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Philip Bona, AIA has committed his career and civic life to leading the architecture profession as visionary and advocate for change. He has advanced urban design, advocated for the integration of 21st Century Technology, influenced nationwide construction industry change, and shaped emerging professionals.



Philip J. Bona has provided professional architectural, planning and urban design services to individual, corporate, non-profit, and government clients since 1974. In 2007, after 33 years in the private sector, Phil relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego and joined the staff of the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) as Assistant Vice President for Architecture and Planning. There, he provided leadership as a member of the six person senior staff and supervised a team of 10 planners and administrative staff. While with CCDC, he was responsible for managing the entitlement and permitting process for all new projects in the downtown as well as maintaining and updating the Planned District Ordinance, the Community Plan, and preparing various design guidelines, planning initiatives and requests for proposals. He supervised the Centre City’s Downtown Specific Sustainability Guidelines, Urban Lighting Guidelines, the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, Chair of the Downtown Education Taskforce, various park studies, and the Centre City Neighborhood Design Guidelines in support of the PDO and Community Plan.
Upon leaving CCDC In early 2009, Phil reorganized his prior firm, Baucentrum, and rebranded it for San Diego as Baucentrum Urban Studio. His extensive planning, and master planning experience includes processing of entitlements, CEQA review, hazardous materials environmental management plans, community planning, wayfinding, new town planning, resort planning, property reports, feasibility studies, Urban Design Excellence Seminars, California Redevelopment Agency Seminars, LEED for Neighborhood Design Workshops, and BIMStorm® San Diego Urban Visualization Charrettes.

Formerly Senior Project Architect with Wolff Lang Christopher (WLC) Architects, he was Deputy Master Architect assisting in the oversight of twenty-three K-12 schools for the West Contra Costa Unified School District in Richmond California and managed the ten Architect of Record firms. He was project architect for two new elementary schools and two school modernizations in Oakley California, and new Aquatic Centers for Las Positas Community College and for Tamalpias High School, among other projects.

Principal and Senior Associate with other San Francisco Bay Area firms, he has provided professional architectural services to private and public sector clients since 1974. In 1996, Philip received an award from the American Institute of Architects for Design Excellence for Historic Restoration of a Church in Belmont California. He has enjoyed a diverse architectural practice including commercial/office, retail/restaurant, civic, US Postal Service, Dept. of Defense, healthcare, K-16 Educational, and single and multi-family residential projects. He has also been a part time professor of architecture with the San Mateo Community College District teaching “An Introduction to Architecture”, and has been a guest critic for the New School of Architecture’s Urban Design senior classes.

He initiated the Silicon Valley “Housing the Next One Million” Regional AIA Design Charrette; is a past president of AIA San Mateo County; and has earned numerous professional achievement awards from AIASMC and AIACC. He has been a member of the Computer-aided Practice PIA, the AIA National Mentorship Taskforce, the AIA National Livable Communities Committee, the AIACC Long Range Planning Committee, an AIACC CalcPac Trustee, a Consultant to the AIACC Mentoring Committee, and a Director of the AIACC Board. In May 2003, his article, “Mentoring the New Thought Leaders” was published in the ArcCA Magazine by the AIA California Council and McGraw-Hill, and by Builder/Developer Magazine in three 2005 issues on Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).

He has been very active in the American Institute of Architects organization at the national, state, and local levels and is also active in the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council.


June 2008 – Present Centre City Development Corporation, San Diego, CA
Assistant Vice President of Architecture and Planning for CCDC, the City of San Diego and the San Diego Redevelopment Agency including oversight of all planning applications, the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan project, the Downtown Education Taskforce. and CCDC's various studies and guidelines.

Aug. 2002 – Jun 2007 WLC Architects, Inc., Emeryville, CA
Senior Architect / Project Manager, Team Leader for K-16 Educational Projects including masterplanning, programming, design, and construction administration for 27 elementary, middle, high school, and community college campuses.

Feb. 1997-Aug. 2002 DES Architects + Engineers Inc., Redwood City, CA
Architect, Senior Associate, Project Manager, Team Leader for K-16 Educational Projects including masterplanning, programming, design, and construction administration for 102 Classrooms in 13 new buildings, 10 new Libraries, 12 new Multi-use buildings, 23 Classroom building modernizations, 2 new Gyms, and 2 new Community Centers.

Oct. 1989-Feb. 1997 Baucentrum Architecture, San Mateo & San Carlos, CA
Architect, Principal/Sole Proprietor, Project Manager for Single Family Residential, Health Care, Recreational, Commercial Interiors & Education Projects

July 1985-Oct. 1989 Sinclair Associates Inc., San Mateo, CA
Architect, Senior Associate, Administrative Executive, Project Manager for Single/ Multi-Family Residential, Recreational, Commercial Interiors & Education Projects

Aug. 1980-June 1985 Panko/Sinclair Associates Inc., San Mateo, CA
Architect, Associate, Project Manager for Multi-Family Residential, Recreational, Commercial Interiors, Municipal, DOD, USPS & Single Family Residential Projects

Sept. 1978-Aug. 1980 Paul J. Gumbinger AIA, San Mateo, CA
Designer, Drafter, Job Captain & Model Maker for Residential/Retail Projects

June 1974-Sept. 1974 Bechtel Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Designer/Planner for Mobil Oil New Town in Badak Indonesia

1977 University of California, Berkeley.
John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship Award. Traveled & Researched Architecture in 17 Countries in Europe and the Mid-East for 5 months (Portfolio of 2300 photo images)

1977 University of California, Berkeley.
Master of Architecture Degree: Thesis – Housing & Alternative Energy Design Solutions

1975 University of California, Berkeley.
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture Degree: Emphasis in Design

1973 Merritt College, Oakland.
Associate of Arts Degree: Emphasis in General Science

1970 College Of San Mateo, San Mateo
Associate of Arts Degree: Certification in Electronics Technology


1981 California Registered Architect C12383
1983 Certification with NCARB #28,288
1991 California Registered Disaster Service Worker - Region II #SA0006


2007 John S. Bolles Fellowship from AIA California Council for outstanding dedication and service to the profession for outstanding dedication and service during his tenure on the Council Board as Director and Vice President for Legislative Affairs.

2000 Commendation from California Architects Board for Service & Dedication to the public health, safety, and welfare as Commissioner to the California Supplemental Exam.

1996 Design Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects for Excellence in Architectural Design for the Historic Renovation of St. Michael’s Hall at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Belmont for the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.

1993 Commendation from AIA California Council for outstanding dedication and service to the profession for contributions to the AIACC Professional Liability Committee.


2005 “A Preferred Vision for America’s Construction Industry”
Suggest reasons why a dialogue among construction industry partners around the United States calling for significant change is necessary.)
Builder and Developer Magazine, West Coast Regional Publication by Peninsula Publishing, also

2005 “Industry Integration into the Information Age”
(Offers his approach to AEC integration with owners through effective collaboration and use of building information modeling BIM.)
Builder and Developer Magazine, West Coast Regional Publication by Peninsula Publishing; also

2005 “Changing the Industry Paradigm”
(Discusses a step by step menu for changing the basis of the construction industry and the way a new business model would look.)
Builder and Developer Magazine, West Coast Regional Publication by Peninsula Publishing; also

2005 “Changing the Industry Paradigm”
(Looks at needed construction industry evolution and discusses steps to achieve it.)
Focus Magazine, Published by AIA California Council & McGraw Hill

2005 “Baucentrum: Architectural Resource Website”
(Provides Nominee’s personal choices of important professional resource topics (e.g. AEC Integration, livable communities, design, mentoring, and building information modeling.)

2005 “Bay Area Regional Forum – AIA Website”
(After a decade of involvement with the 8 AIA Chapter Bay Area Regional Forum, Mr. Bona designed and built a website for the organization as an information and regional resource tool focusing on advocacy, legislation, and AIA Component resources.);

2003 “Mentoring the New Thought Leaders”
(Article on skill sets needed by a 21st Century intern architect and the need for diverse mentoring relationships)
“arcCA”, the Journal of AIA California Council, by McGraw Hill

2003 “Michael Willis & Art Gensler on their Mentor Experience”
(Review of the AIA San Francisco Program: “An Evening with Art Gensler, FAIA and Michael Willis, FAIA – Mentor / Protégé.”) AIA San Mateo County Newsletter;

2003 “Preparing for the Journey”
(Introduction to the Handbook on Paths to being an Architect) National AIA Mentorship Handbook;

2002 “The Future of our Young Professionals”
(Article on the Benefits of Mentoring on Interns & Architects); AIA San Mateo County Newsletter;

2001 San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Assoc Newsletter: “Housing the Next Million”

2000 San Jose Mercury News: “Architects map vision of Bay Area”

2000 AIA Pre-Charrette Information Packet; Housing the Next Million

1994 San Carlos Enquirer Bulletin: “Charter School Finds Home - Concept to Reality for Peninsula Parents”

1993 Fabrics Magazine Publication: “Ducky’s Car Wash Fabric Roof’s”

1990 AIA California Council Board Packets: “AIACC Internship White Paper”

1990 AIASMC Charrette: “Architectural Education”

1990 AIASMC Charrette: “The IDP Fact Sheet 1990 – Continuing Professional Growth through Internship”

1977 UC Berkeley CED Archives: “Solar Energy Efficient Townhouse Condominium Development”

1976 AIA Research Corp: “New Concepts for Energy Conserving Buildings”


2008 Keynote Speaker, Eco Investment Network San Diego Chapter – Green Leaders Week to an audience of 50 green movement leaders, architects, planners, and city officials on the topic of Sustainability and Local Governance for Downtown San Diego.

2006 Presenter, AIA National Convention
Technology in Architectural Practice Conference
“Retooling Architectural Practice for Collaboration & Technology”

2002 Lecturer, College of San Mateo Department of Architecture. (Fall Semester)
Taught Architecture 666 – Introduction to Architecture to 28 lower division college students.

2001 Speaker, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association.
Program Speaker to an audience of 60 architects, planners, and city officials on the topic of Smart Growth, Livable Communities, and regional governance.

1998 Speaker, Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) Conference.
Program Speaker to an audience of 65 architects and K-12 school administrators on the topic of alternative project delivery methods for K-12 Schools.

1993 Speaker, San Mateo County Economic Development Association
As an architect leader of the Housing Task Force, presented statistics about Bay Area job growth versus available housing and smart growth trends to 55 architects, business owners, and city officials.

1991-1993 Lectures on Lifelong Learning in Architecture at "The Facts of Life & Architecture Forum” thru Bay Area AIA & AIAS Chapters at University of California, Berkeley

1990 Speaker, Art in Education Symposium at Stanford University
Lectured to 235 people on the topic of “Arts in the Professions for Cultural and Economic Survival” discussing the Role of Architecture in Education and Society.

1990-2002 Lecturing/Jurying in first & second year Design Studio for the Department of Architecture at the College of San Mateo

1986-2002 Mentorship Program through San Mateo Unified School District on Architecture as a Career (2-3 Gifted High School Students once each week during spring term)

1986-2002 Lecturer, American Institute of Architectural Students (AIAS). At the beginning of each school year, lectured to the College of San Mateo AIAS on professional practice and internship. For two years, he participated in a job shadowing program with the students.

1980-2002 Career Day Lectures to local High Schools through the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Program & San Mateo County Chapter American Institute of Architects

1979-1981 Lectures on Career in Architecture to local High School students through the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post 875

1977 Teaching Assistant Dept of Architecture at University of California Berkeley.



Project Architect for Tracy Unified School District:
- New Football Stadium and Olympic Aquatic Center for West High School, Tracy, CA

Project Architect for Tamalpias Union High School District:
- New Olympic Aquatic Center for Tamalpias High School, Marin, CA

Project Architect for Chabot/Las Positas Community College District:
- New Olympic Aquatic Center for Las Positas College, Livermore, CA

Project Architect for Oakley Union Elementary School District, Oakley, CA:
- New Carpenter Elementary School
- New Iron House Elementary School
- Oakley Elementary School Modernization
- Gehringer Elementary School Modernization

Deputy Master Architect for the West Contra Costa Unified School District Bond
- Program Manager for 60 k-12 School Projects providing masterplanning, programming, design, documents & construction administration as well as program management of 10 other Architect of Record firms.

Project Architect for Redwood City School District, Redwood City, CA:
- Re-Construction of School & Voluntary Seismic Upgrade, RCSD, Redwood City, CA
- 29 New Buildings & 19 Modernizations on 13 Campuses, Redwood City, CA

Project Architect for Vallejo School District, Vallejo, CA:
- Modernization of Stephan Manor Elementary School - Vallejo, CA

Project Architect for San Mateo County Community College District:
- Modernization of College of San Mateo Theater - San Mateo, CA
- New Regional Public Safety Center at College of San Mateo - San Mateo, CA
- New Learning Resource Center at Cañada - San Mateo, CA

Modernization of Historic Roosevelt Elementary School - Burlingame, CA

New Technology Center for High School District - Redwood City, CA

New Competition Gymnasium & Pool for Woodside High School - Redwood City, CA

New Competition High School Gymnasium & Joint Use Facility – San Mateo, CA

Modernization of College Dining Commons - San Jose, CA

Modernization of College Physical Education Facilities- San Jose, CA
Additions & Alterations to Residence - Belmont, CA

New Private School for Oracle Corporation - Belmont, CA

College of Notre Dame, Art Museum & Multi-Purpose Facility, Belmont, CA

Crystal Springs Uplands School, Performing Arts Auditorium/Theater, Hillsborough, CA

New Parish/School Hall/Gym with Commercial Kitchen - Belmont, CA

Addition & Alterations Serra High School Athletic Facility - San Mateo, CA


Joinville Aquatic Facility, San Mateo, CA

New Eagle Park & Swim Center & Multi-Use Park Building, Mountain View, CA

Refugio Valley Park Community Center, Hercules, CA

New Park Restroom for Casanova Park - San Mateo, CA

Addition to Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club - Menlo Park, CA

New Golf Driving Range with Support Buildings - San Bruno, CA


USPS - Feasibility Study for Vehicle Maintenance Facility for Main Post Office - San Mateo, CA

USPS - Alterations to Historic Post Office Building - San Jose, CA

USPS - Alterations to Historic Post Office Building - San Jose, CA

NAVY - Advanced Planning & Feasibility Report - Presidio/San Francisco, CA

NAVY - New Computer Building for Air Strategic Defense - Princeton, CA


City of Palo Alto Teen Center, Remodeling & Accessibility Upgrades, Palo Alto, CA

City of Palo Alto Senior Center, Remodeling & Accessibility Upgrade, Palo Alto, CA

Expansion & Remodel of San Mateo City Hall - San Mateo, CA

New Community Youth Center - Burlingame, CA

San Carlos Youth Center, San Carlos, CA

New Fire Station – Redwood City, CA

(Award-Winning) St. Michael’s Multi-Purpose Hall, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Belmont, CA

Health Care:

County of San Mateo/Cordilleras Psychiatric Hospital Renovations, San Carlos, CA

Camp Glenwood Correctional Facility, Infirmary/Office & Cafeteria Upgrades, La Honda, CA

San Mateo Convalescent Hospital Modernization, San Mateo, CA

Letterman Army Medical Center: Completely renovated 9 departments, San Francisco, CA

2nd Floor Upgrade at Kaiser Hospital - Martinez, CA

Emergency System Upgrading at Acute Care Psychiatric Hospital - Redwood City, CA

Additions & Alterations to Acute Care Rehabilitation Hospital - San Ramon, CA

New Dental Laboratory Building Addition to Dental Office Building - So. San Francisco, CA

Disabled Accessibility (ADA) Survey for Dental Office Building - So. San Francisco, CA

Alterations to Convalescent Hospital- San Francisco, CA

Additions & Alterations to Convalescent Hospital- Millbrae, CA

Tenant Improvements to Medical Offices, Daly City, CA

Additions & Alterations to Medical Offices - San Mateo, CA

Tenant Improvements to Medical Office - Daly City, CA

New Medical Office Building - Daly City, CA

New Private Medical Offices - San Mateo, CA


Landmark Center Retail, Belmont, CA

Guido’s Italian Seafood Restaurant, Colma, CA

San Francisco International Airport, Long-term Parking Facility, Burlingame, CA

New Starbucks Coffee Stores - San Francisco & San Jose, CA

Camp B'sgetti Restaurant (Prototype Design) - Northern California

Broiler Express Restaurant - San Mateo, CA

Sneaker's Restaurant - San Carlos, CA

North Beach Pizza Restaurant #5- San Mateo, CA

La Fonda Mexican Restaurant- San Mateo, CA

Guido's Italian/Seafood Restaurant (Prototype Design) - Colma, CA

Alterations to Imperial Inn/Econo Lodge, So. San Francisco; Redding, Sacramento, San Diego, CA


Mixed Use (35Apartments over Retail) - Daly City, CA

617 Apartments - Sunnyvale, CA

49 North Fair Oaks Affordable Multi-Housing Project- Redwood City, CA

21 Condominium Townhouses - Campbell, CA

25 Condominium Apartments & Townhouses - San Carlos, CA

Mixed Use (15 Apartments over Retail - Colma, CA

New Senior Housing - Vallejo, CA

New Condominium Apartments - Millbrae, CA

184 Apartments - Newark, CA

49 Single Family Homes - Morgan Hill, CA

82 Unit Apartments - San Lorenzo, CA

416 Unit Apartments - Contra Costa, CA

110 Unit Apartments - Hayward, CA

Condominium Conversion Report & Improvements to 75 Unit Apartments - Mt. View, CA

Condominium Conversion Report & Improvements to 260 Unit Apartments - Pacifica, CA

Condominium Conversion Report for 412 Unit Apartments - Cupertino, CA

Condominium Conversion Report for 924 Unit Apartments - Foster City, CA

Condominium Conversion Feasibility Report for 1020 Unit Apartments - San Mateo, CA

New 28 Luxury Condominiums - San Mateo, CA

49 Luxury Condominiums - Pacifica, CA

Human Investment Project, Inc. – 4 unit Affordable Housing Design - San Carlos, CA


850 Acre Resort Community & 27 Hole Golf Course, Bangkok, Thailand

New Town for 5000 Mobil Oil workers to support Refinery, Badak, Indonesia

Redwood City School District, 13 Campuses, Master Planning, Redwood City, CA

Oracle Corporation Elementary School, Belmont, CA

Land Use Master Planning Study & Agency Processing - Colma, CA

Expert Witness:

Town of Moraga Public ADA Accessibility Requirements, Feasibility Study, Moraga, CA


My interests include striving for balance in my life between family, work, play, and spirituality. I am motivated by the potential of technological futures, the ideal of true collaboration among planning, design and construction professionals, and strengthening the leadership and business in architecture and planning.