Mogavero Architects

Trying to search for nothing are we?


Senior Bios

David Mogavero, Senior Principal David Mogavero is the Senior Principal of Mogavero Architects. He began his career designing naturally heated and cooled buildings over thirty years ago. David’s practice embraces the full range of progressive community design, such as high density mixed-use infill and holistic building systems, including daylighting, natural ventilation, passive heating and cooling, solar shading, water recycling, on-site energy generation and agriculture. David’s roles as developer and environmental advocate help him conceive projects that are economically viable and sensitive to the community and the environment. Through his professional practice, writings and lectures, service as past president and board member of the Environmental Council of Sacramento and the Planning and Conservation League, and current board member of the Council of Infill Builders, David has promoted the widespread adoption of sustainable building and smart growth practices and policies.   Craig Stradley, Principal Mr. Craig Stradley, Director of Architecture and Principal at Mogavero Architects, brings more than 30 years of experience in design and urban planning to his work. He has specialized in urban infill projects ranging from multi-family and student housing to complex retail and mixed-use developments. Mr. Stradley enjoys working closely with clients to create projects that balance function and ef ciency with environmental and social concerns. He leads his team of designers with constant attention to the principles of humanistic environments and the creation of a unique sense of place for each and every project.     Renner Johnston, Principal Renner became passionate about architecture while working in Europe and returned to the U.S. for a Masters in Architecture at the University of Oregon. Joining Mogavero Architects in 1997, Renner shares the firm’s long commitment to green sustainable design. As Principal, he has designed and managed projects including infill, affordable and market rate housing, mixed-use, urban design and large solar arrays. Renner has also worked on several master planning projects including, the Mather Campus Vision plan, Grass Valley Workforce Housing plan and the Baechtel Charrette for the City of Willits.     Nathaniel Sebok, Principal Nathaniel Sebok, AIA, LEEP AP has been with Mogavero Architects since 2005, and was promoted to Principal in 2015. With over twenty years experience, he enjoys integrating sustainable strategies into projects to create a holistic design. His broad scope of project experience ranges from institutional to multifamily and mixed use retail. Mr. Sebok and his design team excel with unifying a building’s interior, exterior and site design, resulting in award-winning projects. Mr. Sebok holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Masters of Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and is active in the local Sacramento community as a member of the Urban Land Institute.


Good Videos

Overview of the Good Project, LJUrban and MNA, featuring Craig Stradley, AIA Discussion of Good project from MNA Junior Designer and Good resident Gerard Falla



Residential: Market-Rate & Affordable Housing Multi-Family Retail Mixed-Use Commercial Institutional Entertainment & Cultural Planning & Urban Design Architectural Services Conceptualization, Analysis & Pre-Design Site Planning Schematic Design Design Development Construction Documents Construction Administration LEED Certification & Commissioning BIM Development & Coordination Visualization, Illustration & Renderings Planning Services General Plan Revisions & Studies Specific and Neighborhood Plans & Studies Charettes & Public Involvement Processes Form-Based Code Development, Studies & Recommendations Redevelopment (Area & Corridor) Studies Master Plans & Urban Design Plans Development Services Entitlements Pro-Forma Development Market Conditions Review & Analysis Site Yield Studies Programming Select Development Partnering


Community Building

Communities start with people, and consensus building is an important part of what we strive for as we approach our work. We listen to stakeholder ideas and fold them into the design process so that the built environment is reflective not only of our own values, but of those who will use the spaces we are responsible for designing. When people have access to a sound decision-making process resulting in a community based plan, the likelihood that they will support new projects, and ultimately own and care for them, is greatly enhanced. Our firm has extensive experience in consensus building and collaborative decision making with public agencies, private organizations and individuals. Public participation in the planning and design process adds immeasurable value to the built environment. We typically facilitate collaborative efforts with neighborhood associations in addition to public and private organizations as we assist merchant builders, developers, government agencies and nonprofit organizations realize their project goals.



Our firm’s approach to design revolves around the support of positive interactions between people, their community, and their environment. We search for inspirational elements that provide a basis for our designs: from broad concepts to fine grained details. Using themes that include historic and cultural influences, neighborhood identity, or natural elements like climate and environment, we contribute to the definition and creation of community at varying levels while encouraging interaction with the projects we are asked to design. Everything Matters Mogavero Architects is committed to providing exceptional service to our clients, and the communities in which we work. We believe in facilitating smart growth and the development of sustainable neighborhoods that build better communities. As part of providing exceptional service, we are determined to provide exceptional value to our clients; throughout the design process we investigate each element carefully: this investigation minimizes expensive change orders later during the course of construction. We work with contractors throughout the estimating and bidding phases, and have had many opportunities to evaluate the accuracy of estimates on numerous projects. This experience shows us how to specify and detail construction programs to minimize bidding ambiguity and thereby produce projects that meet the allocated budget. In addition, regular team meetings are scheduled with all the consultants throughout the process for interdisciplinary coordination. Internally, the entire staff at Mogavero attends weekly office meetings to monitor all the work in the office. At this meeting project managers report on project schedules, coordinate and assign workloads, and familiarize staff with all projects; this allows the project team to easily grow during critical production points. We’ve developed in-house process systems that help us add value to our client’s projects: In-house charettes and design critiques In-house seminars on products and construction systems Specifications Committee Green Building Committee Professional development program for additional staff education Formalized project management