Jamie Giellis

Jamie Giellis is the founder and president of Centro, a consulting firm dedicated to the strategic and (re)inventive creation of cities, places, and neighborhoods. Centro has guided cities across the globe through various projects, redesigns, and improvement efforts. Under her leadership and expertise, Centro has become an internationally sought-after resource for best-practices and proven-processes in developing high-quality spaces and enhancing quality of life across communities.

Until launching her Denver mayoral campaign in November 2018, Jamie also served as the president of the RiNo Art District, Denver’s mold-breaking River North neighborhood. She led the district and its various communities—ranging from business owners, artists, developers, and residents—through the special district process and on to the creation of a neighborhood wherein artists and developers work together to pursue a unique and united vision for the area. As president, Jamie oversaw district vision, advocacy policy, programs, and projects. In particular, she led on projects to advance affordability and mobility, green infrastructure, support for the homeless community, support for the creative community and much more.

Her work with RiNo, Centro—and her contribution to professional outlets and platforms—pushes the boundaries of how neighborhoods, districts, and communities operate to serve their residents and the cities of which they are a part.


Ariel Gelman


Ariel Gelman’s experience includes the professional fields of architecture and landscape architecture. As an architect in Argentina, he concentrated on work in high-end residential design and commercial-retail related projects. Working mostly with private clients, responsibilities included complete execution of all phases of design, cost management, and public and private presentations.

As a landscape architect, he has been focusing his career on high-end residential and commercial designs with emphasis on the natural and cultural aspects dictated by each environment, from South America, Asia, to the Rocky Mountains.

Currently his main interests are about interpreting the essence of landscapes and translate their significance into meaningful designs that will fulfill not only environmental and cultural requirements, but also client’s budget, needs and expectations.


Sarah McGarry


arah McGarry is a Senior Associate and Workplace Market Leader in Stantec Denver office with over 15 years of experience.  In this role, Sarah is responsible for leading design and project management on projects as well as managing client relationships and new business development pursuits. Sarah’s project experience includes a wide range of commercial projects such as corporate headquarters, law firms, financial and professional services firms. Adept at all aspects of design and construction administration for projects ranging from one-off smaller local offices to large corporate headquarters. 

Recent projects include: BPX Energy Denver HQ, Hogan Lovells, Molson Coors HQ, DRCOG, and Savills.

Outside of the office, Sarah is also a co-owner and founder of Brink Brewing Co, an award-winning microbrewery in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Sarah was originally brought in by her husband to design the brewery and tap room, and nearly three years later she is still handling marketing, social media, design and merchandising for Brink.


Doug Golenz

Doug Golenz is one of the founders of StudioWest Concepts LLC, which has been creating products for hundreds of brands including Yeti Cycles, Nike, Target, Reebok, Chrysler, HP, Hitachi, Waterpik, Black & Decker, Swiss Army, Eddie Baurer and many more.

StudioWest has designed products in consumer electronics, housewares, medical instruments, industrial equipment, toys, automotive accessories, and fitness equipment and bikes to name just a few of the markets for which StudioWest has successfully championed innovation over the years.

One of the latest achievements is the design of the first ever 3D printed carbon fiber production bike for Emery / Arveo. Doug Golenz brings 35+ years of design and project leadership experience to StudioWest. Doug spent decades in product design, design management, and educational roles in both corporate and consulting settings before teaming with Bill Stephens to form StudioWest.

As a corporate designer and design manager at companies such as Samsonite, Schwinn, Lowepro and VP at Monarch Luggage. Doug has managed design departments responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars of new product introductions. As a consultant Doug has created product for both Fortune 500 brands and startup ventures across dozens of markets.

For over 20 years Doug has spent teaching both design theory and practice at the college level, including industrial design, illustration, and packaging design.

Doug’s expertise in creative concept generation, materials and processes, and sewn goods construction has resulted in over eighty national and international design and utility patents. Doug has years of personal experience with and an intimate knowledge of the overseas product manufacturing process for both hard and sewn goods, leading to awards and producing market leading products for Victorinox, Johnson & Murphy, Sigg and Jansport in just the Luggage category along.


Charity Johnson

Charity Johnson is an Interior Designer providing valuable expertise to new home owner's through customized interior selections, budget management, and product knowledge at Saddleback Design. She assists homeowners in customizing their flooring, counter tops, paint, cabinets and tile work to best suit their needs and design aesthetic. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design and a Minor in Fashion / Apparel Design from Colorado State University in 2002. 


Becky Mickletz


With nearly a decade in brand development experience with companies such as Fast Company, Denver Design Week, and SXSW, Becky Mickletz has developed a career to help companies find their unique voice and implement it into their marketing through design, branding and events. She continues to run her own marketing company called Remickz Marketing for the last 9 years.

She believes that design shouldn’t be cookie cutter. With rock and roll running through her veins, she finds great inspiration from her work in the music industry and event experiences.


Jeff Lakey


Jeff Lakey practices ecological landscape architecture and community design based on the deep interrelatedness of people and nature, conjoining ecological integrity with artistry in design. His experience is strong in strategic master planning and urban / site design. He is accomplished at making memorable places of distinctive character, from the initial ideas to the final construction details, he makes places economically and ecologically effective, and appealing to the senses.

He is integrating food and ecological systems into project sites and districts. Through practice and teaching, he aims to integrate living biological support infrastructure into developing cities to produce fossil free energy, clean water, organic food, and purified waste.

Jeff has practiced and taught in the profession of landscape architecture for over twenty years. Jeff’s major experiences in the field include applied ecology, site design, site engineering, construction detailing and administration, land analysis, and landscape planning activities. His background includes 8 years reviewing or designing land development and municipal engineering projects; 21 years designing and administering construction for parks, corporate, and institutional sites; and 11 years teaching in Carnegie Class 1 research universities. He and his projects have received noteworthy environmental recognition. Jeff’s philosophy of practice is to involve and thereby inform the client with regard to the activity of shaping the land to suit user’s needs. Collaboration with other professionals and disciplines is essential for understanding and resolving complex landscape management and development issues.


Kaitlynn Brown

Kaitlynn graduated from Metropolitan State University of Colorado with a Bachelor's in Industrial Design. Her career path has taken her into a variety of design industries. Her current role as an Associate Designer for Allegro Coffee Company (a subsidiary of Whole Foods Market/Amazon) consist of coffee bar design, exhibit design, fixture design, furniture design, wayfinding/signage and  project management. Allegro Coffee believes that where your coffee comes from matters. As a young professional designer, it has been important to Kaitlynn to work for companies that value people and communities first as they better the world we live in. She is always eager to learn new and exciting skills in all areas of design.

Micah Kimball


With his thumb on the pulse of the latest industry and technology innovations, Micah Kimball calls on nearly 20 years of experience with TreanorHL for the design, management, and delivery of architectural services for schedule-driven clients in the Housing/Mixed-Use studio.

Much like the studio, Micah’s work is as imaginative as it is diverse. The design of 901 New Hampshire is a seven-story mixed use building in Lawrence, Kansas, that used a decade-old tax increment financing opportunity to attract new residents and retailers. The Denver Nuggets’ 10,000-square-foot locker room is complete with a barber shop, massage and steam rooms, and two hydrotherapy pools (including an underwater treadmill). And if that weren’t enough, Qatar’s Al-Janoubi and Al-Shamali Villages (at Hamad bin Khalifa University) boast the world’s largest concentration of LEED Platinum student residence halls.

Micah is skilled at thoughtfully maximizing every square foot, particularly when it comes to small spaces. A University of Kansas alumnus, he is a registered architect in Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri.


William Logan

William Logan is the founder and publisher of Modern In Denver, a magazine and media channel dedicated to celebrating and promoting good design and the people who create it. The award winning publication has been Colorado’s design authority for eleven years and a catalyst for building and connecting the regions creative community.

William’s belief that thoughtful and intentional design can elevate the quality of our lives inspired him to launch Denver Design Week three years ago. As a cross disciple platform for dialogue, discussion and learning, the week consists of over 30 tours, panels, as well as keynotes and workshops. Denver Design Week has grown each year and swiftly become a vital part of the community.

Currently, William is focused on building Ossom Jobs, a recently launched jobs listing platform established specifically for the Rocky Mountain region’s creative community.


Christopher Faulkner

Christopher Faulkner is a principal at Grey Design Build, INC, a Colorado custom home and commercial builder.  Christopher has 15+ years of experience integrating design and thoughtful user experiences into products in multiple verticals. Whether the product is a high-end custom residence, an award-winning consumer product, or business-to-business software; he approaches design with the end-user, elegance and livability at the forefront.

Christopher brings a broad base of experience leading organizations throughout a variety of industries, including residential and commercial construction, product design, global manufacturing, software, and defense. Christopher attended Florida State University, graduating with a degree in Accounting- and is a firm believer that it is possible to design an elegant spreadsheet



Rachael Johnson

AIA, EDAC, NCARB, LEAN Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Rachael Johnson is an Architect at SmithGroup in their Healthcare Practice at the new Denver office.

Personal and professional passion for creating healing happy spaces and for nurturing learning and community has led beyond the day-to-day to her heavy involvement in local committees and conferences.

Rachael sits on the AIA Colorado Board of Directors, continues to support the local Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program as AIA Colorado’s founder of this nationally renowned program and participates as a planning committee member and volunteer facilitator for the Improving Capital Projects Symposium focused on bringing a little humanity to our work.

Her newest endeavors include committee involvement as a member writer for the AIA Colorado Member Voice Committee and committee roles with the Academy of Architecture for Health.

As a young professional herself, Rachael has always been a true advocate for the newest members of our community – and models that despite age or experience there is so much we can all do and change and contribute.



Cynthia Fishman | AIA, USGBC

Sarah Barker | IIDA

Steph Kaltz | IES, IALD, WILD

Jessica Rose aDRIANA pAETSCH

Christina D'Amico | WILD

Abby Noble | AIA

Anthony Gengaro | aia


Melina Saunders | IALD

Hadley Peterson | APA

Maria Kebschull | IIDA