SmithGroup Elevates Three to Principal at San Francisco Office

SAN FRANCISCO (March 5, 2019) – SmithGroup, one of the nation’s leading integrated design firms, has promoted Daniel Carfora, Don Jerabek, and Stet Sanborn to principal at its San Francisco office.

As director of business development at the San Francisco office, Daniel Carfora, CPSM, LEED AP has over 25 years of experience specializing in creating new opportunities, fostering client relationships and implementing best marketing practices. He is passionate about leveraging clients’ aspirations and goals to create truly unique and integrated design solutions to better communities, clients and organizations. Carfora was recently involved in the pursuit and win of the new Community Civic Campus for the City of South San Francisco. He is an active member and past-president of the Society for Marketing Professional Services San Francisco Bay Area chapter for 20 years and has served in several different positions. Carfora earned a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Virginia. He resides in San Francisco.

Don Jerabek, AIA is an experienced project manager at the San Francisco office who specializes in delivering large, complex projects from conception through construction. Jerabek served as project manager on the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center, which was awarded a 2018 Fast Company Innovation by Design Award Honorable Mention in the Spaces, Places and Cities category. He’s also currently managing the design and delivery of three civic buildings for the South San Francisco Community Civic Campus. Jerabek is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He earned a Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Ball State University. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, he now resides in Oakland, California.

As a mechanical engineering leader at the San Francisco office, Stet Sanborn, AIA, LEED AP, CPHC is passionate about Net Zero Energy building and design. With expertise in radiant heating and cooling, heat recovery systems and high-performance building enclosures, he works to establish the highest indoor environmental quality on all his projects. Recent work includes a new city hall building for the City of Sunnyvale, California. He’s a member of several professional organizations, including AIA, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning, Passive House California, Society of Building Science Educators, and International Living Futures Institute. He was also named one of Consulting-Specifying Engineers 2018 “40 Under 40.” Sanborn earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, followed by a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. A native of Marshalltown, Iowa, he now lives in Oakland, California.


is one of the world’s preeminent integrated design firms. Working across a network of 13 offices in the U.S. and China, a team of 1,300 experts is committed to excellence in strategy, design, and delivery. The scale of the firm’s thinking and organization produces partnerships with forward-looking clients that maximize opportunities, minimize risk and solve their most complex problems. SmithGroup creates exceptional design solutions for healthcare, science and technology organizations, higher education and cultural institutions, senior living, urban environments, diverse workplaces, mixed-use and waterfront developments, and parks and open spaces.

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