Skip to main content

Daniela Deutsch

Daniela Deutsch


  • Master of Architecture, Darmstadt University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Darmstadt University of Technology

About Daniela

Daniela Deutsch was educated in Darmstadt, Germany, where she earned both her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees. Daniela is multi-lingual and her architecture and teaching careers have flourished both in Germany and the United States. She is the co-founder of the award-winning firm, exitecture architekten, in Frankfurt, Germany, and Principal of exitecture archLab Inc. in San Diego, California. She has also worked as a project designer with Schneider and Schumacher (Frankfurt, Germany) and with Westfield, LLC Design Carrier Johnson + Culture, and Ballinger AE in the U.S.

Her teaching experience is as diverse as her professional efforts. Daniela has had a successful teaching career in both Germany and the U.S., spanning over 20 years. In the U.S., she has taught at Woodbury University, San Diego State University, University of California San Diego, University of San Diego, and Boston Architectural School.

At NewSchool, Daniela is an Associate Professor, currently serving as the 4th-year level coordinator, where she has led the Integrated Design Studio for more than 7 years. Her most recent academic interests have led her to develop various interdisciplinary courses (both design studio and lecture classes), linking architecture to scientific theory as well as to the philosophy of technology and environmental sciences. Her methodology for teaching design is informed by her natural affinity to architectural practice as well as health, and environmental considerations. Representative examples of some of the more recent Integrated Design Studio projects are, “The Ford District” in Portland, Oregon, “A Waterfront for All” in Seattle, Washington, the “National City Project” in National City, California, and the 2019-2020 studio project, “A Wetlands Education and Research Center at Kendall-Frost Marsh” in Mission Bay, San Diego.

Recent awards with her firm, exitecture, are for the project WineBANK Mainz, winning a special mention in the category of Excellent Communication Design – Interior Architecture at the 2019 German Design Awards, and for the project LINDLEY LINDENBERG, in Frankfurt, Germany, chosen as one of the top 3 concepts in the Hotel Property Award of the Year 2019, as well as one of the 25 Coolest Hotels of the World by the FORBES List.

Daniel Manlongat


  • Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Blas Herrera


  • Master of Science in Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism, Woodbury University, San Diego
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Woodbury University, San Diego

About Blas

Blas Herrera studied architecture at Woodbury University in San Diego, California. In 2010 he moved to Mexico City to work for COLECTIVO MX, where he has collaborated in projects such as laboratories and offices for Probiomed and L’Oreal. He was teacher assistant for the Master of Washington University, St. Louis, summer program abroad, held in San Diego. He has worked in CROstudio, a collaborative practice that focuses on urban renewal through architecture, in urban studies at the border between Tijuana and San Diego. Blas earned his Master’s in Landscape and Urbanism at Woodbury University, San Diego and is currently collaborating in CROstudio and teaches at NewSchool of Architecture & Design.


  • Honorable mention, 2012. “Displaced Cartographies”. The Greatest Grid Competition, organized by the Architectural League of New York and the Museum of the City of New York. ‘Displaced Cartographies’ was included in the exhibition The Greatest Grid, on view at the Museum of the City of New York. Proposal developed in collaboration with Zooburbia collective, Mexico City.
  • Honorable mention, 2012. “Go with the flow”. 14th International Arquine Competition. 2012 Published in the: Arquine Magazine 60th edition “Go with the flow”. Proposal developed in collaboration with Zooburbia collective, Mexico City.

Raúl Díaz


  • Mater of Urban Planning, City University of New York
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Southern California


  • Member, American Institute of Architects

Vuslat Demircay


  • Ph.D. in Building Science, METU in Turkey
  • Master of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Architecture, METU

About Vuslat

Vuslat is a long-time member of the NewSchool faculty. Raised in Germany, studied, licensed, practiced in Turkey, Vuslat made a shift from practice to academia in her early career years. She earned her Ph.D. from Middle East Technical University and taught architecture at this top-ranking university until she moved to the US. She continues her academic career in the United States at NewSchool since 2003.

Vuslat has been teaching architecture and design for over 30 years in multiple countries and the composition of her experiences span almost every area of design. Throughout her academic career she has developed and taught courses with an emphasis on instructional strategies and methodologies applicable to design studies, ranging from product and furniture design to regional planning including interior, building, neighborhood, urban, and city scale. Over the last 16 years at NewSchool, Vuslat taught courses in the areas of communication (graphic, oral, written), research methodology, building construction technology, construction history, professional practice, and thesis studio in graduate and undergraduate Architecture Program.

In her mid-career years, architectural pedagogy appeared as another major interest for Vuslat and as a subject matter expert in this area she has been assigned the ambassador by Architectural Schools in Turkey and participated in national and international professional organizations and commissions. She has presented several papers on pedagogy at conferences, symposia, and panels at European Association on Architectural Education EAAE, and ENHSA. These include the 2nd Workshop on Construction Teaching Methods, France in 2003, 19th International Conference on Re-integrating Theory & Design in Architectural Education, and 2nd International Conference on Changing Cities, Greece in 2015. She has been an active member of the Chamber of Architects in the development of curriculum basics towards the architectural registration process in Turkey.

The wide range of courses she teaches and her international/multicultural life and work experience bridging the two completely different parts of the world has shaped her personality for a life-long commitment as an avid learner. She is passionate to spread her inspiration to her students, whether those in their early years or those who are late in their journey, looking for new paths for themselves.

Vuslat has supervised around 150 graduate thesis studies in the past 16 years, both in teaching thesis seminar and design studio. Some of the graduates continue their thesis topics in doctoral programs, several thesis studies have been awarded by AIA- American Institute of Architects, San Diego Chapter and by other organizations, and others work in related fields. Her pedagogy prioritizes a trans-disciplinary approach and thorough analysis of a complex problem in its minor components and provides a learning experience by new ways of creative and critical thinking towards appropriate solutions through experimentation and developing an intellectual and innovative world vision.

Her scholarship includes journal publications, public lectures, conference presentations, edited books, book reviews, and contributions as a reviewer to peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. Vuslat was an invited juror, guest speaker, and keynote speaker at several schools in Turkey and in the US.

Vuslat was recognized with the prestigious President’s Award for her exceptional work in organizing and participating in the first ever Laureate Global Architecture and Design Summit.

Another path in her career -since 2011- is managing at a larger scale. In the past several years she served in many different capacities, among these were the positions of Acting Chair of Graduate Architecture Program, Chair of NCAP-Faculty Governance Council, Assessment Leader, Thesis Coordinator for Graduate Architecture Program, and Area Coordinator of Research for Undergraduate and Graduate Architecture. This exposure allowed her to investigate the intricacies of various programs.

She worked as a project designer and technical consultant in Turkey on national and international projects. Among those were the German Embassy Campus historic preservation project, German School, Goethe Library renovation project, residential, office, retail projects in Turkey, and residential remodeling projects in the US.

Vuslat speaks Turkish, German, and English fluently.


  • NewSchool President’s Award

Mitchell Dec


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Portland

About Mitch

Mitch works for Brightworks Sustainability leading their building energy services practice. The energy services team focuses on holistic energy engineering solutions working with architects and the other engineering disciplines to develop strategies & solutions for real-world performance improvements. Prior to joining Brightworks, Mitch spent 13 years working for Glumac where he was an Associate Principal. Mitch has been highly active on projects across the west coast from Seattle to San Diego, with highlights including multiple net-zero energy projects, and more than 15 LEED Platinum certified projects. This includes multiple projects earning the National AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Projects of the year, including Edith Green Wendell Wyatt earning the 2016 Top Ten Plus designation.


  • 2011 Building Design + Construction Magazine “40 Under 40”
  • 2012 Portland Business Journal “40 Under 40”
  • 2012 Oregon / SW Washington BetterBricks Special Judge’s Award

Additional Information

Representative project experience includes:

  • Wilshire Grand Tower, Tallest US Building West of Chicago
  • Indigo Twelve West, LEED Platinum Certified and first US urban high-rise to integrate wind turbines
  • Vestas North American Headquarters, LEED Platinum Certified
  • Daimler Trucks North American Headquarters, LEED Platinum Certified
  • Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Renovation, LEED Platinum Certified
  • Hassalo on 8th Mixed Use Development in Portland, LEED Platinum Certified featuring a manmade constructed wetland for 100% of water treatment onsite
  • University of Oregon Lewis Integrated Science Building, LEED Platinum Certified
  • University of Oregon Student Recreation Center, LEED Platinum Certified

Philipp Bosshart


  • Master of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences w/emphasis in Interior and Furniture Design, San Diego State University

About Philipp

Born and raised in Switzerland. The experience of working and studying architecture through a practical internship program in Switzerland, and the exposure to the production of architecture, has provided Mr. Bosshart with an opportunity to venture into the roam of Interior Design and Furniture Design at San Diego State University in southern California. While firmly settled in California he continued to expand his experience as a designer beyond the local traditions and environment. Continued collaborations with Los Angeles and Zurich based design firms, Mr. Bosshart has also studied under Ted Smiths Real Estate and Development program in order to pursue potentials in the entrepreneurial approach to architecture.

Current Projects

  • Several residential remodels and additions
  • Two self-initiated developments: 4-6 units

Frederick Besancon


  • Master of Landscape Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University

Steve Merritt


  • Master of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego
  • Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego

About Steve

Steve Merritt is a licensed Structural Engineer and Project Manager at KPFF Consulting Engineers in San Diego. He has 15 years of design experience collaborating with architects, engineers, stakeholders, and builders. Steve attended UCSD for his undergraduate and graduate studies in Structural Engineering and has since been involved in notable high rise, university, industrial, and bridge projects.

Steve’s career has been complemented with an ongoing interest in academic mentoring and lecturing at UCSD, New School of Architecture, Woodbury University, and the ACE high school program. He has also been a guest professor for courses at UCSD and SDSU.

Outside of the United States, Steve has been a leader in post-disaster and development efforts in countries including Haiti and Sierra Leone. He also lived in Melbourne, Australia where he was part of the bridge construction team on a $1 billion Integrated Project Delivery freeway project.

Project Highlights

  • Project Manager (2015-Present): San Diego Zoo Bridge – San Diego, California:
    Managing the design and construction of a 300-foot steel pedestrian bridge and elevated walkway ($12 million).
  • Project Manager (2013-2016): Marriott Residence Inn – Anaheim, California:
    Managing the design and construction of a 9-story concrete hotel building ($50 million, 240,000 square feet).
  • Site Engineer (2010-2011): Western Ring Road Expansion – Melbourne, Australia:
    Performed construction planning, procurement, scheduling, budgeting, and staffing for the construction of an 8-span concrete bridge ($50 million) and a single span steel bridge ($2 million). Entire project budget was $800 million for 10 miles of freeway including 16 bridges.
  • Project Manager (2006-2008): Sony Electronics North American Headquarters – San Diego, California:
    Managed the design and construction of an 11-story steel office building with a pedestrian bridge and underground parking ($170 Million, 500,000 square feet). This project was awarded “Best new office building in the United States in 2009” by the leading U.S. construction publication, Engineering News Record.
  • Project Manager (2004-2006): Diamond View Tower – San Diego, California:
    Managed the design and construction of a 15-story steel office building with underground parking ($60 million, 325,000 square feet).
  • Project Engineer (2003-2004): San Diego State University Arts & Letters Building – San Diego, California:
    Performed design, analysis, and construction administration for a 6-storey steel classroom and office building ($19 million, 110,000 square feet).

Brett Tullis


  • Master of Architecture, Montana State University
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Montana State University

About Brett

Brett Tullis has been practicing architecture in San Diego since 1992 and is currently a Principal at Sillman Wright Architects Brett is a Leader who is focused on creating collaborative dynamic architectural solutions that exceeds the Client’s goals of function, sustainability, value, and schedule.

A long-time collaborator & lecturer with NewSchool, Brett and shares their vision of a collaborative design process focused on design excellence and sustainability partnered with professional business practice. Brett believes in an integrated team approach to design and construction that embraces the collaborative LEAN concepts of reducing waste and maximizing productivity. As a member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) he was instrumental in establishing a DBIA Student Chapter at NewSchool and is an Advisor to the DBIA Young Professionals Group. Brett received the DBIA Distinguished Leadership Award for his contributions to further the goals of Collaborative Design.

As an Advisor to the Integrated Path to Architecture Licensure (IPAL) Advisory Board, Brett supports the integrated approach to Education and Practice at New School providing professional guidance and insight as well as intern and job shadow opportunities. Brett is a LEED AP BD+C who is committed to designing Healthy Buildings that respect the Environment, Conserve Water and Reduce Energy Use with the goal of Net Zero Energy use. Design Excellence is a critical component of all projects and he has received Multiple Design Awards to recognize this vision.

Additional Information

  • Principal Architect at Sillman Wright Architects since 2009
  • California Licensed Architect
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Member
  • Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Member
  • DBIA Distinguished Leadership Award
  • Juror DBIA WPR Awards Competition Design
  • US Green Building Council Member
  • San Diego Regional Partnership Member
  • Lean Construction Institute
  • Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Member