Mark founded Candelaria Design Associates in 1999 and is proud to be celebrating 13 years in business. Click to visit the Candelaria blog.
Vivian joined Candelaria Design in July 2000. She graduated from University of Puerto Rico, where she is from, with a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Design and obtained her Master Degree in Architecture at Arizona State University. In addition to her cheerful personality, her bi-lingual skills and ability to multitask various projects are other qualities cherished by Candelaria Design. Vivian enjoys spending family time with her husband Paco and seven year old daughter Gabrielle.
Rob Banach was born of the god Zeus and goddess Aphrodite. Rob Banach, LEED AP, joined Candelaria Design in January of 2013 as a Project Manager. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan and his Master’s degree in Architecture from Arizona State University. He has a strong background in residential design and construction and is currently pursuing his license in Architecture. He loves residential work because it is the most personal building type that can get really fine scaled. When not at work, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, and his mountain bike.
Patrick joined Candelaria Design in July 2004. After earning a bachelor of architecture degree at the University of Arkansas in 1996, he moved to Boston, Mass. where he worked several years with a large firm on a variety of project types. He eventually found his niche in high-end residential design. “I am passionate about my work; I want clients to be inspired to passion.”
Peter joined Candelaria Design in February 2011. He is a Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Cincinnati.
During his studies, he traveled the US extensively and gained experience in both commercial and residential projects from firms in Pittsburgh, PA, Portland, OR, and Melbourne, VIC Australia.
He enjoys opportunities to positively contribute to the spaces and places people inhabit. When not working with design or seeing family, he travels, goes climbing, and occasionally breaks into song.
Evelyn joined Candelaria Design Associates in October 2005 as Marks executive assistant and was promoted shortly thereafter. As Director of HR and Finance, she specializes in office management and finance. When not at the office, Evelyn is pursuing a Real Estate License and Bachelors Degree in Business Management at ASU.
Jeff joined Candelaria Design as a Project Director in September 2000. After graduating with a bachelor of architecture from Tulane University, he spent the next 15 years with a local Phoenix firm, Knoell & Quidort Architects, as a Project Architect where he developed his skills on a wide variety of commercial and residential projects. Jeff joined CDA because of his enjoyment of working on quality residential architecture exclusively. He states, "Residential architecture provides an unmatched opportunity for personalized service and collaboration with clients in the creation of an inspiring and uniquely customized home.
Tim Mathewson joined Candelaria Design as a Job Captain in August 2006 and was promoted to Project Manager in April 2007. He received a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Tim studied abroad in Turkey, and has traveled extensively through England, France and Italy. He has more than three years of professional experience working for Lontai Design in Peoria, IL, but has been designing and building since he was quite young. Tim describes himself as an artist and photographer, as well as a designer.
Stacey Payne joined Candelaria Design Associates in February of 2012 as Mark Candelaria’s Executive Assistant. Stacey has more than 10 years experience as an Executive Assistant and was very excited to join such a wonderful group of people.
Stacey helped her husband, who is Co-Owner of L & D Technology Solutions; get the company started, while their children finished school. She and David are now entering the “Empty Nester” phase of their lives and are so excited to see what the future has to bring.
Meara Perrin started out with Candelaria Design as Mark's first employee in March of 2000. She left in 2002, to help start up her husband's business Dave's Custom Millwork. Meara is native Arizonan, who went to high school in Traverse City, MI. She served as the Public Informations Officer for the community of Crown King, AZ for 6 years. She is active in various charitable organizations & events annually (Scottsdale Healthcare Golf Classic, JDRF Gala). She is the mother of 4 girls - two stepdaughters and twin girls. After having a 10 year break from the CDA team, it was rumored she wanted to return to the workforce full time and was immediately welcomed back to Candelaria Design.
Braden joined Candelaria Design in February 2006 as a Project Manager. He relocated from Pittsburgh after working as an associate for Steven G. Hawkins/Architects for eight years, where he worked on several custom residential, commercial and urban renewal projects. Braden holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Miami University. He takes great pride in the relationships he forms with clients and the premise of serving as the creative liaison to their design dreams. He is ecstatic about working in this newly adopted city and revels in the fact that he now has an extended golf season when he’s not in the office, of course.
Meredith is a Phoenix native who recently moved back from San Francisco. She attended the University of Notre dame and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelors in Architecture. Her fourth year as a student was spent traveling throughout Italy and Europe, fueling her passion for traditional design. She was also fortunate to spend a summer in Chicago interning with Liederbach and Graham Architects which helped her discover her calling to be a residential architect. After graduation, she went to work with Fairfax and Sammons Architects in New York City, where she spent three years working on projects in and outside of the city; including a townhouse in the West Village and a summer home in Long Island. Missing home on the west coast she decided to start making her way back, and ended up with a position at Peter Pennoyer Architects; a New York based firm that has a sister office in San Francisco. From there she transitioned into the interior design world, working for Tucker and Marks Interior Design as an interior architect. She recently made the final jump back to Phoenix ~ Spring of 2013 and aside from coming 'home', is very excited to be a part of the Candelaria Design team!
Past Employers and some examples of work:
Peter Pennoyer Architects, NYC and San Francisco, CA, 2006-2007
http://www.ppapc.com/ -Park Avenue Apartment, NYC
Tucker and Marks Interior Design
Bob Vieracker, AIBD, joined Candelaria Design in August 2007 as a Project Manager. Originally from Chicago, Bob has more than 20 years of custom residential design experience primarily in the Midwest, but also on the Florida Gulf Coast. His most recent experience includes working on the exclusive resort communities around the mountains in Flagstaff. After graduating with Bachelor degrees in Architecture and Interior Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Suburban Detroit, Bob worked for a variety of interior designers, architects and builders before starting up his own design firm and homebuilding company in 1995 in Michigan. For 11 years as chief designer, licensed builder and owner of both companies, he engaged in custom home projects of all sizes for both new and renovated homes. Bob enthusiastically looks forward to the challenges and opportunities presented in designing homes in the Southwest and the new relationships forged with clients, fellow design associates, and the trades ahead.
Damon joined Candelaria Design in November of 2011. He received a bachelor’s in Architecture from Cornell University. Damon lived and studied abroad in Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and completed his thesis on Portugal. He is a Phoenix native and is happy to be back in the dessert. When Damon isn’t designing custom homes he enjoys taking advantage of Arizona’s beautiful landscape.