The Team...

Richard Olaya, AIA, Principal  Richard Olaya is the Principal and founder of Olaya Studio. Rich has been in the architecture field for over 20 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. 

Richard Olaya, AIA, Principal 

Richard Olaya is the Principal and founder of Olaya Studio. Rich has been in the architecture field for over 20 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 twenty-five 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, renovations, 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 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, youth leadership development, and gardening/food insecurity issues she has touched many lives in the University City neighborhood.  She’s been called a “code-geek” and the “energizer bunny”.    

Lauren Leatherbarrow, AIA,LEED®AP, Senior Architect

An architect with over twenty-five 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, renovations, 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 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, youth leadership development, and gardening/food insecurity issues she has touched many lives in the University City neighborhood.  She’s been called a “code-geek” and the “energizer bunny”.  

 

  Brian White, RA, LEED®AP, Senior Architect Brian is an architect with over thirty years of design, documentation and management experience with many different project types and teams.  He has participated as a team member or leader for both renovation and new construction:  hospitality, museum, educational, retail, residential, and assisted living, to name a few, most of which included a landscape design and sustainability component. He enjoys leading an effort to ensure that building systems are well integrated with their architectural design.  Brian walks everywhere, and you’ll find him on Saturday morning at the Clark Park Farmers’ Market shopping to support a cooking habit.  

 

Brian White, RA, LEED®AP, Senior Architect

Brian is an architect with over thirty years of design, documentation and management experience with many different project types and teams.  He has participated as a team member or leader for both renovation and new construction:  hospitality, museum, educational, retail, residential, and assisted living, to name a few, most of which included a landscape design and sustainability component. He enjoys leading an effort to ensure that building systems are well integrated with their architectural design.  Brian walks everywhere, and you’ll find him on Saturday morning at the Clark Park Farmers’ Market shopping to support a cooking habit.

 

  Andres Stell, LEED®AP , Architectural Designer Andres is a designer with over 12 years of extensive experience in the design and documentation of higher education, mixed use residential, science & technology, healthcare, religious, education and retail projects.  Andres' expertise in the use of 3-D visualization software such as Revit 2015 provides the firm with a tremendous asset towards serving our wide range of clients. Andres is passionate about all aspects of sustainability. In a world with limited resources, he truly believes we need to think about the way we live and the process towards good design.  One example Andres lives in what he believes is that he has been commuting to work on his bike since 2007, logging on an average of 60 miles a week on his bike.  Aside from biking, Andres’ interests also include photography and gardening. He sees photography as a way to capture the beauty and reality of life, in a way that is preserved and can be shared. He enjoys gardening, because he loves knowing that with a little effort, one can grow food from seed, and start to close the loop for the way we live. He tries to use as much as he can from the garden, and then the scraps and waste are composted and returned to the garden to provide nutrients for the next cycle. Both of his hobbies influence his career, as he strives to design places that help capture the beauty in life, and are closely tied to balances of nature that one experiences when one gardens.  

 

Andres Stell, LEED®AP , Architectural Designer

Andres is a designer with over 12 years of extensive experience in the design and documentation of higher education, mixed use residential, science & technology, healthcare, religious, education and retail projects.  Andres' expertise in the use of 3-D visualization software such as Revit 2015 provides the firm with a tremendous asset towards serving our wide range of clients.

Andres is passionate about all aspects of sustainability. In a world with limited resources, he truly believes we need to think about the way we live and the process towards good design.  One example Andres lives in what he believes is that he has been commuting to work on his bike since 2007, logging on an average of 60 miles a week on his bike.  Aside from biking, Andres’ interests also include photography and gardening. He sees photography as a way to capture the beauty and reality of life, in a way that is preserved and can be shared. He enjoys gardening, because he loves knowing that with a little effort, one can grow food from seed, and start to close the loop for the way we live. He tries to use as much as he can from the garden, and then the scraps and waste are composted and returned to the garden to provide nutrients for the next cycle. Both of his hobbies influence his career, as he strives to design places that help capture the beauty in life, and are closely tied to balances of nature that one experiences when one gardens.

 


Nathaniel 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.  

Nathaniel 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 15 years' experience in architectural office management, and over 30 years in bookkeeping and financial administrative skills to Olaya Studio. 

Roseanne O'Connor, Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Roseanne, our 'Chief Bookie' brings over 15 years' experience in architectural office management, and over 30 years in bookkeeping and financial administrative skills to Olaya Studio. 

 
Kelly Duignan, Architectural Intern Kelly grew up in Lancaster, PA and moved to South Philadelphia in 2008 to attend Drexel University, from which she graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor of Architecture degree. After working at the Delaware Valley Green Building Council as a Marketing Associate and Graphic Designer, she joined the Olaya Studio team in December 2015. She is also a volunteer with the Community Design Collaborative, and was recently awarded 'Rookie of the Year' for her volunteer efforts within the organization. Kelly is interested in urban design, public art, sustainability, cities, connections, neighborhoods, and communities. She fosters cats for City Kitties, a local West Philadelphia nonprofit. Kelly loves trying new vegan/vegetarian recipes, and podcast recommendations are always welcome. She is interested in how bicycles are used within the city, and can often be found exploring Philadelphia riding two finely tuned wheels.

Kelly Duignan, Architectural Intern

Kelly grew up in Lancaster, PA and moved to South Philadelphia in 2008 to attend Drexel University, from which she graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor of Architecture degree. After working at the Delaware Valley Green Building Council as a Marketing Associate and Graphic Designer, she joined the Olaya Studio team in December 2015. She is also a volunteer with the Community Design Collaborative, and was recently awarded 'Rookie of the Year' for her volunteer efforts within the organization.

Kelly is interested in urban design, public art, sustainability, cities, connections, neighborhoods, and communities. She fosters cats for City Kitties, a local West Philadelphia nonprofit. Kelly loves trying new vegan/vegetarian recipes, and podcast recommendations are always welcome. She is interested in how bicycles are used within the city, and can often be found exploring Philadelphia riding two finely tuned wheels.

Miranda Mote, Projectural Architect Miranda is a native of Ohio and graduate of University of Cincinnati, but has resided in the heart of Philadelphia for six years. She is an architect, graphic designer, committed neighborhood gardener, and a landscape historian with an expertise specific to 17th and 18th century Pennsylvania. She is not a luddite, but enjoys using pinhole cameras, printing plants, and working with rudimentary printing presses to make books.

Miranda Mote, Projectural Architect

Miranda is a native of Ohio and graduate of University of Cincinnati, but has resided in the heart of Philadelphia for six years. She is an architect, graphic designer, committed neighborhood gardener, and a landscape historian with an expertise specific to 17th and 18th century Pennsylvania. She is not a luddite, but enjoys using pinhole cameras, printing plants, and working with rudimentary printing presses to make books.