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January 24, 2022

Introducing Our Newest Associates


Studio E Architect Partners, Eric Naslund, FAIA, John Sheehan, AIA, Mathilda Bialk, AIA, and Maxine Ward, AIA have asked Kirsten Blakeman and Nate Vandermeulen to join them in shaping the company’s future as Associates. This will enable them to expand their responsibilities and focus beyond day-to-day projects and participate in setting the future design direction of the office and running the office as a business enterprise.

Nate Vandermeulen earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado. He sharpened his skills via professional involvement with the AIA and day-to-day efforts at several San Diego architecture and design firms before joining Studio E. Nate has managed multiple multifamily residential projects throughout California and was Project Manager for the Orchid-award winning High Tech High Mesa, a local charter school campus. His technical abilities and personable nature make him a go-to person in the office for both staff and clients and becoming an Associate will enhance this role.

"Nate has worked with many of our repeat clients and always with excellent design results. His dedication to the team, the design process, and the end result are evident in the projects that he has led from start to finish. We are happy to promote him into a role where his wealth of knowledge can enhance our office culture and capabilities". – Maxine Ward, Principal

Kirsten Blakeman is a licensed Architect and has managed both multifamily residential and educational projects in her time with Studio E Architects.  She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly in 2007. Kirsten has a strong passion for mentorship and started the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentoring Program at e3 Civic High. She now serves on the ACE Mentor Board of Directors as the co-chair of the Education Committee and was recognized as Mentor of Year in 2020. Without a doubt, her natural ability to build and lead teams and mentor others will serve her well as an Associate at Studio E Architects.

"Kirsten is a leader within the office and in the larger design community. Everything that she takes on is addressed creatively and with care. We are excited to have her voice at the leadership table and look forward to her thoughtful contributions". – Mathilda Bialk, Principal