FIRM OVERVIEW

Fergus Garber Architects is a full-service architectural firm providing a high level of attention, management and environmental stewardship to residential clients that have a long term interest in their property.

Our clients value our ability to understand them. We create beautiful homes in a range of architectural styles that both we and our clients are proud of. The essential qualities of good architecture: strong plans, good proportions, and high attention to detail are the foundation of our work.

Fergus Garber Architects is a leader in environmental stewardship. Our focus and expertise in green design have resulted in one of our houses receiving LEED Platinum criteria, one of Northern California's first. We will be among the first in the nation to have performed an embodied energy analysis of a portfolio of our single-family houses to establish targeted embodied energy thresholds for our design practice. We also have significant expertise in designing to meet Green Points, LEED, California's Title 24 and CALGreen requirements.

Catharine Fergus Garber is the founding partner of Fergus Garber Architects. She established Fergus Garber Group in Chicago in 1987 and relocated the firm to Palo Alto in 1997.

Catharine has extensive experience designing new primary and vacation homes nationwide. She is a licensed architect and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Catharine’s undergraduate degree is in Art History from Middlebury College; her Masters in Architecture is from the University of Illinois, Chicago campus. When not at FGA Catharine loves spending her time outdoors – playing tennis, hiking, biking, or skiing, with friends and family. She also tries her best to keep track of her two boys, Reed and Corwin.

Daniel Garber, FAIA, is a partner at Fergus Garber Architects. Before joining his wife in her architectural practice in 2002, Dan was a partner at Relign Consulting and before that a vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle, both real estate services and consulting companies.

Mr. Garber started his professional life at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (Chicago), a large international architectural engineering company. He is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a licensed Architect and, as of 2014, elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Dan received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where he received a PPG traveling scholarship. Dan is a past chair and commissioner of the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission, a past trustee of TheatreWorks Repertory Theatre in Palo Alto and Mountain View, and a former President of the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo. Previously, he was appointed by the Palo Alto City Council to serve as the co-chair of the City of Palo Alto Citizens Advisory Committee on the Comprehensive Plan Update. He is currently a member of the SF Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Architecture + Design Accessions Committee, a member of the AIA Committee On Design (COD) San Francisco Trip Planning Committee and co-chair of the AIA COD 25 Year Award Nominating Committee.

Maureen Buckley was born and raised in the bay area. She attended the University of San Francisco where she graduated with a BS in Business – Accounting emphasis. She worked for many years as an auditor with a large public accounting firm and then retired to raise her four children. She joined us in 2009 looking to work a few hours a week with a local firm and has found both her accounting and parenting skills convenient as her roll has increased with our growth. You can see her around town on her bike, running, walking her Greater Swiss Mountain dog or enjoying the family and friends she so treasures.

Clinton Prior, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Fergus Garber Architects. He is a licensed architect with over 20 years of design and construction experience. Clinton joined the firm in 2011 after working for several years in Chicago. 

At FGA, Clinton manages projects and serves as lead designer. His design process centers around building strong relationships with clients, including open communication, client education, and a deep understanding of clients’ unique needs and desires. Clinton holds a master’s degree in architecture from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. While at Yale, Clinton worked with the school’s Building Project developing low income housing and spent time teaching in the undergraduate school. Upon graduation, he was awarded Yale’s Drawing Prize in freehand sketching. Prior to his architectural career, Clinton traveled around the world for six years and developed his love of craftsmanship while building boats in Vancouver, Canada and working as a mason in England and Italy. Australian in origin, Clinton enjoys all things ocean, whether sailing competitively on San Francisco bay, competing in the Alcatraz Swim, surfing, or the company his wife, daughter, and dog at the beach.

Sneha Avargerimath joined Fergus Garber Architects in 2015. She is a licensed architect in the state of California. After following the design and construction of her family home in Australia, she decided to pursue her Bachelor of Environments and Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Upon graduation, she spent two years working on high-end residential projects in Australia, and a year working on commercial projects in San Francisco. Having spent many of her summers in Palo Alto with family, Sneha relocated to the Peninsula permanently where she sought to pursue her love of residential design with FGA. Born in India and raised in Australia, Sneha caught the travel bug early and loves to explore new countries and places whenever the opportunity arises.

Olivia DelBono joined Fergus Garber Architects in 2018 after graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture and minors in Construction Management and Sustainable Architecture. While at Cal Poly, she received scholarships from the Association of Women in Architecture and the National Association of Women in Construction. She held semester-long internships with Kitchell construction managing school construction in Sacramento and with Tesla designing their new campus. Olivia also studied architecture abroad in the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Mexico. Besides an addictive love of travel and foreign languages, she enjoys painting, woodworking, and cooking in her free time.

Saizwin Kadiwala joined Fergus Garber Architects in 2018 after graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia with a Master of Architecture. She is originally from India, where she pursued her Bachelor of Architecture from K.R.V.I.A, a design-based school in Mumbai. Saizwin brings to FGA experience abroad in both residential and commercial architecture. Apart from her interests in architecture, she is involved with the Aga Kahn Development Network. She loves to travel and enjoys cooking different cuisines.

Jillian Langley is a licensed architect in California. At Fergus Garber Architects, she works as a project manager and assists the office with ArchiCAD and graphic standards. She joined FGA after graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from CalPoly, San Luis Obispo. While in school, Jillian studied in Italy for a year where she fell in love with historical architecture and the marriage of old and new design. Jillian has also taught design workshops for high school students interested in architecture. Outside of work at FGA, she spends her time hiking, reading, and baking.

Shuxin Lin joined Fergus Garber Architects after receiving her Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Although she completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Nankai University in China, Shuxin developed a passion for design through experiences as a graphic designer and curating a fashion blog. During her graduate program, a four-month study trip to Rome strengthened her interest in traditional architecture and historic cities constructed at a human scale. In 2017, she conducted research on important Song dynasty buildings still in existence in China from the years 950-1020. Outside of work, Shuxin can be found at farmer’s markets, on the tennis court, or hiking trails.

Kristen Lomax, AIA, joined Fergus Garber Architects in 2014. She is a licensed architect with over 10 years of experience designing new residences and vacation homes. 

Prior to FGA, she worked at two residential firms based in Los Altos and Palo Alto. Kristen received her master’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and received the Tulane 34 Award presented to the top 34 graduates for exemplary leadership, service, and academic excellence. She also studied abroad in New Zealand. Kristen has served as secretary for the American Institute of Architecture San Mateo Chapter and was chair of the scholarship committee. Kristen also served on the advisory group of the Custom Residential Architects Network, a national organization for architects in the custom residential practice. Outside of FGA, she can be found eating good food, taking hikes to work off that good food, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Luke Morton is the sustainability manager at Fergus Garber Architects. Luke received a B.Sc. in Earth Systems and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.

During his studies, he worked for a number of building energy organizations. At the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington DC, he supported the creation of a carbon-based standard that will be incorporated into the LEED criteria. At the Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, CO, he worked on evaluating the effectiveness of Automated Demand Response Systems (“smart” thermostats). At Southface Energy Institute, in Atlanta, GA, Luke inspected over 500 new single-family houses as a HERS Rater for ENERGY STAR and EarthCraft House certifications. With Viron Energy Services in Oakland, CA, Luke led the energy audit of the entire Community College District of San Mateo, including College of San Mateo, Cañada College, and Skyline College. In his free time, Luke enjoys baking desserts in his solar oven for FGA’s Tuesday lunches, playing ukulele in a local bluegrass band and giving lectures about building science to Stanford undergrads.

Gina Paietta Dixon joined Fergus Garber Architects in 2016 after working at custom residential firms in Washington, D.C. and Santa Monica, CA. She is a licensed architect in both California and Washington, D. C. 

Gina graduated with honors from University of Notre Dame where she studied classical and traditional architecture and had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome, travel throughout Italy, and conduct research in Greece. While working on her thesis project for a new archaeological museum complex and town revitalization in Ancient Corinth, Greece, she became especially interested in historical and cultural influences on architectural style and how those are manifested in today’s new buildings. After growing up in Ohio, Gina is always trying to take advantage of the sunny California weather. On weekends you can find her hiking, running, playing tennis, or diving into a good book.

Allison Pell is a licensed architect and joined Fergus Garber Architects in 2012. After becoming interested in architecture at age 10 and drawings floor plans of her dream house, she went on to graduate with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. While at Cal Poly, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Denmark and develop a love for Scandinavian architecture and biking. Outside of FGA, Allison enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kurt Rodrigo joined Fergus Garber Architects in 2018 after a seven month sabbatical. During his time off, he got married on the beach in Mexico and took a six week European honeymoon with his new wife. 

Kurt brings to FGA several years of experience in New York City working on commercial and custom residential projects. Originally raised in Southern California, Kurt graduated with honors from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, where he received his Bachelor of Architecture, before moving to Manhattan and pursuing a master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Kurt is a licensed architect in California and New York. One day, he hopes to design and build his own house. Outside of the office, Kurt enjoys watching and playing sports, traveling, reading, watching reruns of the sitcom “The Office,” and spending time with his wife, friends, family and chi-weenie, Brooklyn.

Camille Shamble joined Fergus Garber Architects in 2018 as a marketing specialist. Prior to joining the FGA team, she completed a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Virginia. During her program, she taught architectural history and design courses at UVA and held research fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks Library in Washington D.C. and the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena. Camille is a licensed architect in the state of Oregon and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene. Outside of work, she can be found chasing her two small daughters at the park.

Amanda Stahler joined Fergus Garber Architects full-time in 2018, after interning with us for the past two summers. 

Amanda graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture and minors in Sustainable Environments and Italian Studies. For her senior thesis project, Amanda designed a Women’s Opportunity Center in Rwanda through Journeyman International, an organization that pairs students with humanitarian projects around the world. She completed a set of design and construction documents, and the project is in the process of acquiring funding. This thesis project received awards from the AIA Central Coast and from Cal Poly Architecture Faculty. In addition, Amanda received an AIA San Mateo County Scholarship Award for two years in a row, and she was identified as one of the “30 under 30 Most Influential Women at Cal Poly” from Cal Poly’s Women in Business.

During her college years, Amanda helped build homes in Honduras through Architecture Global Brigades and volunteered with AIA Silicon Valley’s Women in Architecture. She spent her fourth year abroad studying Italian language, culture, and architecture in Florence, Italy and learning about her personal Italian heritage.

She is currently pursuing her architectural license and in her free time enjoys doing yoga, traveling, and welding.

Lauren Tilton joined Fergus Garber Architects in 2019.  She is a licensed architect and has extensive experience in custom residential and hospitality design including resorts, club houses, and wineries in New York, Boston, and San Francisco.

Lauren developed a love for architecture at an early age by watching her mother, who is also an architect, design custom homes from her home office. She remembers stomping around job sites in work boots and a hard hat as early as 4 years old. Lauren graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. While in school, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome and travel throughout Europe for a year. In her free time, she loves to travel, cook, try new restaurants, and search for new plants to add to her ever-growing windowsill garden.

Nick Zukauskas joined Fergus Garber Architects after relocating to the Bay Area from his home state of Wisconsin. He received a BFA in photography and sculpture from the University of Wisconsin in 2011, and graduated with his Masters of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2015. 

Nick spent two years working for several small architecture firms in the Midwest on a variety of projects and installations and recently completed a year of adjunct teaching for a 1st year design studio at UW-M. Outside the office, Nick can be found riding his bike, waking up too early on the weekends to watch English Premier League soccer, skiing, or doing documentary photography.

FIRM OVERVIEW

Fergus Garber Architects is a full-service architectural firm providing a high level of attention, management and environmental stewardship to residential clients that have a long term interest in their property.

Our clients value our ability to understand them. We create beautiful homes in a range of architectural styles that both we and our clients are proud of. The essential qualities of good architecture: strong plans, good proportions, and high attention to detail are the foundation of our work.

Fergus Garber Architects is a leader in environmental stewardship. Our focus and expertise in green design have resulted in one of our houses receiving LEED Platinum criteria, one of Northern California's first. We will be among the first in the nation to have performed an embodied energy analysis of a portfolio of our single-family houses to establish targeted embodied energy thresholds for our design practice. We also have significant expertise in designing to meet Green Points, LEED, California's Title 24 and CALGreen requirements.