Lowney Architecture Welcomes New Leadership Amidst Steady Growth

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Elisabeth Sporer to work with founder Ken Lowney on forging a sustainable future for the firm

Elisabeth has an entrepreneurial spirit which suits Lowney Architecture's approach – fast and nimble, but holistic and inclusive.

Lowney Architecture – one of the top 100 fastest-growing private companies in the San Francisco Bay Area as ranked by San Francisco Business Times – welcomes Elisabeth Sporer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C as principal and managing director. Ms. Sporer will oversee project management, human resources and operations, as well as work with founder and design director Ken Lowney, AIA LEED AP on business strategy at the 20-person firm.

“Elisabeth will help shape an even more expansive but sustainable future for our firm, and her extensive experience at directing architecture practice complements my roles in directing design and developing business,” says Mr. Lowney. He adds, “She has an entrepreneurial spirit which suits our firm’s approach – fast and nimble, but holistic and inclusive.”

Since establishing his namesake firm in 2003, Mr. Lowney has led its latest growth spurt, owing largely to the niche Lowney Architecture has carved in vertical retail for clients such as Safeway, Andronico’s, and Whole Foods Market, among others, and a burgeoning business in multi-unit residential and hospitality projects such as SmartSpace SoMa, a modular residential unit project in San Francisco, as well as Plank, an entertainment venue in Jack London Square, and the newly opened Clove & Hoove, a butcher restaurant, both in Oakland. Along the way, Ken created a firm which reflects his philosophy toward architecture. He explains, “Our mission is to deliver solutions which are responsive to today’s accelerated design process, environmental requirements and community needs. In this regard, we are neither a design-first nor a service firm. We are a client-first firm.”

Elisabeth operates where culture, clients, commerce and community intersect at an architecture firm. Her unique perspective – gleaned from more than 20 years of working in Germany and in the US – results from her experience, in turns, as designer, project manager, director of operations and director of practice. As she puts it, “From my varied roles at local, regional and international firms, I understand that employee morale, great design, financial success, and client satisfaction are interdependent. I am also an advocate for a firm’s community involvement as shown in Lowney Architecture’s commitment to civic projects in the Oakland metropolitan area. My professional and personal values align with Ken’s, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with him, our team and our clients.”

ABOUT
Elisabeth Sporer - Architect, engineer, career coach, mindful meditation practitioner and sailor, Elisabeth Sporer is a Renaissance woman. Her professional experience includes award-winning small to large-scale architecture, interior architecture and master planning projects encompassing civic, academic, commercial, transportation and residential/mixed-use housing projects in her native Germany and in the US for firms such as EHDD, SMWM (now part of Perkins+Will Global), STUDIOS Architecture, and BCV , among others.

She holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architecture Design from Columbia University in New York and a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture, both from TU Berlin. Elisabeth lives in Berkeley, California with her two children who keep her abreast of the latest technology and music and teach her how to remain young in spirit and fast on her feet.

Lowney Architecture - We are a progressive, community-minded group with extensive professional experience in both building design and construction management. We provide design excellence and technical expertise in retail, commercial, hospitality, restaurant, religious and residential projects. We believe in the possibilities of public service through architecture and are committed to the civic and emotional well-being of the San Francisco Bay Area. http://www.lowneyarch.com

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