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Graham Baba Architects Announce New Principals

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Maureen O’Leary

Maureen O’Leary, Principal, LEED AP
A Seattle native, Maureen has over 25 years of architectural experience and an extensive background working on complex projects, She brings a creative, collaborative, and positive spirit to her teams, consistently delivering excel-lence. Maureen has a keen sense of design and the ability to serve as a client’s best advocate, maintaining great relationships and trust throughout the project and beyond. Her recent work includes The Studios, a performance venue in Seattle, and Pybus Market in Wenatchee, Washington.

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Washington (1989)
Master of Architecture, University of California at Berkeley (1994)

Francesco Borghesi

Francesco Borghesi, Principal
Born and raised in Italy, Francesco has an extensive background in interior design, notably for commercial and residential spaces. His passion for design influences all aspects of his work, from initial project planning and programming to the final details in realizing a client’s vision. Francesco has an impressive retail and restaurant design portfolio, including work on a number of Seattle’s best-known dining establishments. His recent work includes Tom Douglas’ restaurants at Via 6, and Uwajimaya’s Kai Market.

Facolta’ di Architettura,Universita di Firenze (1990-1992)
Interior Design Program, Bellevue College (2003-2006)

Brian Jonas

Brian Jonas, Associate Principal, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Brian has over 20 years of experience across a broad range of project types and scopes. He is as excited by the big idea of a project as he is by the smallest detail, and enjoys guiding clients and project teams through the design and construction processes. Brian has expertise in high performance building envelopes, energy efficient design and de-tailing. His most recent work includes a flagship roastery and café for a leading international coffee company, and Center Table, a 650-seat and 6-restaurant dining facility for the University of Washington.

Bachelor of Arts (Major: Design of the Environment), University of Pennsylvania (1993)
Master of Architecture, University of Virginia (1997)

Leann Crist

Leann Crist, Associate Principal, LEED AP
Leann is a licensed architect with over 14 years of experience. Her work encompasses a diverse list of projects, which include new buildings, and in particular, adaptive re-use projects. Her experience ranges from retail, restau-rant, and public spaces to single-family homes and multi-family residences. Leann’s design approach ensures inte-gration from the big picture to each skillfully crafted detail. Most recently she worked on the Hanger, a community event space for the City of Kenmore, Washington, and noted glass artist Lino Tagliepietra’s Seattle gallery.

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Southern California (2002)

About Graham Baba Architects
Graham Baba Architects is a Seattle-based architecture firm recognized for the successful place-making of commercial, residential, and cultural spaces. Whether enlivening an urban community or creating a quiet refuge, we strive to design venues that resonate with memory and a sense of discovery. the firm believes every project—from adaptive reuse of existing buildings to new construction—provides an opportunity to reveal and celebrate authentic materials in their natural state. Founded in 2006, the firm began its existence creating signature spaces for some of Seattle’s top chefs, including restaurants for a number of James Beard Award winners and nominees. Today, the firm’s work is diverse, encompassing residences to adaptive reuse projects, and stand-alone buildings to tenant improvements. Project can be found across the West Coast and central US, with new projects to be located in New Jersey and New York. Among the firm’s notable projects are the Melrose Market, Kolstrand Building, and 325 Westlake in Seattle; Pybus Market in Wenatchee, Washington; and the Washington Fruit & Produce Co. Headquarters in Yakima, Washington. Most recently the firm completed the studio for artist Lino Tagliapietra in Seattle, and the Hanger, a community building for the City of Kenmore, Washington.