John grew up in Fresno, California and attended UC Berkeley after high school in 1969. He graduated with degrees in Architecture and Art History. After college he lived and worked in NYC and then Yankton, South Dakota, where he was a building inspector, plan checker and surveyor during the summer and drove snow removal vehicles during the winter. Eventually, he returned to San Francisco to start working in various archtecture offices in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
In 1983 he became a California licensed architect, and since then has obtained his national certification through NCARB, as well as various other state architecture licenses. In 1987 he started his own firm, which evolved to Winder Gibson Architects in 2008. He married in 1979 and has a daughter, who now lives and works in NYC. He now listens to a lot of classical music while reading a lot of books on history, art and architecture.
Geoff grew up in Toronto Canada and took his professional architecture degree at McGill University in Montreal. He has been a San Francisco resident since 1998 and is deeply engrained in life in the area. In addition to Winder Gibson Architects, Geoff also teaches undergraduate architecture design at the Academy of Art University School of Architecture.
He lives in Bernal Heights with his realtor wife and little dog, Barnard. They love traveling together, geeking out on architecture and cooking. Geoff has a self designed, community-built modern cabin a couple of hours north of the city to get outside and revel in the beauty of Northern California. Geoff is also a DJ and an appreciator of a broad variety of music, from classical to hip hop to techno.
Daniel grew up in San Francisco and graduated from UC Davis in Environment Design. After college he practiced interior design with a focus on residential. He later received his Masters in Architecture from University of British Columbia, Canada. Daniel has over 10 years experience working on custom single family homes, multi-family housing, commercial, and institutional projects with an approach that questions conventional assumptions. As a Project Manager, Daniel works closely with our clients and project team to manage communication and develop each project's design and documentation.
Daniel has settled in the Twin Peaks neighborhood with his French Bulldog, Chesa and Terrier, Chuey. He is a marathoner when time permits, but finds his true escape when on top of a mountain (especially Whistler) on a snowboard.
Steven grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Before fully realizing his passion for architecture, he received a BA in Economics from Lehigh University and spent the next 7 years in investment banking in Boston. In addition to over 10 years of academia and architectural practice, Steve has been a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, licensed commercial real estate agent in Manhattan, and construction laborer. Steve holds his Masters in architecture from Boston Architectural College.
In between plans to visit his new niece in Tucson, Steven explores otherwise hard to get vistas around the bay area by mountain bike, hiking, sailing and volunteering at Cal Sailing club. Steve lives on Nob Hill with his cat Lexi.
Born and raised in the Silicon Valley, Kaileen found her calling early on and moved to Texas to attend architecture school at Rice University. After receiving a Bachelor of Architecture in 2008, she moved back to California to develop her career and is now happy to call the City by the Bay her home. Kaileen has worked on a diverse range of architecture projects in her 9 years of work experience. She enjoys solving design puzzles at all scales, complexities and believes that the best design solutions are accomplished by working as a team.
Outside of the office, Kaileen enjoys mentoring for the S.F. ACE Mentorship program, playing soccer, and exploring the city on foot with her boyfriend and small Schnauzer, Luna.
Tom grew up around the Twin Cities in Minnesota. After earning a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota, Tom moved across the state’s border to earn his Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His experience includes working on projects from large international high rises to small single family homes. Tom began his architectural career in Chicago but would eventually find his way to California. Since arriving in the Golden State, he has obtained his license to practice architecture in the State of California.
Outside of the office Tom enjoys exploring all the bay area has to offer. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and their dog Fiona. He enjoys cooking, DIY projects, trying new restaurants and going to concerts. When he has the time, he really enjoys getting outdoors to camp, kayak, hike and bike.
David initially grew up in Los Angeles, California. His eventual home town however became Tucson, Arizona, where he graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Architecture. An aspect of his passion can be revealed through his propensity for efficient and seemingly simple spaces. On the side, David develops his aesthetic as a graphic designer for non-profits. When life permits, he enjoys volunteering and often facilitates as an instructor for outreach programs.
David lives in the SoMa neighborhood with his husband and their Maltipoo, Toby. He is an avid nerd for animation, video games, and Myers Briggs. Most notably, he harbors a deep love for sushi. David is currently a LEED Green Associoate studying to become LEED AP.
Harsha was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the US in 1983. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA and subsequently from the University of Florida with an MS, in Computer Science. In 1991, he moved to the SF Bay Area to work at Oracle Corporation. One morning he realized that software architecture (the coding kind) interested him no more, and remembered that his first job before college was in architecture (the building kind). Prompting a U-turn, he graduated in 2010 with a Masters in Architecture from CCA.
When time permits, Harsha plays semi-serious volleyball and designs and builds high performance stereophonic loudspeakers. He is an independent traveler to over 50 nations. Harsha lives in San Carlos with his wife, son and handsome tux cat, Juby.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Donna attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she got her degree in Architecture and Environmental Design. After graduating, she moved to New York and worked as a designer at an interior design firm, where she assisted a great deal on residential and retail projects. Missing the California sunshine, she decided to return back to the (best) coast and continue her professional career out west.
Donna currently resides in Cole Valley. Interested in people and cities, she spends her time wandering around the city and urban hiking throughout the neighborhoods.
Justin was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he developed an interest in architecture at an early age. After taking a course in architectural history during college at Harvard, he was inspired to pursue a career in design, which would ultimately lead him to complete his M.Arch degree at Princeton University.
He has worked in a variety of capacities at firms on both coasts, but is proud to have officially settled in San Francisco as part of the Winder Gibson team. In his free time, Justin enjoys travelling the great outdoors, preferably with surfboard in tow. His architectural interests include passive design and all things housing related.