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 Eric 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
Deron Granville AIA
Deron hails from the great state of Maine. He has over twenty years of experience working as an architect and master planner and spent the better part of that time at the largest and most prominent independent architectural firm in Boston. He has helped design numerous award winning projects stretching across the country, from the beaches of California to the classrooms at MIT. Bringing with him extraordinary talent, knowledge and artistry, Deron is a welcome addition to our team. Did I mention his wicked sense of humor? After twenty-four years in New England, he and his wife made the trek out to Colorado, along with their two labs (Tyler & Gus). They are looking forward to hiking, camping and crushing as many 14ers as possible. Deron (AKA: The Setter of Lofty Goals) has also decided that he will complete his first 100 mile running race next year. Run Deron run!
Additional Credentials: Registered Architect in Massachusetts
Jonathan Wehri AIA NCARB LEED AP
Jonathan was born and raised in Billings, Montana, and earned his Master of Architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy where he was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal for Excellence. For almost two decades, he has worked for a variety of award-winning firms, designing projects in multiple different sectors. Building trust through hard work, honesty, and an intent inspired design process, he is a genuine, down to earth architect whose passion for the field is evident. He thrives on finding the opportunities that exist in every design challenge and finds success in cultivating teams to take advantage of them. The result is always the same: refined, elegant, and timeless solutions that exceed expectations from the client, the project team, and the end user. Jonathan’s extraordinary design acumen can be admired in large scale projects across the United States spanning from Washington to New Hampshire. He is helping to champion the expansion of Craine Architecture’s impact in cities across the continent and he is the perfect person for this role as not only has he designed projects across the country, but he has lived in nine states and visited forty-seven. As I type this, he is feverishly working to secure new passports for his family so they can start their next adventure together. If I have failed to make this evident, Jonathan loves to explore everything including cities, nature, and food! He embraces all the world has to offer and brings that same enthusiasm and curiosity to each client and their project.
Additional Credentials: Registered Architect in Washington and Pennsylvania
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
Greg Lemon LEED AP
With over thirty years of experience and having overseen projects worth billions of dollars in construction, Greg is a highly skilled and experienced Senior Project Manager. He holds three degrees: Bachelor of Environmental Design, Master of Business Administration and Master of Architecture, and has the mental agility to quickly solve problems, as well as the decades of field experience to find trusted solutions to the unique challenges of every project. He is confident leading large teams of architects and consultants on diverse project types, and he has extraordinary expertise in multi-family and hospitality developments. His handiwork can be seen in some of the most exclusive hotels and high end multifamily projects in Vermont, Idaho, Las Vegas, Wyoming, and Colorado. While he is unflappable and not overtly effusive, this restrained and perhaps even stoic presentation belies his bubbling sarcasm and quick-witted nature, as well as his thrill-seeking spirit. He has jumped out of an airplane (voluntarily) and navigated some of the most incredible white water rafting around including Hell’s Canyon, The Grand Canyon and The Middle Fork of the Salmon River. As if that is not enough, he has skied in Austria eight times and his brother happens to live in Switzerland, so there is probably a fair amount of adventure seeking left to do in Europe. Interestingly, despite his ability to win a stare down with Fear, he is intolerant of anyone attempting to use his driveway if it has snowed…something about having flipped his car a few years back and a 16% pitch…so that should let you know he is always looking out for others…yes, co-workers and clients included. He is intelligent, creative, humble and a total team player. Need I say more?
Additional Credentials: Registered Architect in Colorado
Pam Camargo RA
Pam graduated from the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and while enrolled, she also attended the Centre of Study of Urbanism in Saintes, France. She has twenty-five years of experience and has led project teams for a myriad of building types including sports stadiums, high rise towers and commercial spaces. She easily earns the respect of her clients, colleagues, and design teams as she is the type of Senior Project Manager who is confident in her experience and knowledge base, and the type of person who does not feel the need to overtly demonstrate that to you. Rather, she calmly leads and manages, and adeptly handles highly complex projects with the most demanding schedules without missing a beat. Pam is unique in that not only is she an exceptional architect and designer, but she also has years of experience working as an owner’s representative which enables her to effortlessly pivot perspectives when looking at a project through the lens of the architect and through that of the client. Her balanced approach allows her to drive a successful project that brings equal satisfaction to the owner, design team and community. Holding licenses in both Colorado and Texas, Pam is a transplanted Texan who set her sights on Colorado back in 2008 while on a family vacation. She and her husband, who is also an architect, had predictably followed in the footsteps of all design couples before them, and spent twenty years remodeling their beloved bungalow in Houston. Given this, it seemed unlikely that they would move. However, in 2017 they tossed the paint brushes, drywall spackle and the newest Design Within Reach catalogue and headed toward Colorado. They have been happily enjoying all that the beautiful Rocky Mountains have to offer since then with their two sons and two dogs. A happily ever tale? I believe so!
Additional Credentials: Registered Architect in Colorado and Texas
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
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
Kieran McGuire AIA NCARB LEED
Kieran currently heads up our Seattle office where he is typically enveloped in fog and clouds. He also spends an inordinate amount of time dodging rain drops while walking his sweet pup, Trax. Thus, it makes sense that he regularly travels back to Denver HQ to restore his Vitamin D levels. Kieran is a Colorado native (okay, since he was three!) earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Washington State University, before traversing the country and earning a Master of Architecture at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining our firm, Kieran helped design buildings across the country–from a loft in Manhattan to row houses in Washington. During his time with Craine, he has become a team and client favorite, as to each project, he brings a wealth of experience, incredible design capabilities and an unparalleled sense of humor. He doesn’t know this, but we refer to him as the Dan Levy of Craine (perhaps a little more understated with his fashion statements but an equal in terms of humor/snark/wit). If you are lucky enough to have him on your project team, you will be thrilled by his collaborative style, his attention to detail and his ability to make your face literally hurt from smiling and laughing. He is the embodiment of the firm’s cultural glue. Because I get to write what I want in these bios, I will also tell you that he and his lovely wife Sarah, are two of the most genuine, kind humans you will ever meet.
: Registered Architect in Washington
Raymond Dwyer AIA
Heading up our Chicago office, Raymond joined Craine after working in several large firms in the Midwest where he managed historic preservation, education, commercial and hospitality projects. He does have some roots closer to Denver, as he earned his Master of Architecture at the University of Kansas but was born and raised in Florida. Having worked in all phases of design, from code analysis to construction management, he is able to critically assess projects in various stages and proactively problem solve. Raymond is an intelligent, thoughtful team member whose warmth and sense of humor make him a wonderful addition to any project. A few fun facts: Raymond will put hot sauce on just about everything, except perhaps cookies. He has a fourteen-year-old colossal cat, Winston, who he sensitively describes as being “large in stature” for a feline. On the evenings and weekends, you are apt to find Raymond playing guitar and drawing or strolling about the city enjoying art, music, and restaurants. And as for future aspirations, he hopes to have a wicked case of carpel tunnel from drawing his heart out and needing hearing aids from attending decades worth of Tool, Mono and Opeth concerts. Yes, I had to look up two of those bands.
: Registered Architect in Illinois
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.
Keith Schmelzer AIA
Keith earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studied in Versailles (oui!) and earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado. While impressive, it is what he accomplished between these two degrees that sets Keith apart. He served five years in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division as a non-commissioned officer, and assisted in the planning and execution of over 100 combat missions. Keith is the kind of guy who faces difficulty head-on, with open arms and a knowing grin, saying, “BRING IT ON!” He carries that same enthusiasm to his architectural endeavors and is never complacent. In the world of design, he has worked as BIM manager, implemented office-wide standards, and settled for nothing less than the best when it came to improving the workflow and design execution of several area firms. You would be hard pressed to find a project type Keith hasn’t mastered and his praises have been sung at some of the best architectural studios in Denver. Are you still feeling a little sketchy on the details? Here are a few words to describe him: 1) Adaptable: while living in Iraq for two years he resided in one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces and an abandoned, post-apocalyptic Russian powerplant; 2) Well-traveled: his feet have landed in 35 states and in 18 countries on three continents and trust me, he still has ants in his pants and can’t wait for the next trip; 3) Organized: he is the guy who likes seriously complex video games that require hours of setup and spreadsheets (I guess we each have our own ideas of fun); 4) Observant: he is the guy who doesn’t feel the need to speak the loudest, instead he quietly determines where problems lie and develops solutions. So yes, this is exactly the guy you want working on your team and on your projects and protecting your six.
Additional Credentials: Registered Architect in Colorado
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.
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!
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?
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.
Swezya graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Minor in Ecological Planning & Development. Further, she participated in the Temple Rome Study Abroad program and also spent a summer at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen. She is an exceptionally driven and accomplished young designer who was the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship at Temple and who also received the Architecture Capstone Award. Despite being a recent graduate, Swezya is far from a neophyte in the field. She has worked as an architectural intern in three firms, researching design materials, collaborating with architects throughout all phases of project design, and modeling extraordinary projects. Swezya is a creative, humble, and knowledgeable woman who happily meets each challenge with a smile and sincere, boundless enthusiasm. Want to know some other fun facts about her? She was raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, and loves to explore different cultures through food (every week learning a new recipe from around the world). Her touch of wanderlust is evident not only in her culinary pursuits, but on her computer as well. On her home screen, you will find an image of the place that she is currently aspiring to visit. So far, she has hit every travel goal that has graced her computer, from enjoying the harbors of Copenhagen, to the pizzas of Rome. What is currently on her screen…an alleyway in Tokyo. Yes please! Let’s go!
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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