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Meet the Team
Meet the Team
KUTH | RANIERI is among an emerging group of innovative designers at the forefront of green building who question and rescript conventional design and building practices. Committed to research and experimentation, Kuth | Ranieri is led by Byron Kuth and Elizabeth Ranieri.

KUTH | RANIERI has won AIA awards at the regional, state, and national levels including the Architectural League’s Young Architects, Emerging Voices and I.D. magazine’s 39th, 45th, and 47th annual awards. The firm’s work was part of the multimedia show entitled Fabrications exhibited at SFMOMA, New York MoMA, and the Wexner Center. Princeton Architectural Press with the Graham Foundation published their monograph, KUTH | RANIERI Architects, released in 2010.
Byron Kuth
FAIA, LEED AP
Managing Principal
Byron Kuth
FAIA, LEED AP
Managing Principal
Byron Kuth holds degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been licensed to practice architecture in the state of California since 1992. Together with his partner, Elizabeth Ranieri, he established KUTH | RANIERI Architects in 1990. He and Mrs. Ranieri launched the Deep Green Design Alliance in 2003, a multidisciplinary think tank for sustainable strategies in architecture and urban design. In conjunction with his practice, he has taught at the California College of the Arts, was a visiting instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and participated in the Friedman Professor Masters Studios at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.

Mr. Kuth has been active in the field of Sustainable Design, winning a 2004 AIA ExRes award for a sustainable artists’ retreat and a 2005 AIA Best of Bay award in Urban Design for an environmentally responsible proposal for Martyrs’ Square in Beirut, Lebanon. His work was selected as part of the 2004 AIA traveling exhibit on the future of sustainable architecture and as a speaker at Smarter by Design, a panel discussion sponsored by the Commonwealth Club focusing on emerging concepts of Green Architecture. Through his role with the LEF Foundation, Mr. Kuth is active in supporting green design initiatives in the fields of industrial design, textiles, and architecture. In 2007, Mr. Kuth was elevated to Fellow by the American Institute of Architects.
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Byron Kuth
FAIA, LEED AP
Managing Principal
Byron Kuth holds degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been licensed to practice architecture in the state of California since 1992. Together with his partner, Elizabeth Ranieri, he established KUTH | RANIERI Architects in 1990. He and Mrs. Ranieri launched the Deep Green Design Alliance in 2003, a multidisciplinary think tank for sustainable strategies in architecture and urban design. In conjunction with his practice, he has taught at the California College of the Arts, was a visiting instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and participated in the Friedman Professor Masters Studios at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.

Mr. Kuth has been active in the field of Sustainable Design, winning a 2004 AIA ExRes award for a sustainable artists’ retreat and a 2005 AIA Best of Bay award in Urban Design for an environmentally responsible proposal for Martyrs’ Square in Beirut, Lebanon. His work was selected as part of the 2004 AIA traveling exhibit on the future of sustainable architecture and as a speaker at Smarter by Design, a panel discussion sponsored by the Commonwealth Club focusing on emerging concepts of Green Architecture. Through his role with the LEF Foundation, Mr. Kuth is active in supporting green design initiatives in the fields of industrial design, textiles, and architecture. In 2007, Mr. Kuth was elevated to Fellow by the American Institute of Architects.
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Meet the Team
KUTH | RANIERI is among an emerging group of innovative designers at the forefront of green building who question and rescript conventional design and building practices. Committed to research and experimentation, Kuth | Ranieri is led by Byron Kuth and Elizabeth Ranieri.

KUTH | RANIERI has won AIA awards at the regional, state, and national levels including the Architectural League’s Young Architects, Emerging Voices and I.D. magazine’s 39th, 45th, and 47th annual awards. The firm’s work was part of the multimedia show entitled Fabrications exhibited at SFMOMA, New York MoMA, and the Wexner Center. Princeton Architectural Press with the Graham Foundation published their monograph, KUTH | RANIERI Architects, released in 2010.
Elizabeth Ranieri
FAIA, LEED AP
Design Principal
Elizabeth Ranieri
FAIA, LEED AP
Design Principal
Elizabeth Ranieri is Design Principal of Kuth/Ranieri Architects and co-founded the Bay Area firm with her partner, Byron Kuth. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and earned degrees in fine arts and architecture. With over 20 years experience practicing architecture, she has earned a national reputation for an innovative and expressive architecture that’s rooted in sustainable strategies. Elizabeth has led the firm’s research & development on new materials, water conservation, water treatment and adaptive mitigations to rising seas.

Along with her practice, Elizabeth has taught at California College of the Arts, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as a Friedman Professor for the Masters of Architecture program at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and currently is an Industry Partner for a Masters of Mechanical Engineering Capstone Project at UC Berkeley’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership. She has juried a number of panels including: ID Magazine’s yearly awards issue, San Francisco’s AIA annual awards, AIACC’s residential awards, Houston’s AIA annual awards, San Francisco’s Selection Panel for the Veterans War Memorial Renovation Project and Architect Magazine’s 2012 Annual Awards. Princeton Architectural Press and the Graham Foundation published her monograph, Kuth/Ranieri Architects as part of their New Voices in Architecture Series.

Elizabeth was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2010 and currently serves as a Presidential Nominee (2012-2016) on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Architecture.
Elizabeth Ranieri
FAIA, LEED AP
Design Principal
Elizabeth Ranieri is Design Principal of Kuth/Ranieri Architects and co-founded the Bay Area firm with her partner, Byron Kuth. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and earned degrees in fine arts and architecture. With over 20 years experience practicing architecture, she has earned a national reputation for an innovative and expressive architecture that’s rooted in sustainable strategies. Elizabeth has led the firm’s research & development on new materials, water conservation, water treatment and adaptive mitigations to rising seas.

Along with her practice, Elizabeth has taught at California College of the Arts, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as a Friedman Professor for the Masters of Architecture program at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and currently is an Industry Partner for a Masters of Mechanical Engineering Capstone Project at UC Berkeley’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership. She has juried a number of panels including: ID Magazine’s yearly awards issue, San Francisco’s AIA annual awards, AIACC’s residential awards, Houston’s AIA annual awards, San Francisco’s Selection Panel for the Veterans War Memorial Renovation Project and Architect Magazine’s 2012 Annual Awards. Princeton Architectural Press and the Graham Foundation published her monograph, Kuth/Ranieri Architects as part of their New Voices in Architecture Series.

Elizabeth was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2010 and currently serves as a Presidential Nominee (2012-2016) on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Architecture.
Byron Kuth
FAIA, LEED AP
Managing Principal
Byron Kuth holds degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been licensed to practice architecture in the state of California since 1992. Together with his partner, Elizabeth Ranieri, he established KUTH | RANIERI Architects in 1990. He and Mrs. Ranieri launched the Deep Green Design Alliance in 2003, a multidisciplinary think tank for sustainable strategies in architecture and urban design. In conjunction with his practice, he has taught at the California College of the Arts, was a visiting instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and participated in the Friedman Professor Masters Studios at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.

Mr. Kuth has been active in the field of Sustainable Design, winning a 2004 AIA ExRes award for a sustainable artists’ retreat and a 2005 AIA Best of Bay award in Urban Design for an environmentally responsible proposal for Martyrs’ Square in Beirut, Lebanon. His work was selected as part of the 2004 AIA traveling exhibit on the future of sustainable architecture and as a speaker at Smarter by Design, a panel discussion sponsored by the Commonwealth Club focusing on emerging concepts of Green Architecture. Through his role with the LEF Foundation, Mr. Kuth is active in supporting green design initiatives in the fields of industrial design, textiles, and architecture. In 2007, Mr. Kuth was elevated to Fellow by the American Institute of Architects.
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Meet the Team
KUTH | RANIERI is among an emerging group of innovative designers at the forefront of green building who question and rescript conventional design and building practices. Committed to research and experimentation, Kuth | Ranieri is led by Byron Kuth and Elizabeth Ranieri.

KUTH | RANIERI has won AIA awards at the regional, state, and national levels including the Architectural League’s Young Architects, Emerging Voices and I.D. magazine’s 39th, 45th, and 47th annual awards. The firm’s work was part of the multimedia show entitled Fabrications exhibited at SFMOMA, New York MoMA, and the Wexner Center. Princeton Architectural Press with the Graham Foundation published their monograph, KUTH | RANIERI Architects, released in 2010.
Michael McGroarty
ARCHITECT, LEED AP
Senior Associate
Michael McGroarty
ARCHITECT, LEED AP
Senior Associate
Michael joined Kuth | Ranieri in 2013 as a senior project architect. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts and California and a LEED Accredited Professional since 2004. His previous work experience includes a diverse array of project types including residential, wildlife and animal care, mixed-use affordable housing, large-scale educational and university, office, retail, and cultural projects. Michael received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State University and Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. He has practiced in Boston and San Francisco since 1997 and has taught architecture courses at the Boston Architectural College and for Oxbridge Academic Programs in Paris.

He brings a broad set of professional skills, including program management of complex, multiphase building prototype and tenant improvement programs, architectural project management, and the formation and implementation of multidiscipline CAD/BIM standards. His academic interests stem from the potentialities of semi-autonomous systems; coordinated transportation infrastructures and microgrid, prefab, zero-energy structures along with the economic incentives or realignments that could make space for them.

When not in the office, he can probably be found hiking, biking, or skiing in the mountains, swimming, kayaking or kiteboarding in the bay, or running along the waterfront.
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Michael McGroarty
ARCHITECT, LEED AP
Senior Associate
Michael joined Kuth | Ranieri in 2013 as a senior project architect. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts and California and a LEED Accredited Professional since 2004. His previous work experience includes a diverse array of project types including residential, wildlife and animal care, mixed-use affordable housing, large-scale educational and university, office, retail, and cultural projects. Michael received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State University and Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. He has practiced in Boston and San Francisco since 1997 and has taught architecture courses at the Boston Architectural College and for Oxbridge Academic Programs in Paris.

He brings a broad set of professional skills, including program management of complex, multiphase building prototype and tenant improvement programs, architectural project management, and the formation and implementation of multidiscipline CAD/BIM standards. His academic interests stem from the potentialities of semi-autonomous systems; coordinated transportation infrastructures and microgrid, prefab, zero-energy structures along with the economic incentives or realignments that could make space for them.

When not in the office, he can probably be found hiking, biking, or skiing in the mountains, swimming, kayaking or kiteboarding in the bay, or running along the waterfront.
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Elizabeth Ranieri
FAIA, LEED AP
Design Principal
Elizabeth Ranieri is Design Principal of Kuth/Ranieri Architects and co-founded the Bay Area firm with her partner, Byron Kuth. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and earned degrees in fine arts and architecture. With over 20 years experience practicing architecture, she has earned a national reputation for an innovative and expressive architecture that’s rooted in sustainable strategies. Elizabeth has led the firm’s research & development on new materials, water conservation, water treatment and adaptive mitigations to rising seas.

Along with her practice, Elizabeth has taught at California College of the Arts, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as a Friedman Professor for the Masters of Architecture program at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and currently is an Industry Partner for a Masters of Mechanical Engineering Capstone Project at UC Berkeley’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership. She has juried a number of panels including: ID Magazine’s yearly awards issue, San Francisco’s AIA annual awards, AIACC’s residential awards, Houston’s AIA annual awards, San Francisco’s Selection Panel for the Veterans War Memorial Renovation Project and Architect Magazine’s 2012 Annual Awards. Princeton Architectural Press and the Graham Foundation published her monograph, Kuth/Ranieri Architects as part of their New Voices in Architecture Series.

Elizabeth was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2010 and currently serves as a Presidential Nominee (2012-2016) on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Architecture.
Elmer Lin
ARCHITECT
Project Architect
Elmer Lin
ARCHITECT
Project Architect
Elmer Lin earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon in 1991 and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1995. Elmer has been licensed to practice architecture in the state of California since 2004. He joined Kuth | Ranieri as a senior project architect in 2001 after eight years of practice with various firms in San Francisco, New York, and Singapore.

Elmer has completed a variety of projects for Day One, Jil Sander, USA Interactive, Regent Hotels, Poppybox Gardens, California Closets, Kirshenbaum Bond and Partners, Scharffen Berger Chocolates, and other strategically intensive clients. Elmer’s project expertise has involved not only new construction but also the creative reuse and preservation of existing structures and their extenuating site conditions.

At Kuth | Ranieri, Elmer has been active in project management and contract administration. Elmer has completed projects ranging from small, intimate restaurants with minimal budgets to 20,000-square-foot offices and retail stores with wide-ranging facilities to luxury residential projects with richly integrated interiors.
Ethen Wood
Associate
Ethen Wood
Associate
Ethen Wood joined Kuth | Ranieri in late 2014. A native San Franciscan, he received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Oregon and his Masters of Architecture Degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining Kuth | Ranieri Architects, he worked for Fougeron Architecture and Aidlin Darling Design on numerous award-winning projects.

In addition to his work at Kuth | Ranieri, he is a lecturer in Architectural Design at Stanford University. He has taught at the University of San Francisco, Academy of Art University, and at Harvard University – Graduate School of Design’s Career Discovery.

Ethen has a deep interest in Modern Architectural history, craft, and tectonic architectural expression. He enjoys spending time with his wife and new son, and exploring the hidden modern architectural gems of the Bay Area.
Ethen Wood
Associate
Ethen Wood joined Kuth | Ranieri in late 2014. A native San Franciscan, he received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Oregon and his Masters of Architecture Degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining Kuth | Ranieri Architects, he worked for Fougeron Architecture and Aidlin Darling Design on numerous award-winning projects.

In addition to his work at Kuth | Ranieri, he is a lecturer in Architectural Design at Stanford University. He has taught at the University of San Francisco, Academy of Art University, and at Harvard University – Graduate School of Design’s Career Discovery.

Ethen has a deep interest in Modern Architectural history, craft, and tectonic architectural expression. He enjoys spending time with his wife and new son, and exploring the hidden modern architectural gems of the Bay Area.
Elmer Lin
ARCHITECT
Project Architect
Elmer Lin earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon in 1991 and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1995. Elmer has been licensed to practice architecture in the state of California since 2004. He joined Kuth | Ranieri as a senior project architect in 2001 after eight years of practice with various firms in San Francisco, New York, and Singapore.

Elmer has completed a variety of projects for Day One, Jil Sander, USA Interactive, Regent Hotels, Poppybox Gardens, California Closets, Kirshenbaum Bond and Partners, Scharffen Berger Chocolates, and other strategically intensive clients. Elmer’s project expertise has involved not only new construction but also the creative reuse and preservation of existing structures and their extenuating site conditions.

At Kuth | Ranieri, Elmer has been active in project management and contract administration. Elmer has completed projects ranging from small, intimate restaurants with minimal budgets to 20,000-square-foot offices and retail stores with wide-ranging facilities to luxury residential projects with richly integrated interiors.
Ethen Wood
Associate
Ethen Wood joined Kuth | Ranieri in late 2014. A native San Franciscan, he received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Oregon and his Masters of Architecture Degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining Kuth | Ranieri Architects, he worked for Fougeron Architecture and Aidlin Darling Design on numerous award-winning projects.

In addition to his work at Kuth | Ranieri, he is a lecturer in Architectural Design at Stanford University. He has taught at the University of San Francisco, Academy of Art University, and at Harvard University – Graduate School of Design’s Career Discovery.

Ethen has a deep interest in Modern Architectural history, craft, and tectonic architectural expression. He enjoys spending time with his wife and new son, and exploring the hidden modern architectural gems of the Bay Area.
Elmer Lin
ARCHITECT
Project Architect
Elmer Lin earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon in 1991 and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1995. Elmer has been licensed to practice architecture in the state of California since 2004. He joined Kuth | Ranieri as a senior project architect in 2001 after eight years of practice with various firms in San Francisco, New York, and Singapore.

Elmer has completed a variety of projects for Day One, Jil Sander, USA Interactive, Regent Hotels, Poppybox Gardens, California Closets, Kirshenbaum Bond and Partners, Scharffen Berger Chocolates, and other strategically intensive clients. Elmer’s project expertise has involved not only new construction but also the creative reuse and preservation of existing structures and their extenuating site conditions.

At Kuth | Ranieri, Elmer has been active in project management and contract administration. Elmer has completed projects ranging from small, intimate restaurants with minimal budgets to 20,000-square-foot offices and retail stores with wide-ranging facilities to luxury residential projects with richly integrated interiors.
Michael McGroarty
ARCHITECT, LEED AP
Senior Associate
Michael joined Kuth | Ranieri in 2013 as a senior project architect. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts and California and a LEED Accredited Professional since 2004. His previous work experience includes a diverse array of project types including residential, wildlife and animal care, mixed-use affordable housing, large-scale educational and university, office, retail, and cultural projects. Michael received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State University and Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. He has practiced in Boston and San Francisco since 1997 and has taught architecture courses at the Boston Architectural College and for Oxbridge Academic Programs in Paris.

He brings a broad set of professional skills, including program management of complex, multiphase building prototype and tenant improvement programs, architectural project management, and the formation and implementation of multidiscipline CAD/BIM standards. His academic interests stem from the potentialities of semi-autonomous systems; coordinated transportation infrastructures and microgrid, prefab, zero-energy structures along with the economic incentives or realignments that could make space for them.

When not in the office, he can probably be found hiking, biking, or skiing in the mountains, swimming, kayaking or kiteboarding in the bay, or running along the waterfront.
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Ophelia Wilkins
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Project Architect
Ophelia Wilkins
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Project Architect
Ophelia Wilkins joined Kuth | Rainieri in 2015. She is a registered architect in the state of California and holds a Masters degree in Architecture from MIT in Cambridge, MA. Ophelia’s background is primarily in the areas of public transportation buildings and sustainable rural affordable housing. Linking these experiences is an interest in designing for public clients and creating transit-, bike- and pedestrian-oriented spaces.

Prior to joining Kuth | Ranieri, Ophelia contributed to numerous projects in the Bay Area, including space planning for the downtown San Francisco BART stations, design of the 24th and Mission BART Plaza renovation, and SFO renovations including Boarding Area E and Terminal 3 East. From 2007-2010, Ophelia was a Rose Architectural Fellow based in Durango, Colorado where she developed and designed green affordable housing, setting a new normal of deeply energy efficient homes (50% of the area average) and developing a net-zero energy prototype using culturally-appropriate strategies. She has also contributed to design and construction of strawbale homes and public buildings on the Navajo, Hopi, and Turtle Mountain nations.

Contributing to her perspective on architecture are her interests in long distance trail running, road and mountain biking, yoga, and craft, including building clothes, furniture, and pottery.
Eliza Koshland‎
Designer
Eliza Koshland‎
Designer
Eliza Koshland holds a degree in architecture from the University of Washington and a degree in urban studies from Barnard College. She joined Kuth | Ranieri in 2011.

Prior to Kuth | Ranieri, Eliza worked as designer for Slade Architecture in New York City, where she lead a range of residential and commercial projects. She has experience in both traditional and digital fabrication methods and learned a love for craft while participating in UW’s furniture studio and design build programs.

At Kuth | Ranieri, Eliza has contributed to a variety of projects including, the award-winning Museum of the American Indian, Vertical Wetlands, “Little Secrets” custom mirror, and most recently a residential renovation in Oakland.
Eliza Koshland‎
Designer
Eliza Koshland holds a degree in architecture from the University of Washington and a degree in urban studies from Barnard College. She joined Kuth | Ranieri in 2011.

Prior to Kuth | Ranieri, Eliza worked as designer for Slade Architecture in New York City, where she lead a range of residential and commercial projects. She has experience in both traditional and digital fabrication methods and learned a love for craft while participating in UW’s furniture studio and design build programs.

At Kuth | Ranieri, Eliza has contributed to a variety of projects including, the award-winning Museum of the American Indian, Vertical Wetlands, “Little Secrets” custom mirror, and most recently a residential renovation in Oakland.
Ophelia Wilkins
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Project Architect
Ophelia Wilkins joined Kuth | Rainieri in 2015. She is a registered architect in the state of California and holds a Masters degree in Architecture from MIT in Cambridge, MA. Ophelia’s background is primarily in the areas of public transportation buildings and sustainable rural affordable housing. Linking these experiences is an interest in designing for public clients and creating transit-, bike- and pedestrian-oriented spaces.

Prior to joining Kuth | Ranieri, Ophelia contributed to numerous projects in the Bay Area, including space planning for the downtown San Francisco BART stations, design of the 24th and Mission BART Plaza renovation, and SFO renovations including Boarding Area E and Terminal 3 East. From 2007-2010, Ophelia was a Rose Architectural Fellow based in Durango, Colorado where she developed and designed green affordable housing, setting a new normal of deeply energy efficient homes (50% of the area average) and developing a net-zero energy prototype using culturally-appropriate strategies. She has also contributed to design and construction of strawbale homes and public buildings on the Navajo, Hopi, and Turtle Mountain nations.

Contributing to her perspective on architecture are her interests in long distance trail running, road and mountain biking, yoga, and craft, including building clothes, furniture, and pottery.
Michael Bautista
Designer
Michael Bautista
Designer
Michael Bautista joined KR in late 2015 having completed projects of a wide range of building types, from private schools, hospitals & aquariums to single family residences, tapas bars, and custom furniture. Primarily at SMWM and more recently at Feldman Architecture, he's practiced in San Francisco since the mid 1990's, after beginning work in Denver with his Bachelor's of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado.

While his first built (design-build!) works were skate ramps at the age of 12, Michael particularly enjoys detailing & execution and design that is informed equally by context, concept and construction. Outside the practice Michael has taken sabbaticals in Asia, Europe and South America to learn to weld, speak the language, climb rocks, and play the beautiful game (soccer!); he maintains the same hobbies at home in San Francisco.
Michael Bautista
Designer
Michael Bautista joined KR in late 2015 having completed projects of a wide range of building types, from private schools, hospitals & aquariums to single family residences, tapas bars, and custom furniture. Primarily at SMWM and more recently at Feldman Architecture, he's practiced in San Francisco since the mid 1990's, after beginning work in Denver with his Bachelor's of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado.

While his first built (design-build!) works were skate ramps at the age of 12, Michael particularly enjoys detailing & execution and design that is informed equally by context, concept and construction. Outside the practice Michael has taken sabbaticals in Asia, Europe and South America to learn to weld, speak the language, climb rocks, and play the beautiful game (soccer!); he maintains the same hobbies at home in San Francisco.
Eliza Koshland‎
Designer
Eliza Koshland holds a degree in architecture from the University of Washington and a degree in urban studies from Barnard College. She joined Kuth | Ranieri in 2011.

Prior to Kuth | Ranieri, Eliza worked as designer for Slade Architecture in New York City, where she lead a range of residential and commercial projects. She has experience in both traditional and digital fabrication methods and learned a love for craft while participating in UW’s furniture studio and design build programs.

At Kuth | Ranieri, Eliza has contributed to a variety of projects including, the award-winning Museum of the American Indian, Vertical Wetlands, “Little Secrets” custom mirror, and most recently a residential renovation in Oakland.
Ophelia Wilkins
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Project Architect
Ophelia Wilkins joined Kuth | Rainieri in 2015. She is a registered architect in the state of California and holds a Masters degree in Architecture from MIT in Cambridge, MA. Ophelia’s background is primarily in the areas of public transportation buildings and sustainable rural affordable housing. Linking these experiences is an interest in designing for public clients and creating transit-, bike- and pedestrian-oriented spaces.

Prior to joining Kuth | Ranieri, Ophelia contributed to numerous projects in the Bay Area, including space planning for the downtown San Francisco BART stations, design of the 24th and Mission BART Plaza renovation, and SFO renovations including Boarding Area E and Terminal 3 East. From 2007-2010, Ophelia was a Rose Architectural Fellow based in Durango, Colorado where she developed and designed green affordable housing, setting a new normal of deeply energy efficient homes (50% of the area average) and developing a net-zero energy prototype using culturally-appropriate strategies. She has also contributed to design and construction of strawbale homes and public buildings on the Navajo, Hopi, and Turtle Mountain nations.

Contributing to her perspective on architecture are her interests in long distance trail running, road and mountain biking, yoga, and craft, including building clothes, furniture, and pottery.
M. Juno Song
Designer
M. Juno Song
Designer
Juno Song holds a B.S in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Kuth | Ranieri in early 2015. Prior to Kuth | Ranieri, Juno worked as a designer at Field Architecture where he has contributed to many residential and cultural projects.

Juno has a strong desire for exploring and understanding the experience of the built environment, the phenomenology of space. Outside of the office, Juno has a passion for hiking, traveling, having a nice cold beer with friends, and most recently, rock climbing.
M. Juno Song
Designer
Juno Song holds a B.S in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Kuth | Ranieri in early 2015. Prior to Kuth | Ranieri, Juno worked as a designer at Field Architecture where he has contributed to many residential and cultural projects.

Juno has a strong desire for exploring and understanding the experience of the built environment, the phenomenology of space. Outside of the office, Juno has a passion for hiking, traveling, having a nice cold beer with friends, and most recently, rock climbing.
Michael Bautista
Designer
Michael Bautista joined KR in late 2015 having completed projects of a wide range of building types, from private schools, hospitals & aquariums to single family residences, tapas bars, and custom furniture. Primarily at SMWM and more recently at Feldman Architecture, he's practiced in San Francisco since the mid 1990's, after beginning work in Denver with his Bachelor's of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado.

While his first built (design-build!) works were skate ramps at the age of 12, Michael particularly enjoys detailing & execution and design that is informed equally by context, concept and construction. Outside the practice Michael has taken sabbaticals in Asia, Europe and South America to learn to weld, speak the language, climb rocks, and play the beautiful game (soccer!); he maintains the same hobbies at home in San Francisco.
Dorothy Shepard
LEED AP BD+C
Designer
Dorothy Shepard
LEED AP BD+C
Designer
Dorothy Shepard joined Kuth | Ranieri Architects in 2014. She earned a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit. She holds a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Dorothy has continually sought opportunities to be involved in Public Interest Design (PID). At Tulane University, she was awarded a PID Fellowship where she worked with the Tulane City Center in New Orleans on the Hollygrove Greenline Master Plan—a neighborhood revitalization project focusing on storm water management education.

Dorothy also holds a strong passion for the art of making. She has worked professionally with CNC fabrication tools from water jet cutters to 3-point routers to 3D printers. Through personal projects designing and constructing theatre sets and creating half of her furniture; she finds beauty in the details.
Leif Estrada
Designer
Leif Estrada
Designer
Leif Estrada joined Kuth | Ranieri Architects in the summer of 2016. He earned a Master in Landscape Architecture and a Master in Design Studies, concentrating on Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he was awarded the department’s Thesis Prize, the Howard T Fisher Prize, an Honorary Award from the National Geographic’s Mapping Awards, and named as a finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship. Prior to his graduate studies, he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with High Distinction, and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit at the California College of the Arts.

Leif is interested in the utilization of cartographic representation and visualization in the realms of technology and ecology and how such issues impact larger urbanization processes in the planetary scale; and ultimately how such phenomena affects social and political issues of the built environment.

Leif Estrada
Designer
Leif Estrada joined Kuth | Ranieri Architects in the summer of 2016. He earned a Master in Landscape Architecture and a Master in Design Studies, concentrating on Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he was awarded the department’s Thesis Prize, the Howard T Fisher Prize, an Honorary Award from the National Geographic’s Mapping Awards, and named as a finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship. Prior to his graduate studies, he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with High Distinction, and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit at the California College of the Arts.

Leif is interested in the utilization of cartographic representation and visualization in the realms of technology and ecology and how such issues impact larger urbanization processes in the planetary scale; and ultimately how such phenomena affects social and political issues of the built environment.

Dorothy Shepard
LEED AP BD+C
Designer
Dorothy Shepard joined Kuth | Ranieri Architects in 2014. She earned a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit. She holds a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Dorothy has continually sought opportunities to be involved in Public Interest Design (PID). At Tulane University, she was awarded a PID Fellowship where she worked with the Tulane City Center in New Orleans on the Hollygrove Greenline Master Plan—a neighborhood revitalization project focusing on storm water management education.

Dorothy also holds a strong passion for the art of making. She has worked professionally with CNC fabrication tools from water jet cutters to 3-point routers to 3D printers. Through personal projects designing and constructing theatre sets and creating half of her furniture; she finds beauty in the details.
Leif Estrada
Designer
Leif Estrada joined Kuth | Ranieri Architects in the summer of 2016. He earned a Master in Landscape Architecture and a Master in Design Studies, concentrating on Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he was awarded the department’s Thesis Prize, the Howard T Fisher Prize, an Honorary Award from the National Geographic’s Mapping Awards, and named as a finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship. Prior to his graduate studies, he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with High Distinction, and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit at the California College of the Arts.

Leif is interested in the utilization of cartographic representation and visualization in the realms of technology and ecology and how such issues impact larger urbanization processes in the planetary scale; and ultimately how such phenomena affects social and political issues of the built environment.

Dorothy Shepard
LEED AP BD+C
Designer
Dorothy Shepard joined Kuth | Ranieri Architects in 2014. She earned a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit. She holds a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Dorothy has continually sought opportunities to be involved in Public Interest Design (PID). At Tulane University, she was awarded a PID Fellowship where she worked with the Tulane City Center in New Orleans on the Hollygrove Greenline Master Plan—a neighborhood revitalization project focusing on storm water management education.

Dorothy also holds a strong passion for the art of making. She has worked professionally with CNC fabrication tools from water jet cutters to 3-point routers to 3D printers. Through personal projects designing and constructing theatre sets and creating half of her furniture; she finds beauty in the details.
M. Juno Song
Designer
Juno Song holds a B.S in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Kuth | Ranieri in early 2015. Prior to Kuth | Ranieri, Juno worked as a designer at Field Architecture where he has contributed to many residential and cultural projects.

Juno has a strong desire for exploring and understanding the experience of the built environment, the phenomenology of space. Outside of the office, Juno has a passion for hiking, traveling, having a nice cold beer with friends, and most recently, rock climbing.
Akana Jayewardene
Designer
Akana Jayewardene
Designer
Akana joined Kuth | Ranieri in the summer of 2016, shortly after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. While at USF, she learned the value of community oriented architecture and social justice based design through various community design outreach projects. She is currently working on the San Francisco International Airport Terminal 1 renovation.

In addition to her interest in architecture, Akana is fascinated by the dynamism of cities and the immigration patterns that influence them. Her senior thesis focused on placemaking in the 21st century, and the ways in which immigration transforms the urban fabric of cities. She studied neighborhoods in San Francisco, conducting GIS research on Little Saigon to understand how immigrants find a sense of home within a foreign city. Being an immigrant herself, Akana has a profound interest in how architecture facilitates placemaking in a globalized world.

When not musing over the philosophical implications of the built environment, Akana can be found running, reading, swimming, hiking, climbing, writing, or camping.
Audrey Wong
Office Manager
Audrey Wong
Office Manager
Audrey is a proud San Francisco native and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing at SF State University. Audrey joined the team in 2016. She brings her management and organizational skills to Kuth | Ranieri, where she enjoys working with clients and employees alike to achieve efficient office processes and procedures. Outside of the office, Audrey has a passion for baseball games and trying new restaurants.
Audrey Wong
Office Manager
Audrey is a proud San Francisco native and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing at SF State University. Audrey joined the team in 2016. She brings her management and organizational skills to Kuth | Ranieri, where she enjoys working with clients and employees alike to achieve efficient office processes and procedures. Outside of the office, Audrey has a passion for baseball games and trying new restaurants.
Akana Jayewardene
Designer
Akana joined Kuth | Ranieri in the summer of 2016, shortly after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. While at USF, she learned the value of community oriented architecture and social justice based design through various community design outreach projects. She is currently working on the San Francisco International Airport Terminal 1 renovation.

In addition to her interest in architecture, Akana is fascinated by the dynamism of cities and the immigration patterns that influence them. Her senior thesis focused on placemaking in the 21st century, and the ways in which immigration transforms the urban fabric of cities. She studied neighborhoods in San Francisco, conducting GIS research on Little Saigon to understand how immigrants find a sense of home within a foreign city. Being an immigrant herself, Akana has a profound interest in how architecture facilitates placemaking in a globalized world.

When not musing over the philosophical implications of the built environment, Akana can be found running, reading, swimming, hiking, climbing, writing, or camping.
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