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

Travis Hendrix, AIA, NCARB

Senior Architect

GROWING UP … in Colorado and watching the constant growth and change inspired me to take part in the built environment as a designer and architect. It’s inspiring to work on local and national projects, and I’ve been fortunate to work on everything from tenant finish, to adaptive-reuse, multi-family, single family homes, historic preservation, and ultra-high-end residences.

COUNT ON ME … to bring passion, excitement, and a commitment to beautiful yet practical designs. I want to give you the best possible experience of “space”.

FOR INSPIRATION … I look to an endless spectrum of information and experiences in order to produce outside of the box ideas. However, my primary inspiration is often tied to biology, the natural environment, and the impact on human history and psychology.

Travis Hendrix

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

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

Hannah Watson

Project Manager

MY BACKGROUND … includes a degree from the University of Houston. I started my career in Houston in full service residential architecture and interiors focusing on high end custom homes and remodels. Since then, I’ve expanded into multi-family and commercial work.

COUNT ON ME … to listen to your needs and incorporate them into a well thought out, efficient design. Whether it’s your dream home or the perfect community center for your development – designing and connecting with clients are the best parts of my job.

I FIND INSPIRATION … from the extensive experience of the KGA team. No, that’s not a shameless plug – we have a great collection of knowledge and experience in our team and they are an invaluable resource. Beyond the team I look for inspiration in the things that bring me joy – my loved ones, nature, and the built environment.

Hannah Watson

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

Devin Nelson

Job Captain

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

Trevor Shorts

Architectural Drafter

MY BACKGROUND … started in high school, where I discovered a passion for architecture through technical architecture courses. Since then, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio, volunteered for several design/build projects, worked inspections in civil construction, and have been involved in construction management positions.

COUNT ON ME TO … use my hands on experience in the construction industry to provide accurate and insightful perspective to drawing sets and to the project team.

I FIND INSPIRATION … in music and self-expression through art. Collaboration through varied fields of creativity intrigues me; there is always something to learn when allowing yourself to create freely.

Trevor Shorts

Angela Dawursk

Architectural Drafter

GROWING UP … I was always looking at blueprints and visiting construction sites with my superintendent father. It sparked a love for buildings and design that pushed me to get my Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver. Before coming to KGA I worked in the construction industry for 5 years.

COUNT ON ME TO … listen attentively and focus on the details of what each client wants in a design. Bringing someone’s dream to life is my passion.

I’M INSPIRED BY … how our built environment blends with nature. I am invested in homes that enhance the beautiful land they are built on while creating the smallest environmental impact.

Angela Dawursk

Katie Thigpen

Architectural Drafter

MY BACKGROUND … includes studying at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, where their 2+4 Architecture Program gave me the invaluable opportunity to pursue my professional career in architecture full-time for four years while simultaneously studying architecture in school.

ASK ME ABOUT … how to bring all your dream house ideas to life.

I FIND INSPIRATION … in sustainable and innovative green design. It’s amazing how much we can learn from the natural environment about architecture, and how vital clever sustainable design is going to be for the future of architecture.

Katie Thigpen

Claire Johnston

Architectural Drafter

MY BACKGROUND … includes a degree in Architectural drafting from Red Rocks Community College. I really enjoy learning about sustainable design and looking at how to make a house into a home. Touring model homes with my mom first sparked my interest in architecture.

COUNT ON ME TO … work quickly and efficiently to help finish your project. I’m always curious to learn more about building practices and residential design, which translates to expanding my skills in drafting as well.

I PREDICT … that in five years all new houses will be net zero (houses that produce as much or more renewable energy as they consume). I love learning about new and creative ways to make buildings sustainable.

Claire Johnston

Michael Perry

Architectural Drafter

GROWING UP … I always enjoyed drawing. Once I learned Architecture allowed me to use this interest to communicate ideas and problem solve, I went on to earn my Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

COUNT ON ME TO … bridge the gap between preliminary sketches and the final construction drawings. I pride myself on creating beautiful renderings and clean construction documents allowing the client to fully envision their design while also helping the contractor transform that rendering into a reality.

FOR INSPIRATION … I enjoy taking my sketchbook on hikes in the mountains or on long walks or bike rides. You never know what you’ll stumble upon and it’s always nice to sketch what you’ve found, figure out why it appeals to you, and how you might address the design differently.

Michael Perry

Emily Pimentel

Architectural Drafter

MY PATH TO KGA … includes studying Architecture & Urbanism in Rio de Janeiro, where I grew up. I started working at architecture firms while still in school, getting a lot of experience working on residential and commercial projects around the city. On my first project I was thrown into a big commercial project as a construction manager, making sure everything was running smoothly and getting to know everyone on site.

COUNT ON ME TO … get drawings done effectively, brainstorm to find better design options, or talk about anything nature related.

MY PREDICTION FOR THE FUTURE … keeping the environment and our communities in mind when building is important to me. I predict, and hope for, an industry in which people take the importance of regenerative design more seriously.

Emily Pimentel

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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