Pleasanton / Santa Rosa, Calif., April 28, 2020– Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA), a leading planning and design firm serving Northern California’s education sector, has named Joel Williams to head its Pleasanton office as project manager and studio lead.
In his previous position as project manager at LCA Architects, Williams oversaw multiphase projects in the East Bay, including modernization and new construction at Oakland’s Fremont High School. His 15 years of experience — including over a decade specializing in public and private school projects — range in scale from university master plans to small classroom renovations. His design approach integrates recycled and renewable resource strategies with innovative structural solutions to bring high-performance, sustainable learning spaces to life.
“We are thrilled to have Joel,” said Founding Principal Mark Quattrocchi, FAIA. “He is a passionate, smart and thoughtful advocate for districts, teachers and students. His vast experience and focus on education design, along with his emphasis on collaboration and success in building meaningful relationships with clients and partners, make him a perfect complement to our QKA team.”
Headquartered in Santa Rosa, the North Bay Area’s largest architecture firm opened a dedicated East Bay office in Pleasanton in 2017 to better serve its many East Bay, Peninsula and South Bay education design clients. QKA is currently working on several large projects in the region, including campus improvements for the Fremont Union High School District, Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District and San Mateo Union High School District. It will also celebrate the opening of the highly anticipated Lila Bringhurst Elementary School this fall, the first new public elementary school to be built in Fremont, Calif. in 25 years.
Williams earned his Master of Architecture degree from California College of the Arts and his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree from Pacific Union College. Active in both his professional and personal life, he is a member of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and has served as the advisory board chair for the St. Mary School.