Rosa Sheng


"Fail fast, fail often, and don’t be afraid of failing. You can fail in the moment and not be a failure in life."

Rosa hasn’t been afraid to speak her mind throughout her career. Once, while working on a California-based project from her former firm’s Pittsburgh office she boldly suggested that the client relocate the team instead of flying back and forth for meetings. Her team laughed at the idea but the client thought it was great and they moved. “That experience was an affirmation to stand up for what you believe in and don’t be afraid to speak up and ask the stupid question,” suggests Rosa. As the Founding Chair of Equity by Design, a national movement created by the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter to advocate for equitable practices and pay in architecture, she has continued to speak up regarding professional issues that move her.  Whether Rosa is leading the profession into new and just directions in practice or project work, she is a strong, hands-on designer and project manager with an ability to build consensus and solve complex problems for a diverse range of clients.

Active Learning, University Design, Workplace Design

Professional Credentials
American Institute of Architects, Fellow (FAIA), LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)

P (415) 343-2018
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Community Involvement

An active member of the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Rosa is the 2018 President-Elect and Founding Chair of Equity by Design, a national movement for equitable practice in architecture. Her efforts have been recognized in Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TEDxPhiladelphia and KQED/NPR.

Community Involvement