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  • Skilled at construction administration of complex academic buildings within United States

  • Solid track record for designing and managing award-winning institutional aquariums while delivering projects on schedule and within budget

  • Adept at facilitating client processes for developing architectural programs

  • Experienced in proposal writing, design innovation, project management, investigative research

  • Excellent communication, negotiation and mediation skills

  • Solid and steady leadership disposition with proven track record of successfully mentoring others

  • Excellent analytical abilities with an independent and strategic thinking disposition

  • Champion of sustainable approaches to environmental endeavors

  • Strong work ethic with political savvy and business acumen

  • Robust first-hand experience managing construction processes of educational facilities for United Nations agencies within Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Resilient at adapting to the governance challenges in developing countries


  • 2022 - Present: Vice President, American Institute of Architects, East Bay Chapter.

  • 2020 – 2021: Board of Directors, American Institute of Architects, East Bay Chapter.

  • 2016 – 2018: Architect at UNICEF Malawi overseeing construction in Education, WASH, and Health Sectors.

  • 2013 – 2015: Program Manager/Lead Designer for Pacific Visions Project/Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

  • 2010 – 2015: Senior Associate, EHDD Architecture

  • 2010 – 2013: Project Manager/Lead Designer of architectural renovation of Toledo Aquarium, Ohio

  • 2010 – 2015: Architectural mentor, EHDD Architecture

  • 2009 – 2011: Project manager of 19- person architectural design team, EHDD Architecture

  • 2003 – 2005: First Elected Ombudsman representative at EHDD Architecture


  • 03/2015: Invited Key Guest Speaker at the opening of the Toledo Aquarium,                                              American Institute of Architects, Toledo, Ohio.

  • 09/2014: Selected presenter of Pacific Visions Project/Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach,               Association of Zoos & Aquariums Conference, Orlando, Florida.

  • 09/2012: Selected presenter of Toledo Aquarium project,                                                                                         8th International Aquarium Congress, Cape Town, South Africa.

  • 09/2010: Selected presenter of Toledo Aquarium project,                                                                           Association of Zoos & Aquariums Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Cover of my architecture book 16 Tales of Units I + II



16 Tales of Units I+II, Luna Press (2004)


An educational book documenting Ursula's 30-month experience of the construction process to build six new buildings on the University of California, Berkeley campus. She was one of two full-time EHDD staff responsible for ensuring the buildings were built in accordance with contract documents. The book is formatted in sixteen chapters with the subject matter aligning with the sixteen divisions of the project manual, as outlined by the Construction Specifications Institute.

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