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Carla Vaga
AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Carla Vaga joined Studio William Hefner in 1998 after earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Her training in classical architecture included a year of study abroad in Florence, Italy and Athens, Greece. Carla received AIA certification in 2009. Her dedication, vision, and ever-expanding knowledge over the years earned her the position of firs Principal at Studio William Hefner.

As a Principal, Carla has extensive experience running multiple residential and commercial projects, as well as multi-family and mixed use projects in a wide variety of styles. She has served as Project Architect on buildings ranging in scope from a boutique shopping center to a 60,000 square-foot single family residence. She has special proficiency in the design execution of all interior architecture typologies.

Carla is LEED accredited and guides the firm’s handling of LEED certified commissions and sustainable design. She incorporates green building design practices into all projects. In pro-bono work, she helped the firm win awards for the design of affordable housing prototypes to appear in the Design Pattern Book for Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A.

William Hefner - AIA
Kazuko Hoshino - Principal, Interior Design
Carla Vaga - AIA, LEED AP, Principal
Nathalie Aragno - Principal
Michael Aquino - LEED GA, Associate
Mark Imagawa - LEED AP BD+C, Associate
Bob Irvine - Director, Montecito Office