Architects HGW | Hanna Gabriel Wells | Our People

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 of 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.


Amanda Behnke

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.

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.



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!

Kristin Shultz LEED AP BD+C 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.



Frank Sanchez

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.

Joel Manalili

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.


Rachel Nucci


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 out West 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. Rachel briefly left HGW in 2018 to spend six months travelling around the world with her husband. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening and has a plot at the local community garden, hiking and camping around Southern California, and playing endless games of fetch with her chocolate lab pup!

Rachel Cooper IIDA

Interior Design
2012 Master of Interior Architecture

Rachel is originally from Kansas City and joined ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells in 2017. She enjoys working on interior spaces and improving the daily interactions between people and their surroundings. She draws inspiration from nature and in her free time she can be found exploring her new surroundings and planning her next travel adventure.

Rachel Cooper

Taylor Masek

2011 Bachelor of Architecture Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo

It was the buzz of the early morning job site that got Taylor hooked on the construction industry. He spent his youth working with his father, a contractor, and it was this influence that led him to the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His studies there and abroad cultivated a true passion for design that drives him today.  These include: an emphasis on integrating the built and natural environment, respecting the significance of small details and designing to enhance community.

Daniel Bertuso

2011 Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Tennessee
2013 Master of Architecture, Catholic University of America

Daniel was raised in east Tennessee and spent the first eight years of his professional career in Washington DC before moving to California and joining Hanna Gabriel Wells in 2018. Daniel has been able to work on a large variety of project types and brings those broad design ideas to new projects. In his spare time, Daniel finds any excuse to play or watch sports and is always looking for new locations to travel and explore.

Magdalena Kubik

1999 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design Florida State University

Born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic Magdalena joined ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells in 2018. Passionate about design and its ability to meaningfully connect people, Magdalena draws most inspiration from travelling and exploring different cultures. When not busy creating interior environments she can be found hiking and camping or at the beach enjoying sunset with her young son.

Eduardo Tovar

2017 Bachelors of Architecture at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo

Eddie’s curiosity for the built environment started at a young age while helping his father with small and large carpentry projects. This curiosity continues to inform and develop his role in creating and enhancing our built environment. Outside of the office you’ll find him spending time with loved ones, whether it be spent hiking a four mile circuit or discovering good eats.

Anna Daley

2017 Bachelor of Architecture Auburn University
2017 Bachelor of Interior Architecture Auburn University

Anna joined the team at ARCHITECTS hanna Gabriel wells in 2019. An Alabama native, Anna spent two years post-grad in her home state designing and building a community center for a rural community. She believes architecture has the potential to strengthen communities and that good design should be for all. In her spare time, Anna enjoys playing roller derby and carving spoons on her front porch.