As Principal-in-Charge of Design, Mark Hornberger is responsible for the coordination and management of Hornberger + Worstell’s planning and design effort for all major projects, focusing on mixed-use, hospitality, multi-family residential, corporate office and higher education projects. In addition, he leads the permit approval processing and public review efforts of the firm.
Over the last two decades, Mr. Hornberger and his design team have completed over forty major projects. These designs are focused on sites across North America, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim/Asia.
Mr. Hornberger’s architecture consistently employs regional materials and geographically inspired forms to provide work environments, recreational amenities, lodging, dining, and meeting/gathering spaces. His gracious projects, with their focus on the relationship of the buildings to the landscape and cityscape, provide inviting access to scenic and city resources in a variety of urban and resort locales.
He combines his expert knowledge of mixed-use requirements with the firm’s regionalist sensitivity to context and materials. The projects derive their distinct identities from the thoughtful and innovative use of building materials and skilled local labor brought together with a considered use of advanced construction techniques.
The sense of place in his projects is heightened by an ability to achieve a seamless interplay between inside and out—his trademark “livable landscape.” He pioneered the design of outdoor function spaces and water features as integrated extensions of the architecture, allowing users and visitors to enjoy fully the unique climate, light and vistas of a particular region throughout the individual properties.
The success of his projects has won Mr. Hornberger the respect of his peers in the development and hospitality communities, where he speaks on design related issues for organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, Resort Forum. He has chaired the Design Awards Committee of the AIA California Council, and, from 1992 to 1994, he was Chair of the Architecture and Design Forum of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was Chair of the AIA Capital Forum, is a past Director of both AIA San Francisco Chapter and the AIA California Council and is current Chair of the AIACC Task Force on CEQA reform.
An honors graduate of the University of Colorado College of Environmental Design, John Davis has over thirty years of architecture experience, including significant contributions to academic, hospitality, and historic rehabilitation projects. His expertise in programming and in relating the scale of interior architecture to the surrounding site results in the successful integration of inside and outside environments.
Mr. Davis has enjoyed over twenty five years of practice with Hornberger + Worstell. As Managing Principal and CFO, Mr. Davis oversees the management of studio, the organization of project teams, and the oversight of project schedules and budgets. A registered architect in California since 1983, John Davis is an active member of the AIA.
A graduate of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning and Design Principal / Design Director – Asia Pacific, Burton Miller has over thirty years of experience in the design and implementation of complex, mixed-use developments involving a broad spectrum of building types. He has specialized expertise in the architectural master planning and urban design of large-scale multi-building projects in both urban and natural environments integrating hospitality, living, working, entertainment and the public realm.
Burton Miller has served on the Site Plan and Architectural Review (SPAR) Committee for the City of Mountain View, and the City of Mill Valley Planning Commission, the Miller Avenue Precise Plan Citizens Advisory Committee, Mill Valley 2040 General Plan Advisory Committee and Zoning and Design Guidelines Advisory Committee. His extensive public process, regulatory and jurisdictional agency experience as both applicant and city commissioner / committee member serves to effectively inform project entitlement processes.
He has taught architectural design, urban design, drawing and visual communication at Cornell University, Drexel University and Philadelphia College of Art.
Overseas experience includes buildings and projects in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Japan, The Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, New Zealand, Ukraine and Russian Federation.
I came to architecture in a roundabout way: I taught English in Spain and worked on the trading floor of a New York investment bank before I ended up in architecture school. But these early experiences gave me a more nuanced view of the world, and have shaped my career in the years since. I love hearing a friend or colleague say “I had no idea!” when coming across one of our projects. After spending so many years focused on the details of a project, from design through construction, to step back and see the work appreciated is a privilege.
I loved watching my grandfather, who was a carpenter, use a simple hand plane to create these smooth rich colored wood cabinet pieces. When I decided to become an architect, it was due in large part to his influence.
I am motivated by our staff, and I believe that strong teams are very important. I play volleyball, where a solid team dynamic is at the heart of the game. Together, we set ambitious goals and work hard to achieve them. If mistakes are made along the way, it's an opportunity to grow and improve, and ultimately reach the desired outcome.
Location can tell you a lot--not just about where a place is, but its people, its culture. I’ve been interested in maps and cartography for most of my life, and considering our projects through the specifics of their geography has always yielded helpful insights. A major part of what I do is presenting our projects to clients, so being as informed as possible about the context of the project is essential. How does our work reflect the culture, identity, audience, and other diverse factors that are important to the client? That bigger picture is what inspires my professional work.
There are many culinary styles and cooking techniques around the world. They are often derived as a response to available local ingredients and cultural influences. When we enjoy a good meal, we enjoy it because it is the sum of its ingredients and the various proportions and methods of preparation. Similarly, when we enjoy a building, we don't think about how we enjoy each piece of glass, concrete, and stone, but rather the wholistic experience of a space.
I have spent a lot of time exploring the Bay Area art scene, and the spaces where art is made. I have gained an appreciation for how the varied and beautiful industrial and utilitarian structures in the area have come to house purpose-built spaces for art-making. This has led to my awe of the possibilities of architecture, and specifically my interest in the rehabilitation of old and historical buildings for public use.
I've always been an advocate of applying the creative arts to problem solving. Client design briefs often contain unique challenges and untested ideas, which require creative ways of evaluating, sorting and ultimately solving problems in sophisticated ways. Good design solutions usually satisfy a physical need while provoking delight and contemplation.
I grew up in an American city amid well designed buildings and spaces created six decades earlier during a brief period of enlightenment by a race of people that had moved on. My interest in architecture grew out of the conflict between those interested in preserving and rehabilitating the old buildings, and those keen to convert them into above-ground parking.
I’ve been working in the field of architecture in the Bay Area since 1979. I find success in the moments when the drawings start to really communicate, and when, on the job site, I get past being the guy wearing a tie to the guy the workers know has the answers and paths to solutions.
I chose architecture as a profession with a comprehensive program of study and many possible career avenues. I am originally from China; I came to the Bay Area in 2014 and love the climate here. I'm motivated by being on a team that solves complex problems every day. Contributing my skills to solving these challenges is my personal path to success.
I came to San Francisco in 1975 and have lived in the same apartment since then. I love working in such a creative atmosphere, with a small group of people I can call “family.” In my work, I handle a lot of information, and accuracy is everything. When questions come up, it’s very satisfying to be able to find the answer.
Ultimately, a project is successful if people use it. Seeing one of our recent university projects seemingly always packed with students made it clear that the project had fulfilled its goals. My work is about creating spaces that people can experience, interact with and enjoy. I love the feeling of being able to point out a project to someone and say that I helped to create it.
My focus is interior architecture, which requires particular attention to detail, while simultaneously being aware of the bigger picture and how all of the parts of the project need to work cohesively. Diving into the fine grain of a project is something I enjoy, especially when supported by a talented and enthusiastic team. Together, we explore new possibilities and take projects to interesting and delightful outcomes. When you step back and see it all come together, it's magical.
I am drawn to architecture because, through it, I can express my understanding of the relationship between building, nature, and people. I can use the process as a way of better understanding how other people think. There is so much to learn, but the great thing in this profession is working with more experienced colleagues, who offer input and encouragement to help navigate big challenges.
It's important to find opportunities to be creative in everyday tasks. There's always a new way to look at a problem. It's easy to get caught up in the work and miss an opportunity to do something interesting, but when I step back and make myself try a more novel approach, I'm very often rewarded with a more interesting result.
I caught the architecture bug very early in life, having had the privilege of growing up in an historic area in New York dating from the mid-1600s with a rich architectural heritage. Successful architecture, in my opinion, resides in the details, from large scale in the planning stage to small scale in the final detailing of how systems and materials come together. Elegant, seamless detailing is my personal measure of success.
I originally chose to study architecture because I thought the profession would provide a good balance of technical and creative work. By the end of college, I was less interested in buildings specifically and more interested in process. I like problem-solving and learning, and I find people inspiring. If there is a clear story to tell behind the work, it’s on the right track.
Virtual design and construction is the future of our profession and I am an active participant in its evolving role. A fully realized virtual representation of a design concept benefits all stakeholders of a project, allowing for real-time simulations in complex environments that were unachievable before. I strive to incorporate this approach into the projects I contribute to, and to cultivate a deeper understanding of and appreciation for virtual design and construction among my peers.
When I was a child in Japan, my parents worked with an architect who was a relative when they built their house. I was amazed how the architect seemed to transform our dream into reality. I studied architecture and became a licensed architect in Japan, and moved to the U.S. in 1999. I am motivated most by the sense of achievement I feel both in incremental progress over the course of the day, and in the outcome of the project in the long term.
Architecture provides me with an outlet for my favorite passions, art and science. It never gets boring and is always a challenge. I have been in the field for a while, but I continue to visit new and old buildings, evaluating their successes as well as their shortcomings. The path to real inspiration in this work involves putting the most diverse teams of individuals and personalities together to work cohesively toward a common goal.
I'm originally from Sacramento, but the culture of the Bay Area proved irresistable. I've provided IT services at Hornberger + Worstell for a long time, which I've balanced with time spent on personal artwork and photography.
I recently moved to the Bay Area from China. Years ago, I noticed how architects play a role in the happiness of others: even relatively small-scale projects like individual homes make a huge difference in the lives of others. I wanted to be a part of that process, and help make the world a better place.
For people who work in the field of architecture, it's essential and natural to care deeply about the work we do. Our job is to create places for people to enjoy. Putting my best efforts and high standards into the work I do is very important to me, because the results will be that much better because of it.
Success to me is when a project inspires its users to relax and connect with the land, local culture, and people. Making these connections myself is a major source of inspiration, and this motivates me to provide others with the framework for a newfound appreciation of place.