Undergraduate Assistant Director
B Lab Community Outreach Coordinator
Licensing Advisor & IPAL Advisor
NOMAS Faculty Advisor
A first-generation Indian American architect who grew up in Los Angeles, Sameena Sitabkhan brings an expertise and emphasis on community-based thinking and spatial justice. A competent project architect, she has designed and managed projects spanning a range of public serving building typologies from schools and affordable housing to urban/art installations throughout the Bay Area for the past 15 years. She was previously an Associate at David Baker Architects, focused on housing for the formerly homeless and has completed ground-up charter and public school buildings throughout California. As the Director of the Building Lab (B.Lab) Program at the Academy of Art in SF, she has led students to engage, design, and build in underserved neighborhoods in the Bay Area through a robust participatory model with neighbors, local youth, city agencies, and nonprofits. This experience led her to found Studio Sideproject with 2 likeminded collaborators to create at the intersection of narrative, design, and advocacy in the built environment.