Meet Our team
Brandon Architects is a talented, diverse, and motivated group of designers who have been influencing the communities of Newport Beach, coastal Orange County, and beyond since 2009. Their youthful and inspired approach to the design process has afforded them a vast variety of design projects ranging from traditional high-end custom homes to modern custom luxury boutique hotels.
Whether it’s inspiring beauty, or an environmentally sensitive footprint, a smartly-designed project can lead to better living.Christopher Brandon
Christopher Brandon, AIA
President, PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT
Chris is a registered California architect and member of the AIA with a Bachelor’s Degree from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. Since childhood, he’s been fascinated by the built environment and the creative possibilities that art and architecture have to offer.
Spending his formative years in a small town in Northeast Oregon, Chris learned to value the beauty in nature at a young age. This continued to inspire him through his education and into his career. His talents have been most appreciated in the design of many beautiful custom homes and happy clients. His approach has always been to first better understand a client’s dreams and unique project constraints in order to create more informed and inspired designs. Chris has used his exceptional design talents and years of experience in Southern California to create a truly unique and progressive architectural practice.
Born and raised in Ventura County, Kaley is a proud graduate of the University of Southern California. Following a successful career in sales & sales management, Kaley joined her husband, Chris, at Brandon Architects to assist with the business management of the firm. In her free time she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Ryan Mcdaniel, AIA, LEED aP BD+C
Ryan McDaniel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a proud graduate of the University of Oregon where he received his Bachelor of Architecture. Inspired by the altruism of architecture, he has dedicated himself to the pursuit of design excellence and a more sustainable future for development in both residential and non-residential buildings. As an early hire (2012), Ryan has enjoyed working directly with principal Chris Brandon, AIA and has been greatly fulfilled by his work. As a licensed architect, he has distinguished himself as an emerging professional, being nationally recognized for his efforts, and has demonstrated a wide capacity to excel in many different product types including: single-family custom homes, mixed-use, multi-family, commercial, and hospitality.
Tyler wilson, AIA
Tyler Wilson is a Project Architect and was our first employee in 2011. He is originally from Coeur D’Alene Idaho and graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Idaho.
justin johnston, AIA, NCARB
OPERATIONS MANAGER, PROJECT ARCHITECT
Justin Johnston, Project Architect, joined Brandon Architects in 2012. Prior to working at the firm Mr. Johnston received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. He then received his Master of Architecture from the university’s Idaho Urban Research and Design Center in Boise. Since joining the firm, his responsibilities have included overseeing the design and administration of private duplex and single family residences located in Vail, Santa Barbara, Newport Beach and throughout Orange County.
From our family to yours
Brandon Architects prides itself on the delivery of custom design projects that are unique to each client. Often earning the title of “good listeners” from their clients, they believe that getting to know their clients’ needs and wishes, coupled with in-depth knowledge of the site and their use of cutting edge technology, allows for the best possible design solutions tailored to each new homeowner.
brandon linsday, AIA, NCARB
junior principal architect
Brandon Linsday grew up in Southern California having lived in the Los Angeles, Ventura, San Diego, and now Newport Beach area. He is a registered architect in California and a member of the AIA and NCARB. He has a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado along with certificates in Real Estate, Business, and Design Technologies as well as a Master of Architecture degree from the NewSchool of Architecture in San Diego. He also enjoys traveling and has studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.
jeff van voorhis, AIA
PROJECT ARCHITECT, bim manager
Jeff joined the BA team in Spring 2016. He holds a degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara and a Masters of Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. He also studied architecture abroad at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. As a licensed Architect, he has been involved in dozens of high-end residential projects across the Southern California region. His design interests are rooted in exploring new ways in which technology can influence and improve our design processes. This has led him to develop extensive experience with all things related to design, visualization, modeling, and animation. Outside of work he enjoys camping, hiking, surfing, as well as more artistic hobbies such as guitar and photography.
mir gaskari, AIA
Mir Kohyar Gaskari is a licensed architect in the state of California and a member of AIA. He obtained his Bachelor of Architecture from EMU as an Honor in 2011 and gained his Master of Science in Architecture from NewSchool of Architecture + Design as Cum Laude in 2013. Mir joined Brandon Architects in 2014 and since then he is taking various roles and responsibilities within the firm as needed. His expertise in Mixed Use, Retail, Commercial, and Multi & Single Family House serves as an invaluable asset for the firm.
caitlin smith, LEED AP
A native of San Diego, Caitlin graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Science in Regional Development. Subsequently, she received a Master in Architecture from the Newschool of Architecture & Design. Prior to joining Brandon Architects, she worked in various Real Estate roles and eventually transitioned her focus to the built environment. She began gathering experience from the construction industry with remodels in hospitality, commercial and residential.
elizabeth hanna, LEED AP BD+C
Elizabeth Hanna joined the Brandon Architects team in spring 2015 after receiving her Bachelors of Architecture from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. ~ GO MUSTANGS! With an eagerness to learn, Elizabeth is working towards becoming a Licensed Architect. While not in the office, Elizabeth enjoys being outdoors and soaking in the California sun.
Kennedy Year studied architecture at Kansas State University where he earned his Master's Degree in Architecture. He joined the Brandon Architect’s team in fall of 2016 where he currently assists project managers with project progression, development, and visualizations. Beyond the office, Kennedy has a strong interest in technology and its role in architecture. If you can't find him behind his computer, he's out climbing rocks or on a camping adventure.
Bowen wang, LEED GA
Bowen Wang, LEED® GA, as the senior designer of Brandon Architects, she plays a significant supporting role in the firm. Bowen works closely with project manager and client, acts as a bridge to deliver dream ideas to visual and solid reality. Collaborating with interior designers, landscape architects and engineers, Bowen pays close attention to integrate all disciplines through the design process. Joining BA since 2016, Bowen holds a master of architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor of science in architecture from Lawrence Technological University. She also had working experience in China 2011-2012 as an architectural designer with all types of projects, including cultural architecture and commercial.
Gabby Uvidia, LEED AP BD+C
Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, Gabby moved to beautiful Orange County as a teenager and fell in love with American culture. She holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. Her passion for a variety of architectural styles and traveling led her to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for a year. Upon graduation, she started working in the custom residential sector before joining Brandon Architects during the Winter of 2018. She aspires to conclude her licensing process in the near future, and in her free time she enjoys going camping, traveling, spending time with friends and family and volunteering to help build homes for families in need in Mexico with her church.
Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Gavin graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Design, before moving to Southern California where he attended Woodbury University, earning his Master of Architecture in 2018. Gavin joined the Brandon Architects team in the Spring of 2019, bringing a unique perspective to the architectural practice. With interests catalyzed by experience in fine art, Gavin is drawn to the combination of aesthetic, composition, and material application, and their ability to project a specific clarity and charm for our built environment. In his spare time, Gavin enjoys to travel, golf, attend music festivals, paint, and submerge himself in the amazing California culture.
Brandon Architects strongly stands behind the idea that smarter design leads to better living. Their hard work and beautiful designs are now recognized across various design platforms, publications, and word of mouth throughout the community.
VISUALIZATION + IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST
Andrew Lucky Souvannarath is a 3D Visualizer who specializes in architectural rendering covering retail, hospitality, and residential properties. After graduating from The Art Institute, California - San Diego, he pursued his dreams by getting his foot stuck in an elevator of a well-known visual effects company and from there on he only leveled up. He is strong minded, dedicated to his work, responsive, and adaptive when it comes to learning new tools, pipeline, or techniques. He sees new challenges as an opportunity to search for answers so he could then master and apply it to his work. In his free time he likes to spend way too much time at the gym, but who could blame him when he has an extra fifteen hours left to spare!
social media COORDINATOR
An Oregon native, Mariah attended the University of Oregon and majored in Journalism. After joining the firm in the winter of 2016, she has since grown their social media presence to over 100K+ followers and enjoys collaborating with project teams and photographers to best capture each BA design.
Born and raised in Orange County, Julie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. She joined the Brandon Architects team in 2018 as our Office Administrator. When she isn’t in the office she enjoys going to Disneyland and cheering on her favorite football team. Go, Pack, Go!
Born and raised in Newport Beach, California, Trenton is back from the University of Virginia for his second year as Intern at Brandon Architects. After work, Trenton enjoys surfing, adventuring with his friends, and generally enjoying all that Southern California has to offer.