Richard Olaya, AIA

Richard Olaya is the Principal and founder of Olaya Studio. Rich has been in the architecture field for over 25 years and has been a registered architect in Pennsylvania since 2005.  His extensive experience of project types ranges from museums to university buildings and high rise multi-family buildings. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Rich’s  multi-cultural background provide clients with a unique global and cosmopolitan perspective.  As a Philadelphia resident for over 25 years, Rich also provides an intimate understanding of the region’s history and context.  

As a way to keep the creative juices flowing within the office, Rich likes to schedule the occasional field trip with the whole office to visit an artist’s studio, take in a nearby lecture, or have an impromptu happy hour on the front porch of the house.   Rich, along with his teen age boys have been residents of University City for the last 15 years.  He’s an active member in his community volunteering and contributing his time towards various arts organizations in neighborhood. One of Rich’s interests out of the office includes training for and participating in Olympic distance triathlons.  A recent discovery of the sport has become a source of great joy, a few aches, and diverted what could have very well been a serious mid-life crisis. 

Lauren Leatherbarrow, AIA, LEED®AP
Senior Architect

An architect with over thirty years of design, documentation, and construction administration experience Ms. Leatherbarrow has participated as Project Architect and as a team member in historic and adaptive re-use, interiors, renovation, and new construction projects.  Her experience spans a wide variety of projects and building types including affordable housing, educational and institutional sites. With an interest in quality design of built environments that are affordable, sustainable, and maintainable Lauren encourages a management style that solves problems through open communications and she cultures collaboration of all parties.  A native of Kentucky she’s also lived for 30 years in Philadelphia, 7 years in London and a year in Montreal. As a regular volunteer for community building activities in Philadelphia primarily supporting civic beautification projects in University City  she has touched many lives.  As a Team Leader for CANstruction for the past 7 years she has fundraised and purchased 30,000 cans of food utilized in prize winning sculptures and donated to Philabundance.  She’s been called a “code-geek” and the “energizer bunny”. 

Nate Hoffman
Architectural Intern

Nate is an Architectural Intern at Olaya Studio and is completing his architectural studies at Drexel University. Nate specializes in the production of construction documents, study models and photo realistic renderings utilizing a wide range of 3D modeling software.


Roseanne O'Connor
Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Roseanne, our 'Chief Bookie' brings over 17 years' experience in architectural office management, and over 30 years in bookkeeping and financial administrative skills to Olaya Studio. 

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Richard A. Carbone, AAIA
Director of Marketing & Business Development

Richard joined Olaya Studio as Director of Marketing and Business Development. In this role, Richard focuses on identifying and directing all marketing and business development efforts for the firm including pursuing new markets and prospective clients, establishing the firm’s strategic plan, maintaining an effective and competitive business development program, and building client and industry relationships. 

Richard has over 16 years of experience leading marketing, business development, strategy and communications for design firms. His track record includes brand strategy and development, marketing operations and management, executive counsel, and team building. He is also a past recipient of the American In-House Design Awards for Branding and Website.

A South Philadelphia native with a passion for design, creativity, and music, he holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University.