Anthony Poon

Principal, LEED GA
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Educated as a multi-disciplinary designer, Anthony Poon is an award-winning architect and musician. Spanning three decades of architectural experience, he is a LEED-accredited architect licensed in California and Virginia, and IIDA interior designer—as well as a concert pianist, composer, artist, and author. Mr. Poon received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University and his Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley, Magna Cum Laude. In addition to having taught at the University of Southern California, he has made presentations at national and regional conferences for the American College and University Institute, and the Society for College and University Planning. Anthony is a member of the Modern and Contemporary Art Council for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and also a member of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles.

Mr. Poon was awarded in an unprecedented two years in a row, the 2005 and 2006 National Grand Prize from Learning by Design, the highest honor given to an educational project in the country. In 2008, he was a finalist for Los Angeles Magazine’s “World Class Tastemakers.” He was also a performing artist for the 2012 Architects in Concert, “Unfrozen Music,” and a selected mixed-media artist for the 2013 Beverly Hills Art Show, www.anthonypoonart.com. Recently, he was given the highest honor for residential design, the 2018 National AIA Award.

Anthony’s book, Sticks and Stones / Steel and Glass: One Architect’s Journey is available at Amazon. Please visit his blog on architecture and design: www.anthonypoon.com.

Cynthia Kraus, AIA

LEED BD+C
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Cynthia Kraus started her collaboration with Anthony Poon in 1998. As an architect accredited with LEED BD+C, she brings nearly 25 years of experience in design, project delivery and construction administration. Ms. Kraus is the founder of OPENHAUS and an industry leader in sustainable design and environmental stewardship, having created noteworthy net-zero designs.

Ms. Kraus brings diverse architectural experience ranging from residential to commercial, from science/technology to performing arts. Past clients include UCLA, University of Notre Dame, Griffith Observatory, Northwestern, and University of Arizona--as well as other private clients, commercial groups and civic entities. Her work has been honored with industry recognition and media coverage. A native Angeleno, Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Southern California, is a member of The American Institute of Architects, and a designated Subject Matter Expert for the California Architects Board.

Charles Proffitt


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Charles Proffitt brings eight years of experience in design, project management and construction administration. A leader in Revit / BIM software, Mr. Proffitt leads design efforts with Mr. Poon, and coordinates the architectural and engineering teams, to deliver an operationally-successful and architecturally-noteworthy project. Charles collaborates with his clients and translates programmatic goals into an achievable design, meeting schedule and budget goals. He received his Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, from Syracuse University in 2009 and a Masters of Architecture with Distinction from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. With international studies in Italy, extensive travels, and a passion for history, Charles brings diverse interests and skills to his architectural profession.

Khin H. Zaw

LEED AP
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With 10+ years of expertise in residential and commercial facilities, Khin Zaw works closely with clients, contractors and the engineering team on all aspects of a project—from programming to master planning, from design to Construction Documents, and from agency approvals to Construction Administration. She is instrumental in our comprehensive project delivery, as well as responsible for the day-to-day activities of design and documentation. Skilled in integrated design approach and an advocate for green architecture, Ms. Zaw has personally been an owner, designer and developer of residences in Southern California. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Yangon Technological University, Myanmar. With her residency and travels from Burma to Southern California, Khin brings a wealth of cultural experiences to her design talents.

(Headshots by Mikel Healey)