Our firm is made up of talented individuals who are dedicated to the pursuit of architecture. They are passionate about design, committed to thorough project management, and appreciate an attention to detail. We value the collective experience of our people and recognize how much they contribute to helping our clients realize their architectural dreams and aspirations.
Growing up in San Francisco, Brooks was exposed to interesting architecture from a young age. He distinctly remembers spending quality time in relatives’ homes commissioned by William Wurster, Joseph Esherick and Frank Lloyd Wright. By the time Brooks was 12, he knew architecture was his passion and calling. He followed his dream and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Oregon in 1983. Upon graduation, Brooks worked with his uncle Sandy Walker for five years where he enhanced his landscape and architecture skills. Brooks also spent several years as a sole practitioner, expanding his architectural experience to include construction and real estate development, before opening Walker Warner Architects with Greg Warner in 1989.
Brooks draws inspiration from many styles and architects, but he is most influenced by William Wurster for the simplicity and precision of his works. He spent many holidays in one of Wurster’s ranch-style homes, which was evocative of those found in a John Steinbeck countryside. During this time, Brooks developed a strong appreciation for architecture that is well integrated into the landscape.
Brooks is very involved in community service and currently serves on the boards and/or committees of the Wild Salmon Center, Hamlin School, Shasta Forest Timberlands LLC, Sugar Bowl Ski Corporation and Ploughshares Fund Investment Committee. He has previously served on the boards and/or committees of SPUR, Aim High, Walker Art Center and SFMOMA Department of Architecture and Design Accessions Committee. Outside of architecture, Brooks leads an active lifestyle that includes fly-fishing, skiing, hiking, tennis, squash, biking and hunting. He is also a certified private pilot and is passionate about and supportive of the arts. Brooks lives with his wife and three children in San Francisco.
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Greg’s interest in contextually appropriate design was greatly influenced while growing up in the Hawaiian Islands where climate and environment have a great impact on design. He further developed his expertise in contextual design while attending the University of Oregon, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1983. Early in his career, Greg worked for several Bay Area firms gaining experience in both residential and commercial design before co-founding Walker Warner Architects in 1989 with Brooks Walker.
Greg does not work in a singular design approach, but rather he is versatile and adaptive to the unique environment of each project. His forward-looking approach incorporates a modernist point-of-view imbued with warmth and texture. He also attributes his sensitivity to context and site to agrarian buildings that shaped his appreciation of architecture within rural settings.
He finds inspiration from architect Vladimir Ossipoff, who is best known for his works in Hawaii, including the Hawai’i Preparatory Academy, which Greg attended as a young boy. Greg contributes his early interest in architecture to his time spent at the Academy.
As an alumnus of the University of Oregon, Greg actively supports the school by participating in lecture programs and other activities. Greg’s community service has included a pro bono assignment to create a new health center and storm shelter for Oceania Community Health in Micronesia. Greg is also working on efforts to restore Vladimir Ossipoff’s Davies Chapel which is part of the Hawai’i Preparatory Academy and one of the key influential buildings that shaped Greg’s approach to site responsive architecture that is enduring. Outside of architecture, Greg pursues his love for the outdoors with activities ranging from fly fishing to participating in triathlons. Greg has two children and currently resides in Lafayette, California with his wife.
Mike is originally from Florida and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1995 with a Bachelor of Architecture, joining Walker Warner Architects in 1997. Mike has lived on the East and West Coasts of the United States, as well as in Poland, Germany and India. His time spent living overseas, as well as his travels within the U.S. have reinforced a deep appreciation for contextually appropriate design. For each project, Mike draws inspiration from the local cultural and physical context with a goal of combining the best principals of regional vernacular structures with a modernist point of view, resulting in timeless architecture that reflects the client’s vision.
As a Principal, Mike leads the design of multiple projects while also collaborating on the design and management of select projects with Brooks and Greg. In the past, he has managed some of the firm’s complex site projects including the House of Flowers, Quintessa Pavilions, Oak Woodland Residence, Sonoma Ranch, and Foothills Modern Residence.
Mike leads an active lifestyle that includes rock climbing and bicycle racing. When time allows, he can also be found working in his wood shop or remodeling his 1920s house. Mike lives in Burlingame, California with his wife and two daughters.
After growing up on Long Island, Kathy was awakened to architecture’s potential during her time at Rice University where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1993. During her years in Houston, Kathy regularly visited Renzo Piano’s Menil Collection, drawn by the building’s quiet contextualism, simplicity and inventive use of natural light. Kathy was equally impressed by Piano’s collaborative approach with master craftsmen and has sought out similar relationships on projects, such as the Wilderness Cabin, Quintessa Residence, and Big Wood River Residence since joining Walker Warner Architects in 1995.
As a Principal, Kathy mentors teams in the use of good processes to achieve the highest quality of work. She ensures that all projects are successful in balancing clients’ goals in terms of budget, schedule and design. She also leads the design process on several projects of her own. Kathy believes that the best work results when designs evolve in a thoroughly considered and deliberate manner.
Kathy’s spent many years supporting education in San Francisco’s public schools and has worked with a variety of students on architecture-related projects. She also spent three years as a board member at Creative Arts Charter School, a public elementary and middle school that focuses on arts-integrated education. Kathy enjoys soccer and hiking in her spare time. She lives with her family in San Francisco’s Mission District.
As a Senior Associate, Tom manages the development of large estates and family homes, in addition to curating the firm’s in-house architectural library. Tom also oversees Walker Warner’s monthly “lunch and learn” program where topics such as best practices, technical and construction issues, and new materials and products are presented.
Tom received his Masters of Architecture in 2004 and his Bachelors of Architecture in 1989 from Tulane University and joined Walker Warner in 2001. He credits his brother, whom he worked with in NYC, for influencing his design aesthetic.
As a Senior Associate, Clark leads the development and implementation of initiatives that disseminate project-based knowledge throughout the firm. Clark joined Walker Warner in 1999 and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture from Montana State University.
Clark enjoys the uniqueness of each project and how each one symbolizes a team-based effort from predesign to completion. He believes each Walker Warner solution, driven by its own specific pragmatic circumstances and requirements, is a true one-of-a-kind.
Anne graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and joined Walker Warner in 1995. Anne’s role at Walker Warner has shifted from project management to a behind-the-scenes role where she will be responsible for ensuring that project team’s drawings are cohesive, complete and consistent from project to project.
Anne is a third generation architect and San Franciscan who grew up visiting notable architect-designed projects, including works by Bernard Maybeck, William Wurster and Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker. Thanks to her father, she has also been influenced by the work of Le Corbusier.
Throughout her career, Gloria has worked on various types of architecture, but particularly favors residential projects because of the existing relationship between the resident, site and building that are specific and intimate. As a Project Manager who joined Walker Warner in 2014, Gloria leads and manages project teams and oversees development and delivery of projects. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University in 2001.
Although Gloria does not have one favorite building, she has been greatly influenced by Alvaro Siza’s Santa Maria Church de Canavezes in San Marcos, Portugal. She admires the church’s simple, yet dramatic proportions, beautiful light and immense scale.
Brian is a precise communicator who enjoys collaborating with clients, design professionals, artisans and contractors to deliver thoroughly detailed designs that meet each client’s unique requirements. Brian joined Walker Warner in 2007, after two years of volunteering in the Peace Corps. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, and earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
One of Brian’s favorite buildings, which he first visited in 1992, is Condominium 1 at Sea Ranch designed by Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull and Whitaker. He admires how the building is contextually appropriate to its location; in particular, how the design promotes a heightened architectural experience as well as a unique relationship to the landscape.
As a Senior Project Manager, Sharon collaborates on all aspects of design and helps guide projects from inception to completion. Typically the main contact for clients, she is primarily responsible for ensuring that each client’s vision, criteria, budget, schedule and overall goals are realized.
Sharon joined Walker Warner in 2005 and received her Bachelors of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Sharon is influenced by the principles of Japanese design, specifically simplicity, balance, essence and nature, which she draws upon in her daily work.
John joined the Walker Warner team in 2005 after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2003. As a Project Manager, John helps develop the project design with lead architects and supervises the development of projects throughout the entire architectural process.
John’s favorite project is the Hale Ma’alahi Residence in Kamuela, Hawaii, one of the first projects he worked on upon joining the firm. The residence captures distant views of the dramatic Hawaiian landscape while countering strong prevailing winds due to its unique shape and orientation to the land.
Helen has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Hawaii and joined Walker Warner Architects in 1997. As a Senior Project Manager, she enjoys the challenges of creating complex and well-designed projects accompanied by thoroughly detailed documentations.
Helen draws great pleasure and satisfaction from music. She performs in the cello section of a local orchestra and delights in giving back to the community with its free live concerts.
Amadeo grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia after moving from France as a child. He joined Walker Warner in 2011 and received his Bachelor of Architecture and Masters of Architecture from the University of Virginia. As a Project Manager, part of his role is to take the seeds of a good project idea and transform them into a comfortable and fully developed residence that fits the client’s needs.
His favorite building is the Mont Saint Michael in France for its unique defensible siting and its medieval construction derived from impressive engineering, highly skilled craftsman and shear human effort.
Originally from Pieksämäki, Finland, Anja joined Walker Warner in 2012 with a Master’s of Science in Architecture from Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University). She is most intrigued by exploring the human scale of a place, in order to create spaces that are both detailed and comfortable. She draws her inspiration from the thoughtful consideration of how buildings interact with their surroundings as expressed by Alvar Aalto’s works, or such masterpieces as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.
As a Project Manager, she looks forward to more rewarding moments of meticulous design work coming to fruition, collaborating with individuals who are equally passionate about the process.
John joined Walker Warner in 2017. He has experience in the design of several building types, including residential, hospitality, commercial, cultural, and institutional. John holds a Master of Architecture from Yale, and Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University where he received the AIA Henry Adams Medal. As a student, he spent time in Italy studying the masterworks of the Renaissance.
John has taught graduate design studios at the University of British Columbia, and undergraduate design studios at the Yale School of Architecture and the New York Institute of Technology. He is a licensed architect in New York State. Prior to joining Walker Warner, John worked for a few notable architects in Vancouver and New York.
Rina is a Registered Architect with 20 years of experience who joined Walker Warner in 2011. Born in Indonesia and raised in the Washington D.C. area, Rina is energized by bringing beauty, function and a unique identity to each project.
As a Project Manager, she harnesses both her artistic spirit as well as her meticulous focus on the technical aspects of design. She excels at building trust with clients, design professionals, contractors and coworkers. In addition to the knowledge and experience that Rina brings to Walker Warner, she also possesses a talent for team building and mentorship, fostering an environment of innovation and excellence.
Rina earned both a Bachelor in Architecture and in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated Cum Laude. When she is not stewarding her projects through a smooth design and building process, Rina enjoys fine arts, dancing, scuba diving, cooking, and traveling with her friends and family.
Since he was young, Rob had an interest in studying and drawing maps. This initial hobby took him – on skis, foot and bike – into the backcountry, where he developed a deep appreciation for the natural world. Seeing architecture as a way to preserve and contribute to this natural beauty, he received his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Oregon in 2004.
Rob has been with Walker Warner Architects since 2011. As a Project Architect, he oversees project design and coordination.
Chris joined Walker Warner in 2017. In addition to residential design, over the course of his career he has worked on hospitality, educational, and community buildings as well as multi-unit housing, healthcare facilities and tenant improvement projects. As a Project Manager, he is responsible for supporting and coordinating overall design throughout all project phases. Chris obtained a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a core member of the WWA sustainability team and considers sustainability integral to good architectural design.
In his free time, Chris enjoys backpacking throughout California and other western states and, as a lifelong baseball fan, supporting the San Francisco Giants.
Matt sees architecture as a dynamic medium that shapes our interaction between the body and the encompassing environment. Always keeping the program requirements of its users top of mind, he aims to anchor a design in its context while enhancing one’s experience of place.
Outside of architecture, Matt enjoys crafting furniture to further explore materials and the craftsmanship of design. His hobby has been particularly relevant when detailing projects in the office.
Growing up in Sydney, Australia, where neo-classical cathedrals co-exist with modern marvels like the Opera House, Jeremy constantly encountered awe-inspiring monumental architecture. Moving to Los Angeles, he discovered a city full of innovative residential design: the Arts and Crafts movement, Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces, and the experimental modernism of Rudolf Schindler, John Lautner, and the Case Study houses. Joining Walker Warner in 2018, he draws from his varied experiences in both previous home bases and now the Bay Area to inform design.
Outside of work, Jeremy enjoys visually inventive movies and animation, especially those with unconventional narratives and quirky characters. His favorite film makers are Joel and Ethan Coen, Wes Anderson, Edgar Wright, Baz Luhrmann, and Hiyao Miyazaki.
Hailing from Leavenworth, Washington, Chris joined Walker Warner in 2011 after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. As a Project Manager, he is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of each project and for continually advancing the project from the design to the construction phase.
His architectural influences include Antoni Gaudi for his works in Barcelona; Renzo Piano for his unique approach to each project; and Santiago Calatrava for his sculptural poetry that is a combination of art, architecture and engineering.
Aaron became an architect after living and working in Japan for three years, where he was inspired by traditional and contemporary architecture from architect Tadao Ando. He is most passionate about exploring the relationship between the built and natural environment. He joined Walker Warner in 2011, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of California, Los Angeles and his Masters of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture.
As a Project Manager, Aaron enjoys being able to work with clients, builder, and colleagues who appreciate the highest level of design. When not designing homes, he can be found oil painting or sidewalk chalk drawing with his daughter.
When the client is a family building a home for their kids’ formative years, the stakes don’t get any higher. Dan gets most excited about the responsibility of creating spaces where the magical (and the mundane) moments of life take place. He takes pride in Walker Warner’s design process: a navigation of multilayered complexities which results in the art of making projects that look almost ‘simple.’ Through relentless examination, coordination and teamwork, a client’s vision is manifested.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Dan began his career in Washington, D.C., later moving to New York City and then to Oxford, England. In 2013 he landed in San Francisco and joined Walker Warner Architects. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University. He lives with his wife and son in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood.
After graduating from the University of Florida, Hana moved out to California for graduate school where she developed an undeniable love for the Bay Area. She joined Walker Warner in 2013, shortly after receiving her Master’s Degree in Architecture at UC Berkeley. Over the last seven years, she has been a vital participant in marketing, social media efforts and the samples team, as well as serving a number of different roles on project teams in both Hawaii and California.
Hana takes inspiration from those who have defined architecture as a means of studying human interaction with physical space, rather than as a set of formal rules and strategies. The writings of Juhani Pallasmaa and Peter Zumthor remain largely influential in the way she approaches all forms of art and design.
Teal joined Walker Warner in 2019 and quickly made herself an invaluable member of the team. As the Human Resources Manager, she helps create and maintain a work environment that enables employees to be themselves and do their best work. She concentrates on workplace practices that provide total rewards, as well as diverse tasks such as recruitment, professional development, workplace flexibility, diversity, inclusion and belonging, compliance and employee relations.
Teal received her Masters of Science in HR Management from Golden Gate University, and studied both business and marketing at University of Nevada during her undergrad. She loves to explore, travel and learn, and seeks out new destinations every chance she gets. Her favorite Walker Warner design is Quintessa Winery, due to the way the Tasting Pavilions appear to seamlessly blend into the surrounding environment.
As Marketing Director, Leslie focuses on building awareness of the firm’s capabilities and ensuring the firm is presenting a consistent message across all communication platforms that appropriately reflect the custom residential market. Leslie joined the Walker Warner team in 1998, and received her Bachelor in Industrial Arts from San Francisco State University in 1988.
Her favorite building is Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona. She admires how the columns and arches appear to be growing out of the ground and how the dramatic ceilings glow with light from the stained glass windows.
Tom received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan in 1992 and Master of Architecture in 1996. After graduation, he joined Walker Warner and worked on numerous residential projects in California and Hawaii.
Tom oversees the firm’s Information Technology and Digital Design efforts, including Building Information Modeling. He is responsible for staff resource planning, recruitment and professional development – finding, hiring and retaining top talent. Tom is also involved in developing standards and processes, as well as knowledge management, thus helping foster a culture of design and technical excellence.
Dan joined Walker Warner in 2019. Prior to joining the firm, Dan held leadership positions at other design firms, including Controller at Gensler. Throughout his 20+ year career, Dan has established a reputation for building great teams and advancing systems and processes to support the business.
Dan holds a Bachelor’s in Finance and Accounting from Columbia Union College and is a licensed CPA. He put himself through school on a full scholarship for playing classical trumpet and still plays occasionally.
Dan lives in Walnut Creek with his wife and two daughters, and his favorite pastimes include cycling and spending time with his family. He finds himself continually impressed and inspired with the passion Walker Warner’s team has for collaborating to achieve the best architectural design.