RELENTLESS INNOVATION. COLLECTIVE ORIENTATION.

Our collective knowledge allows for unmitigated access to innovation. We approach all challenges as a unified front. We are inspired problem solvers, banded by entrepreneurialism and a shared appreciation of the natural world. With West Coast offices in California and Oregon, we work in office environments that truly elevate collaboration, communication, and creativity.

Meet the players.


Dan Weber, AIA, LEED AP

Founder & Principal Architect

Dan Weber, Founder & Principal Architect of Anacapa, holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Cal Poly SLO. With nearly two decades of professional architectural experience (in Santa Barbara), Dan provides firm-wide leadership, management expertise, strategic planning, mentoring, and inspiration to the team. 

Prior to founding Anacapa (formerly Dan Weber Architecture), Dan was a Partner and Principal Design Architect at The Conceptual Motion Company and worked for many years with architects Ryan Mills and Edward DeVicente. 

Weber’s own firm, Dan Weber Architecture, changed its name to Anacapa in November 2016. According to Dan, “we rebranded under the new name because, as a firm, we felt that Anacapa is a truer reflection of who we are and where we’re going. It is a testament to our values, it aligns with our holistic, community identity, and better describes our strong commitment to creating spaces and places for public good.” 

Weber’s passion for sustainability, solving community problems, and creating engaging environments motivates him on a daily basis. Dan is widely respected for his expertise and skill in planning strategy, project management, and urban planning in high density areas. His in-depth understanding of the CEQA development review process, as it relates to innovation, sustainability, and the built environment, is unique among his peers. 


Jessi Finnicum-Schwartz

Senior Project Manager, Licensed Architect 

Jessi joined Anacapa in 2014 as a Senior Project Manager. Jessi brings 16 years of architectural design experience to the firm as well as strong management skill ability, design, and technical expertise to every project. 

Jessi is involved in all phases of project design and documentation. She excels at project management, coordinating large complex teams that include a wide range of stakeholders. She is well-versed in technical planning issues, and is highly skilled at optimizing and implementing creative solutions to all manner of challenges. 

During her free time, Jessi enjoys creating art in various media. She also plays various musical instruments and enjoys singing. 

A graduate of Montana State University, Jessi holds a Masters in Architecture and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design. Jessi is also a State of California Licensed Architect.


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KEN VERMILLION 

Senior Project Manager, Designer

Ken joined Anacapa as a Consultant in 2016 with over 20 years of architectural design experience and a passion for concept based design exploration. He values the teamwork and collaboration in all aspects of the architectural design process.

Over his career in Southern California, he worked with notable Los Angeles designers William Adams, David Hertz, and Stephen Kanner. He immediately gained appreciation for the client relationships that are so vital to successful projects. His interest in architecture and design revolves around integration with site and environment and the careful consideration of light, form, and space.

Outside of the office, Ken and his wife, Lynne, enjoy an active lifestyle, live music and experiencing the intense beauty of life in California.

Ken holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic University of Pomona and an Associates’ Degree in Architecture from Cuyamaca College in San Diego.
 


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Geoff April

Project Manager, Designer

Geoff joined Anacapa in 2013 as a Project Manager and is currently leading our growth efforts in Portland, Oregon. Geoff brings 10 years of architectural design experience to the firm as well as an impressive ability to translate client ideas into cohesive, detailed, and progressive design solutions. 

Geoff manages all aspects of project team coordination and oversees client communications. With respect to architecture and design, he is most passionate about materiality and detailing, circulation and spatial planning, and the sectional quality of spaces. 

During his free time, Geoff enjoys downhill skiing, sailing, and back country backpacking. 

Geoff graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. Prior to working with Dan Weber Architecture, Geoff earned his Masters of Architecture from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.


Jose Sanchez

Project Manager, Designer

Jose joined Anacapa in 2015 as a Project Manager. Jose brings 5 years of work experience to the firm as well as an innate ability to work through the design details of a project. 

Jose manages all aspects of project team coordination and oversees client communications. With respect to architecture and design, he is most passionate about materiality, design details, and spatial qualities. 

During his free time, Jose enjoys participating in outdoor sports, camping, and chasing after his two-year-old son, Diego. 

Jose graduated from Woodbury University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and holds an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Santa Barbara City College.


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Designer 

Gilberto joined Anacapa in 2017 as a Junior Designer and currently works in Portland, Oregon office. His unique role has a broad range of responsibilities, primarily supporting the team in various aspects of project delivery.

Gilberto's has a strong interest in concept development, detailing, landscape architecture, and computational design. He has traveled throughout Mexico, Japan, and Europe, where he had the opportunity to study under RCR Architects in 2015.

A northwest native, Gilberto earned his Bachelor’s in Humanities from Washington State University and then continued his studies at the University of Oregon where he recently attained his Master of Architecture. Beyond architecture he is obsessed with geology and cartography as well as furniture design.
 


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Saba Zahedi

Designer

Saba joined Anacapa May 2017. She offers a diverse body of knowledge in both modern and classical design. Her creative and technical knowledge combined allows her to push boundaries conceptually and makes her a unique asset to any project. 

Saba was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture before moving to the United States and earning a Master’s degree in architecture from Florida International University. Saba's passion for design and modern architecture led her to study in the US and eventually brought her to Santa Barbara where she gained several years of experience working on high-end residential projects.

In her free time, Saba enjoys traveling to new places. Her other areas of interest include furniture and graphic design.
 


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ISABEL CAMPANELLI

Executive Assistant & Operations Manager

Isabel joined Anacapa in 2016 as Executive Assistant. Isabel oversees operational functions, provides design assistance, and supports the needs of the entire firm.

Isabel graduated from The University of San Francisco in 2011 with a B.A. in Communications & Minor in Public Relations. Isabel developed her professional skills in Silicon Valley's tech startup industry, successful in overall organizational operations with knowledge of digital marketing, social media management, and client services. After some time traveling in Europe in 2015, Isabel moved back to her native town of Santa Barbara, thrilled to plant  her roots closer to the ocean, her family,  and childhood friends. 

During her free time, you can find Isabel Olympic lifting at CrossFit Santa Barbara. She has a keen passion for traveling, fitness, and interior design.


LINDSEY SMITH

Bookkeeper

Lindsey joined Anacapa in 2014 as Controller/Full Charge Bookkeeper. She immediately became an invaluable part of the firm, managing accounting, billing, and payroll for the company.

Lindsey brings to the firm 10 years of professional experience in accounting, full charge bookkeeping and bookkeeping consulting.   

In her personal life, Lindsey is a musician and plays a very active role as a volunteer in the community. She is passionate about supporting and assisting military war veterans and lending a hand to those in need.

Lindsey graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with dual degrees in Psychology and Economics. She is also member of the National Association of Certified Bookkeepers. 


Heather Greene 

Public Relations

As principal of brand strategy & communications firm, Sprout Concepts, Heather oversees PR and marketing strategy for Anacapa. Specializing in hospitality and lifestyle brands, her skills anticipate and react to the intricacies of luxury markets.

Heather earned a Marketing MBA from Pepperdine University. Her membership to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society is the highest AACSB International accreditation a business student can receive, anywhere in the world. She has translated her education into more than a decade of professional marketing experience.

Heather is a Director of the Greene Family Charitable Foundation, which is committed to protecting and empowering women and children through recovery from homelessness, addiction, and abuse. She is an avid traveler with an ardent appreciation for the natural world.