John at the Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier

John Klopf – Principal Architect

John Klopf is a licensed architect over 24 years in the field. He is the Founding Principal of Klopf Architecture, which he started in 2001 after working for a few years at other firms. John, along with his wife and their two sons, lives in San Francisco and enjoys walking his dogs to work or biking to work whenever possible.

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.

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Geoff at the Holocaust Memorial by Peter Eisenman in Berlin

Geoff Campen – Senior Associate

Geoff is the Senior Associate Architect of the firm. He has been a designer, Project Managers and Architect with the Klopf Architecture since 2009, and has worked in architecture for more than 25 years. He graduated with a 5-year professional degree – Bachelor of Architecture – from Philadelphia University in 1997. He has a wide range of architectural and design experience ranging from modern residential to commercial office to sports facilities to socially relevant installations, and manages many modern residential projects for Klopf Architecture’s clients.

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.

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Angela at the Schindler House by R.M. Schindler in Hollywood

Angela Todorova – Associate

Angela has been with Klopf Architecture since 2011. She has a deep-rooted passion for architecture. Angela is originally from Macedonia, she grew up interning at her father’s structural engineering and general contracting company, where she fell in love with watching creative concepts and designs transform into tangible physical spaces. Motivated by her love of design, Angela focused her academic study on architecture by enrolling in the Architecture and Engineering program at her university in Macedonia, and has also studied architecture in Italy ad Greece. In 2006 she seized the opportunity to transfer to the United States and complete her studies in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor’s degree from California College of the Arts in 2010.

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.

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Klara in Twin Peaks, San Francisco

Klara Kevane – Project Architect

Klara is a Project Architect who has been with Klopf Architecture since 2013. She has over 18 years of experience in the field on both coasts. Formerly licensed as an architect in Connecticut, Klara studied history of art and architecture as an undergrad at Brown University and received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon in 1999.

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.

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Yeg at the Church of Light, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Yegvenia Torres Zavala – Project Manager

Yegvenia, or Yeg for short (pronounced “Jegg”), is a Project Manager at Klopf Architecture joining the firm in 2013. Yeg traveled often between Tijuana, Mexico where she was born and San Diego, CA where she grew up and was fascinated by the differences in architecture while each managed to retain their own culture. In both, indoor-outdoor living is celebrated. Throughout her travels to Mexico and Latin America, Jeg appreciated that private outdoor spaces are an important feature in architecture, and having that connection between indoors and outdoors is ingrained in her cultural identity.

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.

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Ethan in Ostia Antica, Italy

Ethan Taylor – Project Manager

Ethan is a Project Manager at Klopf Architecture. He joined the firm in 2014 and has led numerous modern and mid-century modern residential projects. Ethan grew up living in a wooded cabin that opened onto a Colorado State park, and has always had a keen connection with the outdoors. He’s deeply inspired by mid-century modern design’s inherent connection to the outdoors and holds a fascination with the intersection of the built and natural environments. It was an organic progression that led Ethan toward mid-century modern design, with its focus on transparency between the envelope of the inside and the outside. He strives to find unique ways to open buildings up, and create compelling connections between clients and their surrounding environments.

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

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Noel at Chichen Itza, Mexico

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.

He applies a philosophical approach to his work, characterized by phenomenology, the manipulation of space, material, and light and shadow that define the way clients experience their house. Noel likes bringing things together as a problem solver, working within clients’ constraints, and finding viable solutions in a collaborative way. He finds it satisfying that he can have a direct effect on people’s lives, developing designs that reduce their stress while improving light and airflow in their living spaces. The energy has to be right and designing positive energy into spaces that work for clients is important.
Noel grew up in Chula Vista, California, and earned his BArch from the California College of The Arts. He also studied abroad in Brazil, surveying the infrastructure development for the 2016 Olympics and World Cup. Noel lives in San Francisco and enjoys music, painting, cooking, biking, playing soccer, and the outdoors.

 

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Lucie at Espacio Escultorico, Mexico City

Lucie Danigo – Senior Designer

Lucie is a Senior Designer at Klopf Architecture. She joined the firm in 2017 after working in Paris and Mexico City. Beginning at age 12, Lucie would visit friend’s houses and draw floor plans for fun. When she discovered it was the work of architects, she decided to pursue it as a career. In architecture school, she learned how to experience spaces and what makes a great building. Lucie stumbled upon California mid-century modern design while researching in France, and was immediately attracted to its openness, with indoor-outdoor spaces, warm woods, and clean lines. She’s learned to respect both the constraints of wood and concrete and the various applications they bring to design, especially with their natural connection to the outdoors.

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 in New York

Fernanda Bernardes – Senior Designer

Fernanda is a Senior Designer at Klopf Architecture, joining the firm in 2017. Fernanda enjoys working with clients, first understanding who they are, and what they’re asking for, then collaborating with them on different design solutions. She likes puzzles and problem solving and feels design is just that, proposing new ideas and workable solutions to clients within certain boundaries. Fernanda is inspired by how design can have an impact on a homeowner, their family, and ultimately the larger community.

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 in Guatapé, Colombia

Trenton Jewett – Senior Designer

Trenton is a Senior Designer at Klopf Architecture. He joined the firm in 2018 after working on various commercial and residential projects in the Bay Area. His creativity in designs and technical knowledge in CAD along with his strong communications skills make him a valued member of the Klopf team. His broad technical skills in creating drawings, models and presentations continues to drive our projects forward, clearly illustrating the designs and concepts out to clients.

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 at the Space Needle, Seattle.

Sherry Tan – Designer

Shuyu Tan, or Sherry is a Designer at Klopf Architecture. She joined the firm in 2017. Sherry has always been inspired by design and especially appreciates the role she plays in helping to create spaces that affect people’s lives in so many ways. She enjoys the process of taking a client’s ideas, translating them into a program which then becomes a reality for the client. Sherry likes working in residential architecture because of the human factor in which people are able to share their house with friends and family but in the end, always having a place to settle into that is comfortable and secure for them. She loves having a part in their lives.

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 at Oscar Niemeyer’s Fair of Tripoli in Lebanon

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.

 
Nick enjoys designing for families, where the family structure is embedded in the design. A child’s bedroom should be thought of as their sanctuary, a window out to the world. He believes each house should feel rooted to place, creating a healing environment for its inhabitants, with the understanding that a home is an important member of a healthy family. It’s important for a house to transcend generations of a family using sustainable materials and thoughtful design.
 
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Minnesota, studying abroad in Istanbul and Rome. Nick lives in San Francisco where he enjoys making and supporting handmade arts, being near nature or city wandering, and seeing performance art and film.

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 at The Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe.

Curtis Lee – Program Manager

Curtis is a Program Manager and brings a wide range of experience to the firm. He is responsible for the overall client experience, business development, communications, project management workflow, marketing, and internal programs. With a strong focus on client service he’s initiated changes to our workflow processes and how we engage with our clients, supporting the project managers and designers to ensure we deliver high value and a consistent level of client satisfaction.

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 in Goa, India

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.