Alex Watkins has been a part of the Visualizations team at VCBO since 2018. As a BIM Technician, she collaborates with a variety of architectural teams at the firm to produce high-caliber renderings that are representative of each stage of design and the overall feeling that the client desires. Alex focuses on evoking a feeling of place and human relations through each rendering. She uses creative lighting, landscaping and interior elements to reveal the story to each viewer. She has a BS in Architecture from the University of Utah and intends on furthering her education with a Masters in Architecture.
Alison Musch, Assoc. AIA
Alison is a part of the Architectural Team at VCBO, since joining the firm in 2019. She graduated with a Master of Architecture from Tulane University in 2013 and has since been working in commercial architecture. She has worked with many project types, including industrial, retail and education. She has extensive experience in programming and planning, detailing and coordination, and is a strong communicator. She strives to bring function, as well as beauty, to each project that she touches.
Annelise Payne has been a part of the Visualization team at VCBO since October 2019. A Utah native, Annelise graduated with a BS degree in Industrial Design from Western Washington University in 2019 with an emphasis in material and textile design. Annelise believes architecture should be, first and foremost, sustainable, congruous with nature and inviting to all species that may inhabit it. At VCBO, Annelise uses computer modelling to envision future spaces as photorealistic realities and ethereal conceptualizations. Her background in industrial design and active imagination inspire her to create compelling narratives that explore the intersection between our built world, nature and the people who inhabit it.
Braden Wolthius, RN, MSN, ACNP-C
Braden graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s Degree of architecture in 2007 and has worked in the healthcare field as a nurse / nurse practitioner since 2008. His education combined with his experience has allowed him to gain a sound understanding of how medical planning and architectural design of healthcare facilities affect patient recovery, safety and outcomes. Braden joined VCBO Architecture as a healthcare architectural intern / medical planner in 2019, and continues to learn and expand his knowledge of architectural design. He believes that through better design of healthcare facilities it is possible to make a positive, essential impact on the efficiency and efficacy of medical staff, as well as provide healing environments that are beautiful, stimulating and assist patients with healing physically and mentally.
Brian Peterson, Assoc. AIA
As an associate with VCBO Architecture for more than 10 years, Brian has managed many different projects of varying scale from $500,000 to $80+ million for the firm with a focus on K – 12 and recreation projects. Brian prides himself on visualizing the client’s needs in forward-thinking, yet affordable and constructable ways; his strengths lie in creating dynamic design through collaboration efforts, empowering everyone involved: owner, stakeholders, contractor and end users. Sharing a deep passion for beautiful yet efficient design, Brian’s ability to plant positivity and creativity that becomes an infectious energy that carries through the entire project for a great experience for everyone involved providing the best final outcome possible.
Brittanee Butterfield, Assoc. AIA
Prior to joining the architectural team at VCBO in 2016, Brittanee received a Master of Architecture from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Mathematics from Westminster College. At VCBO she has primarily worked on the higher education team, contributing to the success of buildings at the University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University and Dixie State University. She has also worked on several office building projects including buildings for doTERRA’s worldwide campus and Jacobsen Construction Headquarters. She is an advocate for sustainable building design, 21st century learning environments and collective problem solving. Brittanee is a Utah native and is actively pursuing professional licensure.
Carlos Liñan, LEEDAP
Carlos is a project manager and medical planner with 15 years of experience in the industry. Carlos has worked on several types of projects, from hospitality to religious buildings and possesses significant experience in large and complex healthcare facilities. He is responsible for the master planning, design, medical planning and medical equipment coordination with different specialties, and he is known for being incredibly detailed and knowledgeable in the design of medical spaces. Carlos is recognized as a liaison with physicians, nurses, administrators and other employees. With new medical technologies evolving every day, Carlos believes that architecture has an enormous influence in the patient-caregiver experience. He is an advocate of creating an environment that facilitates the caregiver’s workflow, patient’s healing process, family comfort and employee satisfaction.
Casey Sinner, AIA
Casey is a licensed architect who has been in the field of architecture since 2009 and received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah. While at the University of Utah, Casey participated in the Design Build Bluff program and enjoyed the hands-on design and construction experience. Not only is Casey well versed in 3D visualization, graphic design and building information modeling, but his technical skills include Revit, AutoCAD, Sketchup and the Adobe Creative Suite. Casey has a passion for creative problem solving, taking great pleasure in watching the realization of his work.
Charlotte holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Utah. She has been working in the architectural field since 2011 and is currently pursuing professional licensing. Her passion is people, especially young ones. She strives to design spaces that impact and better people’s lives through health, healing and education. Her technical skill set includes proficiency in Revit, SketchUp, CAD and digital graphics. Charlotte enjoys collaborating on new solutions that respect and reflect the vision of the users while bringing innovation into all that she is part of.
Corey Bowman, AIA
Corey’s passion is understanding how we navigate space and using this knowledge to design simple solutions to the complex problems found within the built environment. This has been evident throughout his career, from 2005 as a young Installation Artist and Museum Designer, to today as an experienced architect. Corey’s formal education consists of art school at Brigham Young University followed by studying architecture at the University of Utah. He is particularly skilled in project management tasks including design, quality control, contract administration and team management. Corey has worked on a variety of building typologies with his talents contributing to the success of many projects including K-12 schools, historic preservation, museums and religious architecture.
Daniel joined VCBO in 2019 after completing his Master of Architecture degree at the University of Utah. He has found a home on the healthcare team, where he has been able to work on varying sizes and scopes of projects. Daniel enjoys the design process and is passionate about creating spaces that are environmentally and socially sustainable. Prior to his career in architecture, Daniel earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Utah State University. He also spent over 10 years working in the fields of sports broadcasting and recreation. These experiences instilled in him the importance of organization, teamwork and communication, tools that he has fostered and carried over into the design process.
Since 2019, David has worked in a variety of capacities in VCBO’s St. George office. Among these are project administration, drafting in Revit, community relations, event planning and executing daily office operations. He enjoys the opportunity to use both sides of his brain through differing roles that call for organization and creativity. He believes that detailed communication and organization play pivotal roles in the success of any project; as such, he strives to maintain those in his work. He contends that people feeling valued through attentive communication and gratitude is vitally important—in projects and in life.
Eric is a member of the architectural team at VCBO and is currently working with the K – 12 design team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Utah in 2007 and has worked in a number of other sectors including finance and hospitality. Eric is excited to draw from his diverse experiences and bring a unique perspective to the process of design and collaboration with others.
George Ziegler, AIA
George has been with VCBO Architecture since 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Upon graduation, George was awarded the Architecture Faculty Award which is awarded to a select number of students in the graduating class who demonstrate exceptional all-around capacity and promise for a successful career in architecture. During his time at Rensselaer, George was awarded a minor in Electronic Media Arts with a focus on 3D animation. He has primarily worked on the education K–12 team during his time at VCBO Architecture and is currently pursuing professional licensure.
Haiying is a native of Bejing, China, and attended the esteemed school of architecture, Tsinghua University. Following her time there, she graduated with a Master of Architecture with honors from the University of Mexico in Mexico City. As one of the pioneering architects who introduced AutoCAD to Mexico, Haiying spent a significant amount of time teaching AutoCAD in colleges and private companies prior to her immigration to the United States. She believes that the connection to nature is crucial in architectural design. By utilizing natural light and materials in indoor spaces, we can provide healthier, happier and more productive built environment. This design criteria is reflected in doTerra Distribution Center, we provided views, sunlight and brought natural plants into the building.
Hokulani Ching, AIA
Hoku has worked in the field of architecture since 2009, with a particular emphasis on the design of educational spaces. She has experience working on various higher education and K-12 projects, including James D. MacConnell Award finalist Farmington High School. Hoku is passionate about creating spaces that enhance lives and communities and is adept at coordinating user visions and goals with functional and technical details. She serves on the board for the Utah Center for Architecture, specifically coordinating efforts of the Educating Elementary Children through Architecture (EECTA) program which brings architectural learning and experiences to kids across the Salt Lake valley.
Jen Genzen, Ph.D.
As part of the visualization team at VCBO, Jen is passionate about creating renderings that communicate the tangible design and intangible emotional experience that a particular space provides, whether it’s a bright, sunny day in a courtyard with vibrant landscaping or a serene evening view with glimmering lights in the distance. A psychology professor turned interior designer, she brings a unique perspective on the built environment and creates renderings with an eye toward how people will use and enjoy interior and exterior spaces in the new structure. She has an AAS in Interior Design from SLCC and has also received substantial prior architectural training. She enjoys the variety of projects at VCBO and the plethora of intricate renderings these projects require to help undergird the design process.
Jeremy D. Bastow, AIA, NCARB
Jeremy is part of the architectural team at the VCBO office in St. George, UT. He has been with VCBO since 2012 and has been working in the field of architecture since 2004. He studied at the Idaho Urban Research and Design Center of the University of Idaho where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture in 2006. He became a licensed architect in 2013 and has his NCARB certification. Jeremy has many years of experience in design and construction administration for various project types, including but limited to: religious, K–12 education, distribution centers, recreational centers and healthcare.
Jerome Meikle has been an architectural designer with VCBO since 2017. While in college, Jerome’s academic emphasis, devoted to design engineering, construction management and interior design, has allowed him to gain a deeper understanding of the complete design and building process. With his experience, Jerome has become very detail oriented and enjoys the intricacies that healthcare design brings. Jerome has a strong proponent for professional precision and client satisfaction. He works diligently on all his projects to help the design and construction process run smoothly.
John Hogan, AIA
John’s professional career spans over 40 years. In that time he designed and managed a diverse range of projects, including commercial, institutional, residential, retail and interior space planning and design. His ongoing commitment to providing a high level of professional service results in design solutions proven to exceed clients’ expectations. John’s leadership fostering a collaborative environment in which active participation is encouraged from clients, design team members, consultants and contractors ensures the overall project’s success. From his experience managing projects of varying complexities, John draws on on a broad knowledge base of building materials, systems and construction practices. Since joining VCBO in 2016 he has brought this skill set to several recent projects while also mentoring new team members. Given his extensive project background and commitment to maintaining and improving the professional services experience for all project stakeholders, John is now spearheading VCBO’s Quality Management Program.
Joseph Briggs, Assoc. AIA
Joseph is a strong member of VCBO’s architectural team, focusing on multi-family residential and mixed-use design. He received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah in 2016 and his Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning, with Honors, from the University of Utah in 2013. Before returning to school in 2009, he had been a graphic designer for fifteen years. Joseph believes in a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to design and applies his various skills to explore creative and considered design solutions for the built environment.
Joseph Voitehovich, International Assoc. AIA
Joseph has been with VCBO Architecture since 2001 and is currently an associate with the firm. He began his practice in Europe after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from the Belarusian Polytechnical University in 1988. Joseph has over 30 years of professional experience in nearly all project types, especially civic, justice, education, residential and recreation. He has worked on landmark projects in the community including the Utah State Capitol Renovations, the Provo Fourth District Courthouse, and the South Davis Recreation Center. His design work has garnered many awards including a Silver Medal in the World Triennial Architecture Interarch 2000 Competition, and the 2010 Small Residential 1st Runner-Up ICF Builder Award. Joseph is an expert designer and project coordinator who continues to bring excellence to his company, clients and the community.
Josh has been with VCBO since 2016. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture from the University of Utah in 2019 and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in architecture at the University of Utah. He loves architecture and the effect that it can have on the lives of the people who experience it. He has worked as an office runner, with the graphics team and is currently on the architectural team working on K—12 schools. He loves being in nature and spends a lot of his free time in the mountains taking in the beauty.
Joshua M. Kirkman, LEED AP BD+C
Joshua Kirkman, a VCBO Architectural Team member since 2019, is experienced in various building types including multi-family, higher education, K-12 and healthcare. With a background in engineering from Southern Utah University and architecture from the University of Kansas, he views projects with a well-rounded tectonic approach. Having studied internationally in Germany and Switzerland, Josh has gained valuable insights from a region where old world and new coexist in a harmonious balance. Holding certifications in both sustainability and evidence-based design, he is able to translate his client’s visions into well-organized and congenial spaces enjoyed by their patrons for many years to come. From pre design to construction administration, Josh is an indispensable resource to the teams and projects he collaborates with.
Kai’s work as Environmental Graphic Designer with VCBO is guided by his architecturally integrated approach and a belief that design is a powerful creative tool of brand expression. Curiosity, empathy, discovery and human connection inform Kai’s creative outcomes. He is driven to find inspired, simple solutions and brings over 25 years of multidisciplinary experience to bear in all things brand.
Karen Ferguson, Assoc. AIA
As a diligent and detail-oriented project manager, Karen is an invaluable asset to the VCBO team. Having been with the firm since 1998, Karen’s expertise has been applied to a variety of project types, including municipal buildings, healthcare facilities, sports / recreation centers and educational spaces. Not only has Karen’s passion for historic preservation been recognized in Utah’s most notable restoration endeavor—the Utah State Capitol—she has maintained her relationship on Capitol Hill and is continuing to work on projects maintaining the restoration design imperatives. Karen enjoys overseeing quality control, code compliance and drawing / specification coordination; she reviews drawings and concepts through each stage of the design process, ensuring effective coordination between VCBO and the engineers involved. Currently, Karen is a member of the ICC Code Council as well as the Utah AIA Building Envelope Council where her knowledge of building envelopes is highly valued.
Kirk Chadwick, AIA
Kirk Chadwick approaches architecture with passion and intensity. He started working in the field of architecture in 2014. He earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah in 2016 and his Architect license 2017. Kirk has a wide range of experience from religious, schools, government and corporate buildings. He is particularly adept in his attention to detail. Kirk earned a minor degree in Multi-Dispensary Design and he understands how to bring diversity of people together to unite under common goals. He feels this integration is crucial to the prolonged success of each project he works on.
Larry Orton Jr.
Larry has been involved in the design of a wide range of office, corporate and educational facilities. He brings a deep understanding of the impact our buildings have on the bottom line, the community and the well-being of future occupants, which allows him to create designs that equally benefit the owner / developer, the broader built environment and the end users. Larry graduated from the University of Utah with a Master of Architecture, where he received the Design Award (the highest commendation from faculty and peers) for his thesis. The ensuing commitment to high quality design has been a driving motivator throughout Larry’s professional career and is reflected in his ability to work through both the complexities and challenges of enhancing the built environment.
Levi Lloyd, AIA
Levi is a VCBO Architecture project architect with a keen eye for detail. Through focusing on creative problem solving measures, Levi is able to generate solutions culminating in built environments that positively impact people’s lives and wellbeing, thus enhancing each individual’s outlook during times of personal crisis. Due to his passion for design, he excels when presented opportunities to create meaningful spaces. Because Levi possesses vast experience using Building Information Modeling (BIM), he consistently produces comprehensive and complete construction documents, working collaboratively with construction personnel throughout the construction administration process. Levi’s professionalism ensures each project reaches completion to the satisfaction of his clients.
Lorianne Bisping, AIA
Lorianne Bisping is a Licensed Architect and has been with VCBO for 15 years. She has a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Utah. Her goal is to create a project that is aesthetically appealing, while also ensuring the building is functional, enduring and practical to maintain. She feels that great design and attention to detail are the drivers for this level of excellence and results in projects that are exciting, beautiful and a joy to inhabit. Lorianne is skilled in project management, tasks requiring code analysis, programming details, design, quality control, contract administration, specification writing and construction administration.
Mallory Platt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Mallory is passionate about good design and the infinite possibilities afforded by working in the world of architecture. Since joining the VCBO family in 2013, she has been an integral part of the higher education team, working with institutions all over the state to help realize their dreams. As a project manager, Mallory brings a level-headed design sense to her projects. She understands the importance of coordinating a building through programming, design and construction administration while staying engaged with the details throughout the process. She also finds happiness in helping those around her enjoy their work and contributes greatly to VCBO’s positive office culture. Mallory believes that creating experiences and spaces that evoke emotion while responding to the environment around them is a crucial part of what makes architecture exciting.
Margaret Esplin is a BIM Technician who joined VCBO’s visualization team in 2019. In producing renderings, Margaret values attention to detail, specifically using optimal materials and lighting to create an image that appeals to the clients and represents their needs. Margaret understands the complex process a model must go through to graduate to a displayable rendering, whether that vision be a conceptual watercolor of various concepts or a photorealistic depiction. Reinforcing her design skills, she is pursuing a degree in Interior Design from Weber State University where she has been expanding her perspective on how buildings and spaces are composed for the user.
Michael Ririe, Assoc. AIA
Michael Ririe is an Associate at VCBO Architecture having started his career 23 years ago. He offers a very unique perspective that stems from a diverse background in fine art. Mike’s architectural focus is K–12 educational design, which has included various new, remodel and occupied replacement projects that required detailed planning and oversight. Because Mike is passionate about design, he is driven to apply his strong work ethic, integrity and passion while continuously honing his abilities. Mike strives to bring value and quality to each project he embarks on, making him an invaluable asset to the VCBO team.
Michael has 8 years of experience in the practice of architecture, working in Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City. After finishing his architecture studies at the University of Cincinnati and UCLA, he moved to Salt Lake City where he began working in the K-12 market. Now with over 5 years of experience designing schools, Michael believes school design is one of the highest expressions and celebrations of our cultural values. He is passionate about exploring the convergence of education, design and architecture and the impact it can have on both students and the community.
Nicholas Weber, AIA
Nicholas has worked in architectural design since 2010; he holds a Master of Architecture from North Dakota State University and completed his professional licensing in 2016. With extensive knowledge pertaining to construction processes, his experience as a project manager for various projects types has fueled his ability to ensure building components are brought together in a cohesive manner. Nicholas’ diverse design background ranges from higher education, commercial, civic, long-term care and recreational facilities. His latest completed projects as project manager for VCBO are the Springville Clyde Recreation Center, the remodel of the Weber State University Swenson Pool and the remodel of the Peaks Ice Arena. In an effort to give back to his community, he is currently a member of his local Planning Commission and Architectural Review Committee.
Pablo Gotay, AIA
Pablo Gotay has been a licensed architect since 2006 with work experience spanning many building typologies including educational facilities, office buildings and private residences. A holistic approach to design allows him to develop buildings in all three dimensions creating aesthetically attractive designs while maintaining functional floor plans. An emphasis on communication with clients allows Pablo to integrate client input with his own ideas to create truly unique client-specific designs.
Preston has been working in the field of architecture and engineering since 1981. Preston is experienced in production of schematic design, construction documents and implementing sustainable designing strategies. Preston received a degree from Salt Lake Community College. His technical skills include Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop and architectural photography.
Scott Lewis joined VCBO Architecture’s K–12 studio in 2018. He has spent most of his time overseeing and effectively managing the construction phases of projects in addition to the production of project documents. Scott’s experience has allowed for exposure to all facets of the complex construction process, providing a deep understanding of how to efficiently manage projects and the crucial steps for success.
Sean Arnold began his work in the design field in 2013. He joined VCBO in 2017 after receiving a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Interior Design from Utah State University. During his years in graduate school, Sean’s focus was on housing design and sustainable technology in architecture. His values are reflected in his work by demonstrating creative and unique spaces, made specifically for the users. Sean furthered his understanding of interactive communities by studying in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in 2016. He has experience in office, K–12 and health care projects, and he is eager to continue to expand his professional portfolio.
Tanner began his academic career in 2010 studying Mathematics at Weber State University. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he felt the pull towards architecture because it provided a balance of both the technical and the expressive. He later earned a Master’s Degree in architecture at the University of Utah in 2017 and has been working in the industry since. Tanner joined VCBO in 2019 and has been involved in designing educational spaces with the K—12 team. Tanner is a strong proponent of creating spaces that enlightens and inspires its users. Tanner enjoys learning about anything and everything, creating with his hands and finding innovative solutions to complex problems.
Thai Blackburn, AIA, NCARB
Thai Blackburn earned his Masters of Architecture degree from Taliesin, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, in 2011, a unique education that emphasizes a “learn by doing” approach. He is a registered architect and joined VCBO in 2019. Before joining VCBO, Thai owned and operated his own drafting and design company for several years. He has diverse experience in many project types from small residential to larger civic, commercial office, institutional, sports and recreation, religious, parking structures and educational facilities. Thai enjoys the entire process of designing creative solutions from first client meetings to finished detailing and construction administration. Thai finds success in building strong relationships with clients and team members to better design architecture that facilitates strong connection and purpose.
Todd Braun joined VCBO Architecture 18 years ago, after graduating from the University of Utah with a Masters of Architecture. His expertise includes office and tenant improvement, parking structures and commercial projects. Todd is particularly skilled in project management tasks that require complex interface with engineering consultants, code analysis, project scheduling, programming, design, quality control, contract administration, specification writing and team management. Todd enjoys working with his team and has found that his best work comes when he is involved on a project from the beginning through close-out. His interest in architecture is two-fold: he is skilled at drawing first and second, before college he did construction work and enjoyed architecture from the builder’s perspective. Todd believes these details are what bring the project together in a clean, concise manner.
Tyler Froelich is a member of the architectural team at VCBO and is motivated by a continual desire to learn and an enthusiastic drive to create. His education at the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York City prepared him to consider and critically understand an assignment in terms of its most essential elements, laying a sound foundation for clear, clean, fresh and innovative designs and solutions. Tyler enjoys exploring architecture through its many different forms of representation, including drawing, model making and photography. He is also well versed in traditional techniques like hand-drafting, woodworking, darkroom printing and modern techniques such as 3D modeling, digital fabrication and digital imagery.
Wesley has been with VCBO Architecture since 2019 as a BIM Technician. After graduating in 2017 with his Bachelor’s Degree in drafting technology and computer science from Utah Valley University, he started working in the architectural / design field assisting and creating high-end custom home plans. Wesley brings experience in drafting and a modern vibe to the VCBO team while assisting with the K–12 projects.