Rob Bolin, PE, LEED Fellow, ASHRAE HBDP, REP

Senior Principal

When it comes to designing high-performance buildings, Rob Bolin is a master. He has designed numerous high-profile, sustainable buildings and developments around the world, from the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) residential campus in Riyadh, KSA, to the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) Lower Sproul Plaza Redevelopment in Berkeley, CA, to his latest high-performance design project for the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Rob has been a leader in the A/E/C industry for more than 27 years. He is a strong proponent of mentoring and developing his staff to think outside the box. He encourages them to get creative and develop consensus-based solutions to advance energy and water efficiency and regenerative designs in buildings. Rob is Syska Hennessy Group’s national director of high performance, and has provided principal-level leadership in several of Syska’s offices, most recently and currently in the San Francisco office. He is responsible for overall sustainable MEP engineering leadership and design direction to ensure each project’s successful achievement of building performance and sustainability goals.

Rob received his BS in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, his MS in architectural engineering at Pennsylvania State University and completed the Executive Education in Sustainability Leadership program at Harvard’s School of Public Health. He received a High-Performance Building Design (HBDP) certificate from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and is recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a LEED Fellow in the inaugural class. He is also a national peer member of the National Peer Program of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Design Excellence Program.

“I’ve known since I was a boy that I wanted to be involved in the design of buildings. I was encouraged to pursue my passion which has become a career and my life’s work. That experience has led me to constantly seek ways to improve what I do and how I do it, and subsequently how I can pay it forward through training and mentoring of others to excel as they pursue their passion.”
Rob Bolin


Office 415.288.9060


Beyond the Prototype, Architectural Record
How Engineers Help, Building Design and Construction
Modeling High Performance,Urban Land
Climate, Cladding…, Building Design and Construction
Passive Performance

Passive Performance, High Performing Buildings
Chilled Beams, Buildings Magazine

Speaking Engagements

“The Drive to Design Excellence in Design-Build: Competition to Design Excellence Delivered,” with Paul Danna, Marc Kersey, Duane Allen, Design Build Conference and Expo, Dallas, TX, October 2014

“Engineered Natural Ventilation,” with David Fannon and Kishor Khankari, Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Philadelphia, PA, November 2013

“Climate, Cladding and Conditioning Systems (One Size Fits All),” presented with Russell Gilchrist, Technical Paper & Presentation, CTBUH World Congress, Shanghai, China, September 2012

“A Building Analytics Approach to Renovation and Expansion of a Higher Education,” ASHRAE High Performance Buildings Conference, March 1, 2012

“Balancing Energy, Air Movement, Daylight and Comfort in Atria in Tall Buildings,” CTBUH World Conference, Seoul, Korea, October 1, 2011


LEED Fellow, GBCI, Consulting Specifying Engineer