Each of faculty member brings a set of expertise required by the DLP curriculum.


Umber Kazmi

Registered Architect

Professor Kazmi holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architectural Studies from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms Kazmi has served as an educational leader for over 15-years.  She has empowered over 10,000 aspiring architects through her passion for teaching.  Professor Kazmi created 'License Upon Graduation' which has since swept the profession of architecture. This initiative led to the formation of the American Board of Architecture in 2014 as the second largest accreditation body for architecture schools. Professor Kazmi has practiced nationally and internationally spanning the vast roles within architecture including: Design Architect, Project Engineer, Urban Planner, Construction Manager, President, Founder, and Director among others. In 2015, she was elected the President of the Adroit School of Architecture. Professor Kazmi is also the director of Atlas Kazmi Architects in Sacramento, CA.

Roy Cotterill

Registered Architect

Professor Cotterill is a partner at Perkins Williams & Cotterill Architects in Rancho Cordova. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1985. He is steeped in architectural practice bringing 27 years of experience to the DLP curriculum. He is highly experienced in building design, space planning, codes and regulations, and all areas of architectural practice including construction administration, contracts and business development. Professor Cotterill teaches Construction Lab and Professional Practice courses. 

Stuart Grinstain

Registered Architect

Stuart Grinstain attended California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1980. Mr. Grinstain then pursued a post graduate degree while working towards his professional license, and was awarded a Master’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 1986. Both of these institutions contributed to his well rounded education in professional practice and design theory. Stuart Grinstain has been a licensed architect in the state of California since 1985. He has worked with several award winning architects in his career and established SG Architecture in 2010.

Kyle Yamamoto

Design Professional

Professor Yamamoto graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. As a young design professional, Mr Yamamoto has been working in the design industry. Professor Yamamoto teaches the digital tools and BIM courses at the college.

Gene Armstrong

Registered Contractor

Professor Armstrong has a strong background in construction and estimating. He guest lectures in the Construction Lab and Professional Practice courses.

Daniel Williams

BIM Instructor

Professor Williams is a graduate of Newschool of Architecture & Design. He brings his expertise in SketchUp and other related Building Information Modeling software to Adroit. 

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