Catharine Fergus Garber is the founding partner of Fergus Garber Young Architects (Fergus Garber Group became Fergus Garber Young Architects in January of 2011). She established Fergus Garber Group in Chicago in 1987 and relocated the firm to Palo Alto in 1997. She has extensive experience designing new primary and vacation homes nationwide. She is a licensed architect and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Build It Green, and the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Catharine's undergraduate degree is in Art History from Middlebury College; her Masters in Architecture is from the University of Illinois, Chicago campus. When not at FGG Catharine loves spending her time outdoors – playing tennis, walking, hiking, biking, or skiing, with friends and family. She also tries her best to keep track of her two boys, Reed and Corwin.
Daniel Garber, FAIA, is a partner at Fergus Garber Young Architects (Fergus Garber Group became Fergus Garber Young Architects in January of 2011). Before joining his wife in her architectural practice (Fergus Garber Group) in 2002, Dan was a Partner in Relign Consulting and before that a vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle, both real estate services and consulting companies. Mr. Garber started his professional life at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (Chicago) a large international architectural engineering company.
He is a licensed Architect and a member and, as of 2014, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Dan received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where he received a PPG traveling scholarship.
Dan is a past Chair and commissioner of the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission, a past trustee of TheatreWorks Repertory Theatre in Palo Alto and Mountain View, and a former President of the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo. With what time is left, Dan enjoys playing tennis, skiing, hanging with his two boys who are now less interested in hanging out with him, and napping.
Heather Young is a partner of Fergus Garber Young Architects. Prior to becoming a partner, she had collaborated with Fergus Garber Group continually since 2004 (Fergus Garber Group became Fergus Garber Young Architects in January of 2011). Heather heads up FGYâ€™s commercial projects including the Palo Alto University Club renovation and addition, General Motors Silicon Valley Out Post Office (vehicle technology and innovation) office build-out, Funny or Die office build-out (a web based video company), and the mSpot office build-out (a cell phone media convergence company). She is a LEED 2.0 Accredited Professional and member of the Northern California Chapter of the US Green Building Council where she is a former Steering Committee member. In addition to her commercial focus, she also leads some of the firms residential projects that have larger sustainability goals including the LEED Platinum registered Bryant Street Residence.
Heather started out her professional career with Cesar Pelli & Associates in New Haven, Connecticut where she was an Associate working on the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Gonda Building at the Mayo Clinic. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and her Master of Architecture from Yale University. She also represents the AIA (American Institute of Architects) as a Commissioner for the CAB (California Architects Board) and NAAB (National Architects Accreditation Board). When not at her desk looking for green solutions or in the field working with contractors, Heather can be found playing basketball or watching a classic film (tip: if opposing Heather in Trivial Pursuit, choose a different category).
Craig is a senior project architect, and joined FGY in January 2007, after working for another Palo Alto architecture firm for over 14 years. He has over 20 years of custom residential architecture experience and brings enormous first hand field experience to the firm having worked with many construction companies. He is in charge of the firm's quality control program for residential projects. As a senior project architect Craig has worked on renovation, new and historic projects. Craig received his architectural degree from the Campbell School of Architecture at the University of Virginia - Thomas Jefferson's "Academical Village" [sic].
Craig is active civically, currently serving as an invited member of the Palo Alto Development Customer Advisory Group, focused on consolidating and simplifying the planning and permitting process in Palo Alto. In the past, he served as founding board member and mentor of the San Francisco Bay Area ACE Mentor Program, a non-profit designed to educate high school students about Architecture, Construction and Engineering, and subsequently offer scholarships to students who go on to study a construction related field.
Craig enjoys trouping his wife and 10 year old son to myriad Stanford sporting events. He camps, fly-fishes and attempts to play golf when he can find the spare time. Most extra time is spent with his son, where he is either trying to out-build his son's Lego constructions, or figuring out what Minecraft is, and how he can get his son play it less. Craig aspires to also get his private pilot's license in his spare time, but hasn't yet found said spare time.
Craig has given up looking for an affordable two bedroom, two bath house in Los Altos, and is now concentrating his efforts on an easier task – developing a temporal space / time transformer to alter the universal continuum around Los Altos, thus being able to occupy a three bedroom, two bath house simultaneously with some other unsuspecting family without fear of being incarcerated.
Luke Morton is FGY's sustainability manager and graduated from Stanford University with a B.Sc. in Earth Systems and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. During his studies, he worked for a number of building energy organizations. At the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington DC, he supported the creation of a carbon-based standard that will be incorporated into the LEED criteria. At the Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, CO, he worked on evaluating the effectiveness of Automated Demand Response Systems ("smart" thermostats). At Southface Energy Institute, in Atlanta, GA, Luke inspected over 500 new single-family houses as a HERS Rater for ENERGY STAR and EarthCraft House certifications. With Viron Energy Services in Oakland, CA, Luke led the energy audit of the entire Community College District of San Mateo, including College of San Mateo, Cañada College, and Skyline College. In his free time, Luke enjoys baking desserts in his solar oven for FGY's Tuesday lunches, playing ukulele in a local bluegrass band and giving lectures on building science to hapless Stanford undergrads.
Clinton Prior joined FGY after working for Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge Architects in Chicago working on institutional and cultural projects. He graduated from Yale University in 2007 with a Masters Degree in Architecture and was awarded the schools Drawing Prize. During his time at Yale he coordinated, taught and built three houses as part of the schools Building Project for low income housing. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is currently in the examination process to receive his license in the great state of California. Very happy to have relocated from Chicago, Clinton enjoys surfing, swimming, cycling, and stopping to take it all in (he's Australian). He looks forward to fulfilling his role as an architect through teaching at some point.
Tim knocked on our door in 2011 to defrost back in the Bay Area after having spent almost 8 years in his wife's hometown of Stockholm, Sweden. He holds a 5-year Bachelor's of Architecture and Master's degree from Montana State University in Bozeman. Raised in Menlo Park, Tim is a licensed architect and brings 17 years of high-end residential, multi-family residential and commercial knowledge to FGY. Tim has practiced in Austria, Sweden and the US. Most recently, he worked for RITS Arkitekter AB in Stockholm http://www.ritsarkitekter.se and before that Hermannsson Architects in Redwood City, CA. In his free time he enjoys life with his two kids and wife in up in the hills of Redwood City. He is a licensed windsurfing instructor, an avid surfer, skier, snowboarder and cyclist.
Clare Malone Prichard is a senior project architect who joined FGY in 2012 after working for many years at Stoecker and Northway Architects Inc. on both commercial and custom residential projects. She is a member and current chair of Palo Alto's Architectural Review Board (ARB), and serves as a judge for Acterra's Business Environmental Awards in the Sustainable Built Environment category. She is a member of the AIA and is a LEED BD+C accredited professional. Born in Australia to British expatriate parents, Clare arrived in Palo Alto at the age of five. After graduating from Paly, she received her degree in architecture from U.C. Berkeley. In the evenings, she enjoys listening to vinyl records played on vintage vacuum tube stereo equipment with her husband and their pet pigeons (who are particularly fond of disco). Most weekends you can find her gardening, swing dancing, bicycling, motorcycling, cruising in or wrenching on a '60's muscle car, or searching for that perfect mid-century modern accessory.
Allison Pell completed her Bachelor of Architecture degree at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. In her fourth year she studied abroad in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark an experience that galvanized her passion for design. After graduation, she moved to the Bay Area and spent a year working in the contract furniture industry before happily reuniting with architecture at FGY. Allison is exploring the Peninsula's architecture by bike, designing furniture for her apartment, and experimenting with new recipes such as possibly a Moroccan tagine or maybe a spicy Thai lobster soup.
Jerrod Nicholls joined FGY after working 6+ years with James Newhall Smith Architect, Inc. in Pacific Grove, CA where he worked on high end residential projects in the Monterey Bay area. Jerrod graduated from the University of Arizona in May 2012 with a Bachelor Degree in Architecture where he was nominated for AIA Design Excellence for his thesis project. He is currently working his way through the IDP process and prepping for examinations to receive both his architectural license and LEED accreditation. During his spare time, he enjoys traveling and hiking with his girlfriend and he has a passion for drawing and sports.
Grace Mariucci joined FGY after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Philosophy. While at Notre Dame, Grace focused on classical and traditional design, spending her third year in Rome, Italy. During her final year of study, she visited Havana, Cuba for a semester focused on Cuban architecture. Previous to FGY, Grace interned at the Prince's Foundation for Building Community in London, England, where she worked with the design team to create sustainable urbanism for communities. From her experiences abroad, Grace has an interest in history and culture and how such factors influence the built environment. She loves living in the Bay Area and enjoys the local hiking, farmers' markets, and scenic landscapes.
Kathleen Lilly joined FGY in 2013 after relocating from New York City. She brings with her over six years of experience in retail, small commercial, interiors, and residential architecture. While working at Ralph Lauren in NYC she had occasion to manage projects all over the world, including Russia, Europe, and Latin America. While there, she increased her focus and expertise in millwork and detailing, an interest that was kindled in her furniture-making classes in graduate school. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College and her Master of Architecture from Clemson University. In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the Bay area.
Maureen Buckley is our office manager!
Adam Titrington is a California licensed architect and LEED Green Associate. Originally from coastal North Carolina, Adam has worked in Washington D.C., Boston, and San Francisco before landing in Palo Alto. Adam graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and continued his studies at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Masters in Architecture. Adam has contributed to a range of higher education projects, including the Chace Center for the Rhode Island School of Design while with PDR|P in Boston. Before FGY Adam worked with Jensen Architects in San Francisco on high-end modern residential design projects. Adam loves to pull his wife Laura away from her research in Hydrology at Stanford to get out to hike and bike the nearby open-space preserves, and to camp in California's backcountry.
Mark Munoz joined FGY in 2013 and brings over 20 years of commercial, multi-family residential, and urban design experience. Prior to recently working for the regional firm of Hawley Peterson & Snyder focused on health care projects, he spent 10 years as the senior design architect for Ko Architects in Palo Alto, where his focus was on larger scale commercial projects, transit oriented mixed use developments and affordable housing. He also comes with as strong background in urban design having been a senior architect with San Jose Redevelopment Agency working on diverse projects in the downtown such as office buildings, hotels, housing and civic buildings. He also participated in the Urban Design Review Board and worked extensively with developers in helping with the rebirth of the downtown in the late 1990's. A licensed architect and a graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, he is a native of the bay area and lives locally with his wife and 9 year old son. As an avid golfer, most weekends you'll find him trying to find a block of time to get out to the course. However, that rarely happens with a 9 year old son keeping him busy. You'll also find him watercolor painting, combing record stores for vintage jazz vinyl and working continuously on his own home projects.
Kristen Lomax joined FGY after working for numerous architecture firms around the Bay Area and throughout the US. She is a licensed architect and her experience is primarily in high-end residential homes. Kristen graduated from Tulane University in 2008 with a Masters Degree in Architecture and received the Tulane 34 Award, given to the top 34 students university-wide. During her spare time, she enjoys watercoloring, hiking around the Bay Area, and anything DIY.
Madison Jackson joined FGY after graduating with her Masters in Architecture from the University of Oregon. Her interest in architecture became clear during her undergraduate years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she majored in the History of Art and Visual Culture. As an undergrad, Madison studied abroad in Paris where she fell in love with the historic buildings and was inspired by the way people transformed the older buildings to suit their modern needs. Madison is most passionate about reuse in architecture; believing that retrofitting what we already have is the most sustainable way to build moving forward. In her free time she enjoys travel, visiting museums, hiking, skiing, and roasting coffee with her fiancé.
Jillian Kuehnis joined FGY after graduating from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree. While there Jillian studied in Italy for a year and for her 5th year thesis, she developed a series of small scale and intricately designed rest stop interventions along CaliforniaÕs Pacific Coast Highway that won her an award for outstanding design achievement. Between school and FGY, Jillian taught a design workshop for high school students interested in architecture. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family who live close by.
Andrew Gutierrez joined FGY after graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with his Masters Degree in Architecture. Originally from Illinois he completed his Bachelor degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana - Champaign. While at Virginia Tech, Andrew worked as a teaching assistant in the woodshop and enjoys woodworking as a hobby, having recently completed designing and constructing his own desk. Andrew is working toward becoming a licensed architect and hopes to one day design his own house. During his free time, Andrew enjoys cycling, playing chess, and geocaching. He has completed a marathon and a half Ironman, and is thinking about doing a full Ironman someday soon.
Aaron Pavitt joined FGY after he learned that his wife was going to start her medical residency at Stanford University. They moved here from Chicago where he had been working with VOA + Associates. Aaron received his Undergraduate degree in Environmental Design and Architecture from the University of Colorado and his masters at the Illinois Institute of Technology. While at the IIT he spent time studying in Beijing, China and worked closely with City officials in Chicago to develop new concepts for a future urban living model. This work received three awards including a selection as one of Chicago's Top 5 architectural students. Aaron looks forward to pursuing his licensure in Architecture and LEED accreditation in the near future. In his free time he also enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling both near and far and spending time with his friends and family.
Everyone in the office is responsible for one or more projects and stays with each project from beginning to end. We all contribute to any project in the office as necessary.
We also gratefully acknowledge the contribution of our past employees, interns, summer interns, and collaborators, including: Elyssa Estrada, Micaela Danko, Kim Butler, Megan Jones, Danielle Wyse, Mariana Pabon, Prashilla Patel, Sudeshna Sukla, Lauren Goldman, Andrew Miller, Alex Hobbs, Elle White, Sally Darby, Sarah Sobel, Erica Weeks, Sophia Duluk, Cindy McGowan, Jarrett Lantz, Emily Damon (twice!), Christopher Stiedemann, Sylvan Juarez, Matt Serverson, Christopher Bravman, Lauren Leonard, William Young, Hayley Stevens, Anjelica Christon, Shawn Sasse (with special thanks), William O'Neill, Teresa McWalters, Stephen Sun, Lauren Schneider, Joseph Bergen, Cara Kuroda, Jennifer Martin, Catherine Yoo, Leora Goren, Maryann Hinden, Sylvia Fergus, Chris Rudiz, Morgan Ng, Carlos Louvier, Michael (Mickey) Kammeyer, Joseph Ney, Robin Johnson, Debra McQueen, William Hendrix and Timothy Hill.