Charlie Willner Architectural Designer
I have always been passionate about building, designing, and problem solving. Before coming to architecture I studied mechanical engineering and worked for years as a carpenter. Those experiences continue to inform my work and thinking on a daily basis. I love working to solve a client’s needs in ways that also respond to the social and environmental challenges that face our community, and feel lucky to have joined a team that approaches design in a creative and collaborative manner.
Diantha Korzun, AIA LEED AP Principal
Diantha is a principal of GBA Architecture and Planning in Montpelier, Vermont. Diantha has worked as an architect in firms in Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, and Vermont for the past 20 years. She is committed to socially conscious projects and creating beautiful and sustainable buildings that are suited to the place. She believes architects can create positive change in communities through both collaborative and thoughtful design.
Diantha received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in European Studies from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been an active member of AIA serving as the AIA Vermont Chapter President in 2012 and AIA New England Chapter President in 2015. She is on the architectural advisory board, Edge of Seven, a non-for profit that seeks to create access to educational, health, and economic resources for girls and women in developing countries through architectural and infrastructure projects. Most recently, in November 2013 she went to Basa, Nepal to construct an earthbag secondary school with other volunteers through Edge of Seven.
Gregg Gossens, AIA Principal
Gregg is one of the founding partners of GBA. He’s a committed believer of a collaborative creative process and the possibilities of design to transform and enhance communities.
Gregg received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning in 1978 and a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota in 1980. Gregg is active in both professional and civic organizations. He has been the past president of the Vermont Chapter of the AIA and currently serves on the board of directors of the civic organization, Montpelier Alive. Gregg is also Adjunct Professor at the Norwich University School of Architecture and Art.
Jeff Stetter, AIA Architect
From the earliest age, building and design have been a part of my life. My father was a carpenter contractor and my three brothers together continue the business he started in 1958. I loved the Baker Hunt Foundation art classes that I took growing up in Kentucky. Architecture seemed like the perfect synthesis between art and construction. The days I spent working with my father and brothers over 20 years ago still influence me today.
Design has always been the governing focus of this firm. I feel extremely lucky to work with a group of such talented and committed people. We tend to feed off each other's enthusiasm and a cross pollination of ideas creates designs that we are all proud of. Working on a project from conception through warranty walk through especially excites me. Design happens not just at the big idea stage, but at every decision along the way. Its the sum of those decisions that makes great Architecture. Ive been working at GBA since 1994 and have enjoyed every moment.
Jessica Thyme, AIA, LEED BD+C AP Architect
Montpelier has been my home for over 5 years and working with the gbA team has been a great introduction to the community, each one is involved in ever-changing roles and services. We often live close enough to regularly see our projects and I enjoy working with the GBA team on enriching our surroundings with the enduring art of architecture. I am always seeking to improve the impacts of our buildings on the environment, our cultural, and the people who inhabit and build them.
Jessica Gardner Architectural Designer
My interest in architecture and construction began when I was a kid working on renovating my family’s house in Western Massachusetts. My father also worked at Lego, so there was a never-ending supply of bricks to build and design with. That interest grew into a career in architecture. I enjoy solving design problems and continuing to learn about architecture and construction.
Tom Bachman, AIA Principal
Founding partner of GBA, Tom is strongly committed to Vermont and New England communities and its people. He believes architecture is a vehicle to connect people and place, and has enjoyed designing affordable housing projects, schools, libraries and community resources across New England for over thirty years. His projects’ successes can be attributed not only to building design but also to cultivating a strong client/architect/contractor relationship. Tom has been an active member of Vermont AIA since 1990. He served as Vermont AIA president in 2013 and sat on the Executive Board of AIA New England Chapter the same year. Tom has volunteered at the Central Vermont Good Samaritan Haven Homeless Shelter for over twenty years and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Tom received a Professional Architectural Degree from the University of Cincinnati before migrating to Vermont.