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Architect: Field Architecture | Photography: Joe Fletcher

From New England to California to Hawaii

In 2019, the Boston-based technology design firm System 7 merged with San Francisco-based Marchand Wright to create the nation’s premier residential technology design practice.

Together, we collaborate with leading design and construction professionals on residential projects across the nation, supporting our clients with offices in Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

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  • 250+ Design Projects
  • $100M+ Total in Home Technology Budgets
  • 2M+ Square Feet
  • $15M+ Saved through thoughtful value engineering

Our Team

We are a tight-knit group that includes trained architects, engineers, designers, and technical gurus. We approach each new project through a design-first lens, and believe technology should augment the beauty of a space and never distract from it, while remaining reliable and intuitive to use.

Gerard Lynch

Bio

President

Having devoted the first part of his career to open standards software development, Gerard set his sights on another industry entangled with proprietary technologies after his patented software designs were acquired by Symantec in 2002.  He saw a growing need for home technology solutions that would involve less integration complexity, system downtime, and homeowner frustration.  And thus System 7 was born.  

Today, System 7’s clients embrace the firm’s philosophy that a technology design should not be measured in terms of bits, bytes, or watts.  It should be measured by its simplicity, its reliability, and its beauty.

With this guiding mantra, System 7 has grown to become one of the nation's leading experts in residential technology design and implementation.

Ashley Jacobson

Bio

VP of Design

Twelve years ago, Ashley brought a fresh perspective to the technology integration market with her newly minted Masters Degree in Architecture from Wentworth.

Ashley quickly helped System 7 evolve from being an audio / video installer to becoming a trusted designer of lighting, controls, and shades for the Boston design community.  

Ashley lives on the north shore of Boston with her husband and young son where they enjoy all forms of outdoor living, including time together on their boat in Newburyport and with family in Maine.

Scott Marchand

Bio

VP of Sales

Scott has collaborated with the country's leading architects, designers, and contractors while working and living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hawaii, La Jolla, Aspen, and Vail.

Scott has worked with sophisticated clients and design professionals on some of the most beautiful homes and most advanced residential technology systems in the country.

Additionally, Scott's experience as a small business owner has helped him maintain a very practical approach to technology and budgets. This refined experience, combined with a real-world approach, allows Scott to relate to homeowners and their design teams.

Jason Wright

Bio

VP of West Coast Operations

Jason has been in the consumer technology industry for over a decade. He has worked with many of the recognized leaders in technology, including executives from companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, and others.

Jason excels at explaining the pros and cons of technology in simple layman's terms. He also specializes in guiding homeowners and construction professionals through the complex technology buying process.

Jason has developed unique software that helps homeowners visualize scope and budget, helping them to design their own system(s) in a single meeting.

Dusty Mendes

Bio

Senior Consultant

Dusty has a BS/BA dual degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Diego. After graduating, he spent eight years under at the preeminent design consultancy, RLS where Dusty designed commercial technology infrastructure for top Bay Area companies and institutions including Genentech, Square, NASA Ames, SFGH, GAP, Index Ventures, Brocade & the University of San Francisco.

In 2014, Dusty joined Marchand Wright & Associates. His move from commercial into high-end residential was motivated by a love of the artful integration of technology into architecture. Dusty has since worked on 160+ projects with world-class project partners including Walker Warner Architects, Olson Kundig, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Montalba Architects, Arcanum, Douglas Durkin, Nicole Hollis, Redhorse, and DowBuilt.

Dusty lives in San Francisco with his wife, Alyxe, and daughter, Poppy.

Bill Bowen

Bio

Senior Consultant

Bill joined System 7 with 20+ years working in architecture & construction firms, including notable Southern California firms Belzberg Architects & Winters Schram Associates. His work spans from New York, Colorado, California, Hawaii to Shanghai.

Specializing in architectural design solutioning & implementation, he is passionate about innovative efficient design and maintaining architectural design intent throughout the design & construction process.