GGA

TEAM


Alexan Abgaryan - GGA
Alexan Abgaryan
Ali Barar - GGA
Ali Barar, AIA
Principal
Ali Barar - GGA

Ali Barar, AIA
Managing Principal

Ali is responsible for the firm’s strategic growth, corporate management, and developing client relationships. Ali also leads the firm’s housing practice and is a recognized leader in the industry for affordable and urban mixed-use projects.

Serving on several non-profit housing boards and commissions throughout the region, including City of Pasadena Design and Planning Commissions, and the SCANPH Policy Advisory group, Ali is an active and visible member of the communities that the firm serves.

Ali holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from UNC and a Master’s of Architecture degree from UCLA.

Annie Hong - GGA
Annie Hong, AIA
Associate
Annie Hong- GGA

Annie Hong, AIA
Associate

Joining the firm in 2008, Annie has contributed her collaborative design and management skills to a large number of mixed-use housing and K-12 education projects.

Always with a positive outlook and eye toward mentoring, Annie leads a dedicated team of young designers, distinguished by their strong commitment to client service and quality design.

Annie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

Armando Gonzalez - GGA
Armando Gonzalez, FAIA
Principal
Armando Gonzalez - GGA

Armando Gonzalez, FAIA
Founding Principal

Mr. Gonzalez established the firm in 1980 to provide quality architectural and design services for projects of public benefit. Through his positive and charismatic leadership, GGA has built a reputation as one of the premier architectural studios in the San Gabriel Valley active in the wider Southern California region. Armando was an early adopter of collaborative design and project delivery processes. He championed implementation of one of the first IPD projects in Southern California in partnership with Caltech. Always forward thinking, Armando has been instrumental in securing continued firm success with a smooth transition to a new generation of strong firm leaders.

Armando no longer maintains an active role in the studio, but continues to contribute to the professional community at large and serves as an advisor to the firm. He is recognized by public entities and by clients as a successful and objective facilitator. Armando continues to bring his leadership to the San Gabriel Valley community and local development organizations. He is revered as a trusted advisor to civic governance, non-profit groups, and higher educational institutions. Amongst his many board commitments, Armando serves as a lifetime Trustee of the Huntington Hospital of Pasadena.

Ali Barar - GGA

Ali Barar, AIA
Managing Principal

Ali is responsible for the firm’s strategic growth, corporate management, and developing client relationships. Ali also leads the firm’s housing practice and is a recognized leader in the industry for affordable, supportive, and urban mixed-use projects.

Serving on several non-profit housing boards and commissions throughout the region, including City of Pasadena Design and Planning Commissions, and the SCANPH Policy Advisory group, Ali is an active and visible member of the communities that the firm serves.

Ali has led a number of pivotal commercial revitilization developments that have sensitively reshaped the economic landscape and shared cultural experience within urban settings of Los Angeles. These include the historic civic center plan of Old Pasadena, the rapidly changing communities of East Los Angeles, and the infilling of neighborhoods in unincorporated East Los Angeles County.

Ali holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from UNC and a Master’s of Architecture degree from UCLA.

Annie Hong- GGA

Annie Hong, AIA
Associate

Joining the firm in 2008, Annie has contributed her collaborative design and management skills to a large number of mixed-use housing and K-12 education projects.

Always with a positive outlook and eye toward mentoring, Annie leads a dedicated team of young designers, distinguished by their strong commitment to client service and quality design.

Annie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

Armando Gonzalez - GGA

Armando Gonzalez, FAIA
Founding Principal

Mr. Gonzalez established the firm in 1980 to provide quality architectural and design services for projects of public benefit. Through his positive and charismatic leadership, GGA has built a reputation as one of the premier architectural studios in the San Gabriel Valley active in the wider Southern California region. Armando was an early adopter of collaborative design and project delivery processes. He championed implementation of one of the first IPD projects in Southern California in partnership with Caltech. Always forward thinking, Armando has been instrumental in securing continued firm success with a smooth transition to a new generation of strong firm leaders.

Armando no longer maintains an active role in the studio, but continues to contribute to the professional community at large and serves as an advisor to the firm. He is recognized by public entities and by clients as a successful and objective facilitator. Armando continues to bring his leadership to the San Gabriel Valley community and local development organizations. He is revered as a trusted advisor to civic governance, non-profit groups, and higher educational institutions. Amongst his many board commitments, Armando serves as a lifetime Trustee of the Huntington Hospital of Pasadena.

Bryan Chavac
Carolina Elias
Casey Castor
Cesar Arias - GGA
Cesar Arias
Daniel Nay
Dennis Smith - GGA
Dennis Smith, AIA
Associate Principal
Dennis Smith- GGA

Dennis Smith, AIA
Associate Principal

As Director of Project Management, Dennis ensures successful implementation of the firm’s project delivery processes. With over 15 years at GGA, Dennis’s dedication and skill at bringing a project from design through construction is evidenced by his highly successful management of the Westside YMCA and the Pasadena Water and Power Offices, earning both AIA Honor Awards and USGBC Sustainability Awards for progressive design and execution.

Dennis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Pratt Institute.

Hannah Trimbath
Associate Principal
Hannah Trimbath - GGA

Hannah Trimbath
Associate Principal

As Director of Finance and Operations, Hannah directs the firm’s accounting, human resources, and administrative operations. An integral member of the firm’s management team, Hannah leads the monitoring and reporting of key financial metrics in support of firmwide financial goals. Her organizational and analytical skills are instrumental to the continual development and improvement of financial and operational processes and tools. Hannah exemplifies the firm’s commitment to a culture of quality and collaboration.

Hannah holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Behavioral Science from the University of La Verne and Certificate in Business Administration with a focus on Finance from UCLA.

Harry Drake - GGA
Harry Drake, AIA
Principal
Harry Drake - GGA

Harry Drake, AIA, CASp
Principal

Mr. Drake is the firm’s Education market sector leader. A strong and effective manager, Harry shepherded the $380 million LAUSD Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools project from the beginning EIR through construction completion, garnering many awards in the process.

Harry has a wide range of experience in building types and delivery methods, including design-build and integrated project delivery (IPD). His client-centered approach has earned our firm many commendations and significant repeat commissions.

Harry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

Dennis Smith- GGA

Dennis Smith, AIA
Associate Principal

As Director of Project Management, Dennis ensures successful implementation of the firm’s project delivery processes. With over 15 years at GGA, Dennis’s dedication and skill at bringing a project from design through construction is evidenced by his highly successful management of the Westside YMCA and the Pasadena Water and Power Offices, earning both AIA Honor Awards and USGBC Sustainability Awards for progressive design and execution.

Dennis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Pratt Institute.

Hannah Trimbath - GGA

Hannah Trimbath
Associate Principal

As Director of Finance and Operations, Hannah directs the firm’s accounting, human resources, and administrative operations. An integral member of the firm’s management team, Hannah leads the monitoring and reporting of key financial metrics in support of firmwide financial goals. Her organizational and analytical skills are instrumental to the continual development and improvement of financial and operational processes and tools. Hannah exemplifies the firm’s commitment to a culture of quality and collaboration.

Hannah holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Behavioral Science from the University of La Verne and Certificate in Business Administration with a focus on Finance from UCLA

Harry Drake - GGA

Harry Drake, AIA, CASp
Principal

Mr. Drake is the firm’s Education market sector leader. A strong and effective manager, Harry shepherded the $380 million LAUSD Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools project from the beginning EIR through construction completion, garnering many awards in the process.

Harry has a wide range of experience in building types and delivery methods, including design-build and integrated project delivery (IPD). His client-centered approach has earned our firm many commendations and significant repeat commissions.

Harry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

Hyeyoon Chung, AIA
Jake Martinez
Jake Shirvanyan, AIA
Jennifer Wang
Jin Kim - GGA
Jin Kim
Associate
Jin Kim - GGA

Jin Kim
Associate

A veteran designer with GGA for 14 years, Jin brings an exemplary work ethic and an exceptional commitment to quality, setting a high standard for the studio. His precision and honed detailing skills contribute significantly to the firm’s overall design excellence.

Leading our multi-family studio, he has extensive knowledge of materials, building technologies and construction processes, as well as a deep understanding of affordable housing funding design requirements.

Jin holds a Master of Architecture Degree from SCI-Arc.

Jocelyn Lopez
Juan Cardenas De La Rosa
Justin Sasada
Jin Kim - GGA

Jin Kim
Associate

A veteran designer with GGA for 14 years, Jin brings an exemplary work ethic and an exceptional commitment to quality, setting a high standard for the studio. His precision and honed detailing skills contribute significantly to the firm’s overall design excellence.

Leading our multi-family studio, he has extensive knowledge of materials, building technologies and construction processes, as well as a deep understanding of affordable housing funding design requirements.

Jin holds a Master of Architecture Degree from SCI-Arc.

Laura Lehman
Laurie Silva
Leila Maitland
Luis Rodriguez
Mae Chinn, AIA
Maria Mercado
Mariana Uy
Mary Wu - GGA
Mary Wu, AIA
Associate Principal
Mary Wu - GGA

Mary Wu, AIA
Associate Principal

As Director of Quality Assurance, Mary is a senior level architect with over 30 years of experience. Mary directs the firm’s technical project implementation processes. Her precision and honed detailing skills contribute significantly to the firm’s overall design excellence.

Mary maintains hands-on design and management involvement through all phases of some of the firm’s most complex, institutional and civic projects. She is a favored mentor for many developing architectural designers in the office.

Mary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

Mary Wu - GGA

Mary Wu, AIA
Associate Principal

As Director of Quality Assurance, Mary is a senior level architect with over 30 years of experience. Mary directs the firm’s technical project implementation processes. Her precision and honed detailing skills contribute significantly to the firm’s overall design excellence.

Mary maintains hands-on design and management involvement through all phases of some of the firm’s most complex, institutional and civic projects. She is a favored mentor for many developing architectural designers in the office.

Mary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

Matt Morseth
Nafiseh Salavatian
Prianka Kuttappa
Ric Berryman
Robert Gonzales - GGA
Robert Gonzales
Associate
Robert Gonzales - GGA

Robert Gonzales
Associate

A sophisticated designer in is own right, Robert has led the firm’s development of digital and physical modelling since 1997. Known for his artistry, sensitivity, and fiery self-motivation in developing and representing architectural concepts, his renderings have contributed to many successful fund development and public bond-raising campaigns. Robert holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona.

Robert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona.

Robert Gonzales - GGA

Robert Gonzales
Associate

A sophisticated designer in is own right, Robert has led the firm’s development of digital and physical modelling since 1997. Known for his artistry, sensitivity, and fiery self-motivation in developing and representing architectural concepts, his renderings have contributed to many successful fund development and public bond-raising campaigns. Robert holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona.

Robert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona.

Robert Villagomez, AIA
Satsuki Kitagawa
Sharis Manoukian
Staci Nesbitt - Gonzalez Goodale Architects
Staci Nesbitt, AIA
Principal
Staci Nesbitt - Gonzalez Goodale Architects

Staci Nesbitt, AIA
Principal

Staci is the firm’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. She has over 27 years of combined experience in architecture and planning. Staci’s experience includes 10 years of her independent architectural practice for a myriad of mixed use and institutional projects.

With her deep understanding of the LA region, she brings a cross-disciplinary approach to guide the firm’s strategic direction and development of new partnering relationships. Her leadership is instrumental in positioning the firm’s design professionals with our evolving client base. She is an active member of the industry, respected for her positive and forward-looking approach to our practice.

Staci holds a Master’s of Architecture from UCLA.

William Loyola - Gonzalez Goodale Architects
William Loyola
Staci Nesbitt - Gonzalez Goodale Architects

Staci Nesbitt, AIA
Principal

Staci is the firm’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. She has over 27 years of combined experience in architecture and planning. Staci’s experience includes 10 years of her independent architectural practice for a myriad of mixed use and institutional projects.

With her deep understanding of the LA region, she brings a cross-disciplinary approach to guide the firm’s strategic direction and development of new partnering relationships. Her leadership is instrumental in positioning the firm’s design professionals with our evolving client base. She is an active member of the industry, respected for her positive and forward-looking approach to our practice.

Staci holds a Master’s of Architecture from UCLA.