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Our office is organized as a studio practice. This approach challenges everyone in the office to produce at their highest potential and offers talented young designers an opportunity for a challenging apprenticeship in architecture. Maintaining a staff of approximately sixteen professionals, design teams work collaboratively in an open studio, coming together for investigative discussions and creative brainstorming.

Tom Lavin   Tom Lavin, AIA - President

Tom is President of Lavin Architects and oversees the general firm management, design control, cost control and construction administration. Since becoming a registered architect in 1978, Tom has provided architecture for large and medium size financial, medical, educational and governmental projects. He personally interviews and selects the proper consultants to team with the project architect and the client. His attention to detail has brought about a high percentage of repeat clients. He is involved in each project in every aspect.

John Jenkins   John Jenkins, AIA

John has been a part of Lavin Architects since March 1984 as a Project Architect and Project Coordinator. John's responsibilities include all phases of practice with emphasis on design development, construction documents and consultant coordination. John's extensive knowledge of construction gives him the ability to combine a high level of architectural detail with the most suitable engineering systems to ensure a successful project. His ability to create and maintain a schedule ensures a timely project delivery.

Sarah deGrood   Sarah deGrood, AIA

Sarah joined Lavin Architects in 1983. Her portfolio of built work includes museums, churches, schools, medical facilities, and commercial buildings. Sarah's experience spans all facets of architecture, from project planning to completion of construction. As a Licensed Interior Designer, she also involves herself with a project's details, making certain that all interior finishes meet a client's expectations.

Sheila Sims   Sheila Sims, AIA

Sheila began working in the architectural field in 1986. After receiving her degree from Texas A&M University in 1991, she quickly joined Lavin Architects where her experience is in all phases of construction from Schematic Design and Construction Documents to Construction Administration. She has years of experience with Higher Education clients and understands the process required to ensure a successful project.

Mark Phillips   Mark Phillips, AIA, LEED AP

Mark Phillips joined the team at Lavin Architects in 1990 after working in the architectural profession on the West Coast. He has extensive experience in educational, institutional, and commercial construction, and a thorough knowledge of the various building codes. Since he is a LEED accredited professional, he keeps up-to-date with the latest developments in sustainable building technology, energy efficient design, and building energy simulation.

David Nowell   David Nowell, AIA

Since beginning his architectural career in 1992, David has pursued excellence through his attention to detail and interaction with clients. His clarity of vision helps clients achieve the anticipated goals for their project. He joined the Lavin Architects team in June of 2001. Since then he has collaborated with numerous clients through all project phases including facility studies, bond planning, design, construction documents, and construction administration.

The Studio
Ryan Miller, AIA - Architect
Jon Gamel, AIA - Architect
Mike Boyett, AIA - Architect
Richard Sims - Project Manager
Gus Cortez - Architectural Intern
Will Holton - Architectural Intern
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