Polytech Associates Inc. is a woman-owned architecture, planning and interior design firm based in San Francisco. Our firm was established in 1986 and is based on a collaborative approach to develop strategic partnerships with our clients and achieve the visions and goals of their projects.
We provide comprehensive, sustainable and efficient design services for Healthcare, Government, Institutional, Commercial and Sports facilities. Our diverse experience provides us with a constantly growing knowledge base and best practices in the design process.
Ms. Arsanjani earned a Master of Science in Architecture at the National University of Iran, then continued with studies in Planning, Architecture, and Interior Design at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mehrnoush then joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as a designer, where she spent ten years focused on learning best practices in project management and honing her design and technical skills. Working on projects such as Bank of America’s Technology Center in Concord, California and Southeast Financial Center in Miami, Florida, gave her experience managing large-scale, technically-complex projects requiring close client collaboration and coordination with multiple disciplines.
Mehrnoush co-founded Polytech Associates in 1986 with Carl Scholz and Kurt Scholz. She has helped to grow Polytech into a multidisciplinary firm practicing architecture, planning, and interior design. She has directed projects in the United States and overseas. As Managing Principal, Mehrnoush now leads our design and planning efforts and is responsible for nurturing our client relationships, including Kaiser Permanente, Stanford University Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, and University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.
Carl is a native of Chile and has worked internationally throughout his forty years practicing architecture. After his studies at the University of California, he worked at architectural and engineering firms in Washington, DC, Arlington, Virginia, and San Francisco, California. Fluency in three languages contributed to international projects. He joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s San Francisco office, where he learned the delicate balance of successfully coordinating the technical aspects of a building while remaining true to the design intent.
After four years at SOM, Carl began a private practice, which allowed him to cultivate the leadership and budgetary skills necessary to successfully run an architectural firm. Several years later, he returned to SOM as an Associate Partner. He helped to lead technical coordination for several prominent, large-scale buildings in San Francisco, including Davies Symphony Hall, One Front Street, 345 California Street, 333 Bush Street, and the Asian Development Bank in Manila.
In 1986, Carl founded Polytech Associates with architect and former SOM colleague Mehrnoush Arsanjani and civil engineer Kurt Scholz. As Principal-in-Charge of Technical Coordination and Quality Assurance, Carl leads these efforts for many of our large projects and maintains our firm’s commitment to providing complete, coordinated, and timely construction documentation.
Don brings over 25 years of experience in construction documentation and contract administration for healthcare and university projects throughout the United States. His attention to detail and knowledge of regulatory codes are critical to the success of our review and approval process with government agencies, including OSHPD and DSA.
Don is leading the development of construction drawings for our ongoing work at California Pacific Medical Center and our clinical technology projects at 2425 Geary Boulevard.
Don spent over ten years at Anshen + Allen (Stantec), managing construction documentation for the renovation of the Veterinary Research Tower at Cornell University, and serving as Project Manager/Project Architect for Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Clara Replacement Hospital.
Mahsati, known as Massi in the office, brings two decades of interior design experience in the Public, Higher Education, Commercial Office and Healthcare arenas. Massi’s attention to detail and passion for design has served her clients including Department of Health and Human Services, Offices of the Secretary of State of California, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente and Sutter – CPMC.
Massi is currently responsible for the finishes and furnishings specifications for the VA Behavioral Health Research building and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, both in San Francisco.