Lilian values a firm culture that embraces collaboration, connection to the community, risk-taking, and fostering talent. As one of the studio’s partners, she helps lead the design process and build teams that deliver aspirational outcomes. Lilian approaches design as an opportunity to create spaces that spark curiosity and prioritize a culture of belonging. Since joining WRNS Studio, she has led various projects for higher education and workplace clients.
Lilian utilizes her experience as a practice leader and licensed architect to develop synergistic relationships with leaders throughout the architectural and educational communities. Serving as an At-Large Director of the Board of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Lilian continues the work she started with the Pacific Regional Council where she has led workshops and conversations investigating decarbonization, equity, well-being, evolving learn/work modalities, and innovative project delivery models. Recent papers authored with SCUP include Five Ways to Advance Higher Education for Future Viability and Eight Strategies for Successful Public-Private Partnerships. Dedicated to transforming the field of architecture to be more equitable and inclusive, Lilian is the Co-Chair of AIA San Francisco’s Equity by Design committee and is on the Board of Directors of the WRNS Studio Foundation. Lilian will be returning to her alma matter, UC Berkeley (BA in Environmental Design) to speak at the Fall 2023 Design for Sustainability Colloquium.