Our People who we are
Randy Hanna AIA
1985 Bachelors of Architecture Arizona State University
A native San Diegan, Randy has been designing buildings and places for people for nearly 35 years. In addition to his love of architecture and participation in the leadership of the firm, he also enjoys competitive rowing, enabling him to experience sunrises several days a week from beautiful Mission Bay, and golf, which he plays to a single digit handicap.
Jim Gabriel AIA
1985 Bachelor of Science in Design Arizona State University
1987 Masters or Architecture University of California Berkeley
James founded ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells with his two partners in 1997 with the simple idea of doing great work and working with great people. Having grown up on the Central Coast of California, he is continually inspired by agrarian landscapes, farmer logic and living at the threshold between land and sea.
Matthew Wells AIA
1984 Bachelor of Architecture Montana State University
2009 Master of Architecture Montana State University
Matt is a founding principal of ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells; past San Diego Chapter US Green Building Council Board Director; and current Chair of San Diego Yacht Club’s Facilities Committee. He is a native San Diegan and has a passion for design appropriate to our locale whether it is master planning a complex site or exploring how fine materials are elegantly detailed.
Sean Chen AIA
1999 Bachelor of Art in Architecture University of California Berkeley
Sean joined ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells in 2003 based on the mutual belief of creating positive changes through the built environment. He is a founding member of the US Green Building Council’s San Diego chapter. When he is not working on the built environment, he loves to seek solitude in the Sierra Nevada’s backcountry.
Adrienne Gabriel IIDA
1986 Bachelor of Science in Design Arizona State University
Adrienne has been a part of the ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells studio since 2001, where she oversees interior design. Adrienne’s work draws inspiration from her travels, her family and her love of great spaces. When not focused on interior spaces, this New York Italian loves to create great food and enjoy it with good friends!
Eric Wendlandt Assoc. AIA
2002 Bachelor of Architecture Kansas State University
Eric joined ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells in 2002 where he served as project manager and designer. He left the firm in 2007 to briefly pursue his own path before returning in 2010. He currently is seeking certification as a Project Manager Professional from the University of San Diego.
Kristin Shultz LEED AP AIA
2000 Bachelor of Arts in Architecture Washington University in St. Louis
2003 Master of Architecture University of Southern California
Kristin joined ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells in 2007 and enjoys working on many different project types. In addition to her architectural career, she is a busy mom of two, who practices yoga and is a black belt in Tang Soo Do. When she isn’t breaking dimensional lumber with a spinning wheel kick, she loves reading with her kids and roasting marshmallows in her backyard fire pit.
1995 Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design San Diego State University
Frank grew up in San Diego and joined ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells in 2008. When not reaching for truth in architecture, he may be found searching for additional volumes for his architectural library or being a human jungle gym for his three small children.
2006 Bachelor of Architecture Woodbury University
If this guy is not grilling rib eye steaks in the backyard, then most likely he’s actively seeking out design inspiration from comic books and sci-fi movies. He was born in Hawaii, raised in the Philippines, then grew up in Southern California, yet enjoyed the subfreezing experience of living in Canada. Joel first joined ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells in 2006. Then, after relocating to Ottawa for a couple years, he returned home in 2013.
2015 Masters of Architecture Kansas State University
Derek joined ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells as an architectural intern in 2015. When he is not learning about design, he can be found with his family exploring all that San Diego has to offer.
Rachel Smith LEED AP AIA
2009 Bachelor of Science in Architecture Georgia Institute of Technology
2012 Master of Architecture Arizona State University
Born and raised in Georgia, Rachel made her way to San Diego in 2012. She joined ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells in 2015 and finds inspiration by immersing herself in her surroundings and observing how people interact with the built environment. As the self proclaimed “office baker”, Rachel welcomes any excuse to get in the kitchen. Outside of work, she enjoys playing tennis and indoor cycling classes.
Tanya De Leon
2003 Bachelors of Fine Art Sculpture + Art Education University of Florida
2014 Master of Architecture New School of Architecture + Design
Tanya joined ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells in 2015. Before finding architecture as her true calling, she was a teacher of math, art and science. Her background in fine arts and science education coupled with an ever expanding knowledge of building systems and sustainable practices informs her process in the architecture studio. Tanya is actively pursuing her architects license. On weekends she can be found practicing yoga in the park or trekking through the city on urban walks with her husband and son.
Amanda Behnke AIA
2005 Bachelor of Architecture University of Miami
Amanda first joined ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells in 2006 and, after leaving the firm for a few years, returned in 2016. Always striving to find a high level of craft in each project’s details, she is inspired by the opportunity to tell stories through the built environment. Amanda’s passion for sustainable living extends beyond her projects to her love of cycling and urban agriculture.
2014 Bachelor of Arts in Architecture New School of Architecture + Design
2016 Master of Architecture Woodbury University
Tony was born and raised in Southern Oregon and joined ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells in 2016. He believes architecture is the optimistic response to our changing cultural values manifested into physical form. Outside of the studio, Tony enjoys traveling, playing sports, crossfit, surfing, skiing, hiking or anything related to the great outdoors.