Dave, along with his brother, followed in their father’s footsteps to become engineers. Starting out, Dave started as a draftsman, but later gravitated back towards engineering. Outside of work, he continues a passion of his – building and remodeling homes and enjoying the New Mexico outdoors.
Ketan was inspired by his father, a Civil Engineer in India. As a child in India, he would play with brick and sand at his father’s construction sites. Later, he began sketching his ideas, starting his path towards Architecture. Now married with children, he enjoys cooking, playing tabla, and learning Judo.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Emily has traveled throughout the world. She loves the New Mexico landscape and the potential of Albuquerque. A self-professed history nerd, she becomes obsessive over a good book. Considering that one of her passions is the impact of design, she could not imagine any other career.
Accounts Receivable Manager
After many years in the South and Midwest, Neila made her way to Albuquerque and quickly realized she was home. As a teenager, she discovered a love for Accounting, and it remains a perfect career fit. Outside of work, she enjoys books, movies, music, nature, and spending time with her husband and friends.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Wendy has spent almost two decades in architecture and planning, working on many projects including primary and secondary education, museums, judicial complexes, restaurants, historic preservation and healthcare. She enjoys working with teams on challenging issues and creatively solving these project puzzles.
Estevan enjoys golf and skiing, and loves to travel. He also loves painting, drawing and playing alto saxophone. Moving from engineering to architecture early on was a better outlet for his creativity, and studying the built environment is something he finds fascinating.
After thirty eight years working in Architecture, Ken believes good design still comes down to good proportion. The complexity of making a well designed building requires a good team, such as the team at Design Group. There is great satisfaction in being part of our team.
Lawrence has a passion for music and currently plays the drums in a local band during his free time. He enjoys cooking for friends and family. He enjoys architecture and wants to leave his mark on the community in a larger, more tangible way.
RA, LEED AP BD+C
Jorge enjoys the uniqueness of every client and project, along with the rich process that is associated with every single project type.In his personal time, he also enjoys spending time with family, gardening, woodworking, and turning wrenches on project cars.
Originally from the Kansas City area, Jackson now calls New Mexico home. He discovered a love for the challenges in architecture and design, as well as the personalities and uniqueness within the field. He is currently on the board of the American Institute of Architecture Students at UNM and enjoys creating their designs for various events.
Srdan (Serge) Kalajdzic
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD + C
Architecture and Interior Design has allowed Serge to be creative every day. Originally from Serbia, he now lives in New Mexico with his wife and two daughters, trying to find time to learn Spanish, play saxophone, and bake pizza for his hungry kids.
Director of Operations
Kirstin helps manage the business aspects of Design Group. The creative environment and her passionate coworkers are constant sources of inspiration. Outside of DG, she keeps busy with DIY house projects, trips to the Jemez, and exploring New Mexico with her husband and son.
Julie decided to pursue a career in architecture because it is a profession that melds two interests: science and art. She believes the most exciting aspects of architecture are the collaboration of disciplines that creates a balance between the restrictions and opportunities of each project.
Principal Architect, CEO
Doug grew up in the Chicago area and had an interest in architecture at an early age. He enjoys being active outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. As co-founder of the Design Group, Doug has the privilege of collaborating with many inspirational leaders from our community.
Alana is impassioned by infusing creativity in all aspects of her life, personal and professional. Whether she is finger painting with her kids or choosing an interior concept for a client, she loves the inspiration and conversation that ensues on account of the creative process.
Xavier was born and raised in Quito, in the Andian region of Ecuador. His father, an architect, inspired Xavier to think three-dimensionally. This way of thinking lead to his own passion for architecture, as well as food, art, music, photography, family, and the conservation of our environment.
Rocio was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. She studied architecture for her interest on the impact of the built environment on people’s lifestyles. She is passionate about historic preservation. Beyond the world of architecture, Rocio enjoys watching TV shows, cooking and sketching.
Interior Design Intern
Alicia is an art enthusiast and enjoys meeting new people. She is passionate about interior design because it combines many aspects of art and the ability to interact with people from many other disciplines and backgrounds. She enjoys ballet, kickball, and spending time with family and friends.
Mark believes architecture produces environments that constantly change the way we live our lives – it sets the stage for interactions with people, with nature and ourselves. His passion is making people’s lives better. Outside of work, Mark enjoys music, backpacking, skiing, swimming, and biking.
Melissa is from Cuba, N.M. and is fluent in Navajo. Her inspiration stems from a desire to better her community through sustainable design concepts. She enjoys walking her dogs, hiking, and camping. When she’s not outdoors, she takes on DIY projects, creates Navajo art, reads, draws, and paints.
Interior Design Intern
Lucy chose the field of Interior Design to make positive impacts on people’s daily environments by creating beautiful and functional spaces. Among her passions are travel and nature. She has visited Denmark, Norway, England, France, Italy, Mexico, and many of our own states.
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD + C
Jeff chose to become an architect because he loves the art of creation and then seeing it developed and inhabited. His passion is helping others achieve their potential. When Jeff isn’t planning, designing, and constructing, he enjoys hiking and biking outdoors, playing guitar, and singing.