CO Architects Promotes 10 Team Members for Outstanding Design Talent and Dedication

Associate Principal, Senior Associates, and Associates Elevated From Within

Promoted team members from CO Architects

(Left) Senior Associate Carolina Ziebell; Associate Principal Michael Stebbins, AIA; Senior Associate Lauren Coles, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. (Right) New Associates: Seth Bernard; Alison Martin, AIA; Alex Garcia, AIA, LEED GA; Lois Lee; Erin Zukowski. Not pictured: Rucha Karnik, AIA; Heather Heise.
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LOS ANGELES: CO Architects, a leader in designing creative, sustainable, and exemplary solutions for healthcare, education, and research facilities, advances Michael Stebbins, AIA, to Associate Principal; and Lauren Coles, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Carolina Ziebell to Senior Associate.  In addition, CO Architects has named seven new Associates.

“The diversity in talent, expertise, and skillset at CO Architects is the formula for the firm’s ongoing success,” says Scott Kelsey, FAIA, Managing Principal at CO Architects.  “We continually acknowledge our team members’ tireless contributions and strive to provide them with an environment that fosters growth.”

Michael Stebbins, AIA, has been promoted from Senior Associate to Associate Principal.  He joined CO Architects in 2015 and has more than 25 years of experience in the United States and abroad designing assembly spaces, including churches, museums, and performing arts centers.  At the firm, he’s worked on complex education and civic projects.  These include North Hollywood High School and Ascot Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, as well as the Indio Juvenile and Family Court House.  Michael brings a thoughtful, collaborative approach to managing diverse teams on innovative projects.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Iowa State University in Ames in 1988 and a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles in 1996.

Lauren Coles, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted from Associate to Senior Associate.  She joined the firm in 2015 and brings more than 10 years of design and project management expertise.  A leader in higher education and healthcare projects, Lauren’s work includes Scripps Mercy Replacement Hospital and the Health Innovation Center at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights.  Lauren works collaboratively with clients, providing detailed coordination and design excellence.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Northeastern University in Boston in 2005.

Carolina Ziebell has been promoted from Senior Medical Planner to Senior Associate.  She joined CO Architects in 2018 with 10 years of medical planning experience.  At the firm, she blends medical planning with architecture and interior design to create solutions that are both functional and beautiful.  She has planned a variety of renovated and new medical projects, ranging from inpatient hospital towers to outpatient facilities, urgent care clinics, medical office buildings, and behavioral health facilities.  Her most recent project is the Scripps Mercy Replacement Hospital.  Carolina received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia, in 2003 and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 2009.  She is also a licensed architect in Colombia.

In addition to the promotions noted above, CO Architects has advanced seven team members to Associate: Seth Bernard; Alex Garcia, AIA, LEED GA; Heather Heise, Specifications Writer; Rucha Karnik, AIA; Lois Lee; Alison Martin, AIA; and Erin Zukowski, Office Manager.

Los Angeles-based CO Architects is nationally recognized for architectural planning, programming, and design in the higher education, science and technology, and healthcare sectors, and works with leading institutions from coast to coast.  CO Architects’ specialized expertise includes transformative schools of medicine and health professions, advanced research and teaching laboratories, and innovative clinical facilities on higher education, healthcare, and urban campuses.  The firm has been nationally and internationally recognized with more than 155 awards for innovative design and project delivery, including the American Institute of Architects, California Council’s Architecture Firm of the Year Award.

Promoted team members from CO Architects

(Back Row) Associates Erin Zukowski; Alison Martin, AIA; Seth Bernard; Lois Lee; Alex Garcia, AIA, LEED GA; (Front row) Senior Associate Lauren Coles, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Associate Principal Michael Stebbins, AIA; Senior Associate Carolina Ziebell. Not pictured: Rucha Karnik, AIA; Heather Heise.
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