Hafsa Burt, started her studio after working for firms like Frank Gehry & Associates and SOM. With an undergraduate and Masters Degree in Architecture and a minor in Electronic Design from Savannah College of Art & Design. She brings to her work a varied background of sound design, film making and the fine/performing arts.
An environmentalist, she has adopted and actively advocates the 2030 challenge and is a huge proponent of holistic high performance buildings. Her focus includes “Eliminating Toxins” with Indoor Air Quality as a specialty. She actively speaks on the topic of Indoor air quality as it relates to the practice of Architecture and is an industry expert on “Healthy Building Practices”. She serves on the Council of Experts at USGBC’s California Chapter on Indoor Air Quality and also as a liaison for the Green Schools’ Committee for USGBC State, focusing on legislative decisions affecting Environmental Sustainability.
She is actively involved with the American Institute of Architects and is a member of AIA California Council’s Committee on the Environment that also looks at legislative decisions as they relate to the built environment. She has previously started and chaired COTE for peer and public advocacy at AIA East Bay. Following an active participation in the Eden Area livability Initiative, with Supervisor Nate Miley’s Office, she also worked on establishing design and planning guidelines for the un-incorporated parts of Alameda County and in passing the Green Building Ordinance.
She is involved in all projects, with a commitment to the practice of architecture as a collaborative and innovative enterprise and brings with her years of experience in Commercial, Institutional, Industrial and mixed-use realms in project size ranging from 2000 square feet to over 2 million square feet and types ranging from tenant improvement to collaborations on San Francisco airport.
Hafsa was awarded the title of ENR’s 20 under 40 construction professionals in California. She has also been honored with AD 20 Woman of the Year award by the California State Assembly and the American Institute of Architects’ coveted Young Architects’ Award in 2015.
Community wide she gives her time to the Rotary International and has served on the board and as president of the Castro Valley club, her focus included international projects, working with Roots of Peace to de-mine a farm land in Zadar, Croatia. She has also been involved with CVEF, serving on the Board and as Vice-President, pursuing finesse in education and has mentored local High School students for a Juried art & fashion show and fashion editorials. She lives with her husband and children in San Ramon.