May 20, 2020
Form4 Architecture Promotes Two Team Members and Hires Two Directors
Associate Principal, Associate, Technical Director, and Interior Director Elevate Firm Talent
SAN FRANCISCO: Form4 Architecture—a leader in designing creative, dynamic, and empowering solutions for Bay Area innovators, developers, municipalities, and institutions—advances Colin Speer, LEED AP, to Associate Principal, and Steven King, IIDA, to Associate. In addition, the firm has brought on Goetz Frank, AIA, CSI, as Technical Director, and Stephanie Hallam, LEED AP BD+C, as an Interior Director.
“Talent, expertise, and dedication at Form4 Architecture is the formula for our ongoing success,” says Paul Ferro, Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Form4 Architecture, the 2017 American Prize for Architecture honoree. Adds Design Principal and Chief Artistic Officer John Marx, AIA: “We strive to consistently move the needle of modern design to create spaces that bring joy and delight to people’s lives.”
Colin Speer, LEED AP, has been promoted from Director to Associate Principal. He joined Form4 in 2014 and has more than 20 years of experience in the United States and abroad designing high-performance and sustainable projects. His recent projects include several office campuses for Google. Colin discovered his passion for architecture in his early teens when he began connecting with buildings and their design on an emotional level. “I am excited to see a broader understanding and adoption of meaningful, sustainable, and high-performance design as the industry progresses,” he says. Colin received both his Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Architecture and a Diploma of Architecture from Kent Institute of Art and Design at Canterbury, Kent, U.K., in 1992 and 1996, respectively.
Steven King, IIDA, has been promoted from Senior Project Designer to Associate. Steven joined the firm in 2015 and brings more than 10 years of project management expertise. His work includes projects for Google, Facebook, as well as Workday’s HQ and Charles Schwab’s Auditorium. Steven’s accomplishments on the Salt project for Google helped Form4 earn a 2019 Silicon Valley Business Journal Structures Award for Interiors Project of the Year. Echoing many of his peers, Steven discovered his calling in architecture when he read The Fountainhead in college. As a designer, he listens to his clients’ passions and needs to create spaces that reflect their personalities and elevate their work. He is a licensed architect in California and received a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture from California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco in 1990.
Goetz Frank, AIA, CSI, was hired as Technical Director. He brings more than 20 years of experience in quality control, sustainability, and technical design. At the firm, he will be responsible for coordinating staffing, establishing technical standards, and collaborating with project teams to ensure that the work meets the firm’s exceptional design standards. “Form4’s sophisticated design approach—which transcends rational and one-dimensional minimalist styles—inspired me to join the firm,” he says. Hailing from a family of craftsmen, Goetz built boats and practiced design at an early age. Goetz received a Diplom-Ingenieur in Architecture from the University of Applied Sciences in Saarbrücken, Germany, in 1998. He is currently an instructor of Design Studio at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Stephanie Hallam, LEED AP BD+C, joins the firm as an Interior Director. Previously, Stephanie conducted contract work with Form4 on multiple projects as an independent interior designer. Her extraordinary work left a memorable impression on the firm and its clients, leading to her full-time appointment. As an Interior Director, she will be responsible for managing staffing, scheduling, and quality control for Form4’s interior-design group on a variety of tech office and tenant improvement projects. “My strength as a designer is seeing the big picture and leading a team on multiple tasks, schedules, and designs,” she says. “I appreciate bringing people together and working with excited and aspirational designers.” While initially following the footsteps of her father to become a landscape architect, Stephanie set out to become an interior designer to bring health and wellness into people’s interior environments. Stephanie graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design in 2007.
Form4 Architecture believes architecture is the art of giving form to ideas. The award-winning firm specializes in creating environments, whether for tech offices, mixed-use developments, or residences, that respond as equally to the topography of a site as they do to the people they serve. Winner of the 2017 American Prize for Architecture, Form4 creates formal expressions that are not only poetically moving and conceptually thoughtful, but also reflective of the client’s values and goals. As collaborative partners in the design process, the principals of Form4 Architecture—Robert J. Giannini, John Marx, AIA, Paul Ferro, and James Tefend—are personally involved with every project from concept to completion, bringing the collective wealth of years of expertise and knowledge to each client’s vision. Since 1998, the firm has built a rich portfolio of award-winning work for national and international clients within diverse market sectors.