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Philip Banta, AIA, Principal


The founder of BantaDESIGN, Philip leads the firm in design direction and delivery of professional services to our private and public sector clients. His development of a four-part composition for architecture (Gardens, Paths, Walls, and Spirit) focuses design team efforts on the intersection of art, economy and the environment.


Philip has received international, national and Bay Area recognition for his firm’s institutional, commercial and residential work. From his first commission, (the super energy-conserving San Jose State Office Bldg.) to his most recent urban design initiative (the neighborhood-catalyzing West Oakland Walk), he excels at assembling the best project teams for productive collaboration between clients, contractors, communities and permitting agencies.

Educated at Harvard University (B.A. MCL) and UC Berkeley (M. Arch w honors), Philip is engaged as an active member of his professional and business communities.  His wife and four children are his renewable resource for creative inspiration.



Jaeho Hwang, Associate


Jaeho has been involved with the design, management, and production of all major projects since his arrival at the firm in 2005.  His work includes critical roles in the Boatworks multi-family housing project, 5300 San Pablo Ave. high-density multi-family housing, the Admiralty condominium renovation project, Aspera HQ tenant improvements, and Annie’s Natural Foods HQ.  Jaeho combines excellent production skills with thorough analytical techniques to guide the building process towards a successful conclusion.  His code, product and construction experience bring a proven depth of technical perspective to every team he is involved with.  In addition he has made significant contributions to the firm’s design evolution in both our built commissions and our architectural competitions.


Jaeho received his Bachelor of Engineering from Sejong University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. He went on to earn his M.Arch from UC Berkeley at the College of Environmental Design.  Jaeho lives at the center of the Bay Area with his wife in the City of Alameda where they are involved with many community activities.



Jan Yoshikawa, Designer


Jan’s background includes being raised and educated in Brazil, experiencing that country’s phenomenal growth in terms of urban design, social flux, infrastructure, and public and private sector expansion.  He brings an informed design sensibility to our firm, having contributed key elements to a variety of commissions including: 808 A St. 60 unit senior housing, the 182 unit Boatworks project, and the Stinson Beach memorial project. With his strong technical skills Jan has become a valuable member of our production team for design development and construction document packages for our major projects.


Jan received his Bachelor of Science from PUC-Camp University  in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was awarded his M.Arch from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  Jan and his wife reside in the East Bay, taking advantage of the Bay Area’s many cultural assets.