Gregory R. Mottola

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Gregory R. Mottola is a Principal in the firm's San Francisco studio. As lead designer for a diverse group of award-winning commercial, workplace, hospitality, academic, and civic buildings, he possesses a deep understanding of how buildings can shape and transform their environment. This is exemplified in his work for the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park, the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College, and for technology companies that includes Square and Adobe, Inc. In addition, Greg leads the design for a variety of extraordinary private residences—ranging from modest remodels in Northern California; to custom homes in established urban neighborhoods and suburban communities; to mountain retreats on remote sites in Utah and Lake Tahoe. He is keenly interested in the tectonics of building and how Modernism is shaped by the specific circumstances of place to create memorable, emotionally powerful architecture. Greg joined the practice in 1990, working in the firm’s Pittsburgh and Philadelphia studios before relocating to California in 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, and his projects have been published in numerous books and periodicals. He has chaired and participated in design awards juries across the country, and regularly lectures on the topics of humane modernism, craft, and detail, and how these themes influence the work of the firm.
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Carnegie Mellon University, Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude 1991
Design Critic: California College of the Arts, Philadelphia University, University of California, Berkeley
Professional Afilliations:
American Institute of Architects (AIA), AIA California, AIA San Francisco, Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC), Society of College and University Planners (SCUP), San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)