Albert Sawano, AIA, LEED AP

Founder and Principal Architect

Albert Sawano has applied more than 25 years of experience on major building projects to converge upon a design approach that sets aside traditional polarities such as functional vs. aesthetic, or architectural vs. structural, in favor of design that is holistically-approached, integrative, and synchronistic.

Prior to founding Synchronis, Albert worked at Harley Ellis Devereaux for nine years serving as a Principal and Co-Leader of Architecture + Design, at Gensler for four years, serving as a Senior Associate and Studio Leader, and at Johnson Fain for eight years, serving as a Senior Associate.  He has held a Principal Architect or senior leadership role on such milestone Los Angeles projects as USC Village, Circa Towers, The Vermont Towers, Metropolis Phase 2 Towers, Constellation Place/MGM Tower, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, the West Berkeley Library, the nation’s first Zero Net Energy public library.  Of these, 15 have been high-rise residential mixed-use or office towers of up to 56 stories.

Albert is the signatory Architect of Record on over $2 Billion in projects recently constructed or currently in construction.


Master of Architecture  University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Arts, Architecture  University of California, Berkeley


West Berkeley Library, AIA COTE Top Ten
The Vermont, Los Angeles Business Council
USC Annenberg School, ENR Calfornia Best Project Queensway Bay Parking Structure, AIA|LA Citation


USC Master of Building Science Program, School of Architecture

Continuing Guest Critic, Spring 2015 Guest Instructor

Published Work

Books: Tasty Soup; Design Energy Simulation for Architects; Johnson Fain Partners: Selected Works; Tectonics of Place, The Architecture of Johnson Fain; Johnson Fain, A Modern Classicism; Figure/Ground: A Design Conversation with Scott Johnson and Bill Fain; Articles: Los Angeles Daily News, “Think Big About Transportation;” Pratt Journal of Architecture, “The Energy of Abstraction.”


2016 AIA|LA Congress for Dignity, “The Vertical City Concept Applied to Housing the Homeless.”  Speaker and Advisory Committee Member, NotLY at USC