"A great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasured." —Louis Kahn
Theresa AmuraoAssocaite, Project Manager — San Francisco
From a young age, Theresa was always encouraged to explore her interests and potential. She enjoyed both the freedom of art classes and exactness of math. Architecture allows her to enjoy the creative problem solving that is involved throughout the process to make ideas come to life.
Theresa started her career working in multi-family affordable housing, where she gained valuable knowledge and skills. Her curiosity about architecture has led her to explore many project types and to learn the ways it is integrated into our daily lives. She is endlessly fascinated with how architecture can be a rich and complex intersection of life. Theresa has learned that by engaging logic, creativity, experience, and vision; her career will allow her to design, formulate, and coordinate built elements that exist in the natural world. Those built elements create our environment and the places we gather, work, play, and live.
- B.Arch, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
"Good ideas come from everywhere. It's more important to recognize a good idea than to author it." —Jeanne Gang
Kerry GoethelAssociate, Senior Project Manager — San Diego
After attending an architecture camp in the second grade, Kerry became hooked. As a young child, she started a portfolio of floor plans for imaginary houses, products, and businesses. Now, with over 18 years of experience, Kerry has engulfed herself in architecture and the collaborative process that comes along with design. On most project teams, Kerry can be found trouble shooting and turning potential issues into design opportunities using adaptability and creativity to look past the obstacles.
- Bachelor of Architecture with High Honors, University of Texas at Austin
- LEED Accredited Professional
“I enjoy the process of Architecture, the evolution and the emphasis to detail as a project evolves from concept through completion.”
Fernando CavazosAssociate, Project Manager — San Diego
Even before working as a drafter of small custom homes in the Los Angeles area for a professor while attending the University of California, Fernando loved sketching buildings and sections. He eventually worked his way into a larger Architectural and Engineering firm in San Diego where he gained experience working in an office environment as part of a large production team focusing on large scale medical, commercial, and institutional projects. Familiarized with smaller and mid-sized firms along with hospitality & casino projects, small- & large-scale commercial tenant improvement, and high-end custom homes, Fernando has experience in overseeing production staff, coordinating with consultants & governing agencies, and Construction Administration. Fernando pays great attention to detail and has a growing appreciation for architectural history and design approaches, which is evident in his work.
- B.Arch, University of Southern California
“There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?” – Zaha Hadid
Megan JonesAssociate, Senior Job Captain — San Diego
As a Senior Job Captain, Megan assists and collaborates with Senior Designers and Project Managers in the designing and presentation of projects. Megan focuses on residential, retail, and mixed-use projects. She works mainly in the Adobe Creative Suite to present our ideas in the most clear, efficient and effective manner.
Megan was first drawn to architecture for the chance to combine her mathematical left brain with her love for design. To Megan, architecture is limitless: With math, there’s only one right answer, whereas architecture allows for endless possibilities. She seeks to find a balance of aesthetics and practicality in each project.
As someone who grew from student intern in our San Francisco office to a full-time employee in our San Diego office, Megan continues to explore her passion and niche within architecture at each level of opportunity.
B.Arch, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
LEED Green Associate
"Architecture fascinates me with its combination of rational logic and perceptual understanding merging to focus on improving lifestyles."
Qianqian ZhangAssociate, Project Designer — San Francisco
A highly adaptable designer on the SGPA team, Qianqian combines her formal education with her experiences living, exploring, and studying abroad to inform and develop design solutions.
Well-versed in Autodesk CAD, REVIT, Sketchup, Adobe programs, Rhinocero, 3D Max, VRay, Maxwell, Grasshopper, and Lumion, Qianqian considers each projects’ possibilities, social sensitives, and design options with a fresh, well-trained perspective and an underlying passion for architecture and design.
- M.Arch, Texas A&M University
- M. Arch, Jilin Institute of Architecture and Civil Engineering
- B.Arch, Jilin Institute of Architecture and Civil Engineering
- LEED Green Associate
Nadya Robledo EspinozaAssociate, Project Designer — San Diego
As a Project Designer at SGPA, Nadya assists with design and production assignments for a variety of project types. With a degree in Architecture and concentration in Urban Studies, she is experienced in design research, pre-design, schematic design and design development. With over six years of experience, Nadya’s innovative design skills resonate from her belief that function yields more importance than form alone. Her technology-based skill set allows her designs to benefit from tools such as video editing, photography, 3D modeling, drafting and introductory software programming.
Architecture is ideally suited for Nadya; The combination of logistics and aesthetics fulfills her inherent desire to influence current and future generations through spatial design.
- B.Arch, NewSchool of Architecture + Design
"Architecture is about more than just beautiful buildings – it’s also about how spaces interact with, and change the lives of those who use them."
Victoria GrayAssociate, Project Manager — San Francisco
Imagine, for a second, the feeling of satisfaction after solving a difficult puzzle, or finding the solution to a tricky problem. It is that same feeling – the sense of pride and accomplishment stemming from being able to design a space from scratch that is both habitable and enjoyable – that drew Tori to pursue a career in architecture. Spaces like outdoor plazas, or any sort of social gathering area, which allow for interaction between users, have become one of Tori’s specialties since joining SGPA.
Tori is also instrumental in the production of design and construction documents for projects ranging in completeness from planning and site design to building design and construction.
- Registered Architect, California
- B.Arch, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
"I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster and leaves less room for lies." —Le Corbusier
Derek BuskirkAssociate, Associate Architect — San Diego
Derek joined SGPA in 2012 as an intern, assisting in different capacities for projects of various sizes and studios. In his current role as an Associate Architect, he leads production efforts, as well as design and graphics support, renderings, and construction documents. His work ethic, sharp eye, and skills with Revit and Adobe Creative Suite have continuously created high demand for his time on many of SGPA’s projects.
The idea that our profession can change lives and communities inspired Derek to study architecture and led to his current pursuit of licensure.
- B.Arch, Woodbury University