Dr. Soroush Ghahramani, Int'l Associate A.I.A.
Department Chair & Professor of Architecture
Prof. Soroush Ghahramani is a registered architect in Italy and an international member of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a member of the following professional societies: The Architects, Urban Planners, Landscape Architects, and Preservationists Society of Rome Italy, The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of The American Institute of Architects, The California Council of The American Institute of Architects, California State Parks, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Dr. Ghahramani received his Master's degree in Architecture from the University of Rome, "La Sapienza," with the maximum G.P.A. in 1983. He began his professional activities immediately after graduation. In 1984, he passed the "State of Italian Architect Registration Examination." As a result, he became certified to practice as an architect. For four years, he served different architectural and engineering firms in Rome, Italy, where he learned a lot working on a variety of projects with several renowned experts specializing in different fields. Read more...
Carol Buhrmann, A.I.A.
Prof. Buhrmann holds a Master of Science in Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the San Francisco Chapter of the A.I.A.
Mrs. Buhrmann has been teaching at West Valley College since 2009. She has many years of experience teaching architecture, most recently at Florida Atlantic University, U.C. Berkeley and California College of the Arts. Her research explores the connection between architecture and site planning She was a Fulbright Lecturer in 1996 at the Urals Academy of Architecture in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and returned to Ekaterinburg in subsequent years to conduct funded research. One of her research topics is early Soviet architecture in Ekaterinburg and Uralmash, 1925 -1932, its connections to the OSA (Union of Contemporary Architects) in Moscow and its varied success in advancing a Soviet socialist ideal.
Prof. Jimmy Chang attained his Bachelor of Architecture degree at the California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco. His cumulative professional experience includes: residential, institutional, corporate campus and large scale urban projects. In addition to his extensive practical and field training, he’s diverse background includes graphic design, furniture design and fine carpentry. Contact...
Christopher Clancy, A.I.A.
Prof. Christopher Clancy is a registered architect in California and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a member of The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of The American Institute of Architects and The California Council of The American Institute of Architects.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He pursued additional studies at the Architectural Association School of Archtecture, London, United Kingdom. He recieved his Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art & Science, New York City, New York. Contact...
William Liskamm, F.A.I.A.
Prof. William Liskamm is a San Francisco Bay area architect and environmental planner who has been responsible for major planning and urban design projects in this country and abroad during the twenty-five years of his practice. Much of his work has focused on increasing the use of architectural design competitions in the United States.
He has led more than sixty design competitions; many sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and served on NEA's Competition Advisory Panel. He has authored numerous articles on competitions, and his work in this field has been recognized by the Architectural League of New York's exhibit "The Experimental Tradition: Twenty-Five Years of American Architectural Competitions, 1960-1985" shown at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The Los Angeles City Council commended Mr. Liskamm for his work as Competition Advisor for the Pershing Square Park Design Competition. Mr. Liskamm was the Competition Advisor for the Fresh Kills Landfill to Landscape Design Competition in New York City, which will be one of the largest reclamation projects in the world. He served as the Competition Advisor for the recent design competition for the new University of California campus in San Francisco's Mission Bay District. He also serves on the editorial board of Competitions magazine.
Richard Smith, A.I.A.
Prof. Richard Smith is a registered architect in California and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a member of The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of The American Institute of Architects and the California Council of The American Institute of Architects.
He received his Bachelor degree in Architecture from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Contact...
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FACULTY
Bruce Biordi, A.S.L.A.
Glenn Rock, A.S.L.A.