San Francisco, California — DES Architects + Engineers (DES A+E)  has promoted Jana Gunsul to SF Managing Principal, and Kirsten Fordyce-Wheeler has joined the firm as Interior Design Manager in the San Francisco office. Bringing energy and expertise, this new office leadership is key to providing the DES experience to existing and new clients in San Francisco, the East Bay, and the North Bay. 

“Our entire organization has been energized by Jana’s leadership in the SF office and it is great to acknowledge her efforts with this title,” said Steve Mincey, DES A+E’s CEO. “Jana, Kirsten, and the entire SF team are committed to providing an outstanding client experience by providing unique design and engineering solutions to each and every project.”

Jana, a 27-year DES A+E veteran, will lead the office. Critical to the growth of the firm, Jana’s charismatic leadership and exemplary design abilities have made her a trusted advisor for industry-leading clients. 

“This is an incredible opportunity to lead such a talented, creative, and diverse team,” said Jana Gunsul, SF Managing Principal. “We are thrilled to welcome Kirsten to our team. She’s an exceptional leader that has worked on a wide-variety of highly-successful projects.” 

Kirsten will lead the design and management of all Interior Design projects. She is a big believer of transparency in approach and rigor in execution, and has always put the project and its people first. This means reassuring clients by providing them options on how to approach project obstacles related to design, schedule, and budget. Bringing global experience, she has designed award-winning workplace, healthcare, education, and hospitality projects. Prior to joining DES A+E, Kirsten held design leadership roles at AGS, Gensler, and HOK.

DES A+E has recently completed noteworthy San Francisco projects including 181 Fremont’s public lobbies, Seiller LLP’s new office, and a Crossover wellness center. The firm continues to grow its presence in the Bay Area, designing millions of square feet of workplace, education, and healthcare projects each year.


About DES Architects + Engineers (DES)

Together, DES designs places that inspire people. Through collaborative exploration and discovery, the firm’s design is guided by the client’s voice on every project. With offices in Redwood City and San Francisco, DES provides seven in-house services: Architecture, Interior Design, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Visual Communications and Green Building Consulting.