GGLO 2022 Promotions

February 8, 2022

GGLO is excited to announce our newly-promoted staff! These talented leaders bring abundant and diverse expertise to Architecture, Landscape, Interiors, and Planning. We value their commitment to community, design, and sustainability, and the impact they have made as leaders within the firm. Join us in congratulating:

David Winans, Principal

David is a strong advocate for sustainability, focusing the past 20 years on sustainable design. A LEED Accredited Professional since 2002, David co-leads GGLO’s Climate Positive initiative, which concentrates on eliminating operational and embodied carbon emissions from all GGLO projects by 2030. He is currently part of BuildingGreen’s national sustainable design leader’s group. David brings more than 30 years of experience in retail, office, banks, schools, religious facilities, mixed-use multifamily, and hospitality. A collaborative and systems thinker, David is always looking for ways to achieve multiple benefits from design ideas, no matter where they come from.

Rachael Berry, Senior Associate

Rachael enjoys creating spaces that positively affect the end-user and provide an environment which can thrive. She is technical, detail-oriented, and values an open collaborative environment. Rachael believes the most successful projects are those where teammates, disciplines, and clients work cross-functionally to achieve a dynamic design story.

Scott Cochran, Senior Associate

As a Project Manager and Project Architect, Scott contributes to all project phases including design, code analysis, consultant coordination, plan/spec production, agency coordination/approvals, and construction administration. He is highly detail-oriented which allows him to predict and prevent problems before they arise. He believes every project has the potential to contribute positively to the natural and built environment, and he actively works to ensure that it does. To Scott, design is all about solving problems and making the world a better place.

Chris Dana, Senior Associate

Chris strives to provide the highest level of client care possible. He has an eye for organization and efficient detailing that allows him to deliver projects that exceed the client’s expectations while staying within budget. Chris believes an architect needs to think like a builder to truly understand how buildings function together. At GGLO, Chris has been a resource for Building Information Modeling (BIM) techniques and standards. Chris has worked on a diverse group of project types including corporate interiors, multi-family housing and higher education.

Mitch Ptacek, Senior Associate

As an architect and planner, Mitch leads a diverse range of complex master-planned projects. His education in urban planning, architecture, and real estate development allows him to effectively bridge the gap between diverse groups of stakeholders. During his 10+ years of practice, Mitch has gained extensive experience in planning, urban design, educational, mixed-use, commercial, retail, and industrial projects. Prior to GGLO, he led entitlement approvals throughout North America for a large retail client. A native of rural Wisconsin, Mitch passionately believes that the best way to protect rural landscapes and open spaces is to embrace the creation of high quality, sustainable, urban communities that promote livable density.

Ray Sayers, Senior Associate

Ray was a summer intern at GGLO before joining the firm full-time following his graduation with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington. With a passion for traveling, Ray tries to identify and understand key cultural meanings that enhance the built environment. This approach has found its way into his design process. Ray rigorously tries to understand the users’ demographic, social and cultural needs to enhance and engage people with their community. Coupled with his firm grasp of technical tools and sensitivity to human needs, Ray is effective at producing thoughtful architecture that promotes a positive, inclusive experience for users in any urban environment.

Robert Wright, Senior Associate

Robert has experience in resort architecture and construction, hospitality, high-rise, and high-end residential architecture. Since joining GGLO in 2012, he has been mentoring the younger staff, and working to increase the value of projects for the firms’ multi-family development clients, overseeing, documentation and construction administration.

Lexi Crates, Associate

Lexi has over 8 years of experience with a passion for design and a desire to create throughout all levels of a project. As a Wisconsin native, Lexi earned her Bachelors of Science in Architectural Studies and Masters of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Although the majority of her time has been spent in the Midwest, her project scope ranges from China, Canada, and all throughout the United States. She has experience in a wide range of project types including office spaces, tall buildings, multi-family residences, and senior living facilities. Her varying experience has allowed her to discover her passion for mass timber projects and she is excited to see this construction type become more prevalent in the industry.

Hannah Estrich, Associate

Since joining GGLO in 2019, Hannah has excelled in model management, design documentation, detail development, and material research. Her experience in high-end retail and architectural hardware design has given her a focus on quality and a strong attention to detail that serves her projects to this day. Hannah loves that her job gives her the opportunity to make a positive impact on the local community, work on projects with sustainable goals, and explore new project types. Hannah serves on GGLO’s Justice, Equity, Diversion & Inclusion (JEDI) Committee, Equitable Design group, and Fabrication Shop team.

John Justham, Associate

Since joining GGLO in 2017, John has kept all three of GGLO’s offices running smoothly. As the firm’s Office Administrator, John uses his time management skills and efficient work habits to accomplish his daily goals. John’s years of experience in the hospitality industry have translated into his ability to coordinate firm-wide events, manage daily office operations, and complete the tasks on his long to-do lists—leading to positive interactions with other GGLO employees and anyone who interacts with our offices.

Michael Lipko, Associate

Michael hails from the Atlantic Northeast, where for 16+ years he worked on a diversity of landscape projects for civic, institutional, commercial, and residential clients throughout the bioregion. As a seasoned landscape architect, Michael comfortably wears the hats of both designer and project manager, viewing them as inseparable in the design, documentation, and construction process. He enjoys working on the unique opportunities and challenges each project can present. Michael continually strives to create intentional connections between people and places, with the goal of inspiring clients to engage with the commons and their own spaces and become co-pilots in our collective desire for resilient homes and self-sustaining communities. He is excited to work at and contribute to GGLO where the focus is on sustainability, client care, collaboration, and creating design solutions that are elegant, functional, and biophilic.

Geoffrey Parks, Associate

Geoffrey joined GGLO’s Boise office and has played an integral part in many of the firm’s projects in the mountain west region. With over 25 years of experience, Geoffrey has been a part of a broad array of project types. He finds all phases of the architectural process fascinating and intriguing – no matter the project. Geoffrey is a Past President of AIA Central Oklahoma. He was a member of the Oklahoma City Historic Preservation Commission for seven years. Geoffrey currently sits on the Idaho State Historic Sites Review Board.

Danielle Stehman, Associate

Danielle joined GGLO’s Boise office in 2020 with a passion for architecture and urban design. Her work is grounded in the ongoing pursuit of sustainable urban design at all scales. Originally from the east coast, her projects have focused on adaptive reuse of older building stock. She is particularly interested in how policy around land-use planning and housing affordability can shape a healthy diversity in our cities, while preserving our natural wilderness.