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 collaborative environments that elevate creativity, communication, and achievement.

Meet the players.


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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, 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. “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 nearly two decades 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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Geoff April

Portland Studio Lead & Project Manager

Geoff joined Anacapa in 2013 as a Project Manager and is leads our Portland, Oregon studio. Geoff brings more than a decade 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 Anacapa, Geoff earned his Masters of Architecture from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.


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ADAM GROSSHANS

Project Manager, Licensed Architect

Adam joined Anacapa in late 2017 with eleven years of architectural design experience with an emphasis on large scale commercial and institutional projects. He has an extensive technical knowledge and a passion for designing public spaces to serve the community.

Most of his career was spent in the northeast, including work on notable projects such as the WTC Memorial Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History. He gained experience collaborating with large teams of architects and engineers to realize the design vision. He is interested in the many scales of design, from planning to the technical detail of unique construction systems.

Outside of the office, Adam is an avid cyclist who has crossed the country via bicycle.  He volunteers with Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition and is a member of the local AIA chapter. 

Adam graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology: School of Architecture with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. He also holds an architectural license in Washington, DC. 

 


Jose Sanchez

Project Manager

Jose joined Anacapa in 2015 as a Project Manager. Jose brings seven 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 sons.

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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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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KRISTIN STOYANOVA

Designer

Kristin Stoyanova joined Anacapa in 2018 with a background in multi-use residential, hospitality and retail architectural design, as well as a knowledge of sustainable design. She is currently pursuing a professional license in Architecture. 

Kristin graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture, and once again in 2016 with a Masters of Business Administration. Kristin’s architectural thesis project, a study in the adaptive reuse of commercial centers, was awarded an honorable mention by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. 

Kristin began her career at MVE architects in 2014 where she designed large multi-tenant residential projects across California. Her internships include working for P+R architects in Long Beach, WATG and MVE in Irvine. 

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Kristin immigrated to the United States as a child. She speaks Bulgarian, Italian, French and English and has a passion for travel. Kristin enjoys playing soccer, hiking and has previously hosted a radio show at KCPR, a non-profit radio station in San Luis Obispo. 


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ELLEN STRATTON

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Ellen joined Anacapa in 2018 with over twelve years of experience in the financial realm specific to architecture, as well as a background in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from her years working in New York City. 

Ellen maintains a deep understanding of the value of client services, the commitment to accuracy, and the fine balance of a team of supportive players.

With a BFA degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City she relates closely to the creative office culture at Anacapa.

Ellen has a strong passion for travel and exploring new places both far and near.


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HEATHER GREENE

Public Relations & Marketing Strategy

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 an avid traveler with an ardent appreciation for the natural world.