Urban Field Studio Partners: Frank Fuller, Jane Lin, & Heidi Sokolowsky

Heidi Sokolowsky is a passionate urban designer with an architectural degree from Germany and has been practicing for over 19 years in the Bay Area and in Europe. Her designs have won numerous national awards including the San Francisco Prize, AIA Urban Design and APA Planning Awards, as well as international competition prizes for projects in Germany, Denmark, and the UK. Heidi focuses on context-based sustainable development with an emphasis on the public realm, quality of space, connectivity, and urban mixed-use, and architecture. She has managed small and large projects, ranging from the implementation of public art to the preparation Design Guidelines for a 600-acre district in North San José. Heidi has prepared downtown and neighborhood plans for cities in California and Arizona, and Station Area Plans including high-speed rail in Santa Clara, Anaheim, San José, Gilroy, and Santa Monica. She has also been a lecturer for urban design at the San José State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning and serves as a regular studio critic at the California College of the Arts, University of San Francisco, and UC Berkeley. Heidi is a LEED accredited professional.

Dipl.Ing. Architektur (MSc Architecture), University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany, 1996
Vordiplom Architektur (BSc Architecture), University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany, 1991

Professional Activities and Honors
APA Northern California Neighborhood Planning Award + APA California Merit Award, 2011*
APA Northern California Comprehensive Planning Large Jurisdiction Award, 2011**
APA Arizona Best Master Plan Award, 2009**
AIA Award in Urban Design, San Francisco Chapter, 2007
Europan 08: European Urbanity Award, 2006
AIA Award in Urban Design, San Francisco Chapter, 2005
Masterclass Dordrecht, Netherlands, 2006
European Capital of Culture, Braunschweig, Germany, 2004
San Francisco Prize, 2000
Board Member of city|space, a cultural organization dedicated to exploring the built environment through events and exhibitions in a wide range of disciplines, including design, visual art, cultural landscape research, and film (
Presenter at SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association)
Pro Bono Work for Public Architecture, San Francisco
*with Field Paoli
**with Field Paoli/ Dyett & Bhatia prime consultant

Publications and Articles
Designing the High-Speed Future (contributor), published in Next American City
Privately owned public open spaces (contributor), published in SPUR Urbanist
Zipper, published in the Europan 08 Catalog and Architecture Today
Zeitzeugen, published in Zeit-Bau-Kunst Braunschweig
Harvey Milk Memorial Plaza, published in Architectural Record and various newspapers
Ashes to Ashes: Five Concepts for a Cemetery in Cologne, published by the Museum of Sepulchral Culture in Kassel, Germany
Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, published in DB Deutsche Bauzeitung

Jane Lin is an architect and educator with deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her experience ranges from master planning private development to visioning and planning for future development in urban and suburban areas. As an urban designer and land use professional, she has provided conceptual strategies for streetscape improvement, transit area planning, and revitalization of retail and mixed-use districts to local agencies throughout the western United States. Jane has worked closely with neighborhoods at the heart of those plans through workshops and community building events, and enjoys the public outreach process. Jane also teaches architecture to school aged students (K-12) and is always looking for ways to strengthen the connection people have to where they live. Jane holds a BA in Architecture,  MS in Architecture, and a Masters in City Planning all from UC Berkeley. She is an expert in sustainable design and holds a LEED AP with a specialty in Neighborhood Design. Jane is a registered architect in California, #C-31926.

MS Architecture, University of California at Berkeley 2005
M. City & Regional Planning, University of California at Berkeley 2005
BA Architecture, University of California at Berkeley, 1999

Professional Activities and Honors
Juror, facilitator, and developer of the Urban Plan Program by the Urban Land Institute 2003-ongoing
Juror for the AIA Green Building Awards in 2010
Contributor to the Urban Path Inventory for Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, 2009
Eisner Prize in City Planning, UC Berkeley 2005

Frank Fuller is an architect and urban designer who has practiced in the United States for over thirty-five years. In addition to architectural commissions, he has helped to transform downtowns, town and campus centers into active, pedestrian-oriented places. Frank understands the perspectives of public agencies and private developers in building and revitalizing communities. By using a consensus-oriented approach, he integrates multiple interests to create strong public and private realms. Frank has conducted many charrettes around the US, including the recent City of Fairfax-Mason University charrette in Virginia. His numerous public service activities include chairmanship of the AIA California Council Urban Design Committee and Jury Chair for the 2015 National AIA Urban Design Awards.


Master of City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 1976
Master of Architecture,University of California, Berkeley, 1973
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Princeton University, 1968

Professional Activities
Licensed Architect in CA, NV and AZ
Accreditation by NCARB
Fellow, American Institute of Architects
American Planning Association
Urban Land Institute (ULI), Urban Revitalization Committee
ULI, Rose Center faculty in Minneapolis & Louisville
Chair, AIACC Urban Design Committee
Jury Chair, National AIA Urban Design Awards
Jury Chair, AIACC Urban Design Awards
Juror, AIA Santa Clara Valley Design Awards
Juror, AIA San Diego Design Awards
Juror, CCASLA Awards Program
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Architecture,
University of California, Berkeley
Speaker at Conferences, Rail-Volution, AIA, ULI, SCUP,
SPUR & California Planning Roundtable
Speaker at US DOT, US-Sweden Transportaiton Workshop
Speaker, Trafikverket & KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

“Designing the High Speed Future,” Architype Review, June 2011
“Redevelopment is Green Development: Now LEED Offers a Way to Measure Its Sustainability,” Redevelopment, August 2007, California Redevelopment Association
“Urban Design and Engaged Communities: A Conversation with Frank Fuller, FAIA and Cheryl Morgan, AIA,” AIASF Line Magazine, January 2006
“Blueprint for the Capital of Silicon Valley,” Urban Land, September 2003