Arnie Lerner, FAIA, CASp, principal of Lerner + Associates Architects, received the degree of Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design and has been a practicing architect within the architectural, preservation, and accessibility communities in San Francisco for the past 32 years. This has included work both in the private and public sectors including four years as Staff Architect for the non-profit San Francisco Heritage in the 1980's where he currently serves on their Board of Directors. Mr. Lerner is also a certified access specialist (CASp-149) with the California Division of the State Architect's office. Most recently, Mr. Lerner was elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects. The Jury of Fellows selected Mr. Lerner for elevation to Fellowship in the Institute because of "his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture".
Projects for which Mr. Lerner received design awards from the California Preservation Foundation, the Art Deco Society of California, and the California Governor's office include the McMullen House Restoration, accessibility modifications to the Alameda County Court House; and accessibility and restoration modifications to the Del Mar Theater in Santa Cruz and Cerrito Theater in El Cerrito, California.
Mr. Lerner has also taught numerous workshops on accessibility and preservation including "Accessibility For Small Businesses" for the Independent Living Resource Center of SF, "Accessibility Basics" for the SF Department of Building Inspection (DBI), and "Restoration and Adaptive Reuse with emphasis on the Americans With Disabilities Act" at the University of Southern California, USC Program of Short Courses in Historic Preservation. He has been an invited speaker at conferences sponsored by the California Preservation Foundation on the use of the California Historic Building code for Disabled Access as well as the use of the Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
In addition, Mr. Lerner has volunteered his time in a variety of ways including serving on the board of directors of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, serving for the past 19 years on the City of San Francisco's Code Advisory Committee representing Historic Preservation, and for the past 10 years on the San Francisco Access Appeals Commission where he currently serves as its President.
Debbie Klein is a licensed architect in the State of California and received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982. She has worked in architectural firms in the San Francisco Bay Area on educational, civic, accessibility and historic preservation projects, including the Chabot Space and Science Center, a LEED Silver fire station in Berkeley, and the restoration of the Oakland Fox Theater with the Oakland School for the Arts wrapping around the Theater. She was a project manager in Housing Development and Modernization at the San Francisco Housing Authority. At Lerner + Associates Architects, Debbie has been project manager for accessibility upgrades at Nueva School's Crocker Mansion, Doubletree by Hilton in Rohnert Park, a medicinal cannabis dispensary; Poesia Restaurant, and for residential remodels and additions. She worked on Central City Hospitality House renovations, and monitoring accessibility improvements at UC Berkeley in the settlement of the Gustafson Case. She is a member of AIA, Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility and Organization of Women Architects, and she is a LEED Green Associate.
Stephen Burke is the Office Manager at Lerner + Associates Architects, and received a Bachelor of Science. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He oversees the firm's day to day operations and supports the Design Staff and Principal.