Community Salon Series

Design and Design Thinking

Friday, October 2 - 6-7:30pm

Join us online for this year's first Community Salon! Our panel discussions, audience Q&A, and round-table conversation will focus on the field of Design—User Experience, Architecture, Industrial Design— and the broader practice of Design Thinking. Our panel embraces parents and alumni who bring their design expertise to architecture, urban development, strategic thinking, and even improved voting machines! Alumnus Nicolai Sponholtz will co-moderate.

As always, the Community Salons are free and open to all interested students, parents, alumni,  and friends of the school community. Zoom link to follow.

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Parent & Alumni Speakers

  • Marc Escobosa (Innovation, Sr. Director - Salesforce)
  • Zoë Prillinger (Design Principal - Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects),
  • Zoee Astrachan (Managing Principal - Interstice Architects)
  • Jake Moritz (Designer/Maker - VotingWorks, Square and Others)

Detailed bios

Nicolai Sponholtz (Co-moderator) Business Analyst - Nicolai is a Business Analyst at BTS, a strategy execution consulting firm in San Francisco. He is on the consultancy track, focusing on Strategic Alignment and Business Acumen.

Nicolai studied business, economics, sustainable urban design within the Interdisciplinary Studies major at UC Berkeley from 2015 to 2019.

Zoee Astrachan Managing Principal - Interstice Architects

Zoee is the CEO and Managing Principal at Interstice Architects, where she collaborates on all projects and directs office operations. Zoee is a licensed landscape architect in California and a LEED accredited professional. She has taught art and design at California College of the Arts and has been a visiting critic at McGill University and the University of California at Berkeley.

Zoee earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, preceded by a Bachelor of Arts in Design of the Environment achieved at the University of Pennsylvania.  Outside the office, Zoee is an avid marathon runner, and in a former life was a practicing equestrian competitor.

Marc Escobosa - Innovation Sr. Director, West Practice Lead - Salesforce

Marc Escobosa leads a human-centered design strategy practice for the Office of Innovation at Salesforce. He and his team help leading CEOs recognize and interpret the forces of change in their markets and industries so they can realign their businesses around their customers. Prior to that, Marc spent 20+ years leading design teams for a number of startups. Before that, he co-founded a boutique brand and design strategy firm named Zaudhaus where he took on all manner of assignments including designing a 5-star hotel from scratch in a Belizean rainforest. Marc graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in neuropsychology. He attended FAIS for Middle School and his parents were part of the original founding parent cohort of Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley.

Jake Moritz -  Designer/Maker - VotingWorks, Square and others

Jake Moritz is a designer, researcher, maker and problem solver from San Francisco. He builds and delivers holistic solutions for populations generally overlooked and underserved. He currently leads hardware for VotingWorks, non-partisan, non-profit where he builds and deploys secure, affordable, accessible voting systems for American elections.

He has designed, worked on, and and built payment solutions at Square electric bikes for delivery workers, and residential and commercial furniture. He did a Masters in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a BA in Geography from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Zoe Prillinger Design Principal - OPA

Zoë Prillinger received BA and Master degrees from Princeton University and has taught at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.  She is co-founder and design principal at OPA (Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects ), an idea-driven office committed to finding design solutions that both expand the possibilities inherent in architecture and resonate within their particular context.

OPA has been published in journals including The New York Times, Dwell, Metropolis, Wallpaper*, MARK magazine, Architecture, Architectural Record, and GA Houses, as well as books by Phaidon, Taschen, Actar and Princeton Architectural Press. OPA's work has also been featured in exhibitions at the GA Gallery in Tokyo and the Storefront Gallery for Art and Architecture. The University of Chicago commissioned an installation in a partner program with the 2017 Chicago Biennial. OPA has received numerous American Institute of Architects San Francisco and California awards and the Architectural League of New York's ‘Emerging Voices’ award.