Mary Ann Gabriele Schicketanz, AIA, LEED Green Associate – Principal Architect
TU Stuttgart M.A. in Architectural Engineering
Mary Ann has been a practicing architect for more than two decades, with a portfolio spanning California, as well as Germany, Austria, and Spain. A native of Austria, she brings a European sensibility to the practice of sustainable building and design. She is known for creating designs that offer classic simplicity and natural elegance, efficient floor plans and easy flow. A leader in the integration of green design principles with strong thematic design concepts, her work is widely published and she frequently speaks on the subject. She has previously taught design at the Lyceum and lectured on design principles at the Cherry Foundation and at the San Francisco Design Center.
Sri Shankar – Executive Assistant
B.S. in Accounting, Madras, India
Monterey Peninsula College, A.A. in Interior Design
Sri joined the firm in 2012 as the bookkeeper but has since moved into the role of Mary Ann’s Executive Assistant. She holds degrees in both accounting and interior design, which are complemented by six years of professional experience managing accounting, finance, and contract management functions of architectural, construction, and real estate development firms.
Jay Auburn – Permit Coordinator
Saddleback College & Diablo Valley College
Jay joined Studio Schicketanz in 2001, bringing to the firm thirteen years of experience in planning and building permit processing in Monterey County, mostly in the Coastal Zone. Jay moves the planning process forward, working closely with the County Project Planners, processing applications, preparing for public hearings, handling condition fulfillment, and monitoring mitigation deadlines. Jay is responsible for coordinating with project consultants, preparing community LUAC meetings, and working with MPWMD, as well as coordinating building maintenance for several long-time clients.
Alem Dermicek – AIA, LEED Green Associate – Associate Architect
University of Zagreb, Architectural Engineering & Urban Design
Alem studied Architectural Engineering and Urban Design at the University of Zagreb in Croatia before moving to the United States to practice architecture. He has practiced architecture in the United States for 30 years and has been a California-licensed architect since 1991. In this time, he has gained extensive experience with the design and construction of mid-rise residential and commercial buildings. Alem joined Studio Schicketanz in a desire to participate in the sustainable design (LEED) of cutting edge modern homes and commercial projects.
Kieran Martin – AIA, LEED AP BD+C – Associate Architect
Rensselaer Polytechnic University, Masters of Architecture
Humboldt State University, B.S. International Business & Economics
Licensed in California and New York, Kieran has a wide range of architectural experience in designing higher education and commercial campuses. He strives for sustainability at all scales of design and has completed LEED-certified projects in New York, Massachusetts, and California. He earned his Masters of Architecture degree at RPI, focusing on complex building types and the integration of architectural and structural design. Kieran has joined Studio Schicketanz to take part in contemporary projects which blend effortlessly into their delicate environments.
Lorena Akin – LEED AP – Intern Architect
North Carolina State University, Masters of Architecture
Autonomous University of Chiapas, Mexico, B.A. in Architecture
Lorena brings with her a wealth of varied experience, ranging from construction sites in Latin America to commercial and residential design projects in the United States. With a focus on sustainable design, she uses Building Information Management (BIM) software to efficiently bring projects from initial concept to completion. Lorena joined Studio Schicketanz after completing her Masters of Architecture at North Carolina State University and completing an internship with a large national architecture firm.
Jonas Raniel D. Santiago – LEED Green Associate – Intern Architect
Adamson University, Manila Philippines, B.S. in Architecture
Jonas has over 10 years of experience working in a diversified range of residential architecture. In 2003, he earned his Bachelors of Architecture from Adamson University in the Philippines, passing his native country’s architectural licensure exam three years later. He then moved to Singapore, working for an architectural consulting firm specializing in mid-rise commercial projects and high-rise residential condominiums. In 2015, to further his understanding of on-site building and overall construction, he joined an interior renovation contracting firm in Singapore. After moving to the United States, Jonas joined Studio Schicketanz, bringing his wide array of knowledge and experience to the firm.
Jacobus Swarts – Intern Architect
New Jersey Institute of Technology, B.A. in Architecture
Jacobus has worked extensively as an architectural designer since completing his Architecture degree at NJIT in 2004. His portfolio of work encompasses residences, wineries and restaurants in the USA and South Africa, his country of birth. These are testimonials of his ability to visualize and realize spaces which uniquely respond to and are in symbiosis with their environment.
Kumaresh Sekaran – Consulting Architect
University of Arizona, Masters of Architecture
REC Trichy, India, B.A. in Architecture
Kumaresh has a diverse 23 years of experience in the field of architecture. He has designed everything from bungalows to high-rises, and has contributed to urban planning and mixed use developments in Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Taiwan. Later, he relocated to Colorado where he specialized in ski resort residential villas. In California, his projects include transit systems in San Jose and coastal properties in the Big Sur area. Kumaresh’s architecture has been showcased in several publications in the US and India. He lectures at CBT college and is a visiting design studio faculty member at RV College of Architecture. Now working with Studio Schicketanz on a consulting basis, he continues to be a valuable asset to our team.
Nicole Clapman – LEED AP BD+C, Allied ASID – Interior Designer
James Madison University, B.F.A. in Interior Design, Minor in Art History
Nicole has five years of experience in the design field with a background in residential interiors and furnishings. After receiving a BFA in Interior Design with a minor in Art History in 2010 from James Madison University, she worked as a designer on homes in Virginia Beach and Washington, DC before moving west. With a keen interest in sustainable design and a passion for the environment, she pursued LEED AP in Building Design and Construction and is an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
Akhila Ghattamaneni – Interior Designer
New England School of Art & Design, M.A. in Interior Architecture
Manipal University, B.Sc. Film Design, Major in Set Design
Akhila earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Film Design with a major in Set Design from Manipal University, India. She worked in Bangalore, India as a set designer for three years before pursuing her masters in Interior Architecture at the New England School of Art & Design in Boston, MA. Prior to joining Studio Schicketanz, Akhila worked with Gensler on a global internship program in Bangalore, India, and interned at an architectural nonprofit based in Boston, MA which concentrates in ADA design. Akhila is currently in pursuit of a LEED certification.
Stefanie Mckay – Interior Designer
California State University, Chico, B.F.A. in Interior Architecture, Minor in International Business
Stefanie earned her B.F.A. in Interior Architecture from California State University Chico in 2016. During her studies, she interned with a landscape architecture firm whose sustainable practices sparked her commitment to environmentally conscious design. Shortly after graduation, she returned to her native Monterey County to join Studio Schicketanz and begin her career in the residential design industry.
Meredith Sherwin – Interior Design Assistant
University of California, Irvine, B.A. in History & Film Studies
Meredith comes to Studio Schicketanz with three years of experience in coordinating residential interior design projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. She draws upon her background in retail and hospitality as well as her ability to multi-task to help facilitate the interior design process. Meredith is skilled in thoughtful project administration and enjoys finding order in chaos.
Pam Contos – Bookkeeper
Pam is a skilled and dedicated Bookkeeper and Office Specialist with many years of experience, adept at developing and maintaining financial processes that improve and achieve expert organizational objectives. Her extensive background includes Executive Support and Bookkeeping at an architectural firm, Office Manager/Bookkeeper at a Certified Green food container manufacturing company, Executive Assistant to the Controller and Finance Department of a musical instrument manufacturing company, and Bank Supervisor. She has lived and worked in the Monterey area for the past twelve years, and is previously from the Santa Cruz and Marin County areas.
Maria Fisk – Administrative Assistant
Heald Business College, Associates Degree in Computer Business Administration
Maria originally developed a passion for customer service while working in the hospitality industry, originally as a human resource coordinator and later promoted to HR manager. Before joining Studio Schicketanz, Maria was an administrative assistant in the sales department at Monterey Hyatt. She brings to the team a positive outlook, strong organizational skills, and a desire to help others.