FIRM OVERVIEW

Fergus Garber Young Architects is a full-service architectural firm providing a higher level of attention, management and environmental stewardship to clients, both residential and commercial, that have a long term interest in their property.

We create projects that both we and our clients are proud of. Our clients value our ability to understand them. The varied architectural styles of our projects reflect our goal to embrace our clients' interests and desires. We match their goals to the essential qualities of good architecture: strong plans, good proportions, and a high attention to detail to make functional and beautiful houses.

We are leaders in environmental stewardship. Our focus and expertise in green design has resulted in one of our houses receiving LEED Platinum criteria, one of Northern California's first. We will be among the first in the nation to have performed an embodied energy analysis of a portfolio of our single family houses to establish targeted embodied energy thresholds for our design practice. We have significant expertise in designing to meet Green Points, LEED, California's Title 24 and CALGreen requirements. Our commitment to the environment is further supported by the addition of the Sustainability Manager role in our firm.

Sneha Avargerimath has joined FGY with 2 years of intern experience working on high-end residential projects in Australia, as well as a year working on commercial projects in San Francisco. After the design and construction of her family home in Australia, she pursued her Bachelor of Environments and Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Having spent many of her summers in Palo Alto with family, Sneha relocated to the Bay Area permanently in 2014 where she sought to pursue her love of residential design. Born in India and raised in Australia, Sneha caught the travel bug early and loves to explore new countries and places whenever the opportunity arises.

Maureen Buckley was born and raised in the bay area. She attended the University of San Francisco where she graduated with a BS in Business – Accounting emphasis. She worked for many years as an auditor with a large public accounting firm and then retired to raise her four children. She joined us in 2009 looking to work a few hours a week with a local firm and has found both her accounting and parenting skills convenient as her roll has increased with our growth. You can see her around town on her bike, running, walking her Greater Swiss Mountain dog or enjoying the family and friends she so treasures.

We also gratefully acknowledge the contribution of our past employees, interns, summer interns, and collaborators, including: Grace Mariucci, Elyssa Estrada, Amanda Stahler, Adam Titrington, 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.

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), and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). 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 FGY Catharine loves spending her time outdoors – playing tennis, 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 member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a licensed Architect and, as of 2014, elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). 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. He is currently a member of the SF Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Architecture + Design Accessions Committee and, as appointed by the Palo Alto City Council, a member of the City of Palo Alto Citizens Advisory Committee on the Comprehensive Plan Update where he serves as Co-Chair.

Andrew Gutierrez joined FGY after graduating with his Masters degree in Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 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, building computers and geocaching. He has completed a marathon and a half Ironman, and is thinking about doing a full Ironman someday.

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 husband.

Jillian Kuehnis joined FGY after graduating from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree. While in school, Jillian studied in Italy for a year where she fell in love with historical architecture and the marriage of old and new design. For her 5th year thesis, she developed a series of intricately designed small scale rest stop interventions that won her a thesis award for outstanding design achievement. This work solidified her interest in small-scale design and custom detailing, which led her to FGY and residential architecture. After graduation and before starting at FGY, Jillian taught a design workshop for high school students interested in architecture. Outside of work at FGY and studying for her architecture licensing exams, she spends her time hiking, reading, and baking.

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.

Kristen Lomax joined the residential team at Fergus Garber Young in 2014. She is a licensed architect with experience in residential remodels, additions, and new homes. Prior to FGY, she worked at residential focused firms based in Los Altos and Palo Alto. Kristen moved to the Bay Area in 2008 after completing her masters degree in Architecture from Tulane University. She is a board member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Mateo Chapter working as a Director of ‘Emerging Professionals’. In her free time, she enjoys taking local Bay Area hikes, traveling internationally with her husband, and learning to watercolor.

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 former member and 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 AP 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 rock & roll). 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.

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. He is now a father too!

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 healthcare 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.

Jerrod Nicholls moved back to Northern California in 2012 after receiving his B.Arch from the University of Arizona (Bear Down!). He brings AIA Design Excellence recognition for his thesis project along with his witty charm and 5+ years of residential experience to the commercial team. He is heavily involved with the local Santa Clara Valley AIA chapter where he serves on the Board as a Director while also participating on several committees. He is currently working on creating a new committee focused on connecting architecture graduates around the country to the Bay Area. Outside of architecture, he enjoys being active: playing golf or basketball with his friends, going to the gym and hiking with his beautiful fiancée. He also loves woodworking, drawing, watching his favorite sports teams (with a good beer) and napping with his dog, Jake. Inside the walls of the office he can be found changing the music being listened to by the upstairs residential team from his computer (their ears are so deprived!), bragging to Craig about seeing O.A.R. live at Red Rocks or inquiring about a cereal station for the break room…still (a man can dream) *update (4/14/16) – a cereal station is now in the break room.

Gina joined FGY in 2016 after working at custom residential firms in Washington, D.C. and Santa Monica, CA. She graduated with honors from University of Notre Dame where she studied classical and traditional architecture and had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome, travel throughout Italy, and conduct research in Greece. While working on her thesis project for a new archaeological museum complex and town revitalization in Ancient Corinth, Greece, she became especially interested in historical and cultural influences on architectural style and how those are manifested in today’s new buildings. After growing up in Ohio, Gina is always trying to take advantage of the sunny California weather. On weekends you can find her hiking, running, playing tennis, or diving into a good book.

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.

Allison Pell became interested in architecture when she was 10 years old and started drawing floor plans of her “dream house”. Several years later, she went on to study at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree and graduated with honors in 2011. She spent her fourth year of school in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she developed a love for Scandinavian architecture and biking. After graduating, she moved to the Bay Area and spent a year working in the contract furniture industry before happily reuniting with architecture when she accepted a position at FGY in late 2012. When she is not studying for her licensing exams, Allison spends her time swimming, biking, exploring the area with friends, and daydreaming about her future house.

Matt Potts joined FGY after leaving the cold Northeast to enjoy the sunshine and career opportunities in California. Matt and his girlfriend moved from New York where he worked with a small firm in Brooklyn after receiving a Bachelors of Architecture from Pratt Institute in 2014. In Brooklyn, Matt had the opportunity to work on art installations, local design competitions and community centers, and managed both single and multi-family residential projects. Now on the West Coast, he looks forward to completing the remaining requirements for licensure and continuing his involvement as a Licensing Advisor for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). In his free time, Matt enjoys playing music and exploring his new home state.

Clinton Prior is a senior project architect who joined FGY in 2011 after working for Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge Architects, now HBRA Architects in Chicago. He is a licensed architect and a member of the AIA, a LEED Accredited Professional and compliments over 20 years in design and construction with his experiences travelling prior completing his BA in Architecture in 2002. 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 and built three houses as part of the school’s Building Project for low income housing and spent time teaching in Yale’s undergraduate school. Australian in origin, Clinton enjoys all things ocean, whether sailing competitively on San Francisco bay, competing in the Alcatraz Swim, surfing and the company his wife, and three dogs at the beach. Forever and frequently stopping to take it all in, he is an avid reader and looks forward to furthering his role as an architect through teaching. Clinton provides design services as an adjunct board member for Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley.

Tim Shockey is a senior project architect who 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 20 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 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.

Craig Stark is a senior project architect, and joined FGY in January 2007. He has over 23 years of custom residential architecture experience and brings enormous first hand field experience to the firm. 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 all over the bay area as well as other distant parts of California. Craig received his architectural degree from the University of Virginia. He is active civically, formerly assisting local municipalities on improving their building and planning departments, serving as a board member for the ACE mentor Program, and serving the community through volunteer opportunities. Craig enjoys spending time with his teenage son – camping, fly-fishing, and building various (usually) Youtube-inspired projects.. He aspires to get his private pilot’s license in the future.

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 FGY’s commercial projects including the Palo Alto University Club renovation and addition, General Motors Silicon Valley Out Post Offices, Equinox Palo Alto renovation and expansion, mSpot, a Samsung Company, re-build and interiors, and the Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation.

She is a green champion in the office and a former Steering Committee member of the Northern California Chapter of the US Green Building Council. In addition to her commercial focus, she also leads some of the firm’s 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. Heather is a past Chair and Board member of the Palo Alto Architectural Review Board and current Vice President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Mateo County Board. She also represents the AIA 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 hiking, doing yoga, biking in the local neighborhoods (usually in search of a donut shop), or watching a classic film (tip: if opposing Heather in Trivial Pursuit, choose a different category).

FIRM OVERVIEW

Fergus Garber Young Architects is a full-service architectural firm providing a higher level of attention, management and environmental stewardship to clients, both residential and commercial, that have a long term interest in their property.

We create projects that both we and our clients are proud of. Our clients value our ability to understand them. The varied architectural styles of our projects reflect our goal to embrace our clients' interests and desires. We match their goals to the essential qualities of good architecture: strong plans, good proportions, and a high attention to detail to make functional and beautiful houses.

We are leaders in environmental stewardship. Our focus and expertise in green design has resulted in one of our houses receiving LEED Platinum criteria, one of Northern California's first. We will be among the first in the nation to have performed an embodied energy analysis of a portfolio of our single family houses to establish targeted embodied energy thresholds for our design practice. We have significant expertise in designing to meet Green Points, LEED, California's Title 24 and CALGreen requirements. Our commitment to the environment is further supported by the addition of the Sustainability Manager role in our firm.