Nancy Escano AIA

Nancy co-founded DGA in 1995 and has been central in the company’s ascent to become one of the country’s foremost life science R&D facility design firms. For 30 years her expertise and enthusiasm have earned her the respect and repeat business of many of the country’s leading research institutions and life science companies. Her skills are also sought after by emerging technology companies who benefit from the boundless programming and design experience that has made her one of the leading research laboratory planners on the West Coast.

Inherent value through the design of functional and flexible lab spaces, that not only meet her clients’ current operational needs but seek to accommodate their future research goals, has been central to Nancy’s and DGA’s success. With her highly collaborative approach, Nancy is equally at home with scientists, department heads, facility managers, and CEOs, solving day-to-day issues or planning for long-term objectives. At the heart of Nancy’s design philosophy is that scientists are intelligent, collaborative, and creative people, and their facilities should always reflect and stimulate those qualities.

Holding a Bachelor of Arts, Architecture, from the University of California, Berkeley, Nancy has lectured on laboratory design to numerous Life Science industry organizations as well as Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. A former member of the NIH’s Scientific and Technical Review Board on Biomedical and Behavioral Research Facilities, Nancy is a member of the American Institute of Architects, BioCom, and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.