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"Our aspirations to leave this planet a far better place must be derived from creating environmentally sustainable architecture and communities. "


Clark Manus, FAIA


Clark Manus, FAIA is CEO of Heller Manus Architects and the 87th President of The American Institute of Architects. Clark's experience over the past 30 years encompasses a wide range of new and reconstruction projects including residential, commercial, civic, rehabilitation and adaptive re-use, performance facilities, retail and urban design plans in the San Francisco Bay Area and China. Clark is recognized for his expertise in complex urban, mixed-use buildings and master planning projects, especially in difficult approval environments.

Beyond the realm of his practice, Clark is a vocal activist for community design and advocacy issues affecting policies and planning that reinforce the urban fabric of the San Francisco Bay Area region that encourage the creation of livable communities. He has held leadership positions in key civic endeavors to broaden the dialogue of public interaction with the architectural community through the AIA.


American Institute of Architects, 87th President
Board Member, Architecture for Humanity
The Japan Institute of Architects, Honorary Member
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) , Honorary Member
Korean Institute of Architects, Honorary Fellow
Australian Institute of Architects, Honorary Member
AIAS President Citation 2011
AIA Convention, 2011 AIA Kansas City Allied Arts & Craftsmanship Awards, Arts Citation Award
1994 President, American Institute of Architects/ San Francisco
Treasurer, San Francisco Friends of City Planning
Chair, San Francisco Transbay Citizen's Advisory Committee


Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Design and Psychology, University of New York at Buffalo


Member, Urban Land Institute
Member, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Member, Lambda Alpha International

Awards of Note

Hotel Vitale
Sunset Magazine Best Hotels in the West, 2011
Best Hotel Deal of the Year Award, San Francisco Business Times, 2004

The Infinity
2010 Construction Communications, Building of America Award
California Construction Best of 2008 Awards, Best Residential

The Metropolitan
2005 Gold Nugget Award, Award of Merit, Best Residential Project

San Francisco City Hall Improvement Project
2000 AIA Western International Design Awards Program, Award of Honor in Architecture
2000 AIA California Council, Award of Merit, Excellence in Design
1999 National Trust for Historic Preservation, Award of Merit

733 Front Street
2009 Construction Communications, Building of America Award

The Beach Chalet
1999 Society for Registered Architects California Council, Design Award for Excellence

Fun Facts

    Married his high school sweetheart
    Lived in Berkeley in the Summer of '65 & learned how to skateboard and ride a motorcycle.


Dreams of bicycling the Tour de France!