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The Team

Who We Are

DBA brings together talented architects and designers who celebrate the role and benefits that good design can bring to today’s built environment.

We are headquartered in Beacon, New York, an exciting and vibrant city in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Beacon is close to New York City, Kingston, Albany, and Newburgh, and is home to many cultural institutions. DIA Beacon, Storm King Arts Center, The Culinary Institute, Marist College, and Vassar College all make their home in the region.

DBA founder and Creative Director, David Burke, is a former Principal at Grimshaw who put down roots in the Hudson Valley in 2007 and has now decided to bring his practice here, too.

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David Burke,

AIA NCARB LEED ap

Architect

David understands the complexity and intensive coordination it takes to deliver large scale, high-performance projects. His experience, enthusiasm, and penchant for innovation has resulted in inspiring projects across a range of sectors.

David’s design sensibility has always reflected a clear practicality. Guided by a commitment to planning and structural rigor, David’s projects express a strong sense of architectural and structural legibility that celebrate the use of structural and mechanical engineering, building material, and architectural finish. The search to further the development of the industry has guided his work throughout his career.

Much of David’s work has centered around improving the public realm and the human environment. His focus spans from the residential sector to the institutional. Whether a single-family residence or a public park, museum or college union building, David is committed to “the one, or the many.”

Learning and exploration have been constant themes in David’s life, and his interest in designing for higher education is strongly reflected in his portfolio. His recent projects with Grimshaw Architects include the Arizona State University Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 7, the University of Florida Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence, and the Duke University Brodhead Center for Campus Life. 

Prior to joining Grimshaw, David worked with several innovative, design-oriented firms. His professional experience includes the Athletes’ Pavilion at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and a deployable exhibition enclosure for the UN Commission for Sustainable Development’s Earth Summit 3. His experience also includes the design and fabrication of lightweight, kinetic, and deployable structures for events and exhibitions.

David is a Registered Architect in the States of New York and Massachusetts, a LEED Accredited Professional and NCARB-certified. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects and actively contributes to academic programs and lectures nationwide.

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David Burke,

AIA NCARB LEED ap

Architect

David understands the complexity and intensive coordination it takes to deliver large scale, high-performance projects. His experience, enthusiasm, and penchant for innovation has resulted in inspiring projects across a range of sectors.

David’s design sensibility has always reflected a clear practicality. Guided by a commitment to planning and structural rigor, David’s projects express a strong sense of architectural and structural legibility that celebrate the use of structural and mechanical engineering, building material, and architectural finish. The search to further the development of the industry has guided his work throughout his career.

Much of David’s work has centered around improving the public realm and the human environment. His focus spans from the residential sector to the institutional. Whether a single-family residence or a public park, museum or college union building, David is committed to “the one, or the many.”

Learning and exploration have been constant themes in David’s life, and his interest in designing for higher education is strongly reflected in his portfolio. His recent projects with Grimshaw Architects include the Arizona State University Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 7, the University of Florida Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence, and the Duke University Brodhead Center for Campus Life. 

Prior to joining Grimshaw, David worked with several innovative, design-oriented firms. His professional experience includes the Athletes’ Pavilion at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and a deployable exhibition enclosure for the UN Commission for Sustainable Development’s Earth Summit 3. His experience also includes the design and fabrication of lightweight, kinetic, and deployable structures for events and exhibitions.

David is a Registered Architect in the States of New York and Massachusetts, a LEED Accredited Professional and NCARB-certified. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects and actively contributes to academic programs and lectures nationwide.

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Heather Kaan

Architectural Designer

Technical Director

Heather is an experienced architectural designer with over 20 years in the architectural industry.  She has worked on a wide variety of projects, including residential, community-based, and higher education.  All of this has allowed her to easily step into the role as Technical Director at DBA. Heather has a degree in Applied Science in Architectural Technology and has spent her career both designing and leading teams through every step of the design and construction process.

 

Heather's architectural experience started as a teenager, helping to create plans for her father, a prominent contractor.  From there, she went on to get her degree and entered the workforce, already an experienced designer. 

 

As the Hudson Valley grew in popularity and in population, Heather's career grew along with it.  Working exclusively for smaller, local firms, her talent and project management quickly grew into a role of leadership. Throughout the course of her career, Heather has managed the design and construction of over 100 residential projects, along with community and institutionally-based projects.  

 

Aside from architectural design and management, Heather is also an accomplished carpenter, having built her own house and briefly worked in the carpentry department of Vassar College.  Her knowledge of building materials and best practices directly correlates to her ability to design quickly and efficiently with advanced knowledge of how structures will come together at every stage of the process. 

 

Heather is committed to the Hudson Valley and the local environment and is committed to making positive contributions through material usage, renewable energy, and ecologically- minded design.

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Carol Fatima Pacheco

BArch (Hons), BE, MArch

Architectural Designer

Carol is a recent graduate from Syracuse University, with an M.S. in Architecture, focusing on Design, Energy, and Future.  She also has a Civil Engineering degree from the Polytechnic School of Litoral in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She works to balance creativity as an architect and the scientific thinking of an engineer. This balance is what Carol aims for in every project she works on. 

Carol has experience as both a construction manager and designer. Both of those experiences have helped her learn from a multidisciplinary staff – she strongly values learning from others. Carol considers herself proactive and always in search of alternatives to find the best solution.  This goes hand in hand with her M.S. program, which revolves around achieving sustainability in building and urban scale. 

 

Her background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering.  As a designer and project manager, she has experience elaborating visualization for clients, construction documents, estimation, scheduling, and construction management on residential and commercial projects. Carol strives to establish a sustainable approach for every project. Moreover, she aims to merge formal and functional aspects of every design to encourage a sense of belonging for our clients and the importance of sustainability and preserving resources. 

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Heidi Bernhart

Operations Director

With a background in Office Management, Operations, and Marketing, Heidi brings over 15 years’ experience in running small businesses.  She excels at both internal operations and external engagement.  After an education in Professional Writing from SUNY Cortland, Heidi started her professional career in Operations, while also taking on marketing initiatives, working with the community and local environmental organizations. 

 

Heidi eventually made her way into NYC, working for an SEO/Digital Marketing start-up in the role of Operations Manager.  This role allowed her to do everything from client acquisition and relationship management to internal operations oversight.  From there, she held similar roles in a variety of industries, including finance, litigation, and eventually, architecture.  The experience of performing similar duties in a variety of industries has given

Heidi a wide range of business, client, and operational experience.  With this, she creates an efficient internal operation and a white-glove experience for our clients.

 

Heidi’s business values are that of experience, excellent client relationships, and community.  She values building a grass-roots organization on a foundation of expertise, thoughtfulness, and second-to-none service. Being connected to the Hudson Valley, the place she calls home, pushes her to do the best work possible and continue growing with and for the people and places that mean so much to her.

“His vision for the new house was creative and bold. He worked with the existing structure and the surrounding landscape and grading to create a very practical but exciting architectural solution. ”

Lydia and Peter Radzinski
Home Owners
Rockport, Massachusetts