Branka Knezevic

Branka Knezevic

Los Angeles, CA, US



As an architect I have a deep understanding of the architectural design process and construction in general. My expertise in areas of sustainability and building science as well as my desire and ability to implement creative approaches to resolve technical issues and contribute to management objectives define my practice.

A LEED AP since 2006, I have held several leadership positions with the U.S. Green Building Council including Chapter Board Director and Committee Chair and served as an elected representative at Pacific Regional Council level. I have an Architecture Doctorate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and am a licensed architect in California, Hawaii and Washington State. I also hold a current NCARB certificate.

Key Professional Strengths:

Design Excellence | Productivity and Time Utilization | Excellent Communicator | Team Building and Staff Leadership | Relationship Building | Management Collaboration | Strategic Vision and Project Planning | Technical Expertise | Budget and Cost Control


Architecture | Interiors | Project Management | Design | Construction | Real Estate | Sustainability | Development | LEED | Office TIs |  Green Building | Marketing | Business Development | Autodesk Revit



Unispace, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Architect

As Project Architect, responsible for full project coordination, including consultant coordination and is the architect of record on all current projects. Other duties include selecting building systems consultants and assisting in fee negotiations, overseeing the general development and scheduling of contract documents, and is responsible in making sure the design intent is fully carried out. Works closely with the Unispace design team and the client to produce the best design possible thus enhancing the design reputation of the office. Additional responsibilities include: proposal preparation, project planning, budgeting and controlling time spent on project; reviewing all design services billings; assisting in the preparation of Owner/Architect and Architect/Consultant agreements; establishing additional service arrangements with client; developing, maintaining, nurturing and expanding client relationships; assisting owner and construction department with the bidding and negotiation phase including sub-contractor selection and preparing bid documents; BIM manager also responsible training and evaluation of design staff.

Jul 2012 - current

Branka Studio, Santa Monica, CA, US, Architect / Owner

Perform and oversee space planning, building design, feasibility studies, review and resolve zoning and code compliance issues, as well as develop and oversee the production of client presentation materials including graphics, construction documents for several commercial TI's, retail and residential projects. Develop and oversee interior design packages, furniture design, conceptual layouts and select, specify and acquire finishes, furniture and equipment. Consult on real estate ventures and sustainable developments including LEED registration, documentation, and certification. Provides green building expertise where LEED is used either as a general framework or to achieve certification. As owner of Branka Studio, responsible for all marketing and business development efforts.

Sep 2010 - current

Group 70 International, Honolulu, HI, US, Architect, LEED Specialist

Development and oversight of construction drawings, consultant coordination as well as coordination of internal team of designers and drafting personnel, construction administration including the processing RFPs, ASIs, Change Orders, among others. Other duties included technical detailing, specification research, code compliance and obtaining agency approvals, interior space planing and selection of finishes, preparing client presentations and interfacing with clients on high profile projects. As LEED specialist I was involved in the LEED certification process for a number of LEED NC, CI, EB O&M, and LEED for Schools projects (i.e. development, oversight and processing of LEED submittal documents, consultant coordination, etc.) and was head of the internal sustainability program. Solely responsible for the development of an internal LEED AP Exam Prep course program that brought the number of LEED APs in the office from only few to 31 making the firm a true leader in sustainable development in the region. I also assisted in master planning studies, developed property condition assessments and site improvements packages, performed Revit data management for large and complex projects and assisted with a number of design charettes and value engineering exercises.

Apr 2006 - Sep 2010

Fritz Johnson Architect, Honolulu, HI, US, Architectural Designer

Developed client presentations, schematic design through construction documents packages for a number of high-end single-family residential new construction and renovation projects. Also performed code research and assisted with permit processing. Other activities include specifications and materials research, consultant coordination, Revit modeling, contractor interface and construction administration.

May 2005 - Apr 2006


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, US, PhD, Architecture

Aug 2000 - Dec 2005

Areas of Specialization