Meet the Team

The Woodbury University School of Architecture’s Solar Decathlon Team Members

Student Team Members


Adrian Moreno

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2024, Architecture (Currently enrolled in the IPAL program)

Hi, I am an Angelino, born and raised in Los Angeles County. Currently working at Twinsteps Architecture. My interests include multi-media art making, technology, history and space exploration. Fun fact: The first job I wanted when I was a young kid was to be a paleontologist and archaeologist.

Ashley Gomez

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

Hello! My name is Ashley Gomez. I am a first-generation Latina student enrolled in Woodbury’s BArch program and will be graduating Spring 2023. I am currently an intern at Robert Kerr Architecture. My hobbies include playing guitar, exploring new places, and spending time with family + friends.

Fun fact: I have watched the movie “10 Things I Hate About You” over 15 times.

Karin Najarian

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

I am co-president of NOMAS WU. My passions lie in improving efficiencies in the housing industry and ensuring that thoughtful architecture is accessible to all.

Fun fact: I love collecting postcards, especially lithographic ones!

Rafael Aguilar

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

I am a fifth-year student at Woodbury University graduating in 2023, earning a bachelor’s degree in architecture. I like to receive and deal with challenging tasks. I’m very enthusiastic when it comes to architecturally related challenges. As soon as I am presented with an innovative design challenge, I fall head over heels in confronting the project. An impenetrable will and perseverance are one of the most important values in human life and in Architecture. I appreciate creativity and working with others.

In the future, I am aiming to be an architect that has his very own firm helping individuals.

Long Ngu

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

Hi I am a 2023 BArch candidate at Woodbury. I enjoy hiking and playing video on my down time. On the decathlon, I worked on figure irrigation and the mechanical room.

Jade Royer

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

Hello, I’m an international student, born in France and raised in Hong Kong. I came to LA 4 years ago to go to Woodbury University.

I am currently working at HA+MA. I have many interests such as computer science, more precisely about AR / VR, exploring new places, travelling, to challenge myself by learning new skills and to help people.

Fun fact: On Sundays, i wake up to watch the Formula One race that is usually at around 6am.

Austin Barcelona

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023
Hi! My name is Austin Barcelona and I am a fifth-year architecture student currently enrolled at Woodbury University. I will be graduating in the Spring of 2023. My hobbies include making music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Fun Fact: I want to pursue and incorporate my architectural skills to design furniture in the future!

Miguel Gonzalez

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

Brenda Vasquez-Meza

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

Mahmoud Hassan

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

Joseph Bird

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

Giselle Yeh

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

Angela Ponce

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

Bailey Bestul

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

Abraham Rivera

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2023

Faculty Team Members


Kishani De Silva

Faculty Lead  | Chair of Construction Management Program

Kishani De Silva has worked in the architecture and design industries for over twenty years in the project and major program management arena.

Additionally, as part of Woodbury University’s adjunct faculty, she has taught a graduate-level practice class focusing on a management, leadership, and entrepreneurship segment and her work relating to housing innovation, sustainability and the business of design has been published in Next City, 2019; Metropolis, 2016 and Design Intelligence, 2012.

Aaron Gensler

Faculty Advisor | Chair of Architecture

Aaron Gensler is an architect, educator, and thought leader based in Los Angeles. She is one half of GenslerClipp—an architecture, design, and research practice based in southern California.

In addition to her professional work with GenslerClipp, Aaron is an Assistant Professor and the Chair of the Undergraduate and Graduate Architecture Programs at Woodbury University in Los Angeles. She serves on the National Council for Madame Architect and is a member of the Board of Trustees for California College of the Arts.

Scrap Marshall

Faculty Advisor

Scrap Marshall is an architectural designer and educator based in Los Angeles. He studied architecture following a career in the music and film industry. As a recording engineer, he worked at the BBC World Service, Lansdowne Studios, and spent a number of years as a staff engineer at Abbeyroad Studios, London working on a variety of film scores, and rock, pop, and classical music projects.

He has worked for a number of firms in both the UK and the US on large-scale residential and infrastructural projects as well as complex single-family residential design in LA.

Hector Rodriguez

Faculty Advisor

Hector Rodriguez is a licensed architect in the state of California, receiving his master’s with a housing specialization from the University of Oregon in 2017. He is one of the co-founders of Office of: Office, a California-based architecture and urban planning firm specializing in the development of residential works including ADUs, renovations, and new construction.

Previously, he has worked as a project designer on 50+ unit affordable housing developments, as well as the project manager for a modular construction startup.

Jesse A. Santiago

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2014, Certificate of Urban Policy 2014

Jesse A. Santiago, AIA, Is An Architect At Burdge Architects.  He Has Experience Ranging From Large Scale Luxury Hospitality And Multi-family Development To Providing Onwer’s Representation Services In Higher Education And Hospitality.  Jesse Is An Active Member Of The American Institute Of Architects And The National Council Of Architectural Registration Boards Fostering Dialogue And Forums For Diversity, Inclusion And Opportunities For All Members. He Currently Is A Member Of The Aia San Fernando Valley Advisory Board And Woodbury University’s Alumni Council.
Jesse Is A Licensed Architect In The State Of California, Accredited By The National Council Of Architectural Registration Boards, And A Leed Green Associate.

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Susana Santiago

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) 2014

Susana Santiago is a Project Manager for a construction company based in Los Angeles. Originally from Peru, Susana immigrated to the US in 2001 and received a B.Arch from Woodbury University in 2014. As a Project Manager for the last 9 years, she has worked in post-production, hotel conversions and religious projects in Burbank, Irvine and LAX, ranging from $3MM to $75MM.

In addition to her professional work, she is also involved with the Hollywood STEM Academy Mentorship Program through Woodbury University. She is a member of the Heritage Square Museum Board of Directors since 2017 to present and served as President for the term 2020-2022.

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