July 2020 Associate Promotions

Please join us in congratulating Heidi Hanzawa, Samantha Lautman, Jay Manzo, Jessica Sano, and Yew-Hoe Tan on their promotions to Associate at EHDD.

Heidi Hanzawa, NCIDQ has the longest tenure at EHDD among the Interiors Group. She began as an intern while completing the interior design program at the San Francisco Academy of Art, during which time she spearheaded a major overhaul of EHDD’s sample library. Heidi has a diverse portfolio of projects in every market sector, including the KQED Headquarters, Lick Wilmerding High School, CSU Sonoma Stevenson Hall, and the Pacific Visions Expansion at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Heidi is especially skilled at making a client’s vision come to life, and making interior spaces welcoming to all.

After earning her BFA degree from the California College of the Arts, Samantha Lautman, AIA spent years as an exhibiting artist and printmaker. This background informed Samantha’s knowledge of physical materials in her work as a construction administrator. Addressing both artistic challenges and technical demands have been a constant within Samantha’s career. Her passion for learning leads her to gain a deep understanding of a problem, and apply strategic thinking to come up with creative solutions. She also uses her artistic training to design feature elements in buildings, such as the glass block wall at the Toledo Aquarium. Samantha brings a unique perspective to the field and remains on the cutting edge of design.

When Jay Manzo, AIA, LEED® APBD+C joined EHDD, he brought his New York mindset and curiosity for how buildings can best serve their communities. Most recently, Jay worked on the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California Headquarters project during the design phase and saw it through to its completion.  Additional projects include the UC Santa Cruz Science and Engineering Library Renovation and the Cupertino Library Expansion project. These projects were especially beloved to Jay; he spends his weekends exploring local libraries and opining on the value of books and libraries as the heart of their communities. He has been a great mentor to colleagues and has recently indoctrinated a new generation of young architects while hosting a summer camp event at the office.

Jessica Sano, AIA, LEED® APBD+C NCARB has been an integral designer on several important EHDD projects, including the renovation of Giannini Hall at UC Berkeley, the design of KQED’s newly reimagined San Francisco Headquarters, and a conceptual design for a New Zealand National Aquarium in the City of Napier on the north islands east coast. Currently, Jessica is working on a new aquarium project for the Kansas City Zoo. Jessica’s contemporary design sensibility and strong technical knowledge inform her leadership on some of EHDD’s most complex and high-profile work.

Yew-Hoe Tan, AIA, LEED® APBC+C has deep experience and expertise with large and complex buildings.  He has represented EHDD throughout construction administration on an extensive renovation of UC San Francisco’s Clinical Sciences Building — one of EHDD’s most technically challenging projects.  Yew-Hoe is a leader in the firm’s efforts to reimagine and restore historic buildings for their next life and is at the forefront of innovation in the field of architecture.


About EHDD
Founded in 1946, EHDD seeks to create built environments that enhance our culture, honor the natural environment, and respect and delight the people who use them. Headquartered in San Francisco, EHDD serves clients around the world in Aquariums, Museums, and Science Centers, Education, Corporate Office, Mixed-Use Development, and Government. EHDD is a Top 10 AIA COTE honoree, and featured in “The Habits of High-Performance Firms, Lessons from frequent winners of the AIA COTE Top Ten Award.”