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
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!
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
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
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.
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?
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!
Mario graduated from the University of Houston’s Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture with a Bachelor in Architecture and a minor in Construction Management. He recently relocated to Denver and prior, had been working for a large firm in Chicago where he helped design a base wide master plan for the Naval Facilities in Great Lakes, Illinois. Mario worked on several large scale projects including those with the Metra Commuter Rail and the South Air Traffic Control Tower at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. With extensive BIM experience, Mario has unparalleled attention to detail and a depth of understanding of each project which he is readily able to communicate with team members. In an act of sheer bravery, Mario moved to Denver by driving (non-stop!) from Chicago, with his wife, two children, three dogs, and a car in tow.
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?
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
Barrett Koczkur NCARB
We have another Michigander in our midst! Barrett’s mother taught Michigan history and his father was an attorney whose office was in downtown Detroit. It was there that his love of city life was born…Yes, this can happen people…Detroit isn’t all bad! Barrett was lured to Colorado by way of graduate school; he earned his Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado, Denver. For the past decade, Barrett has been influencing the design of a host of buildings throughout Colorado, including several large scale medical centers and hospitals which hopefully you will admire only from afar. No matter the size, Barrett is able to handle each project with great expertise and he brings with him design capabilities well beyond his years. Outside of the office, Barrett and his wife volunteer for an organization that helps homeless youth in Denver, which is where they met! They have two children, and a rescue pup…the combination of which keep them on their toes.
Additional Credentials: Licensed in Colorado
Lauren Vogl NCARB
Lauren earned her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Arkansas and while there, she completed a study abroad program in Rome. It was this stint in Italy’s capital that sparked her love of cities. She earned her Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed her Masters Design Study in Berlin which focused on the re-stitching of urban fabric along the once divided city. She brings with her a great deal of international experience, having worked in India, China, Berlin and Texas (I am rather certain they believe they are their own country). She has extensive experience in both architectural and urban design projects. As if that is not enough, Lauren brings with her some serious soccer skills and is a competitive athlete. She is remarkably outgoing, and loves developing and maintaining her friendships. If you happen to have a moment with her, you should certainly ask about that little incident she had on the Nile…Yep, I am going to keep you guessing.
Boards and Committees: Engineering Ministries International: Board Member DDP Leadership Program (2018) 5280 DIFW Fellowship 2020
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.
Brandon Rutledge NCARB
Brandon was raised on a ranch in Texas, and has the distinction of being the first Team Roper on staff at Craine Architecture. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture at Texas Tech, and his Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado. Along the way, he furthered his studies in Montreal, Berlin, and Rome. He has almost a decade of experience in the field of architecture, and has already left his mark on beautifully designed buildings throughout Colorado. When he steps out of the world of design, you may find Brandon enjoying a myriad of outdoor activities with his lovely wife. You are also apt to find him hanging with his dog (Mr. Hank), volunteering at UCD as a Studio Guest Reviewer, or cooking up a storm–sans celery…no ants on a log for this guy, he isn’t a fan of the crispy green veg.
Additional Credentials: Licensed in Colorado
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: Licensed in Colorado
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!
Olivia earned her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, graduating with honors and distinction. During her college career, she earned a myriad of awards including the Master’s Project Alumni Award and has even had her work displayed in museums! After college, Olivia dove into the professional world of architecture working for an architectural firm in Lafayette where she helped develop astonishing designs. She is an extraordinary and multifaceted talent, well beyond her years and we love having her here at CA. When at home, you will find Olivia and her husband crafting future travel plans; top on their list-Germany (where Olivia’s parents met) and Portugal (she is half Portuguese!). As if her design talents were not enough, she is a musical wiz as well, having played drums for three years and piano for eight! Yes, we are absolutely starting a band.
Kristina was born in London, lived briefly in Texas, and spent much of her early life in Kansas. Having an apparent aversion to mediocrity, she has excelled in all her endeavors thus far. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University, where she earned her BS in Mathematics and Studio Art with a minor in Art History. She earned her Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado and was awarded the Reindel Study Abroad Memorial Scholarship for Study in Rome. You see the pattern here? Despite being a recent graduate, she has already had a great deal of experience with well respected architecture firms in Denver. Kristina brings her exceptional work ethic and boundless energy to each project. Her design capabilities and extraordinary design aesthetic make her an excellent team member and a valued part of this firm. When she steps away from her computer, you find her pouring her energy into her other interests, including her pup Roscoe and her cat, Burt. She also adores baking, designing stationary and living the Colorado life (read: skiing, drinking craft brews, camping, and hiking). Having a touch of wanderlust, she aspires to visit Singapore, Turkey, Japan, and Morocco, as well as eat in a three-star Michelin restaurant. Dominique Crenn, could you please make room at a table for Kristina? Seems a perfect place for one female pioneer to welcome another.
Jenny Kivett AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Jenny earned her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Architecture at the University of Kansas and spent nine years working as a professor at four Universities. Do you remember when you were younger, trying to learn a new concept and then you had to explain it to your best friend who didn’t get it, and then somehow you were struck by how you all of a sudden understood it better? Yes, that is what teaching can do…it elevates your game. Jenny brings that with her in spades. In addition, she has worked at several Denver-area architectural firms and has experience in varied project types including residential, commercial, and academic developments. She is an uncommon blend of unbridled enthusiasm for the field of architecture, combined with a pragmatic approach to design and problem solving, sprinkled with incessant percolating intellectual drive all of which culminate in her ability to develop extraordinary projects. She is unflappable, as well as unstoppable, and will work above and beyond to ensure that each project she touches is the most exceptional product for the client and the end user. You may be wondering, has this woman of such great talent been recognized for her achievements? Of course she has. She has she has won the NCARB Prize, the AIA Education Honor Award, The Wood Design Award, and the Charles E Peterson Prize. If all this award winning and teaching has you concerned that Jenny is a stuffy person who lacks fun in her life you would be WRONG. She has an infectious laugh, is a serious sports fan (as in her dog is named after the second basketball coach at KU-Phog) and she has been on two different reality TV shows. Furthermore, she is a chef in training and aspires, one day, to attend culinary school. For now, we will hide her cookbooks and kitchen utensils in hopes that she stays with architecture for a while longer.
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!
Allie was born in Russia (da!) and raised outside of Philadelphia. She graduated Cum Laude from Hobart & William Smith Colleges, where she also won the Senior Architecture Award before she skipped town and headed to the University of Oregon. There, she earned her Master of Architecture and continued her intercontinental education, studying in Demark, Finland and Sweden at the Design Institute Scandinavia. While some may consider her to be a neophyte in the field as she just graduated, let us not confuse circumstance with character. Allie has already collaborated on K-12 school projects and was chosen to present to the Shakiras Pies Descalzos Foundation for her school design submission. Allie is the type of person who dives headfirst into a challenge with wide-eyed enthusiasm. Need more proof? She rode her bike across America. Yes, whereas most of us consider 30 minutes of cardio a challenge, she went big. There is no quit in her. So aside from biking, what does she like to do in her free time? Well, she loves to surf (Shane help her find some water!), travel (thank goodness she can bike her way to the nearest ocean), camp (phew, we have that here!), and run (she is hard-core marathon type person which I am guessing is related to her Philly roots). She recently got herself a co-pilot, a sweet pup named Hayes, so keep an eye out for this dynamic Denver duo. Perhaps my favorite Allie fact, she loves a good pun or dad joke. So yes, the juxtaposition of loving to go big, but also loving the small stuff…that is quintessential Allie Rubin.
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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