John Klopf – Principal Architect
John was born in Cleveland Ohio, and is a graduate of both Harvard (Bachelor, 1993) and Berkeley (Master of Architecture, 2000). While at Berkeley, he won the highly competitive Branner travel fellowship for nine months of fully-paid independent architectural study in Japan, Europe, and Scandinavia. While at Harvard he studied abroad for one semester in Nanjing, China.
In addition to practicing architecture, John has taught design at USF (the University of San Francisco) as an adjunct professor, taught introductory design classes at Berkeley as a lecturer and graduate student instructor, and managed a major sustainability research project for the architecture department at Berkeley.
Today architectural practice consumes all of John’s professional time. He focuses on modernist homes, Passive Houses, net-zero energy homes, and mid-century modern buildings in general. Having recently become a certified Passive House Designer, he is excited to be working on more net-zero energy modern houses and is pleased to be working on the firm’s first modern style Passive House.
Geoff Campen – Senior Associate
As the firm’s Senior Associate, Geoff is responsible for leading his own projects, helping other project managers and staff, and taking the lead when John is not around. With his many years at the firm under his belt, Geoff is also the go-to guy for “how we do things” and has made an enduring contribution to the firm design-wise. Geoff and John constantly push each other to keep improving the firm’s design direction while honoring the firm’s history and portfolio.
Geoff lives with his wife Diana in San Francisco, travels and explores as much as possible, creates and collects art, and plays soccer when possible. He strongly believes in socially relevant modern design, and strives to apply these sensibilities to his personal and professional work.
Angela Todorova – Associate
Soon after receiving her 5-year professional degree at CCA, Angela joined Klopf as a Project Assistant and worked her way up over the years. Now an Associate and only one test away from her architectural license, she has led dozens of modern and mid-century modern residential projects of all sizes for our clients.
Angela lives in Burlingame, and misses the days of biking to work when she used to live in San Francisco. She enjoys tennis and horseback riding as well as architectural travel.
Klara Kevane – Project Architect
In addition to her previous professional experience, Klara has led dozens of modern home projects ranging from mid-century modern remodels to new modernist homes while at Klopf Architecture. Contractors and clients have appreciated her devotion to her projects and her attention to design and detail.
Klara lives in San Francisco with her husband and their daughter. She enjoys walks with her daughter, novels, short stories, foreign films, travel, and spending time with family and friends in the Bay Area and points beyond.
Yegvenia Torres Zavala – Project Manager
Yeg identifies with the designs of Mexican architect and engineer Luis Barragán, where his modernist style represents a true melding of spaces, questioning what’s really indoors and what’s outdoors. Her work at the firm represents a range of both modern and mid-century modern projects.
She received her bachelor’s degree from the California College of the Arts in 2012 and has also studied in Italy and Brazil. She lives in San Francisco’s SOMA district, bikes to work, and enjoys travel, photography and jewelry design. She is fluent in Spanish.
Ethan Taylor – Project Manager
Ethan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound, Washington in 2009. He also completed a graduate program at Columbia University, New York in 2010 and studied in Rome, Italy. He lives in Marin and enjoys skiing, surfing and photography
Noel Andrade – Project Manager
Noel is a Project Manager at Klopf Architecture. He joined the firm on the first day of 2016 and has led a number of modern style remodel projects for the firm’s clients. Noel grew up swinging a hammer, following his father’s footsteps in construction, and understands how things are built, playing out well in helping to keep his drawings moving smoothly forward during the design process.
Lucie Danigo – Senior Designer
Lucie enjoys meeting with and listening to clients, getting to know how they live, in order to envision a space tailored for them. Having practiced and studied architecture on different continents has opened her eyes to how individual cultures may experience spaces differently, an important factor in developing designs for the many multicultural clients we serve.
She grew up between Latin America and France, where she earned her master’s in architecture at l’Ecole d’architecture de Paris La Villette. She also completed a one-year exchange program in Fukuoka, Japan. Lucie lives in San Francisco with her husband and their son and enjoys cooking, hikes with friends and family, and local or abroad travels. She is fluent in French and Spanish
Fernanda Bernardes – Senior Designer
She grew up between Brazil and California where she earned her BArch at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and also studied abroad in Madrid. Fernanda lives in the East Bay with her family and four dogs where she enjoys live music, outdoor activities, reading and traveling. She is fluent in Portuguese.
Trenton Jewett – Senior Designer
He earned his Bachelors of Architecture at California College of the Arts. Trenton lives in San Anselmo and enjoys traveling, cooking and hiking together with his fiancé.
Sherry Tan – Designer
Sherry especially enjoys working within the team environment and is inspired by collaborations with colleagues in which new ideas come together to create pleasing and practical solutions for clients.
Sherry grew up in China and earned her BArch in from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014. She completed her graduate program at Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. Sherry lives with her husband and their two cats in San Francisco and enjoys painting, traveling, food and reading. She is fluent in Mandarin
Nicholas La Nasa – Designer
Nicholas LaNasa is a Designer at Klopf Architecture. He joined the firm in 2019 after working at SOM and MBA. Nick grew up surrounded by thoughtful creators and design, from the ceramic artists who proliferated throughout his home state of Minnesota, to his childhood home designed by his great uncle in 1956, its walls adorned by art from friends and family. They marked the start of his deep connection to the mid-century modern style and his understanding of design at various scales.
Nicole Van Malder – Designer
Nicole is a Designer at Klopf Architecture. Nicole came to Klopf Architecture in 2020 when she realized her love for design after having worked in design-build. As a designer, she wanted to play a role within the narrative of a client’s story, helping them to realize their dreams and in making good decisions along the way. She appreciates working within an existing building in order to maintain the cultural identity of what was there originally and bridging the historical to today’s lifestyle needs.
She earned her Masters in Architecture at California College for the Arts and lives in San Francisco enjoying cooking, reading, city walks, and traveling.
Curtis Lee – Program Manager
Curtis was raised in Honolulu and with a BBA in Marketing from the University of Hawaii, he’s led customer service and client relations in a variety of industries including the airline, hospitality, banking, financial services and at the Yale Center for British Art. His love for architectural design has led him to Klopf Architecture. Curtis lives in Berkeley with his partner and their dog Gidget, who are also satisfied clients of the firm.
Michelle Tholen, CPA – Marketing Director and Accountant
Michelle brings all facets of marketing and accounting to Klopf Architecture. Michelle received her Bachelors in accounting from California State University, East Bay and is a licensed California CPA. Michelle lives in the Oakland hills with her family and is a professional fine artist.