Firm Profile   Meet the members of the PEH ARCHITECTS team

Peter E. Heinz  AIA - Principal, Director of Sustainable Design

Received his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder in the mid seventies. In the ensuing thirty years, PEH has participated and successfully completed a wide variety of architectural and planning projects. Since founding the sole proprietorship, work has focused on renovation of existing and design of new educational facilities, disabled accessibility review and implementation, program planning for educational facilities, municipal facilities such as fire stations and libraries, and recycling existing residential projects for Boulders changing demographics.

Christopher Mirto  AIA, LEED AP

Received his Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999. During his time at CU, he volunteered at the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and was involved in both field work and staffing the on-campus office. Chris has been employed at PEH since the summer of 1998, when he assumed the lead role in model production in the office. Since joining the team full-time, he has taken on numerous other responsibilities, including construction document drafting, shop drawing coordination and record keeping. Additionally, he has successfully managed projects through the City of Boulder's extensive design review/entitlement process.

Nathan Pillatzke  AIA

Graduated with a Bachelorís of Architecture from North Dakota State University in 2001. While attending NDSU, Nathan worked for Bruce Hella Architectural Studio (BHAS) prior to joining the PEH team in 2001. It was not long before Nathan was managing the client and engineering coordination on the design and construction of our front range renovation and planning projects. His proficiency in establishing design goals, coordination of design and knowledge of construction has made for a successful addition to the team. Nathan excels in historic preservation, restoration and renovation and is our key associate when called in for forensic building analysis. In addition to his strong base of technical knowledge, Nathan is also very talented in the production of presentation graphics and design. He continues to manage a variety of residential, commercial, and institutional design and planning projects throughout the front range.

Justin Price  Associate AIA, LEED AP

Justin graduated from the University of Colorado - Boulder with his Bachelors of Environmental Design in 2002. Upon completion he furthered his studies by obtaining his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2004. Since graduating Justin has worked with a couple of Colorado firms gaining experience in creating Construction Documents for Multifamily Projects in Arizona, California, and Colorado. He also has worked on several small retail and office projects in Colorado performing such tasks as city submittals, CD packages, and shop drawing coordination.

Erin Gambacorta  Associate AIA

Erin received her Bachelorís of Fine Arts, with a concentration in Architecture, from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005, and later went on to receive a Masters of Architecture in 2006. Following graduation, Erin was employed for several years at a high-end residential firm in Charleston, SC where she was involved with all phases of the architectural design process for projects spanning the East Coast. After returning to Colorado in 2009, Erin remained active in the design community while also volunteering with elementary-level after school educational programs, and enrolling in several continuing education courses. Erinís hands on experience and close attention to detail have proven valuable in schematic design, review submittals, and construction document creation. Nearing the completion of the IDP, Erin is eager to start the process of becoming a licensed architect.

Mari Blaser  Draftsperson

Mari is currently a student at Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colorado studying architectural and engineering construction technology as well as computer-aided drafting. She also studied architecture at Kent State University in Ohio where she spent a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. While in Italy she studied the use of historic design concepts and techniques in modern architecture and historic preservation within modern urban planning. She enjoys studying historic preservation and researching sustainable design and urban planning. In addition to using CAD and Revit she also loves to hand draft. At PEH she uses a multitude of computer software including CAD, Revit, Photoshop, and InDesign to create documents and presentations. She is very detail oriented, which aids in the creation of presentations and project packets. She is also passionate about photography, sustainable construction techniques, and sensitive historic preservation.

Joshua Zinnecker  Draftsperson

Joshua is currently attending the University of Colorado pursuing his bachelors in Environmental Design with an emphasis on Architecture. During his coursework and field experience, Joshua has shown extremely proficient use and knowledge of Sketch-Up and Rhino, along with other 3D modeling and rendering software programs. Joshua is also very knowledgeable in the Adobe Creative Suite software and also has experience using drafting software such as AutoCAD and hand drafting. His studies and focus aim towards sustainable and green building practices, and also has interest in healthy urban planning. Previous to joining PEH, Joshua has worked on multiple projects involving Boulder County and the University of Colorado, including the Hawthorne Garden redesign, Boulder Civic Center design and the University of Colorado East Campus planning and design. Joshua has also had experience abroad, doing some planning and design for the Greenway Project in Sydney, Australia, where he focused on increasing walkability in a developing pedestrian corridor. In his work with PEH, Joshua continues to work on multiple projects, refining his presentation and drafting skills while expanding the officeís construction drawing details and graphic models.

Lance Hunter  Draftsperson

Lance acquired an Associateís degree in Architectural Drafting and Design from the Community College of Denver in 2011 and a Bachelors of Environmental Design in Architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2016. While studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain in 2015 he explored building design that incorporated scientific methods and energy production in architectural and landscape design at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). Restoration and preservation were a focus of study while in Germany, Italy, Greece, and Morocco. Construction detailing, with constructability in mind, comes easy for Lance with experience in local design-build of custom homes along the Front Range. When not at the office Lance can be found exploring Coloradoís mountains, modifying vehicles, or covered in saw dust.

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