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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 14 people, including six 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

Senior Principal / President

Naveen Waney, AIA

Principal / Vice President

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


Dave Madigan

Architect / Associate

Luke English, LEED AP


Thomas Brothers

Architectural Support

Jeff Barr, LEED AP

Architectural Support

Emily Stout

Architectural Support

Keiko Newton

Architectural Support

Sebastian Beingolea

Architectural Support

Yolanda Velazco, LEED GA

Architectural Support

Casandra (KC) Gonzalez

Architectural Support

Rick Strickland, CPA

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; Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company; 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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Work With Us

We look for good communicators, team players, and self-motivated 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. Platt/Whitelaw Architects is an equal opportunity employer.



San Diego based architectural firm seeks Architectural graduate with minimum five-years of experience for our fifteen-person office in North Park, San Diego. We are looking for a resourceful, enthusiastic professional with strong design & technical skills, common sense and a great team attitude. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.


  • Minimum Bachelor degree in Architecture plus five years of experience in an architectural office, covering all phases for projects including institutional, civic, educational, industrial and tenant improvements.
  • Strong communication & decision-making skills
  • Strong work ethic, self-motivation & good time management.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are essential
  • Ability to check your own work
  • Programming, construction documents (including specifications), permitting and construction administration experience are important
  • Strong computer skills including: AutoCAD, Revit, Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, internet & web skills


  • Coordinate small projects and/or aspects of larger projects including client contact, consultant and in-house project coordination
  • Develop design and technical solutions
  • Participate in all phases of projects (schematic design, design development, construction documents, construction administration, project close out)
  • Prepare graphic presentations

We are an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please respond via email with a cover letter, resume, availability, and salary requirements to:





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4034 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104