about us

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Solas Architecture is a team of architects dedicated to providing an inclusive, joyful and client-centered process. Working together for the last 23 years we have developed unique designs in collaboration with our clients across a broad range of building types. These include research, healthcare, education, commercial, residential and leisure projects. Over the years we have built long-standing relationships with institutional clients such as UCSF, UCSF Medical Center, USF, Sutter Health and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The Solas team is long established and brings a wealth of experience, insight, empathy and enthusiasm to each project.

our approach

Mission Statement

The design process is often compared to an investigation or a journey. We start with a blank piece of paper full of unknowns and possibilities and work our way through to the final solution. Our clients occupy the center of our methodology. They travel with us on this journey as crucial players and contributors to the creative process. These journeys can be exciting, intriguing and full of fun. We relish the joy, rigor, challenge and collaboration of the design process. We do not bring any preconceived solutions or forms to our projects. We believe in our process and see it as a platform where clients and architects can collectively generate unique designs tailored to their location and the functions they house.
our professionals

Meet the Team

Hugh Cotter

Hugh Cotter
AIA, LEED AP

Principle & Project Architect

At Solas/Oculus since 1998.

I was always interested in the process of going from building design to construction and creating spaces that people would like to be in.

Talking with people about their projects and putting that into a design. 

Away from work, I can be found birding around San Francisco and across the globe.

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Susan Coghlan
Marketing

Director of Marketing

At Solas/Oculus since 2008.

I am not an architect, but I have long appreciated the creative, collaborative process required to design and build a structure.

My favorite part of my job is being able to highlight and describe the team’s accomplishments and successes. 

Outside of work I enjoy cycling, hiking, and traveling to places near and far.

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Jamie Doyle
MRIAI

Principle & Designer

At Solas/Oculus since 2010.

My father was an architect. At an early age I became intrigued with architecture and was inspired to follow in his footsteps.  I’m still walking in his shadow and trying to be as good as him.

I love the design process and its challenges.  I also love the process of building. Working with Contractors to construct something that didn’t exist before is a joy to partake in.

Outside of Solas, I teach architecture at USF. For giggles I make jewelry and kayak around San Francisco Bay.

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Xiajun Lin
AIA, LEED AP

Senior Healthcare Architect

At Solas/Oculus since 2018.

Since childhood, I’ve always been interested in all topics that are associated with the art of making and most of all the processes of making (something out of scraps).  This interest led me to study architectural design and planning during my high school years in Tyler, Texas and eventually set the path for my journey to become an architect.

My favorite part of the job is the constant engagement of the unknown (it has never been a dull moment working on healthcare/OSHPD projects!).

Outside of work? Amateur lepidopterist, gardening, outdoor adventures, hosting spontaneous parties in my backyard and amusing my neighbors with screeching fiddle playing on some weekends.

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Mily Seto
AIA, LEED AP, CASP

Architect

At Solas/Oculus since 2004.

I’ve always enjoyed creating and drawing things. The idea first popped in my head when my high school drafting teacher recommended that I become an Architect – guess he knew something I didn’t at the time.  When I was in college, I easily stayed up all night to finish my projects.  Going to design and studio classes felt more like a fun elective rather than a class.  Being able to create and design spaces for people seemed like the perfect full-time hobby.

I enjoy creating aesthetic and functional spaces, but my favorite part of the job is when clients are happy with the outcome.

I knit, practice Tai Chi, and enjoy travelling. I’m also a licensed Dance Fitness instructor – I volunteer to teach in my community. 

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Magda Freitas
LEED Associate

Senior Designer

At Solas/Oculus since 2013.

I chose architecture because of the artistic possibilities of creating and shaping our physical environment on different scales. During my practice, I became more interested in how the formal aspects of architecture dialogue with construction materials and technology.

I love the creative part of this work.

In my free time, I enjoy cooking and dining with friends.

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Sonny D. Dog
CANINE, Canis familiaris

Head of Office Security / Greeter

Sonny has been announcing visitors to our offices since 2013.

At Solas, Sonny values both his friendship with the mail carrier and naps. Outside the office, Sonny enjoys rides in the car and chasing squirrels.

how it works

From Sketch to Life

What is 3D desing and how it work?
The basic philosophy of our studio is to create individual, aesthetically stunning solutions for our customers by lightning-fast development of projects employing unique styles.
How interior design is cost?
The basic philosophy of our studio is to create individual, aesthetically stunning solutions for our customers by lightning-fast development of projects employing unique styles.
How much time I will spend on planning?
The basic philosophy of our studio is to create individual, aesthetically stunning solutions for our customers by lightning-fast development of projects employing unique styles.
Can I create custom design?
The basic philosophy of our studio is to create individual, aesthetically stunning solutions for our customers by lightning-fast development of projects employing unique styles.
testimonials

What People Say

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