Our Team

Brent BucknumBrent Bucknum
Founding Principal

Brent founded Hyphae Design Laboratory in 2008 to focus on innovative ecological engineering and green infrastructure. His expertise includes the design of institutional, municipal, commercial, and residential-scale living roofs, low-impact stormwater projects, ecological landscapes, and rainwater, graywater, and ecological wastewater treatment systems.

Brent is co-founder of Urban Biofilter, an Oakland-based green infrastructure non-profit which is a project of the Earth Island Institute. Their work is focused on designing and advocating for innovative approaches to bioremediation of air, water, and soil in communities with severe environmental injustice issues. Urban Biofilter’s approach includes community-based design solutions and green jobs creation. Urban Biofilter is working with the EPA on a Superfund site cleanup as well as a green infrastructure masterplan for the redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base.

From 2005 to 2008, Brent helped launch and served as Design Director for the Living Architecture department at Rana Creek, an ecological restoration and design firm based in Carmel Valley, California. Previously, he worked for Greenfield International, a brownfield remediation company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.



Marisha Farnsworth

Design Director

Marisha is an artist, designer and an Oakland native. Marisha’s work focuses on future ecosystems, infrastructural utopias and the social and economic implications of materiality in the built environment. Marisha co-founded Hyphae’s sister non-profit, Urban Biofilter with Brent Bucknum in 2009. As an educator, Marisha pioneered a Merritt College ecological building class that meets off-campus to build projects in the community and is currently developing the digital fabrication program at Laney College, which is creating houses for the homeless with the City of Oakland. Marisha holds a BFA from the Cooper Union and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley.




Eric Olson

Eric Olson, PE
Civil Engineer

Eric has over 13 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering consulting including soil and groundwater investigation and remediation and the design of Low Impact Development infrastructure. At Hyphae, he specializes in the design of rainwater and graywater reuse systems, green streets, sustainable stormwater detention systems, bioswales, and water efficiency studies. Eric is a certified Green Roof Professional (GRP) and a certified American Rainwater Catchment Association (ARCSA) profession. He has worked as an environmental engineer with P&D Environmental Services, E2 Consulting Engineers, CH2M HILL, and the Peace Corps. He has worked on several projects in India designing and constructing earthworks for rainwater catchment and infiltration, and constructing wetlands habitat for the endangered Indian leopard.

 


Robert Glass
Project Manager

Robert’s projects at Hyphae have incorporated residential graywater systems, residential and civic living walls, industrial systems design, ecological master planning, an artist residency, and community organizing. He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Clemson University in 2008 and his Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. He was introduced to Hyphae Design Laboratory in Oakland in fall of 2011 when asked to help with the Pier 27 competition and began working full-time as designer and drafter in January, 2012. Robert’s previous work experience includes planning and landscape design at Hart Howerton and residential landscape design in the Bay Area.

 


 

Meg Prier

Project Manager & Designer

With a background in civil engineering, Meg has participated in a variety of projects around the world from sanitation in the slums of Uganda to passive desert architecture in Egypt and rain water harvesting in Tanzania and South Africa. Meg holds a bachelors degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University and a double master’s degree in Design for Sustainable Development and Urban Ecological Planning from Chalmers University in Sweden and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Meg is passionate about the intersection between environmental sustainability, community development, and design and is excited to find a new home in the bay area and join Hyphae’s diverse and interdisciplinary team.

 


Tammy Lee
Jr. Designer & Assistant Project Manager
Tammy is a recent addition to Hyphae as a Jr. Designer. She graduated UC Berkeley with a BA in Landscape Architecture and a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies in 2013. While in school, she participated in the design-build competition in the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show representing UC Berkeley in both 2012 and 2013; winning gold in 2013 for their “Green Walls of China” installation design. After graduation she did a 5-month internship at Smithsonian Gardens in Washington D.C. before returning to the Bay. She is interested in continuing to pursue sustainable design and ecological restoration at Hyphae.

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