Meet the KGA Team

Paul Mahony, AIA, CGP

Senior Partner + Architect

MY BACKGROUND... isn’t traditional, strictly-speaking. After joining KGA as a draftsman in 1993, I worked my way up to a project manager, and then got my architectural license. I was named a partner in 2002.

MY ROLE... is to help clients explore and realize ideas through design collaboration. I love when a client has an idea that becomes the basis for the design…their design. I am still surprised to this day how many times our clients don’t expect to be the driving force behind the project direction.

FOR INSPIRATION... I turn to chimneys -- though not just any old chimney will do! A well-placed chimney that is properly proportioned and authentic to the style of the home.

Paul Mahony

John Guilliams, AIA

Partner, Architect + Director of Design

GROWING UP... I was drawn to Architecture and never looked back, starting with drafting classes in middle school. And I was lucky to gain exposure to different aspects of the profession through my early work at small firms.

ON THE KGA TEAM... I’m known as a good listener -- actually hearing what the client wants or needs is essential to our work. I’m also big on checking your ego at the door.

FOR INSPIRATION... I love watching TV shows and movies from the era of Mid-Century Modern design: my favorite style of architecture.

John Guilliams

Jennifer Williams, MIRM, CMP

Managing Partner + President

MY BACKGROUND... before coming to KGA included work in sales, marketing and business management for Home Design magazines. That, and my degree in Business Management and Administration from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, provided a foundation for my work today and helped me fall in love with the industry.

ASK ME ABOUT… strategy, marketing and operations, but not architecture -- I just play an architect on TV!

MY INSPIRATION COMES FROM... spending time around people who share the same passion for the residential building and development industry. Inspiring workplaces? Business strategy? Check and check.

Jennifer Williams

Graham Swett, LEED AP BD+C

Architect + Associate

MY BACKGROUND … spans over 40 years in the industry including acting as the general contractor for two of my personal residences and projects ranging from single family homes to condos in the Bahamas.

COUNT ON ME TO … push the envelope to minimize a project’s environmental impact while enhancing its visual appeal. What can I say? I’m a geek who loves getting into the details.

I’M INSPIRED BY … architects who focus on the environmental impact of their builds – addressing how we design and build to have a more sustainable future.

Graham Swett

Mike Davinroy

Senior Project Manager

MY PATH TO KGA … includes studies at St. Louis Community College and more opportunities for learning at a small architecture office where I took part in field construction observation and structural layout.

COUNT ON ME TO … watch everyone’s budgets and provide drafting assets where they’re needed to keep your home project on schedule -- and with a successful outcome. That’s in addition to supporting our other project managers.

I FIND INSPIRATION … in sunrises! Why is this relevant? I love designing homes that give our clients inspiration and enjoyment every day. And a sunrise is always a new start no matter what.

Mike Davinroy

Kristen Fowler, AIA, NCARB

Architect

MY BACKGROUND … includes a degree from California Polytechnic State University, a short stint in Airstream custom interior design and a firm adherence to Cal Poly’s motto of “Learn by Doing.”

ON THE KGA TEAM … I get the unique opportunity to not only design, but to help bring the designs to an artistic level of presentation. I find it rewarding to work closely with clients to make their dreams a reality and visually understandable.

FOR INSPIRATION … I look to my mentors, peers in the industry and architectural publications. The variety and evolution of different perspectives is motivating and thought-provoking.

Kristen Fowler

Brent Paul

Designer + Project Manager

MY BACKGROUND … spans two decades in high-end residential architecture. With a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from BYU-Idaho and a Masters in Architecture from UC Denver, I’ve worked on full-service and design-build projects for a vast range of project types, from mountain estates to city infills.

ASK ME ABOUT … an idea that needs to be brought to life! I will most abundantly consent to a 3D hand-sketch to illustrate it.

FOR INSPIRATION … I turn to the classics. And there’s little that gives me greater pleasure than having a pencil in hand and creating beautiful places people can call home.

Brent Paul

Ian Steven

Project Manager

MY BACKGROUND … includes 20 years in the architecture industry and 14 in custom residential work. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in environmental design.

ASK ME ABOUT … the latest industry software and sustainable building.

FOR INSPIRATION … I turn to my family, and the desire to make the built environment a little better for the future.

Ian Steven

Marc Ness

Project Manager

MY ACADEMIC WORK … in the field of psychology at Montana State University provides me with unique insight into human behavior -- very helpful when working with others. When paired with my first-hand knowledge of the job site, I have a unique set of problem solving tools at my disposal.

COUNT ON ME FOR … strong interpersonal communication with clients and professionals; this fulfills me beyond the daily duties of my role.

FOR INSPIRATION … Our industry provides an atmosphere that never gets dull, and continually challenges me to remain current in my views of how Architecture influences the world.

Marc Ness

Paden Riley

Project Manager

MY BACKGROUND … reaches back to high school, when I started working in construction and ultimately started my own company. In addition to studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder, I also worked in commercial space planning before transitioning to residential architecture over the last 15 years.

COUNT ON ME FOR … efficiency, and precise and thoughtful drawings. I want to make the contractor’s job as easy as possible -- and that starts with a set of drawings that are constructible.

I FIND INSPIRATION … in everyday things: books, the outdoors, or the shower.

Paden Riley

Shannon Ricketts, Assoc. AIA, WWYW

Architectural Drafter

THE SPARK THAT STARTED MY CAREER … is my work as a docent at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey house in Virginia following my graduation from the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning. I loved sharing my passion and people often commented on my enthusiasm!

ASK ME ABOUT … sustainability -- related to architecture, design or eco-conscious lifestyle choices!

I VALUE THINGS … that can help me be more efficient, and I want to see tech-savvy homes work to support this -- a coffee pot you never have to refill or pantry that tracks its stock top the current list!

Shannon Ricketts

Devin Nelson

Architectural Drafter

MY BACKGROUND … was inspired by architecture from a very young age. I took drafting classes in high school that carried into studying architecture in Dublin, Ireland. My favorite part was traveling to different countries to soak in their culture and unique architecture.

COUNT ON ME FOR … my interior design background to help you envision your project as a whole.

FOR INSPIRATION … I turn to nature and seek out stunning spots I could only have envisioned in my dreams. I also love listening to others, hearing what makes them happy and seeing their faces light up.

Devin Nelson

Steve Combs

Business Development

MY BACKGROUND … in building custom homes began with Combs Design and Development after studying environmental design at CU. I also worked as a real estate broker and developer before joining KGA in 2013.

COUNT ON ME TO … be one of the first people you talk to at KGA! I’m the welcome wagon for new inquiries, so I’ll be there from day one guiding you through the design and construction process.

I PREDICT … the home building industry will rely more on fresh designs -- the days of using a decades-old plan off the shelf are over!

Steve Combs

Andrea Thomas

Marketing Director

MY BACKGROUND … includes work in graphic design, event planning and marketing for businesses like Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine. I studied Visual Communications at Hawaii Pacific University -- and yes, some of my study sessions were on the beach!

ON THE KGA TEAM … clients can count on me to help in any way I can! From Pinterest and Houzz questions to photography and joint PR efforts, I’m here for you.

FOR INSPIRATION … I spend time outdoors to recharge. I also love stand-up paddling on Colorado’s calm lakes, especially in the off-season. It’s perfect for clearing my head for new ideas.

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Heather Guadagnoli

Business Manager

MY BACKGROUND … includes work for several companies that are construction-adjacent, following my degree in Business Administration (with an accounting emphasis!) at the University of Colorado.

ON THE KGA TEAM … clients can count on me to answer questions about invoicing and contracts – it’s my job to make sure this side of the business runs smoothly.

MY PREDICTION FOR THE FUTURE … building affordable housing in markets where property is at a premium will continue to be a challenge, but the benefits – a solid foundation and refuge for kids and families – is worth every penny.

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