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MKThink Team

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MARK MILLER

Mark Miller is an accomplished creative, entrepreneurial professional who founded and led the award winning businesses MKThink and Project FROG. He has an impressive history serving multiple corporate leadership roles including Founder, Chairman and CEO positions steering the companies to commercial and industry respected success.

Trained as an architect and planner, Mark excels at generating and connecting building, environment, human behavior and technology thought leadership— particularly for strategic assignments that require integrated creativity, vision and practical implementation.

Mark has recently returned to the leadership of MKThink as CEO and is also the Director of the newly created Innovation Studio. From a professional services platform, MKT integrates Research, Analysis, Planning, Design, and Technical Services to provide thoughtful solutions to contemporary building issues and opportunities.

Prior, Mark founded and served as CEO of the successful clean tech start-up company Project FROG, Inc. (Flexible Response to Ongoing Growth). He successfully launched Project FROG in 2006 leading the company to successful venture-company backing and early-stage commercial success. His work at FROG also includes innovative designs and technology that have gained recognition across the globe.

 

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STEVE KELLEY

Steve Kelley brings nearly 30 years of architectural and planning experience to his role as Principal & Co-founder of MKThink and he leads the firm’s Architecture Studio and firm’s overall design vision. He remains at the forefront of the industry with his insightful understanding of complex design issues and the numerous design awards Steve’s projects have received speak for his design skills and creativity.

Additionally, Steve was a Co-Founder of Project Frog, Inc. He brings a global perspective to a wide range of projects, having designed numerous large-scale urban projects nationally as well as in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

 

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NATE GOORE

Nate’s diverse work history gives him a multifaceted background spanning architecture, information technology, banking, marketing, and product development.

Throughout his career Nate has worked with Fortune 100 clients in the retail, financial, and manufacturing sectors, as well as many leading academic institutions. His primary focus is on integrating business processes, technology, and organizational changes with the physical environment to create lasting economic value. As Principal at MKTHINK, Nate oversees strategic initiatives, combining his diverse consulting backgrounds to develop high value solutions for our clients.

After graduating from Cornell University with a B.A. in Psychology, Nate completed his Masters in Architecture at Harvard University.

 

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JUAN DUQUE

Since graduating from architecture school in the 90’s, Juan has embarked upon a professional path that has taken him through a wide variety of projects, ranging from residential to commercial to multi-phased federal projects. The most meaningful work to Juan is that which touches on the built environment’s capability to heal the body and mind simultaneously, and that which impacts society at large for the better.

 

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ISABEL FIGUEREDO

Isabel leverages strong analytical and interpersonal skills to understand how communities function, and the role planned spaces play to enhance interaction and outcomes. She is attentive to environmental impact of all recommendations and shared goal of minimizing our footprint. Additionally, she wields global perspectives gained from residencies in Ecuador and India.

 

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SHANNON GRANT

Shannon is passionate about the intersection of the built environment, education, and the workplace. With over ten years of BD & communications experience in companies across education, media, and clean tech, she is currently in charge of business development, strategic growth and marketing at MKThink | Architecture.

 

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CHLOE LAUER

E. Chloé Lauer focuses her career on optimizing the interface between people and their environments to upgrade the experience of life. For nearly a decade, Chloé has worked with leading K-12, university, cultural and government institutions to guide strategic change. A lifelong learner, and adventurer, Chloé just returned from a yearlong sabbatical traveling the world; prior to that she completed a yearlong health coach certification at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (2010), and a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program (2011). Her work in strategy is therefore framed by a deep commitment to creating places that support vibrant and diverse lifestyles.

 

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EVELYN LEE

Evelyn Lee combines her architecture background with an integrative systems thinking approach resulting in sustainable outcomes that are environmentally, economically, and socially responsible. She has over 10years of experience leading multi-disciplinary teams on community-centric projects. A prolific writer, she has penned over 750 articles in print and online, and is a recognized green building and sustainable knowledge leader. Evelyn has held elected leadership positions in the American Institute of Architects, on local, regional, and national boards, and is a recipient of the Institute’s prestigious 2014 Young Architect Award.

 

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WILLIAM MANN

Willy combines a propensity for design with a thorough understanding of contemporary urban dynamics and a keen sense of social equity. With a background in urban studies and architecture, Willy is interested in graphically conveying the intricacies of the built environment as a means for spurring public engagement in the development of innovative spatial solutions.

 

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NICOLETTE MASTRANGELO

Nicolette Mastrangelo joined MKThink’s Innovation studio in 2013 as a Building Science and Technology Advisor. Since that time, she has had the opportunity to work with the San Francisco Zoo, Town School for Boys, and as a curator firm’s growing Salon Series Exhibition Project. Prior to joining MKThink, Nicolette worked on international architecture and planning projects at multi-disciplinary firms Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago and Arup in San Francisco. She has single family and high-rise residential architectural experience in San Francisco. Nicolette received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan in 2003 and joint Master of Architecture / Master of City Planning degrees from the University of California in 2010. She was awarded the John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship in 2009 for research on new cities and contemporary public space practices in 17 countries around the world. Nicolette is a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional.

 

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WIN MIXTER

Win has a background in Design, Media Art, and Architecture, and uses these elements to inform his creative output. As marketing coordinator + graphic designer, he works to develop the brand and graphic identity of the firm. He is a diehard museum patron, and enjoys undertaking freelance illustration projects in his time away from the office.

 

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ZACHARY MOORE

From an early age, Zach has shown his enthusiasm towards buildings and their construction. His architectural values are expressed through a devotion to adaptive reuse, celebrating design and building upon existing infrastructure. Away from the desk, he can usually be found fly-fishing on the river.

 

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NISHA PATEL

Nisha is a recent transplant to San Francisco by way of Los Angeles by way of Michigan. She is excited about the make-stuff-happen energy of the city. Nisha is interested in all scales of the built environment – from the texture of the fabric on a chair to the impact of design on the urban experience. She enjoys the opportunity to explore design at all these scales at MKThink.

 

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MATTHEW PIETRAS

A licensed architect in New York and California, Matt joined MKThink in 2003 after cutting his teeth in the Big Apple at Mitchell/Giurgola Architects. As Director of Architecture at MKThink, Matt has developed a strong track record leading multi-disciplinary teams through technically complex projects and approvals processes. His organization, methodical approach, and comprehensive knowledge of building codes and standards ensure high-quality and effective project delivery. And, with an eye on the big picture at all times, Matt’s savvy and smarts allow him to guide his teams to produce the best and highest results to handle each client’s challenges.

 

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RACHEL POSMAN

Former professional ballet dancer turned MBA and design strategist, Rachel is passionate about building a bridge between design and business as a way to create shared value and social change. Merging her intuitive and creative perspective with an analytic, business-centered approach to problem solving, Rachel expertly guides her team to produce meaningful and results-oriented insights for clients.

 

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JAMIE STRAMAGLIO

Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture and Ecological Design from San Francisco Institute of Architecture. He has been designing in the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe region since 2004 working on a variety of project types including Residential, Multi-Family, Mixed-use, Institutional, Commercial, and Restaurants. Jamie’s design process is an integrated approach rooted in the traditions of Organic design principles paralleled with rules of nature, geometry, and conscientious problem solving ultimately creating beautiful sustainable architecture that balance human ways of life with natural and built environments.

 

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JEN TAI

Jen focuses her work at the intersections of the built environment and human behavior. Her background in architecture and urban planning allows her to work at a wide range of scales and design strategically within different environmental and socioeconomic contexts. She has a particular interest in developing tools to understand and measure the complexities of how people engage with space in order to re-envision a smarter built environment.

 

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SIGNO UDDENBERG

With a background in sustainable engineering and human-centered design, Signo brings technical expertise to projects intersecting human behavior and the environment. His particular focus is on understanding how physical environments affect user choices and activity patterns. Having completed several user-design projects in conjunction with the Hassno-Plattner Institute of Design (d.School), Signo enjoys the process of uncovering the needs and insights that forecast human choices, and he works to map those insights to design decisions. Recently he completed a month-long field research project in the Philippines studying the inter-relationship among energy use, facility orientation & typology, and user activities. Signo holds a BA in Natural Science from Pepperdine, a BS in Civil Engineering from USC, and an MSc in Sustainable Design & Construction from Stanford.