- Aakash Prasad CEO, Design Everest
- Matthew Burkert Director of Engineering, Design Everest
- Zarna barday Senior Engineer, Design Everest
- Vern Wulfekuhle Director of Architecture, Design Everest
- Romain Curtis Architect, Design Everest
- Kelsey Henck Project Manager, Design Everest
- Piotr Moncarz Professor of Civil Engineering, Stanford University
- Michael Hungerford Developer, Founder of Hungerford Properties
Aakash established Design Everest, Inc in 2005 with his father who is an experienced structural engineer in California. Later, he went on to study at UC Berkeley College of Engineering. During his experience in the technology startups, he realized that the delivery of structural engineering services in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector has remained relatively unchanged for decades, and saw the huge unique value Design Everest could bring to the industry by making technology the backbone of the company. He believes that, “Mt. Everest is a symbol of Nature’s most impressive structure – we must ensure a sustainable planet through our hubs, technologies and building designs to preserve the future of our planet.”
Matthew is a California Licensed Professional Engineer with experience in designing residential projects all over the city of San Francisco, specifically focusing on retrofitting seismically-hazardous structures. With Design Everest, he oversees the engineering team and works to create improvements within the company and the industry. He shares Design Everest's vision of making high-quality design and engineering services accessible to everyone through the use of technology, informational resources, and innovation.
Vern J. Wulfekuhle is a Registered Architect licensed in California, Arizona and Utah. Vern is NCARB certified. Vern received a Bachelors of Arts and a Bachelors of Architecture from Iowa State University and completed his architectural internship with firms in the midwest where he benefited from the experience of working on a wide variety of project types. His first project after graduating, a shelter for abused women and their children, received an AIA Regional Design award. Vern was highly involved in the renovation and restoration of several historic properties including the Wisconsin State Capitol. With more than 23 years of experience, Vern’s portfolio encompasses a wide range of project types. He has experience with numerous commercial projects, from new office buildings to master planning and sequencing of renovations for a major bank. Projects have included hotels, museums, restaurants, single family homes and multi-family developments. He views each project as a chance to learn something new which can be a benefit to the next project – no matter the project type.
Zarna has been a part of the Civil Engineering industry for about 9 years in various capacities including designing steel, concrete structures as well as land development, stormwater management & ADA accessibility. She is a CA licensed Professional Engineer. She thinks being with this industry has been an intellectually rewarding and stimulating ride so far. The AEC industry needs to adapt to new technologies with changing regulations and client needs. Design Everest offers a unique and efficient opportunity to work from home in the growing AEC industry which she thinks is far ahead of the curve offering quick coordination, faster turnaround time with quality work towards a common satisfying goal.
Romain Curtis is a California Licensed Architect. He greatly supports the green construction movement, is a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council, and a Certified Green Point Rater for Built It Green. Romain was a member of the Emergency Architect nonprofit organization and with them taught an architecture class and spent the summer of 2004 at the Kabul Polytechnic University in Afghanistan. As part of Design Everest’s Architectural Design Advisory Board, Romain helps with growth, quality control, and design.
Kelsey works as one of our Project Managers coming to us with a B.S. degree in Structural Engineering from UC San Diego and is a certified engineer in training. She comes with knowledge of the construction process from her years working at the Powell Structural Laboratory at UCSD, where she worked with professors to construct and test structures for their research. From her time working as a facilities engineer at large commercial companies to managing a start-up in Colombia, Kelsey brings a broad skillset to the team. She is eager to help grow the Project Management team by focusing on how to streamline processes, reduce redundancy, and train the project managers and clients on the permit process from start to finish.
Dr. Piotr Moncarz is an advisor at Design Everest and has worked in the areas of reinforced and prestressed concrete, wood mechanics, steel structures, earthquake engineering and seismic assessments, field and analytical structural failure investigations, structural analyses of transmission towers, and investigations of ship and offshore platform failures. Dr. Moncarz is a Stanford Certified Project Manager skilled at providing means and methods to project and program organization and management. Dr. Moncarz is an Adjunct Professor in the Civil Engineering Department of Stanford University. He is Chairman and Co-Founder of the U.S.-Polish Trade Council of Silicon Valley, vice president of the Polish American Engineers Council of North America, and chairman of ElectroMobility Poland SA.
Michael is an advisor at Design Everest and is at the helm of Hungerford Properties’ development projects. Michael oversees all aspects of the portfolio’s residential and commercial developments from start to finish, including rezoning, design, planning, marketing, construction, financing, sales, and completion. In the two years alone, under Michael’s direction, Hungerford Properties’ developments have won over 15 national and regional awards, including best multi-family low rise development in British Columbia. Prior to joining Hungerford Properties 8 years ago, Michael was the Head of World Wide Business and Corporate Development & World Wide Sales Operations for eGain Communications (NASDAQ: EGAN), based in Palo Alto, California.
Design Everest is a leading supplier of engineering and design services in California for residential and commercial construction. We are dedicated to providing quality engineering services with project delivery on schedule and within budget. Whether working for the property owner, contractor, architect, developer, or investor, our goal is to deliver excellent engineering and related services.
- Coverage area in California
- Year of establishment 2005
- 75+ available engineers and designers
- Experience & Quality
- Cost Predictability
- Value Engineering
- Breadth of Expertise
- Ability to Take on a Project Anytime
- Responsiveness and Quick Turnaround
"I have had the pleasure to work one on one with Design Everest. Our company, City Construction, has had nothing but positive experiences with their entire team thus far. Whenever time is of the essence, they continuously meet our needs every single time and are very helpful when we have questions throughout the process. I wouldn't hesitate to refer them to any of my clients, friends or family." -Mary S.
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