studio

domus team

jon dominy

Principal | AIA

Jon joined the studio in 2000. He graduated from Sci-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) in 1998 and worked on his own for several years in development and in steel fabrication before joining the studio. He has a major role in the site and building design process within the studio, working collaboratively with other studio members, casting the architectural vision. Jon is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

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wayne holtan

Principal | AIA

Wayne joined the Studio in 1993 and was named a Principal in 2001. While attending the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, he participated in their Europe travel program. After returning, along with his fellow students, presented an exhibit of their work and published a book, Townscapes, documenting their design journey. He graduated with degrees in both Architecture and Environmental Design. With a broad range of architectural experience over his career, he enjoys integrating his management skills as they apply to the firm’s multi-discipline project teams; to facilitating the design process and engage client interaction at all phases. He has served as a Master Commissioner with the California Architect’s Board, active in the development of the Supplemental Exam and was recently named to the Public Arts Committee of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture. Wayne is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

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david keitel

Principal | AIA

David is a Principal at domusstudio architecture.  He plays a collaborative role in the overall Architectural design process of the studio projects. Born and raised in Sheboygan, WI, he attended his undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin | Milwaukee and then moved west to Arizona State University on a tuition scholarship and earned a Master of Architecture in 1991. David taught summer Architectural course at ASU and was also a Teaching Assistant. David then moved to San Diego and joined the studio in 1993.  Through his journey from the mid-west to the desert to the pacific coast he was surrounded by great classmates and mentors who taught him how to think objectively and solve problems.  Climate, materials and light influenced his evolving functional designs.  David is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is currently the 2022 President of the San Diego Chapter, a California AIA Board Member, former Committee Chair of the San Diego AIA’s Regional Design Advisory Council (RDAC) in which he help create the Council and former Chair of the AIA San Diego Design Awards.

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david pfeifer

Principal | AIA | LEED AP

David began his career with the studio in 1987. While enrolled at the New School of Architecture, where he earned his degree, he won a scholarship for having a “Distinguished Thesis Design” and was chosen as one of nine notable students to be published in a book titled Nine San Diego Architects. David later returned to his alma mater as a Professor where he was honored as both “Teacher of the Year” and “Alumni of the Year”. He was a member of the Kensington-Talmadge Planning Association. He enjoys collaboratively working on challenging projects where he can use the skills and creativity of the studio to problem solve and create designs that not only are appropriate and sound, but touch the spirit of our Clients. David is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

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john pyjar

Principal | AIA | LEED AP

John joined the studio in 1989. Originally from Michigan, John attended the University of Texas at Austin on a full scholarship. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors. In 2001, John won the Young Architect of the Year award by the San Diego Chapter of the American Institute of Architects along with Oliver Macmillan. John works collaboratively with the studio on senior housing and child development centers. John is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

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lisa d’ambrosia

Associate | AIA

Lisa D’Ambrosia joined the studio in 2004. She is a California registered architect with experience in educational, hospitality and residential projects. She attended California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo where she received her Bachelor of Architecture. She then went on to complete her Master of Architecture through Syracuse University’s study abroad program in Florence, Italy. She is the Project Architect on various larger projects in the studio.

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wing man chan

Associate AIA Member

Originally from Hong Kong, Wing Man moved to San Diego and attended NewSchool of Architecture and Design. She graduated with a bachelor of Architecture and a minor in Urban Design (Healthy Urbanism) in 2021, and joined the studio soon after. She was honored with the titled of “Future 100” by the Metropolis Magazine, given to the top 100 architecture and design graduates of the class of 2021 in North America. She is passionate about designing for better walkability and learning about different types of architecture.

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michael cintron

AIAS Member

Mike joined the studio in 2021 while completing his Bachelor of Architecture Degree at NewSchool of Architecture and Design with dual minors in Urban Design and Graphic Design.  Before moving to San Diego, he studied Architecture in Virginia where his affordable housing design was awarded at the 2017 Virginia Governors Housing Conference.  He has experience in residential, hospitality, and civic projects.  Mike is actively involved in the Art and Architecture community.

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kayleigh cornejo

Kayleigh graduated with honors from Woodbury University San Diego with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2021 and worked with a local architect on residential remodel projects throughout San Diego before joining the studio. She is currently pursuing her licensure and is passionate about sustainable design practices and creating dynamic spaces that have the ability to adapt over time for differing needs.

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joseph fleener

Joe graduated from the Newschool of Architecture and Design with his Bachelor of Architecture degree, with a minor in Construction Management. He is currently working towards becoming a licensed architect. Originally from the east coast, he moved to San Diego to pursue architecture. Joe believes the most important part of any project is the process.

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philip huotari

Philip graduated from the NewSchool of Architecture and design in 2013 with a Bachelors of Architecture. His perspective on design is enhanced with a background of design/build projects.  Philip continues to remain active in the architecture community by serving on the alumni board of his Alma Mater, and participating in the mentorship program.

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adrian maya

Adrian is currently a student at San Diego State University and is working on completing his Interior Architecture degree. Being born and raised in San Diego and exposed to the unique architecture within the city and the ever changing developments has inspired him to pursue architecture.  He has strong interests in creating spaces with biophilic design patterns along with seamless transitions between the outside and inside environment.

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michael meizen

Architect | Project Manager | AIA

Michael grew up in Wisconsin and Maryland, attended Cal Poly, SLO and studied a year abroad in Copenhagen.  His experience includes sacred, educational, affordable housing, custom residential, corporate architecture, and commercial development. Michael is a California registered architect, member of the American Institute of Architects, chair of the AIA San Diego Committee on the Environment (COTE), and serves as an SME for the CAB supplemental exam.  He is passionate about the architectural process and creating purposeful, contextual, and holistic design.

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uros milikic

Uros is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design.  Uros earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and his Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Belgrade in Serbia, where he was born. He came to the United States because of differences and curiosity about other architectural styles impacted by environment and culture.

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anna nagasugi

Architect | AIA | LEED Green Associate

Anna attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Architecture and a minor in Sustainable Environments. While completing her architecture degree, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy for a year. Through design, Anna aspires to create sustainable and thoughtful environments that help to positively impact the lives of others. She has experience in residential, commercial, sacred, and education projects, working on both the building and interior design. Anna is a licensed architect in the state of California, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and co-chair of AIA San Diego’s Women in Architecture knowledge community.

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toni pyjar

Architect

Toni Pyjar received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked at firms in Austin and San Diego, specializing in commercial and institutional buildings.
Toni has been a registered California architect since 1990. Returning to architecture after raising a family, she joined the studio in 2018.

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amanda rooney

Architect | NCIDQ | IIDA

Originally from Minnesota, she attended Iowa State University and moved to San Diego shortly after graduation. She has a background in a range of commercial work including fire stations, libraries, and animal care facilities. Amanda is passionate about creating a space that is not only visually pleasing but also functional and improves the experience of the end user

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tommy ross

Architect | Project Manager

Tommy graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts/History and a minor in Photography. Upon completion of his undergraduate work, he attended the Newschool of Architecture in San Diego and received his Master of Architecture degree in 2012. Tommy worked for several architecture firms along with the Unified Port of San Diego before joining the studio in 2014. Tommy collaborates within the studio on a broad range of projects with a specialty in Revit and other design related computer software.

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jessica schwartz

Jessica joined the studio in 2014 after completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture and Master of Architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. During school, she also pursued a minor in Design for Sustainability. Jessica is an integral part of the studio and collaborates with other staff members and is a Revit specialist.

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kellie terrell

Architect | Project Manager | LEED AP

Kellie graduated from Ball State University in 2003 w/ dual degrees in both Architecture and Environmental Design along with a minor in Historic Preservation. After college Kellie lived in London, UK before making her way to San Diego. She is a California registered architect and is LEED AP certified with experience in hospitality, government, sacred, commercial & educational architecture. Kellie joined domusstudio in 2019 and is passionate about the creative and collaborative process – working with a team to turn vision into reality. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find Kellie outside – hiking, exploring and enjoying time with her family.

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john topete

Business Manager

John graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelors in Business Administration Management and Accounting Certificate from UCSD Extension.  John’s work experience includes working for an IPO start-up to large corporations.  Prior to arriving at the studio, John worked for an accounting firm managing multiple clients.  In the studio, as the Business Manager, John oversees accounting and finance, human resource, contracts, insurance and risk management.

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nicholas wilson

Architect | Project Manager | AIA | NCIDQ

Nicholas completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Southern California receiving his Master of Architecture degree in 2013.  He worked for several architecture firms of varying types before joining the studio in 2017. Nicholas is a California registered architect with experience in retail, residential, and restaurant projects.  He has a passion for all aspects of the design and construction process, from concept to completion.  Nicholas is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

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beginnings

lew dominy

Founder

domusstudio architecture was established by Lew Dominy in 1986, and began as Dominy + Associates Architects. In 2001, domusstudio architecture was created with a partnership to continue the studio beyond the Dominy name and acknowledged the collaboration that others contributed. Today, Principals Jon Dominy, Wayne Holtan, David Keitel, David Pfeifer and John Pyjar lead a creative, cohesive and collaborative group of architects and designers, which together have and continue to garner design awards, winning competitions, and winning repeat clients.


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