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February 15, 2024


San Diego, CA

Studio E Architects have promoted Jennifer Hatton to Senior Associate and Marcela Gracia to Associate, as part of their ongoing commitment to growth and success. Principals Eric Naslund, FAIA, John Sheehan, FAIA, Mathilda Bialk, AIA, Maxine Ward, AIA, and Charity Dunphy, AIA have worked alongside them for over 6 years and have been impressed by their talent, character and commitment. As new Associates, Jennifer and Marcela will have the chance to expand their responsibilities beyond day-to-day projects and play a leadership role in setting the future direction of the office. 

Jennifer Hatton, Senior Associate, is a highly qualified architect and project manager with a diverse range of valuable skills. Her passion for architecture is rooted in community-serving design. She completed her architecture education at the prestigious University of Kansas and the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. Since joining Studio E Architects in 2019, she has established herself as a leader through wide-ranging initiatives from the development of a mission statement to the examination of our internal design culture. As a superb organizational and strategic thinker, she will be a critical player in charting the course for the firm. 

"Jennifer infuses her work with a deep passion for communities and people. Her engaging and committed presence inspires all around her and she is a joy to work with." – Eric Naslund, FAIA, Principal

Marcela Gracia, AIA, Associate, earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona in 2013, and went on to complete a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Virginia in 2015. Shortly after, Ms. Gracia joined Studio E Architects, where she established herself as a highly skilled and creative young designer. With a keen eye for detail and an unwavering commitment to excellence, she has consistently produced outstanding work. In her time with the firm, she has not only achieved licensure and grown to a project manager role, but she has spearheaded office research and development efforts.  Her contributions have been invaluable to the firm, and her passion for architecture is evident in everything she does.

"Marcela uncovers and finds beauty in everything she touches. Her attention to the craft and experience of places occurs across all scales: from the city down to the smallest detail." – Mathilda Bialk, AIA, Principal