WRNS Names Eight New Associates

WRNS Names Eight New Associates

WRNS Studio named eight associates across the firm’s San Francisco, Honolulu, and New York offices. With deep technical expertise and cutting edge sustainable design thinking, these leaders inform a diversity of projects for Microsoft, Adobe, SF State, El Camino Hospital, Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii. Deeply embedded in the studio’s vigorous culture of education and technical innovation, the new associates are helping us redefine what it means to be comfortable, healthy and productive at work and school, how to enrich the public/private interface, and how to advance a net positive ideal that supports the bottom line.

“We are relentless in our pursuit of excellence — this means we engage at the deepest level with the work and the people it will impact to realize a project’s highest and best potential,” says WRNS Founding Partner, Sam Nunes. “The new associates are mentoring younger staff and making sure our drawings are as good as our name. They’re bringing in new relationships and strengthening existing ones. They’re helping to shape our workplace experience and they’re out there advancing the practice of architecture by teaching, speaking and writing. We look to the future and we see them.”


Lilian Asperin
AIA, LEED AP BD+C / Associate, Project Director, San Francisco
A licensed Architect, leader within the Society for College and University Planning and Co-Chair of AIA San Francisco’s Equity by Design Committee, Lilian fosters strong relationships between the architectural and educational communities.

Dale Diener
AIA, LEED AP / Associate, Project Architect, San Francisco
A project architect with 20 years of experience, Dale translates designs into building solutions that stand the test of time. His portfolio includes a new integrated medical office building at El Camino Hospital and the Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School.

Douglas Hoffelt
AIA / Associate, Senior Architect, San Francisco
With 30 years of experience, Doug brings technical expertise matched by few. His portfolio includes the SF State Mashouf Wellness Center, the UC Davis Segundo Student Services Center, and a new office building at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Stephen Kelley
Associate, Studio Director, New York
Stephen joins WRNS’ newly established New York office to help bring the firm’s spirit of innovation east. With a diverse portfolio spanning coasts, he has worked with Studios Architecture and Handel Architects. Stephen also built and managed his own successful practice, focused on residential and community spaces.

Rochelle Nagata-Wu
AIA, LEED AP / Associate, Project Architect, Honolulu
A leader within the Honolulu office, Rochelle is helping deliver a diversity of sustainable, community-forward projects for The University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Department of Education, The Michaels Organization and Kamehameha Schools. Read more in the Pacific Business News, People on the Move.

John McGill
LEED AP BD+C / Associate, Project Designer, New York
Formerly a designer in our San Francisco office, John’s portfolio includes a new workplace campus for Adobe in Utah and several university and urban mixed-use projects. He joins WRNS’ newly established New York office from FXFOWLE.

Lynn Soleski  
AIA, LEED AP / Associate, Senior Architect, San Francisco
A project manager with 25 years of experience, Lynn’s work includes a new behavioral health building at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, and numerous projects at Orange County Great Park which converted a Marine Air Corps Station into a hub of civic life.

Wulff Piotraschke
Associate, Project Architect, San Francisco
Wulff is currently serving as Project Architect for Microsoft’s Silicon Valley expansion. His portfolio includes a new arts and humanities building at CSU, Chico and the California Academy of Sciences.

Today’s most transformative organizations have entrusted WRNS Studio with stewarding their brands in what has arguably become the world’s center of innovation. Working with game-changing research institutions, entrepreneurs and social impact groups has allowed us to explore our own curiosities and bring a distinct spirit of innovation to a national clientele. With offices in San Francisco, New York, and Honolulu, our staff of 115 works in creative shed-like studios across typologies: workplace, education, civic, residential, and urban mixed-use. Recognized for sustainable, identity-rich, site-specific design at any scale, we bring to each new project a point of view informed by all the other work in which we engage, resulting in fresh ideas that push us and our clients to imagine what’s possible.