People

HH Architecture Staff

Our firm is led by three principals, Kristen M. Hess as CEO, David Carey as Director of Operations, and Siler Ransmeier as Director of Design. We have six registered architects supported by design and production staff. Our diverse staff come from widely differing backgrounds and have different strengths that contribute to our overall success.

Our Team

Kristen M. Hess, AIA, LEED AP

Principal, CEO

Kristen M. Hess, AIA, LEED AP Principal, CEO

As the President, CEO, and business development leader of HH Architecture, Kristen works to build relationships within her community and throughout North Carolina. She is committed to providing opportunities not only to her employees but also by mentoring students and future community leaders. Kristen currently serves on the Greater Raleigh Chamber Executive Committee, the Governor’s Council on Historically Underutilized Businesses, as well as the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines. In 2011, Kristen was awarded the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship in 2016, where she forged global connections with Eisenhower Fellows all over the world.

Kristen received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University. Her passion for sustainable and client-focused design is a driving force in HH Architecture’s continued growth and success.

David Carey, Associate AIA, LEED AP

Principal, Director of Operations

David Carey, Associate AIA, LEED AP Principal, Director of Operations

As Principal and Director of Operations, Dave leads our team in delivering excellent work to our valued clients. He ensures that the production standards of HH Architecture’s designs are of the highest quality. Throughout his twenty-plus years of experience, Dave has demonstrated exceptional commitment to client needs as well as an extensive understanding of architectural detailing. He believes that the most rewarding part of what we do is spending time listening, watching, and working collaboratively with our clients and then seeing their excitement as their vision comes alive.

Dave is a member of the Greater Raleigh Chamber Board of Advisors, the Johnston Community College Circle of Friends, the Midtown Raleigh Alliance, and USGBC. He received his Bachelor of Environmental Design from NC State University.

Siler Ransmeier, AIA

Principal, Director of Design

Siler Ransmeier, AIA Principal, Director of Design

As Principal and Director of Design for HH Architecture, Siler leads our firm through the discovery process to find and deliver elegant solutions to our diverse and talented clients. Throughout the design and construction process, he consistently engages our clients in a collaborative design process tailored to their needs to help them do what they do every day even better. In his tenure at HH Architecture, Siler has worked on many of our landmark projects and contributed to the growth and success of the firm. He workes to engage our talented staff and foster a strong design culture within our studio. Siler is actively involved in the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, the Society of College and University Planning, and has participated as a judge for NC State University’s Graduate Student Research Symposium. He is passionate about our work with the Ronald McDonald Houses of North Carolina and is an annual volunteer for the Day of Hope and Happiness at the NC State Fair. Siler received his Masters of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from NC State University’s College of Design.

Laura Allison, Associate AIA

Designer

Laura Allison, Associate AIA Designer

Laura received her Master of Architecture from The City College of New York and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Florida State University. She enjoys traveling, painting, biking, and exploring new restaurants. Laura is interested in the problem-solving aspect of architecture and sees every project as a new design challenge. She is adept at producing technical drawings and 3d renderings. A few of her favorite projects to work on have been the Herman Park Recreation Center for the City of Goldsboro and the NC State Farmers Market Master Plan.

Cody Ball

Financial Manager

Cody Ball Financial Manager

Cody received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Managerial Accounting from NC State University’s Poole College of Management. He is an avid movie fan and enjoys attending concerts and local trivia nights. He is an active member of CAI, The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and was selected to participate in the 2019-2020 Leadership Raleigh program. Cody is an integral part of our financial team and is the liaison between the firm, our design consultant teams, and our clients to negotiate agreements for successful projects. A few of his favorite projects to work on have been the Polar Bear Expansion and Renovation for the NC Zoological Park, the renovation of HH Architecture’s office building on Dresser Court, and the NCDA&CS Agricultural Sciences Center.

Jessica Bossiere, NCIDQ, IIDA

Senior Interior Designer

Jessica Bossiere, NCIDQ, IIDA Senior Interior Designer

Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Virginia Tech. She received her NCIDQ certification in 2007 and is an active member of IIDA. She works to support interior design programs at local colleges and universities by participating as a guest judge for student work critiques and special projects. Jessica excels at creating space plans that not only give the client what they need for the everyday, but that is also inviting and comfortable for staff and visitors. She creates unique ways to express our client’s culture through mission-driven design and develops a collection of finishes for each project that tells a story. She works with architects to create interior environments that feed off the space, theme, client, and vision of the overall building design. A few of Jessica’s favorite projects to work on have been HH Architecture’s Dresser Court office renovation, the Johnston Community College Student Success Center, and the NCDA&CS Agricultural Sciences Center.

James G. Briglia, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Project Manager

James G. Briglia, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Senior Project Manager

James received his Bachelors of Science in Architecture from Georgia State Institute of Technology. He serves as the Treasurer of the Building Envelope Council Research Triangle, Task Force of AIA Triangle, and as the President of the Board of Directors for the Cary Park Property Owners Association. Jim brings over 25 years of experience to our firm. Within our studio, he is a leader in Building Information Modeling, Building Science, Construction Administration, Alternate Delivery Methods, Design Build, and Integrated Project Delivery. As Senior Project Manager, he works to solve design problems and deliver buildings that function well beyond the expectations of our clients.

Elizabeth Caliendo, AIA

Senior Architect

Elizabeth Caliendo, AIA Senior Architect

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University’s College of Design. As an active member of the local design community, she joined the AIA Triangle Board in 2018 and is currently an AIA Triangle Board Member and is Secretary on the AIAT Board Executive Committee and serves as chair of the AIA Triangle Design Awards Task Force. She served six years on the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) and is now serving on the RHDC Design Review Advisory Committee. Elizabeth is passionate about designing spaces that are thoughtful, compelling, and impactful. She brings over 25 years of design expertise to our team. As Senior Architect, she leads our architecture studio in creating meaningful and innovative spaces for our clients and our community.

Alyssa Dohler

Designer

Alyssa Dohler Designer

Alyssa received her Masters in Architecture from NC State University’s College of Design. She enjoys rock climbing and gardening. She is interested in public space design and closely examines how buildings work with and for people. Alyssa provides crucial support to our design team through every phase of design and is an asset to our design team.

Brittany Freeman

Marketing Coordinator

Brittany Freeman Marketing Coordinator

Brittany received her Bachelor’s Degree in Media and Communication Studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. As marketing coordinator, Brittany provides support to the marketing team and coordinates proposal production, social media management, and brand implementation. She creates marketing materials and graphics that promote HH Architecture’s brand and communicates our mission, vision, and values. She enjoys being outdoors, staying active, cooking, baking and spending time with family. Brittany is interested in the creative aspect of marketing. Because marketing is constantly changing and evolving, she is motivated to continue learning and implementing new ideas and marketing strategies.

Andrea Frysinger

Systems Manager

Andrea Frysinger Systems Manager

Andrea received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from NC State University. She enjoys cooking and baking in her free time, is an avid reader, and British Television fan. She participates in multiple technical user groups and attends local events around the Triangle. She enjoys the ever-changing nature of technology, there is always something new to learn! Andrea keeps our systems and software up to date and secure. She helps our staff navigate through technical roadblocks, even if it is a user error.

Alondra Garcia

Designer

Alondra Garcia Designer

Alondra received her Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from the North Carolina State University College of Design with a minor in Landscape Architecture. She is a mentor for the Raleigh Durham chapter of the ACE Mentor Program. She enjoys architecture that creates meaningful experiences for the users by focusing on the human scale. She believes it is important to integrate buildings into their surroundings and incorporate sustainable design practices. A few of her favorite projects to work on at HH Architecture have been the Orange County EAC and the Johnston Community College Engineering Building.

Lauren Guy

Marketing Manager

Lauren Guy Marketing Manager

Lauren received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Central Florida. She is an active member of the Research Triangle chapter of SMPS and has served on the Board as Director at Large, as a member of the Communications Committee, and as a mentor for the Mentorship Program. She enjoys exploring and camping in North Carolina’s numerous State Parks and spending quality time with friends and family. As Marketing Manager, Lauren is responsible for communicating HH Architecture’s brand both internally and externally. She provides business development support, manages proposal development, and all marketing functions in support of the firm’s long term strategic goals.

David F. Hart

Chief Financial Officer

David F. Hart Chief Financial Officer

As our CFO, Dave continues to provide valuable business advice and support. His experience and financial insight have contributed to HH Architecture’s long-term success. With over fifty years of corporate finance and general management experience, he is enjoying helping our firm as we continue to grow and be successful in the NC design community. Dave enjoys spending time with his 4 grandchildren, trying to improve his golf skills, supporting Habitat for Humanity & Saint Giles Presbyterian Church. Dave was the first official HH Architecture employee and is the secret to our success!

Jackson Kiel, Associate AIA

Designer

Jackson Kiel, Associate AIA Designer

Jackson received his Bachelor of Architecture from NC State University’s College of Design where he also received his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Minor in Landscape Architecture. He is actively involved with the AIAS program Freedom by Design and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. Jackson is a talented designer who is most interested in the Schematic Design phase of the design process, especially creating architectural visualizations such as 3D renderings, flythroughs, and VR. His favorite projects to work on at HH Architecture so far have been the San Lee Nature Education Center, the Maxwell Center and AIA Triangle Barkitecture.

Andi Laska, Associate AIA

Designer

Andi Laska, Associate AIA Designer

Andi received his Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Sustainable Environments from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo as well as an Associates Degree in Natural Science and Mathematics from Ventura College in Ventura, CA. He is an active member of AIA Triangle and was accepted to participate in the 2019 AIA Leadership Forum. He also serves as a mentor for the Raleigh Durham chapter of the ACE Mentor Program. Andi has enjoyed working on the Dueling Dinosaurs Exhibit, the Herman Park Recreation Center, and the Triangle Racquet Sports Center projects. He is interested in architecture’s ability to produce social and cultural change by imagining new worlds with engaging spaces, that bring people together and provide memorable experiences.

Evan W. Leinbach

Designer

Evan W. Leinbach Designer

Evan received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a Minor in Philosophy from Clemson University. He is constantly exploring new ways to develop high-quality 3D visualizations through Sketchup, Revit, and virtual reality applications for architectural design. He has an ever-deepening fascination with joinery techniques and details due to his brief exposure to mortise and tenon style timber framing and metal sculpture techniques during his time at Savannah College of Art and Design. A few of his favorite projects to work on in our design studio have been the NC State Farmers Market Master Plan and the Wake County Bus Rapid Transit Station Design.

Eric Mura

Designer

Eric Mura Designer

Eric received his Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his Masters in Architecture from North Carolina State University’s College of Design. In his free time, Eric enjoys playing hockey and spending time outside with his dog, Jake. He is most interested in practicing sustainable design, creating physical and digital models, and analyzing problem-solving through the design process. He the interaction between people and architecture. He appreciates the impact that architecture has on people’s lives through buildings and providing a creative job field.

Jess Piscitelli, Associate IIDA

Interior Designer

Jess Piscitelli, Associate IIDA Interior Designer

Jess received her Bachelors Degree in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is an allied member of ASID and is working towards her NCIDQ certification (two down, one to go!). In her free time, she enjoys gardening and home improvement projects. As an interior designer at HH Architecture, Jess has enjoyed working on the designs of the Johnston Community College Student Success Center as well as the NCDA&CS Agricultural Sciences Center. She thrives on creating spaces that positively affect people’s day to day lives, accommodates their needs, and are aesthetically pleasing.

Xavier Sawyer

Accountant

Xavier Sawyer Accountant

Xavier received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with a concentration in Information Systems from NC State University. He is an avid tennis player and fan as well as a new dog owner. He provides crucial support to our financial team and makes sure we get our expense reports in on time! His favorite aspect of accounting is that there is an infinite amount of information that can be drawn from just numbers.

Carolyn Smith

HR Manager

Carolyn Smith HR Manager

Carolyn received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts Education from East Carolina University. She is actively involved in the Raleigh Chamber and CAI attending a variety of conferences and events hosted by both organizations. She coordinates many of HH Architecture’s volunteer efforts with the Ronald McDonald House of Durham and Wake, CASA, Midtown Raleigh Alliance, AIAs, and more. As HR Manager, Carolyn enjoys the everchanging and evolving nature of human resources. She works with our diverse group of individuals on a daily basis to help them reach their highest potential as a member of HH Architecture’s staff.

Heidi Smith

Designer

Heidi Smith Designer

Heidi received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design in Architecture with a minor in Art and Design from NC State University’s College of Design. While at NC State, she was a member of the marching band, basketball pep band, and British brass band. Heidi enjoys mentoring her kids in crayon graphic design and lego construction. As our resident “Revit Fairy”, she is interested in finding ways to make our software work hard for us to present not only a great design but great information to our clients.

Jenessa Van Deen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Architect

Jenessa Van Deen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Architect

Jenessa received her Master of Architecture and her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from North Dakota State University. She is involved in AIA Triangle, USGBC, volunteering as a mentor for the Raleigh Durham chapter of the ACE Mentorship Program, and was accepted into the Raleigh Chamber Emerging Leaders program. She enjoys designing solutions that will make something better for the owner. She loves that architecture allows her the opportunity to learn about other people and to design spaces that allow them to do what they love to do. A few of Jenessa’s favorite projects that she has worked on at HH Architecture have been the Dueling Dinosaur Exhibit for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, the Program Building Renovation for the Girlscouts North Carolina Coastal Pines, and everything at the NC Zoo.

Janae Wilson, Associate AIA

Designer

Janae Wilson, Associate AIA Designer

Janae received her Master of Architecture from Hampton University where she studied abroad in Italy. She is actively involved in YAF, AIA, and is a previous participant of the AIA Leadership Forum. She is an active member of the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta working with youth, mentoring young female teens, and as a member of two committees dedicated to community development and fundraising for scholarships for college-bound individuals. Janae is most interested in the user experience aspect of architecture. Many elements of her designs focus on the positive effect they can have on individuals including color, texture, materiality, natural light, biophilia, and building circulation.

Nicholas Zastrow, AIA

Architect

Nicholas Zastrow, AIA Architect

Nicholas received his Bachelors of Architecture from Virginia Tech. He is actively involved in AIA Triangle, the Building Enclosure Council and enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing in his adult soccer league. As an Architect, Nick works with a diverse array of licensed professionals, public officials, and clients to negotiate the design process and orchestrate designs to best meet the needs of the community now and into the future. He is interested in the way that every project HH Architecture takes on is unique and that the final design is the result of several project-specific decisions along the way. He is adept and translating the needs and aspirations of our clients into a physical and technical expression for each building.

Chicken

Senior Barkitect

Chicken Senior Barkitect

As our Senior Barkitect, Chicken can be found lounging around the office a few days a week. She enjoys enthusiastically welcoming our staff as they come into the office every morning and carefully supervising their lunch hour. Having never met a stranger, she makes herself available to staff and office guests for belly rubs and head scratches.

Harper

Junior Barkitect

Harper Junior Barkitect

As our Junior Barkitect, sweet and loyal Harper spends most of her time upstairs in our design studio. She puts her best foot forward each time she comes to work wearing a colorful bandana. She loves swimming, diving into the mud at the dog park, and STICKS!!!!

Cocoa

Senior Barkitect

Cocoa Senior Barkitect

Having made a career change later in life, Cocoa is quickly working her way up the ranks of the Barkitecture Studio. She works closely with our design staff and provides a wealth of experience and knowledge.

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