Rahul Balla


Rahul’s passion for creativity and innovation directed his decision to pursue a career in Architecture. He has traveled to Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and is originally from Hyderabad, India. He’s well versed in Hindi and Telugu and enjoys cooking Indian food. Staying creative has allowed him to learn guitar and find innovative ways to reuse materials that would otherwise go to waste. When he’s off the clock he enjoys outdoor sports, hiking, badminton, and the occasional game of monopoly.

Ketan Bharatiya, AIA


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.

Sarah Berwald, AIA


Sarah grew up in East Lansing, Michigan and her love for creating beautiful spaces started at a young age. Her true passion is preservation and the reuse of historic buildings – it’s no surprise that her favorite place is a cabin her grandfather built. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her children and husband, reading a good book, singing, and playing The Tower of Hanoi. 

Neila Caron


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.

Wendy Caruso, AIA


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.

Hannah Carver

Project Administrator

Hannah grew up in Pinetop, Arizona but also lived in Alaska and Washington DC. Her true passion is art. While she isn’t tackling her project administrator role, you can find Hannah painting, spending time outdoors, trying new restaurants and collecting movies. 

Estevan CdeBaca


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.

Ken Cook


After thirty eight years working in Architecture, Ken believes good design still comes down to good proportion. The complexity of making well designed building requires a good team, such as the team at H+M Design Group. There is great satisfaction is being part of our team.

Teri Crow

Accounting Clerk

Teri is an avid crafter, gardener, and loves to travel. She’s originally from Portland, Oregon and has participated in roller derby for five years, softball and dragon boating for over 10 years. She is married with two adult children and enjoys trying new things.

Richard Deutsch, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP


Richard was a Design Group pioneer and has managed projects from coast to coast. He grew up in Colorado and survived living in northern California. In addition to architecture, Richard offers the tolerance of a tour guide, the creativity of a Waldorf teacher and the tenacity of an Eagle Scout. He enjoys nature walks, exploring cities, house plants and sipping fresh coffee.

Lawrence Garcia


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.

Renee Golder, NCIDQ, IIDA


Renee’s passion for design, in all its various forms, runs deep. With over 40 years of experience working with the public, she understands humans are truly complex creatures; each with a unique perspective on what constitutes good design, what simply works, and what is truly beautiful. Renee thrives on the delicate balance of finding the best solutions for creating functional, transformative spaces, responsibly. Outside of work, Renee enjoys the occasional round of golf, reading, cooking, photography, and traveling.

Isaac Gonzalez


Isaac knew he’d wanted to study Architecture after seeing building models and drawings from a local architect in middle school. For him, it has been a form of self expression and a passion to design in a socially sustainable way. He continues to have a positive impact on the community through his work and service in the Air Force. In his free time, Isaac enjoys bowling with his wife and taking care of his two dogs, four cats, and four geckos.

Gregory Hartman


As one of the original founders of The Design Group, he is most proud to say that the DG team brings a superior commitment, passion, and skill to create maximum value for every client while making every project an asset to the sustainability of our community.

Carlos Hernandez III


Carlos is an Albuquerque native and his ultimate passion is using his skills to make a positive impact on the world through thoughtful design. Beyond that, he’s a cowboy at heart, into country music, and envisioning a future as a humble rancher. He’s traveled globally and over 10 states across the nation. During his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, experimenting in the kitchen, lifting weights, and enjoying the outdoors.

Jackson Jones


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.

Kirstin Kalberg, MBA


Kirstin helps manage the business aspects of Design Group. The creative environment and her passionate coworkers are constant sources of inspiration. Outside of the H+M Design Group, she keeps busy with DIY house projects, trips to the Jemez, and exploring New Mexico with her husband and son.

Julie Kidder, RA


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.

Adrian Lovato-Esquivel

Intern Architect

Adrian is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys fishing, hiking, bouldering, and camping. He grew up watching his grandfather create custom Southwestern furniture at his store and knew at an early age he wanted to collaborate in a creative way. His passion to create things from a different perspective is part of why he chose architecture as a profession. You can also find Adrian using his 9 years of photography experience to create mixed media sculptures, prints, or 3D designs.

Doug Majewski, AIA, NCARB


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.

Sherry Mack


Sherry’s love for design began with her childhood wooden blocks, evolving into a 30+ year career spanning the Bay Area, Ireland, Colorado’s Front Range, and now, New Mexico. With her furry buddies Walter and Moe, she explores the Land of Enchantment’s vast open spaces, cherishes Ski Santa Fe’s charm, and hits a beach whenever possible.

Anne Mallory


Anne was born and raised on Long Island, NY, and experienced a shock as a teenager when the family relocated to NM.  Tingley was not the beach she was expecting! Anne is grateful to be in New Mexico enjoying her free time hiking, camping, and fishing with her family.  Anne’s passion is reading and entertaining at home. She is fortunate to have a husband who is a marvelous cook!

Anne Martinez


Anne is a recent Architecture graduate from the University of New Mexico. Her inspiration for the industry is driven by finding creative solutions to problems in society and the environment as a whole. She’s a proud tennis newbie and enjoys hiking, camping, and skiing. While at home, you can find her baking, cuddling with her cat, and enjoying a good game of solitaire.

Lorraine Martinez


As a mother of four, Lorraine loves traveling to cheer her kids on at sporting events nationwide. Originally from Albuquerque, she enjoys cooking and DIY projects. Lorraine’s affinity for challenges led her to pursue a career in architectural accounting. In her downtime, she bonds with her family over board games like “What Do You Meme” or “Would You Rather.

Maggie Merrigan


Maggie’s love for travel has fueled her studies in architecture. She received an MA in Historical & Sustainable Architecture from NYU in London, but her roots are embedded in her hometown of Pojoaque/Nambe, NM. When she’s not traveling Maggie enjoys the company of her dog, Mochi, while learning how to macramé or the occasional NY Times Mini Crossword Puzzle in her spare time.

Victor Munoz, AIA


Outside of work, Victor enjoys exploring the state of New Mexico through fishing, camping, hiking, and road trips. He also likes Fiestas with his family. Although he was born in Mexico, Victor grew up in the small town of Los Lunas, New Mexico. Go Tigers!

Xavier Obando, AIA,


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.

Andrés Reyes

Intern Architect

Growing up in Santiago, Chile the outdoors was/is Andres’s motivator and at the young age of 10 he started practicing and competing in kayaking flat waters. Andres believes creating and exploring is what motivates us as a human civilization. He’s felt connected to architecture all of his life through design, construction work, sculpture and architectural restoration work. Now with two kids, his family is his priority but when an opportunity arrives he enjoys kayaking, climbing, diving, and some photography too.

Benjamin River

Intern Architect

Benjamin enjoys developing shared visions with his peers. He pursued Architecture because of his interest in public housing. In his spare time, he’s trying to make sourdough bread as good as his mother’s.


Elaine Villa


Elaine likes to read, bake, and hang out with friends and family during her free time. As a designer, she enjoys renovating older building types. Elaine is married with two kids and is raising two grandchildren and a niece, with the help of her five dogs.

Mark Wade, AIA


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 Walters


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.

Tymn Waters, AIA, NCARB


Tymn was drawn to Architecture while touring Europe in 1985. During a lull in travel, he flipped careers. When he is not in the office he is busy enjoying life by writing, composing, singing, or coaching varsity hockey. He has published two books and more will follow. He also sings and records with Wicked Tension, a band started in Buffalo NY, in 1982. On top of all of this, Tymn coaches the Albuquerque Bears varsity hockey team.


Vanessa Whitehorse, SMPS, AICAE


As the Marketing Coordinator extraordinaire for Design Group, Vanessa makes sure to serve New Mexico with award winning design. When away from the office, you can find her fishing and camping with her family, or out hiking on the trails.

Lucy Woodall


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.

Jeff Zellner, 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.