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School of Interior Architecture & Design Faculty

Grover C. Dear Jr.

Executive Director, School of Interior Architecture & Design

Grover C. Dear Jr. is a 45-year veteran of the architectural profession, and the managing director and design principal of ARCHASIA Hong Kong Limited, a Hong Kong-based global architectural practice. Dear is a registered, authorized architect in Hong Kong; a registered architect in California, Georgia, and Florida with NCARB certification; and a registered architect in the United Kingdom with ARB certification. He is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Architects. In 2009, he obtained Green Building Council Institute accreditation as LEED AP, and in 2010, he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Dear is also a design critic, guest lecturer, professional advisor to various educational venues (including the Department of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and theSan Francisco Design Center), and founding member of the Hong Kong chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Dear attended the Faculté des Lettres of L'Université de Dijon in 1969 and received his bachelor of architecture degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. He launched his career with I.M. Pei & Partners in NewYork and, after working in Atlanta with John Portman and Associates, he relocated to Asia in 1980 to establish Portman's Hong Kong operation. Since establishing ARCHASIA in 1987, he has offered international clients in the luxury residential, corporate, and hospitality markets distinctive architecture, interior, and master planning design services. As chief design consultant for the Hong Kong Four Seasons and ifc mall (2003-2005), he was responsible for the coordination and approval of all designs prepared by the project's 12 participating architectural and design firms.

Dear joined the faculty of Academy of Art University in February 2016, as the new Executive Director of the School of Interior Architecture & Design.

Archana Myer

Director, School of Interior Architecture & Design

Archana Myer has a unique background which combines hospitality design, project management, and marketing. Most recently she was at the world's largest Hospitality Firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) as a Senior Designer/Project Manager. While at HBA she worked on several large-scale international hospitality projects including properties for Ritz Carlton, Hilton Hotels, and InterContinental Hotel Group.

In addition to her design and project management responsibilities, she co-managed the San Francisco office of HBA and played a key role in creating a new marketing and client development strategy which has proven to be quite successful.

Prior to HBA, Ms. Myer worked as a Marketing Coordinator at Fluor Corporation, a Fortune 500 engineering and Construction Company. The skills gained while at Fluor proved to be extremely useful in the design industry throughout the course of her career.

Holding degrees from UC Santa Barbara and Academy of Art University, Ms. Myer has a unique educational background that has led to her diversity as a design professional. Her combination of design skills and management experience makes teaching the natural next step for her.

Marc DiGiacomo

Online Coordinator, School of Interior Architecture & Design

Marc DiGiacomo, Architect, LEED AP is licensed in the State of California, and received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in 1995. He has served as Project Manager and Senior Designer on interior design and architectural projects ranging from mid-rise multifamily buildings, restaurants, executive office spaces, healthcare projects, and private residences. Marc began teaching with the Academy as an adjunct instructor in 2001.

Agustin Sanders

Full-Time Faculty, School of Interior Architecture & Design

Agustin grew up in a very artistic family. His mother was an interior designer and first introduced him to fabrics, furniture and design. He started his career in Mexico City working as a set designer for one of Mexico's most influential fashion photographers at the age of 19. After living in Mexico for almost the first 20 years of his life, he decided to relocate to San Francisco, California. In 2009 Agustin had the opportunity to design the Urban Knights Art Cafe for Academy of Art University. The main design for this space was based on a modern version of an art studio, utilizing the Academy colors and incorporating different material and textures all through out the space to create a very contemporary environment but comfortable and eye catching for students. Agustin received his BFA degree from Academy of Art, School of Interior Architecture and Design.