Founding Members

The Council on Open Building was launched in April 2017 at a meeting of twenty west coast architects, urban designers, structural and mechanical engineers convened by Stephen Kendall of Infill Systems US and John Dale of HED Design. Face-to-face and virtual meetings have followed, at which a number of events were scheduled and task groups formed to move the initiative forward.

  • Farooq Ameen, AIA, RIBA
    Principal, City Design Studio Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles

  • Michael Bulander
    Design Leader for HED Los Angeles

  • John Dale, FAIA
    HED Los Angeles

  • Chris French
    Founder, District Homes, Washington DC

  • David Herd
    Managing Partner, BuroHappold Engineering, Los Angeles

  • Jonathan Kanda FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal, CO Architects, Los Angeles

  • Murat Karakas, PE, MBA
    ARUP Los Angeles

  • Stephen Kendall PhD (MIT’90) RA

  • Andrea Martin
    Architect, Professor (retired), Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico

  • James Mary O’Connor FAIA
    Principal, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, Los Angeles

  • Francie Moore, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal, SmithGroup, Los Angeles

  • John Pangrazio, FAIA
    Consulting Partner, NBBJ, Seattle

  • Bharat Patel
    HED Los Angeles

  • Bee Rarewala
    Associate/Business Development, HED Los Angeles

  • Kirsten Ritchie, PE, LEED AP O+M
    Principal, Director of Sustainable Design, Gensler, San Francisco

  • Emil von Roth, SE
    Associate Principal, Holmes Structures, Los Angeles

  • John Ruble, FAIA
    Partner, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, Los Angeles

  • Karina Ruiz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Senior Principal, Global Education Practice, Dull Olson Weekes - Ibi Group Architects, Inc., Portland

  • Merrill St. Leger, AICP CUD
    Principal, SmithGroup, Washington DC