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Mimi Sullivan is a registered Architect in California, a Certified Green Building Professional, and a principal of Saida + Sullivan Design Partners (SSDP). Ms. Sullivan is just as passionate about the process of design as she is about the final built structure. She oversees community outreach, design team coordination, project management, sustainability, and construction supervision. Ms. Sullivan's 25 years of diverse experience includes extensive work in award winning multi-family/mixed use housing as well as commercial, retail, civic building and custom single family homes. She is both an architect and an educator. She has taught architectural design at universities in the states and in Japan. She was the founding director of the Graduate Architecture Program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and achieved NAAB accreditation for the program in 2007.
Prior to starting SSDP with her partner, Ms. Sullivan was teaching Japanese architectural history at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan while acting as the Resident Director for the Oregon State System of Higher Education for study abroad programs at multiple universities in Tokyo. Ms. Sullivan received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Rice University and a Master of Architecture and Master of International Studies from the University of Oregon.
Hans Sagan holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California - Berkeley. His dissertation, "Specters of '68: Protest, Policing and Urban Space" investigates the role of the built environment in law enforcement and spatial control over political protest under neoliberalism. His teaching deals with urbanism, evidence-based design, architectural theory and 20th Century architecture history. His research investigates cities and spaces as cultural phenomena, based in specific social and economic contexts, critically examining both the practices of creation and using spaces and places. He has written about pre-modern Rome, 19 century Paris, 20th century Black Rock City and New York City, and 21st century Trinidad, Denver, St. Paul and Cairo.
He received his Master of Arts in Communication Studies (with a certificate in Cultural Studies) from the University of North Carolina.
His Bachelor of Arts degree is from the University of Minnesota in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.
Hans has taught Evidence-Based Design and Design Theory at the University of California, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina, and Media Studies and Cultural History at Duke University.
Assistant Graduate Director
Anne-Catrin Schultz has been teaching in the field of architecture and design for over 15 years. She has worked on numerous research projects and publications. Her most recent book about the San Francisco International Terminal by SOM was published with Axel Menges editions in 2008. Anne-Catrin Schultz studied architecture and urban planning in Stuttgart, Germany and Florence, Italy, and earned a Ph.D. in architecture at the University of Stuttgart researching the work of the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa. Following post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and worked for several years with Turnbull Griffin Haesloop and Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM). At SOM, she was involved in local projects like the St. Regis Hotel in South of Market in San Francisco and a large scale housing project in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco.
Anne-Catrin has taught at different colleges and universities including the University of Stuttgart, Germany and the University of California at Berkeley. She has been teaching at the Academy since 2009 and teaches onsite and online History and Theory classes.
Anne-Catrin is active in architecture preservation and is a board member of the Landmark Heritage Foundation related to Julia Morgan's City Club building in Berkeley. She is currently working on a monograph of the Jerusalem Supreme Court by the Israeli architects Ram Karmi and Ada Karmi-Melamede.
Jennifer M. Asselstine
Jennifer Asselstine has 30 years of experience in architecture and design and 10 years of teaching experience and is a licensed architect and runs her own design office in San Anselmo. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota, where she was honored with an award from the American Institute of Architects. Ms. Asselstine went on to work for RTKL and CS&D in Baltimore, Maryland. She later moved to the U.K., where she studied at the Architectural Association in London and later worked for WATG Architects.
Ms. Asselstine has worked in the U.S., London, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Sydney, Australia on a broad range of projects, from hotel and resort design and senior housing, to an IMAX theater. Jennifer is a registered architect in the State of Maryland. The Red Cross Headquarters and Blood Processing Center, which was designed by Ms. Asselstine for CS&D Architects in Baltimore, Maryland, won a Design Award from the American Society of Interior Designers. She currently specializes in single-family housing and community design work.
Undergraduate Assistant Program Director
Beverly Choe is a registered architect in California and principal of Bach Architecture, which focuses on residential and educational design. Her academic interests lie in urban housing and its effects on the socio-economic dynamics of the city. Prior to establishing Bach Architecture in San Francisco, Beverly worked at architectural firms in New York City and Berlin, Germany. She was project architect for La Cocina Kitchen and Housing (AIA Merit Award) and a team captain for Plaza Apartments in San Francisco (AIA Honor Award 2009, Home of the Year Award from Architecture Magazine). Her personal work has been published by loud paper magazine and Harvard Design School's Studio Works.
Beverly received a Bachelors of Architecture from Cornell University and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University. She served as teaching assistant at Harvard University and California College of the Arts. She has taught studios at Academy of Art since 2005, and led the Undergraduate program from 2010-2012.
Eric Lum, AIA, Ph.D., LEED BD+C, is a licensed architect in the state of California and NCARB certified. Dr. Lum taught previously at Roger Williams University, California College of the Arts, and the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was assistant professor of History and Theory. He has worked in a number of firms nationwide, including Kallmann, McKinnell and Wood Architects in Boston, Arthur Erickson Architects in Los Angeles, and Gensler in San Francisco. He is a founding principal of his firm Architecture 3 (A3). He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he gained his doctorate in architectural history.
Mr. Bertoli has vast experience in different areas of the architectural profession. His work ranges from the planning of shuttle facilities for the space program to the designing of a performing arts center. He most recently designed the InterContinental San Francisco hotel. His work has also been recognized by multiple AIA Chapters, the Architectural Association of France, and at numerous international competitions.
Mr. Bertoli started his formal education at the University of Buenos Aires, and continued at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has his professional license through the State of California. Before joining the Academy he was a lecturer at Cal Poly SLO, UCLA Graduate School of Architecture, and taught for more than 20 years at SCI-ARC.
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