8.12.2014

SCB Adds to Leadership Team in San Francisco Office Firm names Strachan Forgan, RIBA, LEED AP, as Principal


SAN FRANCISCO / CHICAGO (August 2014) — Award-winning architecture, interior design and planning firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) announces the promotion of Strachan Forgan, RIBA, LEED AP, to the position of Principal. Since joining the firm’s San Francisco office in early 2012, Forgan has proven to be a tremendous asset and strong leader for the firm, guiding the direction and expansion of SCB’s high-rise commercial work.

Forgan’s projects with SCB dot the West Coast and cross the Pacific Ocean. Current projects include Anaha Tower at 1108 Auahi in Honolulu, 150 Van Ness in San Francisco, and 801 South Olive in downtown Los Angeles. A common thread connecting the buildings’ highly varied designs is Forgan’s sensitivity to context—both environmental and cultural. Anaha Tower features an undulating glass skin that honors and reflects the Hawaiian community’s deep connection to the ocean. Encompassing the length of a city block, the design of 150 Van Ness is carefully articulated, with deep reveals and setbacks, to transition from the taut glass façade of SCB’s 100 Van Ness renovation to the masonry and stone expression of the historic Civic Center precinct. A rhythm of paired window bays creates vertical expressions that balance the building’s length—a contemporary take on the classic San Francisco vernacular. Meanwhile, the tower at 801 South Olive was designed to imbue the formerly blighted downtown LA area with a spirit of vitality, becoming an anchor for the newly minted residential district by offering public space, proximity to transit, and walkability to other neighborhood features.

“Strachan is an incredibly talented designer integral to SCB’s present and future success,” said SCB Chairman John Lahey. “His reputation for design excellence and innovation bolsters SCB’s position as a leader and change-maker in the high-rise residential sector. We are pleased to recognize his thoughtful contributions to SCB’s growth.”

Prior to joining SCB, Forgan was a Principal at Sasaki Associates, where he designed campus environments and office projects. “I was really attracted to SCB due to their strong ties to the developer community—of which I feel like I share some DNA,” said Forgan. With humility rare for the field, he says of the transition to high-rise residential work, “It was a steep learning curve to become fluent in high rise residential design after years in higher ed. I have really enjoyed the challenge of working on fast paced, developer-led projects that place high value on great design within the constraints of the financial model and the urban framework.”

When not designing projects for SCB, Forgan hones his practice by collaborating with his wife to design and build single-family homes in California. “We work as a great team,” Forgan said. “It’s how we relax together.”

Born and raised in Stratford Upon Avon, Forgan has also practiced in London and Kuala Lumpur and has designed and managed institutional, corporate, and public projects nationally and internationally. He has been the recipient of numerous design awards and has presented extensively on a variety of industry topics at such institutions as the New York Academy of Sciences, United States Green Building Council, AIA San Francisco, and the 2009 AIA National Convention. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts, both with First Class Honors, from the University of Nottingham, UK.

About Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) is an award-winning architecture, interior design and planning firm that practices internationally from offices in Chicago and San Francisco. SCB has extensive design experience with corporate office, urban mixed-use, multi-family residential, higher education, hotel, laboratory, and transportation facilities. With a talented staff of 250, the firm is recognized for its diversity of practice, expertise, and progressive approach to design and energy conservation. For more information, visit www.scb.com.

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