Bobby Markowitz, founder of Earthcraft Landscape Design, has been designing rainwater harvesting systems and educating professionals for nearly a decade. A licensed Landscape Architect, Accredited Professional by the American Rainwater Catchment System Association, Certified Permaculturist (taught by Founder Bill Mollison), Mr. Markowitz has advanced the viability of water conservation systems into the forefront of landscape architecture.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Mr. Markowitz’s work is influenced by his study abroad in Japan and advanced water harvesting workshops in Australia. A frequent guest lecturer and keynote speaker for numerous Landscape Architecture and Rainwater Catchment System Associations, Mr. Markowitz has provided valuable insight into the design of sustainable sites and water conservation systems. In addition to his practice, Bobby Markowitz also teaches “Rainwater Harvesting System: Principles and Design” at Cabrillo College.
Bridgett Shank is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional who has been practicing at Feldman Architecture since 2007. Originally from rural Maryland, she grew up with a love of nature and a spirit for adventure. She received her undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Through UC’s co-op program, she gained experience on large-scale urban projects in San Francisco and London.
Bridgett moved to the Bay Area in 2003 to pursue her Master of Architecture degree at California College of the Arts. Her thesis examined cross-border disparities of income and natural resources, leading to a proposal for a water reclamation plant in Ciudad Jaurez, Mexico. She is passionate about exploring the world around her and using her knowledge of the built environment to create healthier communities. To this end she promotes green building strategies among her colleagues. What free time remains, Bridgett spends traveling, climbing, studying Spanish and exploring San Francisco.
Elaine Uang is a Project Manager/Designer at Feldman Architecture. Before pursuing an M.Arch at the University of Virginia, Elaine obtained a BA in Human Biology at Stanford University. She been a lifelong student of the built environment and is particularly interested in how human behavior, desires, groups and economies influence/shape spaces and communities throughout the world.
In addition to developing elegant resource conscious designs at Feldman, Elaine is also active in the San Francisco chapter of Architecture for Humanity.
Jonathan Feldman, AIA, Principal of Feldman Architecture, was born in Connecticut and grew up in Palo Alto, CA. He earned a liberal arts degree from Amherst College, majoring in Astronomy and English, and explored a career in filmmaking and worked as a carpenter prior to
pursuing architecture. Jonathan received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon where he took advantage of the program’s strong focus on sustainable design (as well as Northwest’s spectacular mountains and back-country).
After earning his degree he returned to San Francisco, where he now resides with his wife and their two daughters.
Randall Whitehead is an internationally known architectural lighting designer, based in San Francisco. He is not only a prolific author, but an enlightening and humorous speaker on the world of design as well. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Art & Antiques, House Beautiful, Kiplinger’s, Horticulture Magazine, Designs for Living, Metropolitan Home, Better Homes & Gardens, The Journal of Light Construction and many more.
Randall appears regularly as a guest expert on the Discovery Channel, CNN, HGTV and Martha Stewart Living Radio. He also writes a monthly column called “The Last Word in Lighting” for Residential Lighting Magazine, answering homeowner’s and Design which is an informative and entertaining reference book for home and garden lighting.
His latest endeavor takes him back to his photography roots. It is a compelling collection of images called Lost Dolls, The Hidden Lives of Toys.
Trained and practiced in sustainable architecture, Sally Dominguez has moved from a sole practice specializing in architecture that “treads lightly” to a career in award-winning product design. Sally’s products include the multi-award-winning Nest high chair, held in the Powerhouse Museum and the V&A in London, the Rainwater HOG which was named one of 2008′s Top 10 Green Building Products and recently awarded its fifth “green” award, and the O MOON outdoor light sold through Design Within Reach. Sally is a panelist on ABC TV’s
New Inventors program, judges Car of the Year for Fairfax Media and Wheels magazine, and writes and lectures in Australia and the USA on innovative sustainable design and technologies.
Recently a judge of the Spark Design Awards and the TED/Lexus Living award, Sally is also developing more innovative rainwater storage systems and solar accessories for her company BeautifulUsefulGreen.