Faculty

Bryan J. Varner

Bryan J. Varner is a California attorney and a LEED™ Accredited Professional with more than 25 years of experience. His practice is concentrated in construction, general negligence and real estate litigation. He is past president of the Redwood Empire Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and member of CSI, the North Coast Builders exchange and the Redwood Empire Remodelers Association.

Wes Barry

Wes Barry has worked in the construction industry for over 35 years. Wes attended California State University, Fresno where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Construction Management and Architecture. Prior to, and while attending Fresno State, Wes worked for a home builder as a carpenter. Upon receipt of his degree in 1985, Wes worked as an Estimator & Project Engineer for a commercial general contractor in Fresno where he eventually became the Chief Estimator. In 1997, Wes relocated to Sonoma County and began working for Midstate Construction where he currently holds the position of Vice President, Department Head - Project Management.

Matthew Cardle

Matthew Cardle is Principal Architect and Founder of SOLV Architecture Studios in Rohnert Park, California. For more than 20-years he has focused on preserving the energy embodied in the built environment through specialized solutions. He began his career as a draftsman and participated in the digital reformation of architecture as a discipline. Matthew is also an expert on professional standards of care, building envelopes, and waterproofing.

Peter Daly

Peter Daly, B.A., combines a 31 year construction background with 21 years of experience in dispute resolution. As a builder, he has constructed over $150 million of residential and light commercial projects. He has extensive knowledge of wood frame construction, cast-in-place concrete structures, and of the application of high-end materials and finishes. He has expertise in all aspects of the management and construction of residential construction projects with particular expertise in the areas of planning & approvals, bidding & estimating, scheduling, contract compliance, change orders, subcontract management, workplace safety, and standards of care. As a certified arbitrator and mediator, Peter has assisted in the resolution of over 750 construction, homeowner association, real estate, insurance, commercial, consumer, and other disputes since 1991. He is a recognized authority on construction disputes through his articles in local and national publications and through his participation in industry organizations.

Mark Durand

Marc Durand has been a licensed contractor with a business in Santa Rosa since 1978.He has extensive experience in both residential and commercial construction with specialization in geodesic domes and skylights. He is very skilled in effective marketing and business profitability. He is a graduate of SSU and has taken numerous courses in the Construction Management Certificate Program.

Peter Gang

Pete Gang is a California-licensed architect and general building contractor with over 30 years of experience. Specializing in "spirited green design", his firm, Common Sense Design, has completed several hundred residential and small commercial projects since 1991. In 2003, Pete co-founded the year-long Green building Professional Certificate Program at SSU where he taught through 2008. His is a LEED-Accredited Professional, a BPI Building Analyst Professional, a certified HERS Rater, and a Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy.

John Hamilton

John Hamilton is President and Owner of Oak Grove Construction. He has a BS in Construction Engineering, has worked locally for the last 30 years for large engineering construction firms on a multitude of site work projects. Mr. Hamilton has an extensive background in both pipeline and grading/paving disciplines, and his field experience is augmented by years of project management experience. Mr. Hamilton holds a class A-General Engineering and a Class B-General Building contractor's license, and he is past President of the Northern California Engineering Contractors Association.

Greg Nelson

Gregory W. Nelson has over 14 years in higher education and is currently Assistant Superintendent/VP for Administrative Services with the College of Marin serving as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the District. Mr. Nelson has a background in operations management, contract negotiation, budgeting, public safety, strategic planning, risk management, and procurement, with skills in communication and leadership at the community college level. Prior to College of Marin, Greg was Vice President of Administrative Services at San Jose City College from 2011 to 2013. Greg holds an MBA from DeVry University, Keller Graduate School, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University. He holds a Project Management Professional Certification from the PMI Institute, Washington D.C., and a Certificate in Governmental Accounting from the University of Georgia. Greg brings a wealth of experience as a results-oriented administer with expertise in operations management and being the lead on major projects.

Mark Parry

Mark Parry, AIA and CSI, is a practicing architect and enthusiastic educator in architectural history and design practice. He founded Idea Studios.com in 1988 and ArtisanArchitecture.com in 2012. He has designed and executed over 400 works of architecture and interior architecture. Mark earned degrees in architecture and interior architecture with Arizona State University. He interned with the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation. Mark believes real passion for architecture is caught, not taught. He shares his love of architectural history and the reality of accomplishing true architecture through his seminars, lectures, courses, and architectural practice. His purpose is to improve the art and craft of architecture through educating its creators.