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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, July 28, 2013

Award Winning Santa Barbara Architects Combine Forces to Form New Design Firm

JM Holliday Associates and De Vicente Mills Architecture have combined forces to form DMHA Architecture & + Interior Design located in downtown Santa Barbara.


SYNERGY

Michael Holliday FAIA, Ryan Mills and Edward Devicente AIA

The firm’s expanded design team dramatically increases the company’s capacities and expertise to handle a growing project workload for clients located throughout the state of California.

“This team association brings together the best of both our organizations and expands our firms’s capabilities and bandwidth to better meet the needs of our commercial, institutional and residential clients.” said DMHA Principal Architect Michael Holliday FAIA. The firm’s architectural offices will be located at 1 North Calle Cesar Chavez, Suite 102 within SYNERGY Business & Technology Center, an innovative office project that the firm designed to accommodate the needs of local entrepreneurs and start-up companies. “We love having our offices located just a few blocks from the beach in such a beautiful, creative studio space… complete with 30’ high ceilings, natural day lighted interiors and surrounded by a number of other innovative organizations.” said Ryan Mills Principal Designer for the firm.

DMHA principals have been working within the Santa Barbara area for decades and they have been very involved in giving back to benefit local non-profit and social justice organizations. “We believe in giving back to our community and are excited about the growing opportunities to support the Santa Barbara business community with an expanded team of talented design professionals.” said Ed De Vicente firm Principal Architect. Michael Holliday has been involved as a community leader for over 20 years serving as a Past Chairman of the SB Region Chamber of Commerce, a past president of the AIA Santa Barbara Chapter and currently as a Board Member with the MIT Enterprise Forum, the UCSB Economic Forecast Project and with Kids Helping Kids. Holliday was also recognized last year as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects an honor shared by only 3% of architects nationwide. Ed De Vicente is a licensed architect and the Santa Barbara’s only Architectural Certified Passive Home Consultant with an expertise in energy efficiency and sustainable design. Both Ed De Vicente and Ryan Mills have been involved in working with Habitat For Humanity and are serving as the architects for the organization’s latest project located in the downtown area.

DMHA’s seasoned team of design professionals utilize some of the best tools Architecture has to offer with 3-D Building Information Modeling (BIM) and incorporating Passive Design principles. The results are award winning sustainable projects that are innovative for the people that utilize them and inspiring for the people that live in them. Recent DMHA team designed projects have won a number of awards including the 2013 Best Architecture & Design Award from National Student Housing Business Magazine, the 2012 USGBC C4 Best Overall Award and the 2011 State of California Governors Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for the LOOP Student Housing Project in Isla Vista, CA. The team also received the 2012 Best Commercial Building Award from SB Beautiful for their new commercial structure located at 1100 Santa Barbara Street in downtown Santa Barbara across from the venerated SB County Courthouse. Local architect and noted civic leader Bill Mahan commented that this project represents “one of the nicest designs that’s been done in Santa Barbara since the 1930’s… beautiful composition, simple, it’s a stand out.”

Over the years DMHA firm principals have been involved in working with a number of Santa Barbara’s leading organizations including the County of Santa Barbara, the City of Santa Barbara, UCSB, Westmont College, SB City College, Habitat For Humanity, The Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Treatment Center as well as a number of the areas leading commercial high technology companies.

“Our team is very excited about the future. Santa Barbara is a very special place… yet to whom much is given much is also required. We are optimistic about the expanded business opportunities that our new team provides to meet the growing needs of our clients who are located throughout the California region.” commented Michael Holliday.

To find out more about DMHA Architecture visit their new website at www.dmhaa.com.

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