A diverse skill set



Chris Peck, AIA, PE


Since PECK’s inception Chris has created a creative multi-disciplinary environment that has blossomed into the PECK Architecture Structural and Civil team. Like Chris, the architects and engineers are not afraid to tackle the hard stuff and leave nothing to assumption. PECK has grown under his leadership, by applying intelligence in design to all projects.

Chris is guiding PECK to become best in class in Southern California for hillside work and is also expanding the firm’s offerings to mid-rise commercial, multi-family and mixed use projects, expanding the commercial/industrial client base, and partnering with other architects and designers to complete some of the best design work in the City of Los Angeles and beyond.

Prior to starting PECK, Chris gained experience in High Rise Structural with Severud in New York and SOM in London, Civil Engineering at Thor Engineers, and Architectural Design with Mark Mack, Morphosis, Barton Myers, and Roger Sherman in Los Angeles.

Educated at UCLA in Architecture, Princeton University in Structural Engineering, and Lafayette College in Civil Engineering, he is well versed in the underpinnings of these three disciplines. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of San Diego in Sustainable Urban Planning in 2015 and 2016. Active in the City of Pasadena, the AIA, ASCE, and Pasadena Heritage, he has lectured to promote understanding of historic architecture, and he supports local charities such as Five Acres, LA Conservancy, and Pasadena Heritage. On any given weekend you might find him biking the LA river trails to the ocean, hiking Mount Wilson, or competing in triathlons.


Diana Djoneva, PE

Senior Project Engineer

Diana joined PECK in 2015 as a Senior Project Engineer bringing 20+ years of professional, civil, and structural engineering experience for residential, commercial, institutional, educational, hospitality and healthcare developments, as well as public improvements and infrastructure projects. At PECK she leads some of our most challenging civil and structural projects from inception through construction and completion. She prefers intricate and complex projects and has experience working on multi-family and commercial projects, hillside developments, custom luxury homes, DSA and OSHPD projects, and LEED-certified projects.

Diana is licensed as a Civil Engineer in California with a M.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is registered with the California Emergency Management Agency (CAL EMA) to assist the public in case of emergency and disaster and assess the safety of buildings and other structures. In addition, she is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), and National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). In her spare time you will find Diana shredding the ski slopes.



Alexander van Gaalen,

Architectural Project Manager

Alexander van Gaalen has been a project manager at PECK since 2015, working exclusively on our luxury single-family residential projects such as Wallace Ridge, Mockingbird, and Blue Jay Way. Prior to joining PECK, Alexander worked at the New York offices of Gensler and Mancini Duffy, where he was project architect and construction administrator on multistory commercial tenant improvement projects for McKinsey & Co., Time Warner, Lehman Brothers, and the Blackstone Group. Additionally, he has worked on several hospitality projects in New York and Los Angeles.

Alexander has a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Engineering Studies, and a Master of Science in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University. He holds architecture licenses in New York and California, is a LEED accredited professional, and is a credentialed interior designer with the NCIDQ. Additionally, he has a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey, and in front of the U.S. Patent Office. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and The Jefferson Society. In his personal time, Alex is an avid motorcyclist, cyclist, runner and triathlete.


Senior Project Engineer

Justin Bernhoft, PE

Senior Project Engineer

Justin is a Senior Project Engineer at PECK, who has been an integral part of the PECK team since 2001. Justin performs complex calculations and oversees the production of drawings for both structural and civil projects for our commercial clients including Southern California Edison, Sempra, Haronian Medical Offices, and Ridley Scott Studios as well as for numerous residential customers throughout Southern California. He coordinates with architects to create efficient designs, interprets structural and civil codes to ensure compliance, interacts with city building departments, and performs structural observations. Prior to PECK, Justin worked in the surveying, structural and civil design departments at DuBose & Associates in Toledo, Ohio.

Justin earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Toledo and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California.

As a boy Justin was fascinated by how rollercoasters were built, and he decided then to become a structural engineer. If Justin’s smiling face looks familiar, it may be because you saw him on the HGTV House Hunter’s Renovation program providing structural advice to some anxious clients.

Architectural Project Manager

Rebecca Lee Carpenter

Senior Project Manager

Rebecca Lee Carpenter is a Senior Project Manager for Peck, bringing to the firm over 20 years of professional experience as Senior Architect for some of the world’s most prominent and innovative architectural practices, including Foster + Partners, KPF, and Ennead Architects with experience in all aspects of architectural design from master planning and conceptual design, through final design and construction. Since joining PECK in 2016, she has been involved in the design and management of a number of important commercial and complex residential hillside projects, including the Draft Building in Toronto, and the Bellagio Place Residence in Los Angeles, CA.

Prior to joining PECK she served on projects throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and has been driven by her interest in location and culture as they relate to and inform contemporary design and construction technology. During this time, she has developed an award winning portfolio of works, comprised of international projects from a variety of market sectors and cultures including urban and master planning, cultural and institutional, education, government, transportation, historic preservation and heritage, offices, and private residences.

Project Awards include; AIA Honor and Chapter Awards, Engineering Excellence Awards, Craftsmanship Awards, Progressive Architecture Awards, MIPIM Future Project Awards, and GSA Design Excellence Awards.

In addition to professional practice, she is the author and editor of numerous publications related to the theory and practice of architecture, appearing and editing in AD Magazine, Nexus Journal, and MOMA publications. She has also taught Design Studios at Barnard College and Columbia University.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Indiana University, attended the Bachelor of Science in Architecture Program at the University of Cincinnati, and received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She is the Recipient of the AIA Gold Medal, the Lucille M. Lowenfish Memorial Prize, and the AIA Eleanor Allwork Grant. She holds citizenship in both the United States and the United Kingdom.


Alex Zlotnik, PE QSD

Senior Project Engineer

Alex joined PECK’s civil practice in 2014, coming to us with over fifteen years of civil engineering experience including work at TTG and AECOM. As a Senior Project Engineer, Alex manages all aspects of civil land development projects including public works B permit Plans for roadway and utility improvements, on-site grading, drainage, utility design, erosion control, storm water pollution and prevention plans, and cost estimates.

At PECK, Alex handles the largest grading projects and has become an expert in Los Angeles hillside ordinances which contain complex provisions relating to grading quantities, retaining wall limitations, haul routes and various zoning code limitations. Alex coordinates with municipalities, city agencies and utilities to coordinate public works projects and creates the connections required for private developments.

He graduated from Gomel State Road-Building College in Belarus with an engineering degree. Alex has earned both his Professional Engineering certification and Qualified SWPPP Developer certification for the State of California.


Christian Langmuir Foster

Senior Staff Architect

Christian is a Senior Staff Architect at PECK focusing on our high-end residential projects. She joined us in 2014 with over 15 years of residential architecture experience in new construction and addition/renovations. Her prior experience is with Graham Gund Architects in Boston, Hodgetts+Fung in Los Angeles, DMJM Rottet in Los Angeles, and in partnership with her mother, Jane K. Langmuir, an architect and adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design.

She was a member of the Rhode Island School of Design’s Universal Kitchen project, which challenged assumptions of residential kitchen design and created innovative ideas of how to design a smarter, more efficient kitchen. Maytag Corporation was so impressed with the prototypes that it purchased the exclusive rights to the Universal Kitchen from RISD and Christian helped take these prototypes to market.

At PECK, Christian is involved in all aspects of residential architecture design and serves as our kitchen design expert. She recently completed two historic renovation projects in South Pasadena and is currently managing three hillside residential projects with an emphasis on space planning, site design and architectural design.

Christian earned a B.A. from Tufts University in Art History and a master’s degree in Architecture from UCLA. When she isn’t designing, you can find her hiking, painting, or spending time with her three children..


Reni Grigorova


Reni joined PECK in 2015 as an architect bringing 10 years of professional experience for residential, commercial, educational and sporting developments, as well as industrial and manufacturing projects. At PECK she leads the production work on some of our most challenging residential hillside development homes and commercial projects. She has worked most recently on residential projects including Bellagio, Wallace Ridge, Mockingbird and Blue Jay Way.

Reni is licensed Architect in Europe and is certified as a Project Manager Professional (PMP), from the Project Management Institute in the US. She received a Master of Architecture from Sofia’s University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy.

In 2010 she established her own Architecture studio, Ardist in Bulgaria, Europe and she has previously worked with JP Molyneux in New York City.

Reni comes from a family with strong traditions in design and construction, and is continuously seeking new challenges in the areas of design, sustainability and the built environment.


Jason McCann

Construction Administrator

Jason, a licensed general contractor, joined PECK in 2016 as a Construction Administrator. He brings 20 years of professional experience with residential and commercial architectural projects to PECK where he oversees construction administration on complex residential hillside projects including our Stradella and Bellagio Place Residences. He coordinates the work of the architect with the work of the consulting engineers, lighting consultants, audio visual consultants, pool consultants, landscape architect, owner’s representative, and specialty vendors.

Jason received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architectural Design from Otis College of Art and Design and a Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc). His previous work includes roles with Peter Marino, Shubin and Donaldson, and M. Arch.

Jason has taught architecture and drawing and written course materials for Art Center College of Design, Sci-Arc, Otis College of Art and Design, and Woodbury University.  He has an active passion for design and fabrication which he applies to his furniture designs.


Architectural Project Manager

Phillip Gerard Olive

Architectural Project Manager

Phillip has been an architect at PECK since 2005. Currently, he is our most senior Architectural Project Manager. His experience includes performing research, design, permitting, construction documentation, and construction administration for our residential projects, commercial tenant improvement projects, and site development projects. He works closely with our clients to understand their objectives and translates that into a program and design that fits the client’s values and style along with the site and structure’s heritage.

He served as the architecture project manager for the Butler Residence, a log cabin house renovation that was featured in C Magazine. He developed, permitted and implemented the re-design of a minimalist modern pool house with rooftop deck in Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills. He also implemented the design of the Monopole Wine Shop in Pasadena, a retail tenant improvement project involving intricate wood millwork displays and a wine service bar. Prior to PECK, Phillip worked at Fasola Architects in Manhattan Beach.

Phillip graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Business Economics and attended SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. He is a Pasadena native who enjoys woodworking, furniture design, photography, poetry and music. He especially appreciates when art becomes a part of everyday life.


Vahe Khachikian

Engineering Designer

Vahe is an Engineering Designer for PECK Civil and PECK Structural. He joined the practice in early 2015 and has been an integral member of the team, designing Low Impact Development Solutions, calculating grading quantities, designing hillside remediation solutions, storm water pump systems and complex hillside structural retaining walls. Currently Vahe is managing several projects in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills jurisdictions. Prior to PECK, he started his career as a draftsman at Trencode and subsequently became an engineering designer.

Vahe is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. When Vahe was young, he remembers seeing a well-dressed engineer at a construction site wearing a yellow hard hat. He knew right then that he wanted to be a civil engineer to build things and look good while doing it. When not working, you can find him in the wilderness camping or fishing which he would prefer over a sunny beach any day.


Steve Mai

Architectural Designer

Steve joined PECK in 2016 as an Architectural Designer. At PECK he develops precision design details for high-end residential homes and produces and manages construction documentation. His recent efforts and works include the Stradella Road and Wallace Ridge projects. Prior to joining PECK, Steve gained nine years design experience working in the healthcare industry as an architectural staff member at Liebke Architects whose clients include Kaiser Permanente, Cedars Sinai, and UC Irvine Hospital.

Steve studied Civil Engineering at California State University Long Beach and has an associate’s degree in Architectural Design & Technology at Golden West College. Currently, he is taking architect registration exams for his California architect license. Steve is an enthusiastic member of our team who is very creative and has a strong passion for residential design.


Tara Lyle

Architectural Staff, REVIT BIM Manager

Tara joined PECK in 2016 to develop our BIM capabilities as our REVIT Manager. Tara has over 20 years of professional experience in architectural design services as well as Revit training and support. Project emphasis has been in custom and high-end residential homes including 5 years working at Appleton and Associates, Inc. in Santa Barbara.

Tara has earned associate degrees in both CAD and Interior Design and studied design under the BA program at the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach. Currently, she is enrolled in the NCARB Intern Development Program and is working toward obtaining her California architectural license. She is drawn to architecture because of the way it engages both the creative and practical sides of design. In her free time, she likes to work with her hands creating art that is both useful and aesthetically pleasing.

Alex Bieliaiev.jpg

Alex Bieliaiev

Civil Engineer

Alex joined PECK in 2017 as a Civil Engineer. He is an assistant to Senior Engineering Staff and works on the preparation of structural plans and details. He has worked most recently on residential hillside projects including Mockingbird Place, Bel Air Road, and Beverly Park.

Alex received a Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree, with Honors, from the National Kiev University of Construction and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Mykolaiv Building College, Mykolaiv, Ukraine. His previous work includes roles with Walt Johnson Construction, Inc., Zodchiy, and the Obolon Project, Kiev Ukraine. He has also taught courses in Engineering at the University level.

In his leisure, Alex enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and visiting architectural landmarks.


Shawn Yost

Architectural REVIT Draftsperson

Shawn joined PECK in 2017 as an Architectural REVIT Draftsperson. He has worked most recently on residential projects including Tostrud, Cockerham and Latimer and commercial projects including Surf Ranch and Andalucia.

Shawn received a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University in Computer Engineering. In addition to REVIT, his Computer Skills include Java, C, C++, Assembly, MatLab, A+, Net+, and Server+.

His previous work includes roles with CP Design Studio, and Gold Standard Promotions.

In his leisure, Shawn enjoys bicycle riding, painting and drawing.

Lei Zhuo.jpg

Lei Zhuo

Architect Intern

Lei joined PECK in 2017 as an Architect Intern. He is an assistant to Senior Staff on residential and commercial architecture projects where he oversees computer visualization during the concept and schematic design phases. He has worked most recently on residential hillside projects including Robinson and Glenalbyn Lot Residences, and commercial projects including the Sterling Draft Building in Toronto.

Lei received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Architecture degree from Nanjing University of Technology, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Sanjiang University. His previous work includes design roles with Architects Orange, 5+ Design and Yan Huang Architecture Design Co. Ltd of Nanjing, China.

Lei is a Chinese National and is fluent in both spoken and written Mandarin. In his leisure, Lei enjoys spending time playing and following sports and water color painting.

Business Manager

Kerri Van Auken

Office Assistant

Kerri joined PECK in early 2017 and serves as a PA to Chris Peck, and office assistant to the professional staff.  Kerri brings a sunny disposition, and excellent problem solving skills, backed by several years’ office administration experience to CM Peck. Originally from Seattle, Kerri is a lifelong artist and holds an MFA in Theatre Performance. When not engaged in her administrative work, she writes and performs stand-up comedy around the greater Los Angeles area. Additionally, she teaches improvisation and comedy techniques to students of the elementary age all the way up through Master’s level candidates. In her other spare time, she explores her cooking passion by teaching kids’ cooking classes with Kitchen Kid, a mobile cooking school and summer camp.


Joan Hearst


Joan has been at PECK since 2003 first serving as our Office Manager and now as our Bookkeeper. She has been instrumental in creating the new database to streamline accounting, book keeping, and job tracking practices at PECK.

Joan has a B.S. in Administrative Management and is certified in Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America. She is an active volunteer and leader in several Pasadena organizations including Pasadena Heritage, West Pasadena Resident’s Association and San Rafael Library Associates. When she isn’t managing our books, you can find her playing bridge, advocating for open spaces in local communities, or watching her four grandchildren play sports.