HANNAH BROWN began consulting in business management in 2010, building upon a unique set of experiences managing and marketing small and mid-sized architecture firms. Unique to most business management practices, Hannah holds degrees in creative fields with a Masters in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in Art History, earned at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. With over 20 years of experience in the AEC field, Hannah is devoted to finding creative solutions to smoothly run small to mid-sized firms in architecture, landscape and interiors. Currently, her practice spans the Bay Area of California, touching over 50 small firms and specializing in the issues of running a practice with 4-30 people.
For a decade, Hannah taught Professional Practice classes and acted as the Architecture Internship and IDP Coordinator as Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts in the Department of Architecture. Preparation for coursework has led to constant, renewed research in new models of business practice. From 2010-2014, Hannah acted as Business Manager at Feldman Architecture where she worked closely with Principal Jonathan Feldman in marketing, business development efforts and human resources, growing the firm from 8 to 20 staff members and netting widespread press coverage. Areas of oversight at Feldman also included hiring, recruiting, IT management, human resources, financial planning and accounting.
Previously, Hannah has managed marketing and operations efforts for BCV Architects and Anderson Anderson Architecture. While with BCV Architects, Hannah worked closely with the staff of Slow Food Nation 2008 to coordinate the efforts of over 20 design firms who helped build a San Francisco event where 85,000 attendees learned about good, clean and fair practices in food production. She has also had the distinct privilege on assisting with the preparation of books for publication, including The Sea Ranch by Donlyn Lyndon, Prefab Prototypes by Mark and Peter Anderson, and The Nature of Order by Christopher Alexander.
In her spare time, you can find Hannah clinging to her roots in Art History with visits to museums and galleries, occasionally picking up a pencil and paintbrush. But most of life’s precious moments not at work are spent with her husband Patrick, exploring the Bay Area and beyond by car, bus, train, and boat with their daughter Pippa.