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Firm Profile

Platt/Whitelaw Architects is a full-service architectural firm, dedicated to public and community based projects.

Our approach to design relies heavily on open communication between all members of the design team, including clients, users and community groups.

Our project types include educational facilities, libraries, parks and recreation, life safety facilities, justice facilities, administration/operation/maintenance facilities, religious institutions, affordable housing and historic preservation. Platt/Whitelaw’s public agency clients include municipalities, school districts, and local & state agencies.

Platt/Whitelaw currently employs 17 people, including eight licensed architects. The firm also has five LEED™ Accredited Professionals on staff.

Our Strengths

  • Sustainable architecture and energy efficiency
  • Integration of design elements that encourage cultural interpretation
  • Working with community and user groups


Our Mission is to provide responsive architectural services, designing buildings that enrich the user, the community and the environment.

Our Vision is to provide a positive impact on our community and to contribute to a more resilient world.

Our Core Values

  • Integrity – we approach our work and lives with integrity
  • Collaboration – we approach our projects in the spirit of collaboration
  • Respect – our work is rooted in our respect for people and the environment
  • Diversity – we create environments that are inclusive for all
  • Sharing – we share knowledge between all stakeholders to create the best outcome


We strive to create buildings that serve their users and communities now and into the future, creating designs that comply with the rules of function but break free from the ties of predictability.

Our project management strength is based on responsiveness and clear communications. This means responsiveness to the architectural program and responsiveness to the Client and user. Our project managers orchestrate every stage of the design while keeping the client apprised of progress each step of the way. This structured oversight effectively guides the project through budget and schedule requirements to successful completion.

Our Process

  • Create & validate the architectural program
  • Develop an understanding of site, context, user, and community
  • Design a creative and appropriate response
  • Provide strong project management


Alison M. Whitelaw, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Principal / President

Naveen Waney, AIA


Sandra Gramley, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Principal / Vice President

Dave Madigan

Architect / Associate

Tom Fowler, RA, NCARB, CDT


Luke English, AIA, LEED AP


Michael Gilkerson


Keiko Newton


Thomas Brothers


Sebastian Beingolea

Architectural Support

Kristin Holbrook

Architectural Support

Yolanda Velazco, LEED Green Assoc

Architectural Support

Mackenzie Sims

Architectural Support

Fabricius Mastroantonio

Architectural Support

Casandra (KC) Gonzalez

Architectural Support

Rick Strickland, CPA

Chief Financial Manager

Melissa Fraser

Marketing Coordinator/Office Manager

Giving Back

Community. It means doing what you can to make the world a better place, so we believe in giving back.

At PWA, social responsibility is an important part of our historyhere are a list of organizations we support:
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA); San Diego Architectural Foundation; American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Diego and AIA SD COTE; US Green Building Council (USGBC); Organizing Committee Pacific Beach EcoDistrict SDAT; Playwrights Project; North Park Main Street; NewSchool of Architecture and Design (providing Faculty & Mentorships); San Diego River Park Foundation; Teaching Institute for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); EarthWorks; Construction Specifications Institute; Habitat for Humanity; Peace Corps, and ACE mentorships.

Our Time

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb


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Education & Academic

Park & Recreation

Civic, Institutional & Community

Operations & Maintenance

Spiritual & Health

Historic, Housing & Other

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Work With Us

We look for good communicators, team players, self-starting people who are detail-oriented and enjoy seeing a project completed well. We look for people who are comfortable with technology, understand the art, science and business of architecture and are always thirsty for knowledge. We seek people who want to grow and who work well with others. We look for flexibility, fantastic time management and great problem solving skills. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.

Currently we do not have an opening, but we always accept resumes and keep them on file for six months.

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4034 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104