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OUR COMMITMENT


45 Years of Service

By staying on schedule, investing in transparency, and encouraging the growth of our clients, Colimore Architects has maintained the ability to provide clients with architectural and engineering services they can trust.

Since beginning in 1973, Colimore has been committed to enhancing communities and the environment through innovative design. Our clients include leaders in healthcare research, the bright minds of tomorrow in the K-12 education system, and community leaders who utilize our designs to mobilize their work. For over 45 years, we have committed to producing quality design and maintaining exceptional relationships with our clients and consultants.

68 Employees

As a diverse firm, we strive to develop designs that embrace diversity, creativity, and innovation by encouraging an open exchange of ideas with our clients, within our firm, and with consultants.

We are proud to offer our clients a broad range of thoughtful and thorough professional design and consultation services, customized to address each client’s unique needs. In addition to our depth of experience in programming, planning, and design, our diverse project resume includes extensive experience in renovations, both architectural and systemic, and adaptive reuse.

11 LEED Certified Projects

Colimore is committed to sustainable design that is both practical and responsible for the environment. As a design firm, we endeavor to think holistically and to elevate innovative ideas regarding efficiency and sustainability to standard practice. We believe that architecture should go beyond form and function to address environmental and social issues. All the projects strive to make sustainability integral to their design through simple yet engaging forms, sensible site design, efficient programming and planning, careful detailing and multidisciplinary coordination.

Sustainable design lives in our office, and our designs leave a legacy of environmental awareness, dedication to keep exploring new solutions, and the willingness to adapt to the needs of our planet.

 

OUR TEAM


GREAT DESIGN, GREAT PEOPLE

Colimore understands that great designs need great people – talented, creative, curious, passionate, with diverse strengths, backgrounds and unique visions. Our architecture team encompasses some of the best and brightest, and are dedicated to producing innovative and environmentally sound designs.

Amal Wickramaratne

HR Manager

Amal is an accomplished and dedicated professional, with broad-based experience in accounting, finance, and employee relations within diverse environments, including public accounting and banking. At ATI, Amal is responsible for all the employees Human Resource needs. Amal holds Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rutgers State University in New Jersey.


Fun Fact: When he is not playing pool in the office, Amal likes to go camping, hiking, biking and enjoys the wild life.

Aruna Velu, CPA

CFO

Aruna Velu has overseen ATI’s finances since 2004 as our Chief Financial Officer. With nearly 30 years of experience in corporate finance, auditing, government contracting as well as public/tax accounting, she brings a depth of experience and knowledge that has been invaluable in guiding ATI’s continued growth. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting.


Fun Fact: Aruna enjoys going on roller coaster rides and watching Game of Thrones with her family.

Ash Belgi, AIA LEED BD+C

Principal

Ash joined ATI in 2013 to manage the Architectural Studio, holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and is a Licensed Architect. Ash has over 20 years of experience on large to small scale master planning and architectural design projects, including new construction and renovations. He is committed to practical sustainable design solutions and remains informed through his membership in U.S. Green Building council.


Fun Fact:

Playing with my 7 year old son and watching him grow into a awesome little dude. Hanging out with my 11 year old daughter who does everything better than I can ever do!  And then after doing the work and parenting, traveling with my wife and enjoying different places, cultures and food. Last but not least “GO RAVENS”!

Beena Patel

Intern Architect

Beena has been with ATI for 5 years. She is experienced in planning & design of commercial & multi-family residential facilities. She has provided assistance on government projects for data collection, database entry, filing – hard copy & electronic and editing.


Fun Fact: Beena loves to read, cook and play board games with her family.

Cassandra Caleo

Marketing Coordinator

Cassie has a diverse professional background. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture. Her professional experiences encompass a wide range of disciplines including landscape design, graphics & marketing.


Fun Fact: Cassie loves traveling, live music and exploring the great outdoors with her dog.

Chinmoy Mitra

Principal

Mr. Mitra has over 32 years of experience in planning, design, and construction of correctional/institutional, industrial, commercial and residential facilities. He specializes in managing the A/E design of correctional and institutional facilities. He has more than 25 years of experience managing government facility design projects. Coordinated work of team consultants to successfully deliver A/E design projects as well as manage the A/E team on numerous design-build projects, liaising with contractors and the owners.

 

Courtney McCall

Industrial Hygiene

COMING SOON!

David Dowell

Associate

David Dowell has significant experience in technical building envelope systems assembly. In 19 years, David became the firm’s expert in building envelope and roof replacements. David is experienced with unique and historic renovation projects. He has lead and collaborated on the design of multiple K-12, higher education and, government projects, and is experienced in new construction of government, commercial, higher education, healthcare and office building and roof replacements.

Guru Patel

Senior Associate

Guru has over 25 years experience in construction phase inspection and management of new building and building renovation projects. He is particularly experienced in coordinating and reviewing the plans for code compliance and consistency. Guru has also completed numerous feasibility studies and building inspections for code compliance and determination of rehabilitation requirements. He has provided quality control of A/E design projects and provided coordination of drawings and specs between various disciplines.

Heather Hylinski-Bakhsh

Associate

Heather has over 13 years of experience in architectural design, and holds a masters degree in Architecture. Her experience includes successfully planning, designing and executing dozens of complex projects throughout Maryland. For the past nine years in working for the company, she’s had a critical role in implementing REVIT for all the architectural projects.

 

Indralal Jayalathara-chchi, LEED BD+C

Architect

Indra has over 15 years of experience in architectural design, drafting and facility inspection. He is familiar with various building design and construction codes.  In addition to architectural design and drafting, he has provided facility audits, leads assessments and field inspection during construction of a wide variety of projects. He is also experienced in inspecting & evaluating existing buildings and building systems for performance, integrity and lifespan.

 

James A. Colimore, Jr., AIA

Principal

James Colimore founded Colimore Architects in 1973 and has been a pivotal architect in the K-12, Healthcare, and Higher Education sectors in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.


Fun Fact: Enjoys spending time with his 6 grandchildren!

Jan Walecka, LEED AP

Project Manager

Jan has over 17 years of comprehensive master planning and architectural design experience. Her diverse architectural, planning and development experience includes Municipal, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), Academic, Medical, Research Laboratories, Commercial, and Residential projects. An education in Architecture and Fine Arts, and having had the opportunity to study and work abroad, provides me with a unique perspective and prepares me for the multi-faceted challenges of the design profession.

Jon Kruft

Vice President, Business Development

As Vice President at ATI, Jon is responsible for all the Business Development activities for ATI. With more than 30 years of experience, his areas of expertise include budget, schedule and quality control; staff and subcontractor recruitment, oversight and motivation; environmental regulatory compliance, and sustainability. He has been managing and working on federal projects for over 26 years, including projects for at least a dozen USACE Districts nationwide.

Jonathan Harris

Senior Contract Manager

Jonathan attended Bowie State University, graduating with a Bachelor in Accounting and a MA in Administrative Management & Finance.  He is an accounting professional equipped with 17+ years of experience in a variety of corporate environments.  Jonathan has an astute understanding of both federal and state regulations and also proven track record of minimizing corporate risks and streamlining internal processes.


Fun Fact: Jonathan is originally from Mt. Vernon, NY, is a proud husband and father of four.

Joseph Weiss, RA

Security Designer

Joe’s has extensive experience in architectural and security design  manages of the security design team.  He has coordinated a variety of security design projects throughout his career, including assignments for the Illinois Department of Corrections, New Jersey State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Prince George’s County Corrections Department and Fredrick County Law Enforcement.

 

Kishan Amarasekera, PE

President

Kishan joined ATI in 2004 with the goal of growing the architectural design firm into a full-service consulting firm. In addition to guiding the vision and direction for ATI, he still does engineering design as well as client relations and program management. Kishan holds a Bachelors and a Masters from MIT and is a licensed civil/environmental engineer.


Fun Fact: Kishan enjoys traveling, watching football, trying to play golf, and spending time with his wife, son and dog (not necessarily in that order).

Mahendra Parekh, AIA

Principal

Mahendra has over 40 years of experience in planning, design, and construction of institutional, commercial, medical, educational and residential facilities. He has specialized in providing comprehensive architectural design services for new commercial, residential and mixed use buildings and conversions of historic and other buildings to residential/commercial use. He also has significant experience in architectural design of medical and educational buildings including outpatient treatment facilities and doctor’s offices.

Mary Stevenson, AIA

Project Manager

A licensed Architect with more than 20 years of experience in the A/E industry. She is adept in the development, coordination, design and implementation of a wide range of construction projects. These projects include site and facilities programming, planning, interiors and architectural design for institutional, commercial, governmental, hospitality, educational, residential, and mixed-use facilities.

 

Michael Martone

BIM Coordinator

Michael has been working in the architectural field since 2007.  He has been involved with a wide range of project types and has a keen interest in producing high quality drawing sets.  Michael is experienced in creating concept renderings for clients and fully utilizes the latest technology available to help clients visualize the project.


Fun Fact: He enjoys traveling to new places and looking for birds while hiking.

Mitchell Pinkney, Jr.

Intern Architect

Mitchell took a winding road to Architecture which provides him a diverse background. He has experience in healthcare, the arts, and energy efficiency. Mitchell is always learning and uses his combined experiences to provide creative and effective solutions.


Fun Fact: Mitchell enjoys spending time with his wife, searching out new food spots and continues to pursue his creative passions thru drawing.

Rosalie Rineheart

Project Manager

Rosalie services the office, retail, healthcare, restaurant, and education sectors of Architecture, and has been at Colimore for over 5 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland School of Architecture.


Fun Fact: Rosalie enjoys working on cars, designing and building furniture, and getting her hands dirty.

 

Thomas Terranova, AIA

Associate

Thomas Terranova has been at Colimore Architects for over 10 years, specializing in research facilities, laboratories, and healthcare.

Tobi Ogunleye, LEED BD+C

Intern Architect

Bolatito (Tobi) has a diverse professional background with experience in several phases of design, from schematic design through construction administration. Tobi is skilled in presentation design, digital modeling, drafting, graphic design, and interior design. She received her Bachelor’s in Architecture from Philadelphia University.


Fun Fact: Tobi loves painting and reading sci-fi novels.

 

OUR SERVICES


Colimore, a division of ATI, is certified as a minority owned/disadvantaged business enterprise (MBE/DBE) by the Maryland Department of Transportation and numerous other jurisdictions to provide architectural and engineering services.  Concentration on particular market segments gives us the opportunity to develop an expertise that allows for deeper exploration of design issues and client needs and efficient project management. As a multi-disciplinary firm, we offer the following services:

  • Architecture
  • Master Planning
  • Tenant Fit-outs
  • Campus Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Programming
  • LEED Certification
  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Urban Design
  • Graphic Design and Wayfinding
  • Sustainable Design
  • Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Building Envelope Commissioning
  • Civil Engineering
  • 3D Rendering and Modeling
  • CLICK HERE for full list of services provided by ATI, Inc.

CAREERS


We are committed to hiring exceptional people and provide a supportive and collaborative office culture. Located in the heart of Federal Hill, we are always looking for passionate, collaborative and intellectually curious individuals to join our team. To be considered for future opportunities with our firm, please submit your resume to hr@colimore.com or info@colimore.com

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to stay up to date on our latest news, including specific job openings.

Current Opportunities:
  • Project Designer
  • Intern Architect

  • We value our team and recognize that their commitment is essential to our success, we offer excellent benefits including:
    • Competitive base salaries
    • Healthcare
    • Generous paid time off
    • 401(k) program
    • Telecommuting opportunities
    • Professional development opportunities
       

    TESTIMONIALS


    Pikesville High School, Baltimore County Public Schools 

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has said that replacing the schools instead of renovating them would not be economically feasible. In July, Kamenetz said in a statement that the work being completed on the three high schools would be up to the standard set at Pikesville High School, which the county renovated in 2014.” – Excerpt from The Baltimore Sun, August 2016

    Citron Resturant 

    “The decor is elegant — possibly one of the most beautiful restaurants in the Baltimore area — in neutral, monochromatic hues with an occasional pop of color, like the tangerine ottomans. – Excerpt from The Baltimore Sun, September 2016

    Johns Hopkins University

    “I have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with your firm [on over 100 projects], and would highly recommend Colimore/Clarke Associates as client-sensitive and technically proficient professionals.” – Stephen M. Campbell, Director, Design and Construction Services

    “Your team . . . produced a creative design that truly stands as a model for programming for a disabled population with neurological impairments. We appreciated the openness and willingness to listen to our needs in all design areas as well as the many special touches suggested by your team.” – Robert D. Murphy, Principal, Schirm Development

    Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering, Institute of NanoBio Technology

    “Thank you for Colimore Architect’s attention to detail and forward thinking that attended to may potentially difficult problems and also assisted in making the project move expeditiously.” – Tom Simmons, Facilities Project Manager

    Laurel Woods Elementary School Addition, Howard County Public Schools

    “Thank you, Tom, the building additions are beautiful!” – Susan P. Brown, Principal, Laurel Woods Elementary School

    Design/Build Contract with University of Maryland Baltimore

    “[Colimore Architects] worked as a well-coordinated team of experts and produced a very satisfactory building project that was both on schedule and on budget.” – Calvin Corell, University Architect, University of Maryland Baltimore          


     
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