Licensed as an architect as well as a structural engineer (SE) in California, Brendan’s educational and professional background in both architecture and structural engineering make him rather unique as an interdisciplinary educator and designer.
Brendan has worked for major award winning architecture firms including Payette Associates in Boston and Skidmore Owings Merrill in San Francisco. He has also worked for several award winning Bay Area structural engineering firms including Steven Tipping + Associates (Tipping Mar) and Jon Brody Structural Engineers.
In an effort to integrate architecture and engineering as well as hone his foreign language skills, Brendan moved to Italy in 2003. While there he became fluent in Italian and studied at the University of Rome La Sapienza. He also worked in several Italian architecture studios. In 2005 he consulted on a development for a series of floating houses and island apartments near Tegel in Berlin.
In 2006 Brendan co-founded Studio Ku with Adele Salierno. That same year they were recognized as semifinalists for the Global Green Housing Competition in New Orleans. Their post-Katrina project in the Holy Cross neighborhood included a net-zero energy green design for the hot and humid climate of southeastern Louisiana. In 2013 they completed a interior renovation of their home in San Francisco.
Brendan received the Award of Excellence 2015 for the structural design of ADAMVS Wine Library and Tasting Room, located in Angwin, Napa County, from the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC). In 2014 he received SEAONC's Award of Merit for New Construction for the CAD/CAM facility at Wurster Hall, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley. This project was special for Brendan, because he spent many hours working in the wood shop at Wurster Hall as a graduate student back in the 1990s. In 2013, Brendan received the Green GOOD DESIGN Award, presented by the The Chicago Athenaeum & The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies for the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond California. In 2011, he received the Award of Merit for Retrofit/Alteration from SEAONC for the structural design of the East Bay Center. Brendan received the Certificate of Merit for his entry in the 2010 Structural Steel Design Detail Competition held by SEAONC's seismology committee.
At CCA, Brendan teaches structures, as well as a number of building technology seminars that explore the tectonic potential of structure as well as fundamental concepts of shelter and disaster resilience. On the Oakland Campus he can be found teaching 3D: Shifting 2d+3d in the First Year Program -- one component of the freshmen core classes taught across all majors. In 2014 he accepted an invitation to Italy to give a lecture to CCA's Rome summer program on site at Pier Luigi Nervi's iconic Palazzetto dello Sport. This past summer, 2015, he was invited back as a guest critic, and he gave a talk atop St. Peter's Dome!
He has been teaching at CCA since the fall semester of 2006.
Adjunct Professor, Architecture