A New York native, Dan graduated from Colgate University and worked in the financial sector in Manhattan before engaging his passion for architecture through coursework at Harvard. This led him to Denver where he completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado. Dan is a member of Historic Denver’s Board of Trustees, a member of the Congress of New Urbanism, a member of the Arapahoe Square Design Advisory Board and an active member of AIA Denver’s Urban Design Committee. With over twenty years of architectural experience, Dan prides himself on stepping outside of the typical architectural role, blending practicality and beauty while being cognizant of the financial considerations of each project. Dan retains clients because of his team approach to project design and his ability to synthesize client feedback into a final project that offers a superior design aesthetic. When not at work, Dan coaches a youth baseball team and wastes his time waiting for the New York Jets to have a winning season.
Boards and Committees: Historic Denver Inc., Board of Trustees Downtown Denver Advisory Board Member National Western Center, Strategic Design Leadership (SADL) Committee Five Points Design Review Committee Arapahoe Square Design Advisory Board (past)
Additional Credentials: Licensed in Colorado, Arizona & Utah
Eric Bottenhorn AIA LEED AP
A New Englander, Eric earned his degree at Boston Architectural College and has over fifteen years of experience in the field of architecture. In Boston, Eric’s career began. He designed and managed numerous award winning projects throughout the country before moving to Colorado a decade ago. Outside of the office, Eric spends time with his family and pup, Brody. Additionally, Eric finds time to serve as a Planning Commissioner for the Town of Erie, Colorado. His political savvy, affable nature and incredible design capabilities make him an asset to any design team. While one may expect an abrasive demeanor from this Boston native, he is really wicked nice, especially when you support the Pats and Sox….and maybe drive him to the packie.
Boards and Committees: Town of Erie Planning Commission AIA Colorado Regional & Urban Design Committee
Additional Credentials: Licensed in Colorado
Brad Gassman AIA LEED AP
Hailing from Illinois, Brad hightailed it out of the Midwest, earning his Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, and his Master of Architecture from the University of Washington. The combination of his academic experience and international architectural studies has provided him with a depth of architectural knowledge and design capabilities. Brad has extensive experience in urban planning and worked for the city of Seattle in the Department of Planning and Development’s Urban Design office, helping craft a large scale urban design master plan for the Seattle Central Waterfront. Also while in Seattle, he honed his residential design talents while working at an award winning residential design firm. As if his pure design abilities weren’t enough, Brad is a true carnivore and considers Bacon to be a vegetable. Apart from vegetarians, who wouldn’t love that about him?
Boards and Committees: Summit Sky Ranch Design Review Board
Additional Credentials: Registered Architect in Colorado and Washington
After being raised all over the world, and settling for many years in Saudi Arabia, Orlando graduated from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture. His international experience translates into his open-minded approach to diverse design challenges. Orlando has years of experience in high end residential design, master urban planning and acoustics. He has designed exquisite projects and is a valued team member because of his attentiveness to the client, the project, and the design process. He also has an uncanny ability to pick the right NCAA brackets and is a foodie at heart.
Megan Veeneman RA
Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan before completing her Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado. Her experience in healthcare design, as well as higher education projects makes her an integral part of the design team at Craine Architecture. Megan has worked on high profile and renowned projects throughout the United States including projects on the medical campuses of Northwestern and Ohio State Universities. Her work on the Ohio State campus makes one wonder…Did this Wolverine sabotage the Buckeye design aesthetic?
Additional Credentials: Registered Architect in Colorado
Amy Graves AIA
Amy has over twenty-five years of experience in varied project types, from single family residential to mixed use and high-rise buildings. She came to Craine after working for several well-known architecture firms in Chicago and Denver. Amy specializes in large scale projects, specifically high-rise developments. She is respected for her ability to manage large project teams, work collaboratively and ensure that projects stay on schedule. By way of background, she was born and raised in Michigan, and completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at U of M. She is a full-on Wolverine, so don’t go talking smack about her team as she still has season football tickets (I am talking SERIOUS people!). A true hodophile, Amy has been on a quest to get to all 58 National Parks and all seven continents She has visited 16 National Parks and just returned from Peru and Bolivia; it’s fair to say she is making some good progress! If you see someone speeding past you, there is a good shot it is Amy, on her way to her next destination.
Boards and Committees: Member of AIA Colorado Architectural Advocacy Network Committee
Additional Credentials: Registered Architect in Colorado and Illinois
Boasting the most delightful name to say in our firm, Fong comes to Craine after years of experience in project design and master planning. His work has merited numerous awards and praise from the design community and he is known for his exquisite design capabilities, as well as his capacity to quickly solve complex design challenges. Fong earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin where he received numerous awards, scholarships and fellowships for his genuine talent. When not at work, Fong is frequently volunteering his time, working with the Hmong community here in Colorado and spending time with his family. What else does Fong do? Well, too many amazing things for us to mention here, but a quick overview: cooking, watching movies and avoiding caterpillars at all costs (They FREAK him out!). Yes, there is a Halloween prank in the works.
Boards and Committees: Arvada Olde Town Design Review Committee Arvada Land Development Code Advisory Committee
Joshua Homer AIA Leed AP BD+C
Josh graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis and earned his Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Subsequently, he spent twenty years living in Brooklyn and working in prestigious architectural firms, where his projects have been bestowed with numerous awards and showcased in magazines such as Architectural Record and Architect. He is an exceptionally talented and driven architect and one of the most grounded people you will meet. His easy-going and affable nature, coupled with his passion for quality control and maintaining excellence in all areas of work, make him a true team leader and an asset to any project. How does one retain such humility when overflowing with positive attributes? Perhaps it is due to being born and raised in Wisconsin, which just happens to also be the home state of our very own Fong Lee (also a humble overachiever). Outside of work, Josh enjoys urban biking (he cycles to the office daily, doing his part to clean up this Denver air), singing, baking cookies, swimming in the ocean, working with Excel spreadsheets, and doing yard work. Yes, those last two were a bit unexpected, but we like those plot twists, don’t we? So I have another. While he is not the most avid sports follower, he still managed to catch a foul ball in Chicago and sang the national anthem (with a group) at an MLB game in New York! I am going to start working on his singing debut at Coors Field. A musical architect in our midst. We fa la la love it!!
Additional Credentials: Registered Architect in New York
Peter Gozar AIA LEED AP
Peter graduated from Kent State University with two degrees: a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Architecture. He further developed an appreciation for diverse architecture while studying in Florence and living in Berlin. He has two decades of architectural experience and has earned the reputation of being a remarkable project manager. Delivering extraordinary designs, providing exceptional client service, and engaging in a solution focused manner are Peter’s defining characteristics as an architect. Highly organized and driven to reach or exceed expectations, he can effectively manage projects from early concept to construction administration. He is also community focused. Peter lives in the Five Points Neighborhood and has been active on the Curtis Park Historic Design Review Committee to ensure that the rich culture and history of this district continues to be honored and preserved. Outside of the office, he spends his time as a US Rowing Level 2 Coach with the Rocky Mountain Rowing club. He also enjoys spending time with his spouse and his two Golden Retrievers camping and enjoying all that the beautiful Rocky Mountains have to offer. While initially he may seem a bit reserved and quiet, just ask him one question about rowing and you will see an ENTIRELY different side of Peter.
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS: Registered Architect in Colorado
Max graduated with a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais. Afterward, he moved to Brasilia, the Capital of Brazil, where for years he successfully owned and operated an architectural firm that provided services primarily to different agencies of the Brazilian Government. He designed and coordinated a myriad of project types including courthouses, airports, museums, company headquarters, laboratories, hospitals, churches, schools and banks. It is from this early experience that Max is proud to say that he specializes in not having a specialty. In 2008, he moved to Colorado and joined a group of talented architects developing a variety of projects in the US, China and Africa. Max is an experienced, brilliant designer who is able to draw from his extensive project and cultural experiences during all phases of the design process. Outside of work, Max divides his time between his two great passions: The first–his family: His wife (who has an inexhaustible number of hobbies), his son (who is on his way to becoming an architect, much to his father’s pride and concern) and his daughter (who has a great talent for swimming, which led Max to become a Swimming Official to better understand and accompany her in the meets). Max’s second passion is Flamengo, a a soccer team in Rio de Janeiro which Max considers to be the most important football (let’s use the proper name) team in the world. Being keenly aware of the scale of his admiration for this team, Max has, thus far, kept the office football discussions on the downlow…but I am thinking the dam is going to break and I am just waiting to hear him scream, “GOOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!” and run around the office with his arms out at some random point during the day after his team scores. Heck, maybe he will even do it at the completion of his next project?
Melanie Wood NCARB
After completing Denmark’s International Study Program where she focused on urban planning and 20th century development of Danish cities Melanie graduated Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her Master of Architecture with High Distinction at the University of Michigan. With almost a decade of experience in planning, design and project management, Melanie comes to Craine by way of the Lone Star State where she worked predominantly on multifamily and mixed-use projects. She is highly focused and attentive, while simultaneously able to sustain a macroscopic view of a project and its context. Outside of the office, Melanie spends time with her terrier mix, Eleanor, and you are apt to find her cooking, hiking or enjoying some science fiction. A little fact about Melanie…she was born in England and aspires to, one day, own an English narrowboat and travel the rivers of the world. Bloody brilliant, if you ask me!
Boards and Committees: Downtown Denver Partnership – Leadership Program (2019)
Additional Credentials: LEED Green Associate Registered Architect in Texas
Sapna Patel LEED AP BD+C
Sapna was born in the “Greatest Country in America”… Texas. Yes, she has a great sense of humor. She graduated from The University of Texas-Austin with her Bachelor of Architecture and has spent the last fifteen years honing her craft; five of those years were spent in construction. Sapna has helped to design and manage numerous hospitality projects including luxury hotels, resorts, and restaurants spanning the country from Hawaii to Washington DC. She has additional design and management experience in industrial, multi-family, commercial, civic and education projects. While she has a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience on which to draw, she is never complacent and always looking to improve—improve her skill set, improve her projects, and improve the process by which her team functions. She is the type of architect who works tirelessly to deliver a completed project that makes the client, the team and the community delighted and appreciative of her efforts. So now we are clear on what an exceptional architect she is, what else should you know about her? Well, her twenty-year-old truck may be her most prized possession and it delivered her safely from California to Denver with only one breakdown in Las Vegas. Hey, at least it picked a fun stop! Sapna adores dogs, and has a rescue pup, Archie. She also loves nerf guns (YAY!), nature, horses, hiking, camping and making extravagant meals with her partner. Her dislikes—only two: wasabi and heavy metal music. Raymond, I think this may be a direct challenge…do you accept? As for future aspirations, Sapna would love to backpack in Alaska while gallivanting amongst the bears (I assume with bear spray in hand). She also hopes to travel through Nepal and Bhutan, as well as go on safari in Africa. *Cue Wizard of Oz music* Bears and Mt. Everest and zebras….oh my!
Joe Mendoza II
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, Joe spent a year in the Rome Studies program, which emphasized traditional building techniques, as well as urban planning and design. After graduation, he worked for nearly a decade in Santa Barbara, most recently as a Job Captain focused on high end residential and boutique resort projects. While he certainly shows reverence to classical architectural design, he is adept at blending traditional elements with modern concepts into a cohesive and timeless project. How does this polished designer express his wild Roman side? Well, for his 21st birthday he had a toga party in Rome and delivered a speech in front of the Pantheon. Now that is out of his system, he opts for more understated enjoyments, such as snowboarding, engaging in CrossFit, and cheering on the Fighting Irish. When he is feeling particularly pensive, you may find him lounging in a hammock with his kitten (Luna), daydreaming about snagging a ride in the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival. Need a co-pilot for the next dirigible gala in New Mexico? Joe is your man.
Delaney Rockwell RA
Delaney was born and raised in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and is a hardcore Boston sports fan. Do I even need to mention the football team by name anymore? She graduated with high honors from the University of Colorado, with a Bachelor degree in Environmental Design and an emphasis in Architecture. While enrolled, she completed a study abroad program in Denmark, where one of her projects was published. Yep, she is setting the bar high for the rest of us. She comes to CA already with a wealth of experience in the field, having worked on a variety of developments including high end residential and commercial projects. When dragged away from the office, you will find Delaney happily skiing in the mountains, and in search of good lobster and clam chowder–You can take the woman out of Maine, but you cannot take Maine out of the woman! As an aside, she now has what might be the most adorable Bernese Mountain Dog you have ever seen!
Additional Credentials: Registered Architect in Colorado
After calling Lafayette, Louisiana his home since birth, Benjamin and his fiancé recently relocated to Denver. Undoubtedly, his home state was despondent upon his departure, as Benjamin is not only affable and intelligent, but he is driven and passionate about the field of architecture. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Louisiana State University, where he was also awarded the Distinguished Communicator Medal and AIA Henry Adams Certificate. Additionally, while at LSU, he studied abroad in London and Rome. His love for timeless design and appreciation for a variety of cultures was perhaps cemented by his additional travels to Argentina, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands…okay, you get the picture. Benjamin’s love of music, coupled with his apparent need to be an overachiever has resulted in musical proficiency with the following instruments: piano, guitar, ukulele and djembe (Yes, I had to look that up too). When he meanders away from the office, you may find him kayaking, camping or hiking all the while crafting a plan to skydive over the Alps in Switzerland. I wonder if he will attempt to skydive while playing a musical instrument? I can totally see that.
Additional Credenials: Registered Architect in Colorado
Born and raised in New Jersey, Cory came to Craine after earning his Master of Architecture at the Wentworth Institute of Technology College of Architecture/Design. While in school, he was a Merit Scholarship recipient and Design Excellence award winner. Further, he was nominated for the Mies Crown Hall America’s prize and has already had some of his exquisite photography published. Cory has worked in a variety of architectural firms and has experience with high-end and multifamily residential projects. In his free time, you will likely find him snapping photos, skiing, riding his mountain bike or searching for the perfect NY style bagel. Fun fact about Cory, he was a sponsored DH racer! So all you hikers using mountain bike paths…watch your six!
Andrea was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, known as the “Center and Heart of Puerto Rico.” What a fitting name for the place of her birth, as Andrea is a kind, lovely soul who is also exceedingly talented and certainly adds to the heart of this firm. Prior to beginning college, Andrea enrolled in a summer architectural program at the University of Puerto Rico, as this is a woman who knows what she wants and is driven to achieve her goals. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Design with a minor in sustainability at Arizona State University and then received her Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado-Denver. Having spent the last half decade honing her design skills in all phases of design, she is capable of handing a project from start to finish, or enthusiastically jumping in at any point in the design and/or construction process. While some architects are not actually fond of mathematics, Andrea was born with incredible numerical abilities and at the age of 12 won the Human Calculator competition! Other interesting tidbits: She loves unique, well designed stairs, as well as piping hot coffee, home cooked meals and her cat (Princess Bean Bag). Andrea dislikes celery and whales…but loves sheep and one day hopes to retire on a sheep farm in New Zealand. While I understand the celery aversion (as that is a polarizing vegetable), I shall investigate this disinterest in whales….there has to be a good story there!
Caleb attended NYU and has studied not only architecture but engineering as well. He ultimately decided to pursue a career in architecture as it enabled him to utilize and synthesize his adoration of engineering, design, and mathematics. He is a quiet overachiever who is observant and highly efficient. Prior to joining our team, he spent several years as an architectural intern working on a myriad of projects up and down the Front Range. However, before he even dove into the deep end of design, he worked in construction, and it was that experience which cultivated Caleb’s exceptional ability to easily pivot between conceptual design and practical implementation in the field. His attention to detail, and ability to focus on the minutia while retaining an appreciation for the larger design concept makes him a true treasure of a designer. Furthermore, Caleb is a warm, genuine person who has a strong sense of personal responsibility, and who shines as a team member as he is always striving to improve–improve himself, the team, and the project. He is one of the two Colorado natives at Craine and true to form, he loves what this wonderful state has to offer: skiing, golfing, four wheeling, camping and breweries! He is also a Pizza connoisseur (probably a lingering NYC trait) and is on the hunt for Denver’s best pizza–so if you have suggestions, he is all ears! When he wanders away from the office, you are apt to find him lingering downtown around the Denver Art Museum, which is one of his favorite spots in the city. I cannot recall any stellar pizza in that area, but if it exists. Caleb will surely find it and then he will probably figure out the best way to engineer and design the Pi…I mean pie.
Seton earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture at the Savannah College of Art & Design and received his Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado. He has worked at a variety of award-winning architecture firms in both Denver and Seattle. He is a talented designer with a kind, calm demeanor, and artistic capabilities beyond his years. Seton was born in Arizona and raised largely outside of Dallas. Since then, he has lived in Georgia, Colorado, and Washington, and he considers this trifecta to be “home.” If he were not an architect, Seton is relatively certain he would have been a pilot, perhaps so he could jet set between his three favorite states? He adores large, exotic house plants but truthfully, he has a place in his heart for all flora, so it is possible you will find him in a perfectly content and meditative state wandering the botanic gardens. What is the one thing that can send this tranquil designer over the edge? Red mulch. He detests it and I don’t believe there is anyone who could (or even try) to convince him why it would ever make sense to place such an artificial looking material in a beautiful outdoor space. Maybe the same people who make pink, iridescent fish gravel?
Gosha is a wonderful, vibrant addition to our team. She was born in the historic and beautiful city of Krakow, Poland. It was here that her love for art and architecture emerged, after trips to the museum with her mother when she was a small girl. As a young adult, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Las Vegas Nevada and her Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver. During her academic pursuits, she also studied abroad in Rome. Since that time, she has immersed herself in the field. From code analysis to construction documentation, she has worked in all phases of design. Gosha is an energetic, extroverted designer who enjoys asking questions to ensure she understands what is being requested of her, as well as to discern if there are other design options that could be pursued to improve upon the concept and design of each project she touches. She is a problem solver, and open to creative solutions. This is not only an aspect of architecture on which she thrives, but also the reason she rock climbs and boulders. She is always looking for the new, challenging path forward, and willing to consider alternative routes to get her to the finish line—smiling start to finish! Some other fun facts, Gosha loves cows, and after she retires hopes to have a small herd of her own which she can care for in her tiny house in the woods, sipping her cappuccino and enjoying a decadent piece of chocolate…but no mint in that chocolate…she considers that to be blasphemous!
We have another humble overachiever in our midst! Ritah earned her Bachelor of Arts at Lehigh University, and her Master of Architecture at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She was awarded the George Gorbatenko Fellowship in 2020, which is given to a student who demonstrates an interest in housing, urban design or sustainable design, community, and cultural engagements. She also received an Honorable Mention with Distinction from the Minnesota Architectural Foundation in 2021 which recognized her as an exemplary architectural student during her final year of her master’s program. Despite having recently graduated, Ritah has an impressive experience base as she has worked as a teaching assistant for numerous college courses, as a design intern, and as an architectural research intern, studying the use of artificial intelligence in architectural practice. Ritah was born and raised in Rukungiri, Uganda (where her tribe is based). While she does not to get to see her mother as often as she would like, on of her aspirations is to collaborate with her mother on a community architectural project back in Uganda. What else does this gracious, intelligent, creative woman have planned? Well, she hopes to visit parts of Africa that she has yet to explore. First on the list—Benin! My bag is already packed in hopes that she will want a travel companion.
A Detroit native, Kristy moved to Colorado for graduate school. She earned her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Denver, practiced for over fifteen years, and then jumped ship. She functions as the General Manager of Craine Architecture, but secretly her goal at the firm is to have a satellite office opened in Michigan and help resurrect Downtown Detroit. Go Lions- Restore the roar!
While having lived in Denver for almost three decades, Andrea hails from Happy, Texas. Yes, that is the name of the town, not a descriptor of the state. She earned her accounting degree from CU Denver. Andrea has been a fixture in the accounting, marketing and administrative aspects of design firms in Denver for over a decade and there is nothing this virtuoso cannot do when it comes to keeping a business running seamlessly. Andrea spends her free time with her family and two dogs, and you are apt to find her outside camping, 4-wheeling, or just soaking up some rays of sunshine.
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