Lilian Asperin

AIA, LEED AP BD+C / Partner

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 foster a culture of belonging. Since joining WRNS Studio, she has led various projects for higher education and workplace clients, including two new buildings in support of UC Merced’s Merced 2020 initiative and The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Science and Technology Center at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. 

Lillian utilizes her experience as a practice leader and licensed architect to develop synergistic relationships with leaders throughout the architectural and educational communities. As the 2021-2024 Pacific Regional Chair for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Lilian leads engaging workshops and authors papers 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. 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 attended UC Berkeley, where she earned her BA in Environmental Design and graduated with honors.

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