We combine the creative and innovative insights of design with the pragmatic, systemic, and strategic business skills required for the planning, development and management of architecture, real estate, and cities. 

Founding Principal


Wolfgang Wagener PhD, AIA, RIBA

Wolfgang Wagener is the founder of WOWA WEST.  He draws upon 25 years of international leadership experience as partner with Foster + Partners, architect with Richard Rogers Partnership, and as corporate real estate executive and Director of Sustainable Cities at Cisco. His architecture, real estate and innovation expertise includes the strategic planning, design and development of Apple Park, Cisco's Connected Workplace and Connected Cities programs, and Berlin's Potsdamer Platz for Daimler-Benz and Sony.  His transdisciplinary background places him in the unique position of being able to cross-pollinate best practices from both professional practice and client leadership sides. Wolfgang Wagener graduated with a PhD in Architecture and Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Additionally, he earned an Advanced Management Development Degree in Real Estate from Harvard Graduate School of Design in collaboration with the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects.  


Strategic Partners

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John S. Sorcinelli, AIA, RIBA

John S. Sorcinelli brings 30 years of international planning and design management experience to WOWA WEST. He is the founder of Design Source Studios, a California planning, architecture and engineering practice. Based in London, he worked for over a decade with Richard Rogers Partnership for clients including Lloyds of London, Burroughs-Wellcome, and The National Gallery in London. His broad international architectural experience combines with strong engineering grounding to bring innovative and pragmatic design solutions to your project. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects.


The Morley Bros.

The Morley Bros. are Silicon Valley based real estate developers, investors and advisors specializing in urban development, investment and navigation of the increasingly complex local regulatory environment. They stand at the intersection of land use, public policy and politics in Silicon Valley. Their team has played a leading role in many of the region’s largest, most complex and high profile residential, commercial, corporate campus, mixed-use and economic development projects in Silicon Valley. WOWA WEST strategically partners with The Morley Bros. on projects throughout Silicon Valley.

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Leslie Erganian

Leslie Erganian directs media relations and communications for WOWA WEST.  Before joining our team, she contributed to the production of numerous feature films and television series as writer and correspondent for NBC, Discovery and Hallmark, and as designer for clients including Warner Bros., Dreamworks, MTV, PBS and Showtime. She earned her MFA in Performing Arts at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television, and in Fine Art from the University of Illinois School of Art + Design. Her artwork is in the permanent collections of the Xerox Corporation and the California Museum of Photography.