The Studio

Wade Design Architects is a nationally recognized, full-service architecture firm based in Northern California focused on private residences, specialty retail concepts, wineries and hospitality projects. Wade Design was founded by principals Ani and Luke Wade in 2007, after working as lead designers and project managers at Backen Gillam Architects.

We practice a collaborative art, which begins by listening intently to our client’s goals and desires. From initial concepts through to construction completion, we strive to transform their aspirations into reality. We believe a fulfilling process for everyone involved ultimately leads to the best possible result and the most rewarding experience.

The firm’s award-winning work has been celebrated in numerous design publications, including Architectural Digest, Food & Wine, California Home + Design, Marin Magazine, Dwell, Sonoma Magazine, Luxe Interiors + Design, Bloomberg, Dering Hall, California Homes and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others.

Luke Wade

Principal

A native Texan, Luke began practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Working closely with Howard Backen, he honed his design skills as a project manager with Backen Gillam Architects and oversaw projects ranging from private residences to wineries, retail concepts, restaurants and resorts. In 2007 Luke co-founded Wade Design Architects with his wife and partner Ani Wade. 

In addition to projects in Northern California, work has taken Luke across the nation, and to beautiful sites in the wine growing regions of Oregon, Washington and Canada. He has consulted for notable clients Williams-Sonoma Inc. and The Sundance Group. Beyond North America, he has designed projects in Australia, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Panama.

On weekends you can find Luke outdoors with his family, enjoying the trails and beaches of Marin County. His desire to travel and see the world is mostly insatiable, there is always more to learn.

Ani Wade

Principal

Ani grew up in Peru and spent her formative years in Costa Rica, then began her architectural training in the United States. After receiving her Bachelor of Architecture degree from UT Austin, she excelled as a designer and project manager at Bay Area firms. At Backen Gillam Architects, her skills were focused on highly crafted residential projects and the design and construction of the Solage Resort in Calistoga. In 2007 Ani co-founded Wade Design Architects with her husband and partner Luke Wade. Ani brings a commitment to clarity and organization to every project.  She enjoys all aspects of the architecture practice and will find the time to take on senior project management roles while at the same time ensuring the business side of the practice is running smoothly. She relies on the help of many at Wade Design, to juggle her wide-ranging responsibilities.

In her spare time, Ani finds an escape by building her yoga practice which helps her maintain balance while juggling being a mother and a professional.

Jenny Hoover

Sr Project Manager

Jenny lived in Southern California and Washington before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Rice University in Houston in 2001.

After a brief stint with Gensler in Santa Monica, she settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where in 2007, she met Luke and Ani Wade through friends in the Bay Area network of architects.

Jenny is inspired by every sort of architecture, from humble or makeshift structures that serve their function with efficiency, to extreme or capricious forms that serve little more purpose than to distort the senses. She enjoys working to find a balance between those two extremes.

Nicholas Koelzer

Project Manager

Nick received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, just a stone’s throw from his hometown.

He grew up in a family that followed the ‘do-it-yourself’ mantra, so Nick jumped into many carpentry projects at an early age. It was this exposure to small-scale building that led him to appreciate the more intimate aspects of design that make each project unique.

Outside of the firm, he enjoys crafting furniture, playing roller hockey, and inventing toys for his cat, Stevie. Nick is a licensed California architect and has been on the Wade Design team for 7 years.

Jane Sevila

Project Manager

Jane grew up in Great Falls, Virginia and spent her formative years under the hood of her father’s classic car collection, developing an appreciation for working with her hands.

Her curiosity of travel led her to Austin, Texas to pursue a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas. While there, she spent many months abroad studying the way society and architecture shape and change over time.

Upon graduation in 2019, she moved to San Francisco and joined the Wade Design team. In her free time, Jane can be found listening to live music, hanging out at the beach, or exploring the city.

Romeo Canada

Project Manager

Romeo brings more than six years of experience in architecture and design and great reliability to the Wade Design team. He earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Architecture from Washington State University, where he began his journey into becoming a self-determined designer.

Romeo brings valuable experience, having designed in a myriad of spaces, including high-end residential, light commercial renovations, multi-family development and affordable housing. 

A Central Washington and Pacific Northwest native, Romeo enjoys spending his free time in the natural environment. You can often find him enjoying the area’s many hiking trails and along the shores of Lake Chelan.

Kristina H. Farber

Project Manager

Throughout her childhood, Kristina’s family lived on both US coasts and abroad. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in History from Dartmouth College, she moved to San Francisco and worked for several years in the public sector before returning to school to earn a Master of Architecture degree from California College of the Arts.

She gained six years of residential design experience, on projects ranging from San Francisco renovations to ground-up homes in Tahoe and Idaho before joining Wade Design. 

She has a strong passion for architecture and how families want to live, sequencing and massing, details, and the lens for considering the larger world. Her interests include trail running, spending time with her family and outdoor adventuring.

Moshe Porter

Project Manager

Moshe grew up in La Jolla, California, where he was first inspired by the buildings of Irving Gill andthe Southern California early modernists. He then moved to Boston and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Northeastern University.

During his time on the East Coast, he managed multi-family residential projects for Work A.C. and Handel Architects. In 2018, Moshe relocated to San Francisco to focus on large commercial spaces, historic renovations, and multifamily residential projects with Mark Cavagnero and Associates.

His passion for residential design led him to join Wade Design in 2020. Moshe is currently designing his own home and can be found enjoying the local beaches or walking his dog in Golden Gate Park.

Kristen Wogen

Project Manager

Kristen grew up in the Monterey Bay Area.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Irvine in Environmental Design and went on to earn her Master of Architecture degree from UCLA.

Post college, Kristen’s travels contributed to her fascination for various cultures and their built environments.  It led her to New York where she grew her acumen with both commercial and high-end residential architecture firms. 

After 15 years in New York she returned to California, gaining additional experience in the multi-family and single-family residential spaces before joining Wade Design. In her free time, Kristen enjoys hiking with her family, relaxing and gardening on her East Bay roof deck.

Sydney Browe

Designer

Sydney grew up in Chantilly, Virginia and went on to attend college at Virginia Tech. While working towards a Bachelor of Architecture degree, she also studied outside of the discipline, taking classes in forestry, beekeeping, pottery, and screen-printing.

In pursuit of her passion for architecture, Sydney graduated and relocated to San Francisco, enthusiastically joining the Wade Design team. She believes that homes are where we most intimately interact with the built environment, with a strong interest in home design and their inhabits.

Outside of work, Sydney enjoys hiking through the Marin Headlands and exploring the aisles of the Bay Area’s eclectic vintage shops.

Katie Vandermause

Marketing and Client Relations

Katie is a Pittsburgh native and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Penn State where she was a sportswriter for The Daily Collegian and worked in the Nittany Lions’ football office.

She went on to hold public relations positions with the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers.During her nine years in the NFL, she executed player and stakeholder media relations for six Super Bowls and one MLB All-Star game.

She then shifted gears into wine as a publicist for Peju Winery, Constellation Brands and Kenzo Estate before joining Wade Design in 2019. In her role, Katie is the client liaison and supports marketing activities to showcase the team’s beautiful work.

Tamela Smith

Office Manager

Originally from Florida, Tamela earned an undergraduate degree in Organizational Behavior before moving to the Bay Area in 1989 to take an Operations Manager position with Fed Ex.

She later received a Master of Business Administration degree from Dominican University and master’s degree in Financial Planning from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She then spent eight years as a Financial Advisor for a local wealth management firm and joined Wade Design in 2015.

Tamela now serves as the Office Manager and ensures a smooth day to day for the office team. In her spare time, Tamela teaches Hatha Yoga, creates container gardens, and is an avid Marin County hiker.

Interested in joining our team?

inquiries@wade-design.com