include the Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts new construction and modernization and Bond Measure M projects for the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. With expertise in developing and improving educational facilities, he managed the facility master plans for Sonoma Valley, Healdsburg and San Ramon Valley unified school districts. Chapin is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Eppard joined QKA in 2016 after spending most of her 32-year career in Phoenix where she developed a wide range of design and construction experience in programming, space planning, working drawings, bidding, contracts and construction administration. She has managed numerous K-12 and higher education, new construction, modernization and facilities assessment projects, including her latest project, Laurel Dell Elementary School’s renovation and new campus construction, in San Rafael, Calif. Eppard holds the LEED Accredited Professional certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
A licensed architect for 25 years, Schuster brings extensive planning experience to QKA from her work on public and private projects, ranging from retail and housing to developing city design guidelines, in addition to education projects. Her design work includes American Canyon High School in American Canyon, Calif., which is heralded as the “greenest school in America.” Currently, Schuster is managing projects for Kentfield School District and Novato Unified School District. Schuster is certified as an Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) by the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), an accomplishment currently held by less than 200 of the most qualified designers and planners of school facilities.
Soupholphakdy brings a well-rounded skill set to his architecture career, including professional carpentry. His strong technical expertise allows him to work effectively with both designers and contractors to successfully deliver projects that achieve the client’s goals. Soupholphakdy is currently managing Liberty Union High School District’s Measure U projects, including new construction and modernization at Liberty High School in Brentwood, Calif., as well as a new two-story classroom building using QKA’s Folia pre-engineered building for Cupertino High School in Cupertino, Calif.
About Quattrocchi Kwok Architects
QKA provides comprehensive master planning, design and construction administration services for Northern California K-12 and higher education, historic renovation and community facilities. With more than $1.5 billion in projects completed in the company’s 32-year history, QKA’s award-winning portfolio reflects a commitment to design that emphasizes environmental sustainability and community impact. QKA has been recognized as one of the nation’s top K-12 and BIM architecture firms by Building Design + Construction. A proven inspiring and collegial environment, the firm has also continually landed on the North Bay Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” list. Visit: www.qka.com.