CBS Fiji bio excerpts (circa January, 2007):
"Sylvia Kwan was born in Hong Kong, where she lived for
eight and a half years before moving with her parents and
five siblings to Los Angeles. After graduation from high
school, she relocated to the Bay Area where she received her
Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Architecture degree
from the University of California at Berkeley.
Kwan is the founder and Chairman of a renowned
architectural firm located in San Francisco. As Chairman,
she is responsible for strategic planning and development
for her award-winning firm. She has resided as the Board
Chair of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and currently
serves on the board of a number of Bay Area non-profit and
for-profit boards. She is also a Fellow of the American
Institute of Architects. Kwan is especially proud of
designing the interiors of Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T
Park), home of the San Francisco Giants.
Kwan describes herself as creative, energetic and
determined, and according to her husband, holds the
unofficial title of “Ultimate Consumer.” In her
spare time, Kwan plays tennis, skis, hikes and plays golf.
She’s also happy that she finally learned how to swim,
because it was sink or swim as a Survivor contestant. Kwan's
never met an exercise routine she didn’t like, keeping
in shape with Pilates, yoga, Tai Chi, and any new type of
gym equipment introduced.
Kwan resides in Marin County with her husband of 26 years,
Denis Henmi. They are currently building their dream house,
a mid-century modern creation that was inspired by years of
designing homes for their clients. Kwan and Henmi have two
children, Drew, 18 and Derek, 15. Kwan was born on August