GREENCITYBUILDINGCOMPANY is focused on socially, ecologically, and financially profitable urban development, and uses this "triple bottom line" for each project that it is involved in. GCBC believes that modern architecture, development, and investment can and should be positive forces within communities, helping to create great places for people to live, work, and play while doing their part to reduce the pressures of sprawl at the suburban fringe.

                    "business can be a force for good.
                     you can make the world a better place and make money at the same time."

                                    - pierre omidyar, creator of ebay

                    "land development is a responsibility, not a right."
                                    - j.c. nichols, urban land institute founding member

We particularly believe that mixed economic, density, and style developments within communities reinforce our greatest eclectic neighborhoods, and that small- and mid-scale architecture and development by definition better reflects and serves existing communities compared to larger, corporate creations. 

GREENCITYBUILDINGCOMPANY principals have experience in all aspects of architecture and real estate development and ownership, and have been involved in the design and/or development of over 1,000 residential units and 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space. projects have ranged from high density, mixed-use redevelopments at over 100 units per acre in urban cores to affordable housing to custom single family homes to boutique hospitality, office, and retail space.  projects have been completed on the united states west coast and in shanghai, china.  GCBC was founded in 2005 by matthew foss and wan lee, who remain the managing principals:

 

__MATTHEW FOSS  /  principal 

matt previously worked managing new developments at the KOR group and at bond companies, two leading mixed use, residential, retail, and hotel developers active regionally, nationally, and internationally.  matt also has experience in public-sector city planning for the city of fremont in northern california as well as in private architectural practice.   

matt holds a graduate degree in real estate development from the massachusetts institute of technology, and an undergraduate degree in architecture and certificate in business administration from the university of california, berkeley, where he received honors.

 

__WAN LEE, AIA, LEED AP  /  principal 

wan previously worked for hunt hale jones, an award winning large residential development architect and land planner with offices in san francisco and shanghai, where she was responsible for all aspects of the planning, design, permitting, and construction administration of projects ranging from developments of hundreds of units to custom single family homes. 

wan holds a graduate degree in architecture from the southern california institute of architecture, and an undergraduate degree with honors in architecture from the university of california, berkeley.  she is a california licensed architect, member of the american institute of architects, and a leadership in energy and environmental design accredited professional.  wan is fluent in english and cantonese.


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