James A. Lord  Founding Partner  Before co-founding Surfacedesign, Inc., James worked at the offices of Peter Walker and Partners, Martha Schwartz Partners and Hargreaves Associates. His stewardship of the firm's design practice has produced a wide range of award-winning projects for Surfacedesign. James’s innovative design approach has established Surfacedesign as a leader in urban design and sustainability in New Zealand. James received his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his BARCH from the University of Southern California. He has served on the Harvard Alumni Council since 2004 and is an ASLA Fellow.

James A. Lord Founding Partner

Before co-founding Surfacedesign, Inc., James worked at the offices of Peter Walker and Partners, Martha Schwartz Partners and Hargreaves Associates. His stewardship of the firm's design practice has produced a wide range of award-winning projects for Surfacedesign. James’s innovative design approach has established Surfacedesign as a leader in urban design and sustainability in New Zealand. James received his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his BARCH from the University of Southern California. He has served on the Harvard Alumni Council since 2004 and is an ASLA Fellow.

Roderick Wyllie  Partner  Roderick is an award-winning landscape architect and founding principal of Surfacedesign, Inc.. He brings a comprehensive knowledge of plants and years of experience working on both public and private projects. Leading the office's residential, estate and vineyard design efforts, Roderick integrates his passion for craft and vast knowledge of material construction to inform all phases of the design process. Roderick received his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his BA in Music.

Roderick Wyllie Partner

Roderick is an award-winning landscape architect and founding principal of Surfacedesign, Inc.. He brings a comprehensive knowledge of plants and years of experience working on both public and private projects. Leading the office's residential, estate and vineyard design efforts, Roderick integrates his passion for craft and vast knowledge of material construction to inform all phases of the design process. Roderick received his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his BA in Music.

Geoff di Girolamo  Partner  Since his formal training as an architect, Geoff has produced a large body work practicing urban design and landscape design at the offices of Skidmore Owings and Merrill in New York, San Francisco, and Hong Kong, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, and Marta Fry Landscape Associates. As a principal at Surfacedesign, Geoff is responsible for leadership for the firms’ many projects in Asia and large-scale urban design projects. Geoff received his MARCH at UCLA and his BA in Art at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Geoff di Girolamo Partner

Since his formal training as an architect, Geoff has produced a large body work practicing urban design and landscape design at the offices of Skidmore Owings and Merrill in New York, San Francisco, and Hong Kong, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, and Marta Fry Landscape Associates. As a principal at Surfacedesign, Geoff is responsible for leadership for the firms’ many projects in Asia and large-scale urban design projects. Geoff received his MARCH at UCLA and his BA in Art at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

 
Tim Kirby  Principal  Tim brings a design rigor to each project, amalgamating spatial and emotive ideals into well-crafted and finely executed projects. He is investigative and incessantly curious about emerging technologies and operational strategies. As an integral part of the firm's leadership, Tim serves as technical director for many of the firm's institutional and campus projects.

Tim Kirby Principal

Tim brings a design rigor to each project, amalgamating spatial and emotive ideals into well-crafted and finely executed projects. He is investigative and incessantly curious about emerging technologies and operational strategies. As an integral part of the firm's leadership, Tim serves as technical director for many of the firm's institutional and campus projects.

Michal Kapitulnik  Principal  Michal’s interest in horticulture and the potential didactic qualities of the landscape inform her work. Michal has managed multiple complex projects at SDI, ranging from small-scale residential to commercial and public open space networks. Well-versed in public space and waterfront projects, she has been an integral design team member and project leader in the design and execution of the Fort Point Overlook, Mission Bay Bayfront Park P22, and the Barnacles at Pier 9.

Michal Kapitulnik Principal

Michal’s interest in horticulture and the potential didactic qualities of the landscape inform her work. Michal has managed multiple complex projects at SDI, ranging from small-scale residential to commercial and public open space networks. Well-versed in public space and waterfront projects, she has been an integral design team member and project leader in the design and execution of the Fort Point Overlook, Mission Bay Bayfront Park P22, and the Barnacles at Pier 9.

Nick Gotthardt  Principal  Since joining Surfacedesign in 2012, Nick been involved in the design, project management and construction on a range of projects, including small residential gardens, wineries, parks, green roofs and large campus masterplans. In addition to practicing with SDI, Nick has made it a priority to stay connected with the academic community both within the Bay Area and beyond – serving on review juries, curriculum advisory committees and teaching design studio at UC Berkeley.

Nick Gotthardt Principal

Since joining Surfacedesign in 2012, Nick been involved in the design, project management and construction on a range of projects, including small residential gardens, wineries, parks, green roofs and large campus masterplans. In addition to practicing with SDI, Nick has made it a priority to stay connected with the academic community both within the Bay Area and beyond – serving on review juries, curriculum advisory committees and teaching design studio at UC Berkeley.

 
Christina Antiporda  Senior Designer

Christina Antiporda Senior Designer

Matt Bombard  Senior Designer

Matt Bombard Senior Designer

Stephanie Buglione  Senior Designer

Stephanie Buglione Senior Designer

Kuzina Cheng  Designer

Kuzina Cheng Designer

 
Shiree Cole  Administrative Assistant

Shiree Cole Administrative Assistant

Leandro Couto de Almeida  Designer

Leandro Couto de Almeida Designer

Tyler Chandler  Associate

Tyler Chandler Associate

Annie Hansel  Associate

Annie Hansel Associate

 
Hope Hardesty  Senior Designer

Hope Hardesty Senior Designer

Heath House  Associate

Heath House Associate

Tyler Jones-Powell  Associate

Tyler Jones-Powell Associate

Gita Khandagle  Associate

Gita Khandagle Associate

 
Chris Kupka  Designer

Chris Kupka Designer

Derek Lazo  Designer

Derek Lazo Designer

Penelope Leggett  Associate

Penelope Leggett Associate

Junyi Li  Associate

Junyi Li Associate

 
Serena Lousich  Designer

Serena Lousich Designer

Damaso Mayer  Associate

Damaso Mayer Associate

Cynthia Miao  Designer

Cynthia Miao Designer

Tyler Mohr  Associate

Tyler Mohr Associate

 
Natali Ovalles  Designer

Natali Ovalles Designer

Andrés Pérez Rodríguez  Senior Associate

Andrés Pérez Rodríguez Senior Associate

Blythe Price  Senior Designer

Blythe Price Senior Designer

Kika Probst  Senior Associate

Kika Probst Senior Associate

 
Willie Swinerton  Controller

Willie Swinerton Controller

Ruochen Wang  Designer

Ruochen Wang Designer

Jake Watters  Designer

Jake Watters Designer