Albert Sawano has applied experience from a long career working 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’s work experience includes serving as a Principal and Co-Leader of Architecture + Design at Harley Ellis Devereaux, Senior Associate, Project Manager and Studio Leader at Gensler and Senior Associate and Project Manager at Johnson Fain. 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.
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture
University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts, Architecture
West Berkeley Library, AIA Committee on the Environment National Top Ten
The Vermont, Los Angeles Business Council
USC Annenberg School, ENR Calfornia Best Project Queensway Bay Parking Structure, AIA|LA Citation
Occasional Guest Critic, USC Master of Building Science Program, School of Architecture
Spring 2015 Guest Instructor
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.”
2020 “Big Design, Little Ego,” USC Master of Building Science Program lecture
2016 AIA|LA Congress for Dignity, “The Vertical City Concept Applied to Housing the Homeless.”
Speaker and Advisory Committee Member, NotLY at USC