John Klopf – Principal Architect
John Klopf is a licensed architect over 23 years in the field. He is the Founding Principal of Klopf Architecture, which he founded in 2001 after working for a few years at other firms. John, along with his wife and their two sons, lives in San Francisco and enjoys walking his dogs to work or biking to work whenever possible.
John was born in Cleveland Ohio, and is a graduate of both Harvard (Bachelor, 1993) and Berkeley (Master of Architecture, 2000). While at Berkeley, he won the highly competitive Branner travel fellowship for nine months of fully-paid independent architectural study in Japan, Europe, and Scandinavia. While at Harvard he studied abroad for one semester in Nanjing, China.
In addition to practicing architecture, John has taught design at USF (the University of San Francisco) as an adjunct professor, taught introductory design classes at Berkeley as a lecturer and graduate student instructor, and managed a major sustainability research project for the architecture department at Berkeley.
Today architectural practice consumes all of John’s professional time. He focuses on modernist homes, green and net-zero energy homes, and mid-century modern buildings. He is excited about the completion of Klopf Architecture’s first net-zero energy modern house and looks forward to working on more modern zero-net energy houses.
Geoff Campen – Associate
Geoff is the Associate of Klopf Architecture. He has been a designer and Project Manager with the firm since 2009, and has worked in architecture for more than 24 years. He graduated with a 5-year professional degree – Bachelor of Architecture – from Philadelphia University in 1997. He has a wide range of architectural and design experience ranging from modern residential to commercial office to sports facilities to socially relevant installations, and manages many modern residential projects for Klopf Architecture’s clients.
As the firm’s only Associate, Geoff is second-in-command and fills in for John Klopf when he’s not available. With his many years at the firm under his belt, Geoff is also the go-to guy for “how we do things” and has made an enduring contribution to the firm design-wise. Geoff and John constantly push each other to keep improving the firm’s design direction while honoring the firm’s history and portfolio.
Geoff lives with his wife Diana in San Francisco, travels and explores as much as possible, creates and collects art, and plays soccer when possible. He strongly believes in socially relevant modern design, and strives to apply these sensibilities to his personal and professional work.
Klara Kevane – Project Manager
Klara has been a Project Manager with Klopf Architecture since 2013 and has over seventeen years of experience in the field on both coasts. Licensed as an architect in Connecticut, Klara studied history of art and architecture as an undergrad at Brown University and received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon in 1999.
In addition to her previous professional experience, Klara has led dozens of modern home projects ranging from mid-century modern remodels to new modernist homes while a project manager at Klopf Architecture.
Klara lives in San Francisco with her husband and their daughter. She enjoys walks with her daughter, novels, short stories, foreign films, travel, and spending time with family and friends in the Bay Area and points beyond.
Chuang-Ming Liu, LEED AP – Project Architect
Liu has been a Project Architect with Klopf Architecture since 2014. He has worked for more than 13 years and brings his design and management skills to modern residential projects at Klopf Architecture. In his time with the firm, he has led dozens of modern and mid-century modern projects, and also leverages his MBA in design strategy to help with business development, scheduling, and firm growth.
He graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in Construction Engineering at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan.
Liu lives with his wife and their two cats in the SOMA district of San Francisco.
Angela Todorova – Project Manager
Angela started at Klopf Architecture in 2011 soon after receiving her bachelors degree. Angela has worked in architecture for more than 6 years. She started out working directly with John Klopf and Geoff Campen as their Project Assistant, learning the Klopf Architecture style and process from the ground up. Now a Project Manager, and working on her licensing, Angela has led dozens of modern and mid-century modern residential projects for Klopf Architecture’s clients.
Angela is native to Macedonia and has studied architecture there, in Italy, Greece, and in the United States. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the California College of the Arts in 2010.
Angela lives in Burlingame, and misses the days of biking to work when she used to live in San Francisco. She enjoys tennis and horseback riding as well as architectural travel.
Yeg at the Church of Light, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Yegvenia Torres Zavala – Senior Designer
Yegvenia, or Yeg for short (pronounced “Jegg”), is a Senior Designer at Klopf Architecture. She joined the firm in 2013 after working at other Bay Area architectural firms as an intern. She has contributed to the firm’s design and technical expertise over the years and is now managing projects of her own.
Yeg was born in Tijuana, Mexico and grew up in San Diego, California. She received her bachelor’s degree from the California College of the Arts in 2012. She has also studied in Italy and Brazil.
Yeg lives in San Francisco’s SOMA district, bikes to work, and enjoys travel, photography and jewelry design.
Ethan Taylor – Senior Designer
Ethan is a Senior Designer at Klopf Architecture. He joined the firm in 2014 after working at other Bay Area architectural firms as an assistant designer.
He grew up in Colorado and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound, Washington in 2009. He completed a graduate program at Columbia University, New York in 2010 and studied in Rome, Italy.
Ethan lives in San Francisco’s Dogpatch district, bikes to work, and enjoys skiing, surfing and photography.
Alison Markowitz Chan – Senior Designer
Alison is a Senior Designer at Klopf Architecture. She has worked as an intern and junior designer in San Francisco, Minneapolis, and the Netherlands. She joined the firm in 2015.
She grew up in Minneapolis and lived for several years in Switzerland and the Netherlands. She earned her MArch from the University of Minnesota and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.
Alison lives with her husband and their son in San Francisco’s Castro district, enjoys hiking, exploring new restaurants, graphic design, and film.
Noel Andrade – Designer
Noel is a Designer at Klopf Architecture. He joined the firm in 2016.
Noel grew up in Chula Vista, California and earned his BArch from the California College of The Arts. Noel lives in the Mission district of San Francisco and enjoys music, painting, cooking, biking, playing soccer, and the outdoors.
Sofia Wunch – Designer
Sofia is a Designer at Klopf Architecture. She joined the firm in 2016.
She grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico and earned her BArch from ITESO. She studied abroad in Germany at TU Dortmund and in San Diego at USD. Sofia lives in Larkspur with her boyfriend and enjoys traveling, food, wine, art and the outdoors.
Michelle Tholen, CPA
Michelle brings all facets of marketing and accounting to Klopf Architecture. While attending California State University, Hayward she first started in the business of public accounting in San Francisco and achieved her CPA license in California. Later she recognized her artistic talent and entrepreneurial drive leveraging fifteen years of experience as a prominent artist, event curator and business professional in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Michelle lives in San Francisco with her husband. She enjoys hiking, art, cooking and fine wine along with travel and painting.