Architectural Review Board Biographies

Peter Baltay, AIA is the President and principal architect of TOPOS Architects, a Palo Alto based architecture and construction management firm. He has been practicing in Palo Alto since 1995.

Peter holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University.

In addition to his architectural practice, Peter has served on the Redwood City Architectural Review Board and the San Mateo County Design Review Board. He is also an active member of the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

FURTH, Wynne
Wynne studied economics at Stanford and law at Harvard.  She and her husband moved back to Downtown North in 1999 after a thirty-two year absence.  During those years, after spending time in Fiji researching dispute resolution and at the University of California studying “law and society,” she was in private practice for twenty five years in Southern California.   Her practice focused on municipal law (she was the City Attorney of Claremont) and representing colleges and universities.  Her specialty within municipal law was land use and environmental law.  

Between 1998 and 2006, she worked in the Palo Alto City Attorney’s office, advising the Department of Planning and Community Environment as well as the “underground” (water, gas and waste water) utilities.   She then joined McDonough, Holland and Allen’s Oakland office.  

She currently consults for ChangeLab Solutions, a non-profit that researches and drafts model laws and policies supportive of public health.   She is a gardener and former volunteer at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens (the largest botanic garden in the world dedicated to California native plants) and former Filoli weeder.

GOOYER, Robert
Robert Gooyer, AIA has practiced Architecture, Space Planning and Medical Planning since 1976, after graduating from the University of Arizona with a 5 year Bachelors of Architecture Degree.  Gooyer is a Corporate Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in San Mateo County.  He has been AIA’s President as well as Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director and Editor-in-Chief of the AIASMC’s newsletter, the “Charrette,” along with having chaired numerous committees and is again as AIA’s Treasurer.

He served on the Board of the AIA California Council, is an Emergency Safety Assessment Inspector for the Office of Emergency Services/AIA/SMC, was a Master Commissioner for the California Architects Board and served for eight years, as well as chaired on the Planning Commission for the City of San Mateo. He currently serves on the San Mateo Civic Arts Committee as well as the Palo Alto Architectural Review Board.

His outside interests include being a Volunteer Council President for five years and serving on the Board of Trustees for four years for the Coyote Point Museum.  He has been President of various Parent Teacher Associations and Site Councils in the local school system while his daughter was in school. Gooyer was also very involved in the replacement project of San Mateo High School.

LEW, Alexander

Alex has served on the Architectural Review Board for 8 years (2.5 terms completed).

Alex grew up in Palo Alto and attended Crescent Park, Jordan, and Paly.  He graduated from Washington University with Bachelor of Arts and Columbia University with a Master of Architecture.  Alex studied with the late Professor Klaus Herdeg, a critic of the diagrammatic way modern buildings were designed in the United States. Alex worked on an unpublished book on European modern architecture in the concession zones of Chinese cities.

After architecture school, Alex did drafting for David Neuman, Stanford University’s Architect and Planning Director.  Alex learned about the Palo Alto’s ARB, Site and Design, and PC processes while working on several projects for Tony Carrasco in Palo Alto.  He became an associate for Dan Solomon, one of the founders of the Congress of New Urbanism. Alex’s projects included 320-340sf studio apartments for graduate students in Stanford University’s Escondido Village and Holly Park Phase 3, a redevelopment of former low income housing in Seattle into a mixed use, mixed income, transit village as part of HUD’s HOPE VI program. Holly Park won 3 design awards.  Alex is currently designing houses and writing a book on great streets.

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