Saul Pichardo


Saul Pichardo, principal of Art of Building, holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in architecture from UC Berkeley, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies with world renowned architect, builder, author, Christopher Alexander. Saul honed his professional skills during his years working on a multitude of building projects at Alexander's firm, the Center for Environmental Structure.

Saul is a builder, architect, and more important, a focused problem solver and avid building diagnostician. Saul's grasp of design, management and building skills generates creative and efficient solutions that integrate beauty and cost efficiency.

Saul is a member of East Bay AIA, Green Professional Builder and Certified Access Specialist Institute.

Katalin Bende

Interior Designer

Kataline Bende is a California licensed interior designer. She has a Master's degree in Interior Design from the Hungarian Academy of Crafts and Design in Budapest and a Master's degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley where she studied with Christopher Alexander. For five years, Bende worked at Alexander's office, The Center for Environmental Structure, on a variety of building and academic research projects including the four volume series The Nature of Order.

Her design projects include the award-winning offices of the Hungarian Environmental and Waterworks Museum, commercial offices in the Bay Area, private residences and building restoration works.

Mauricio Pernudi

Project Director


Blanka Majoros

Project Designer

Blanka Majoros, Project designer in the AOB team, holds a Master's degree in Architectural Engineering from Hungary. For the last five years, she has been working on a variety of projects as a designer and building operations and management professional. Blanka has a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles as a LEED Green Associate.

John Han

Project Coordinator

John Han, AOB Project Coordinator, has a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been practicing as a graphic designer for several years, cultivating his design sense and skill to deepen his architectural work. John also spends time in construction, working on his physical craft with nonprofit organizations to help build affordable housing for low-income families all over the East Bay Area.