Melanie Buzgan Dower is the Director of Culture at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. She has led the firm in the advancement of workplace excellence and reinforces a collaborative atmosphere. Melanie promotes the firm culture to clients and contractors through her role as a project manager and project architect.
Melanie is a graduate of Kent State University where she received both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban Design degrees. While at Kent, she studied for two semesters in Florence, Italy for her graduate and undergraduate program, beginning an analytical study of historic urban spaces with a concentration on understanding the source of their good design. Melanie also participated in the Shrinking Cities Charette held in Youngstown where she explored the urban design issue of ‘what to do with a shrinking city’. Here, she focused on planning a sustainable future for forgotten and abandoned urban neighborhoods.
Melanie currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She is active in the architectural community as the past Associate Director on the AIA Pittsburgh Board and past Chair of AIA Pittsburgh’s Young Architects Forum. Melanie is also Co-Captain of the Rothschild Doyno Collaborative Softball Team.
Jeff Kalina holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from
Point Park University in addition to an Associate Degree from Pittsburgh Technical Institute. A member of the firm since 2000, he is now an Associate with Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. Jeff provides leadership
in construction documentation, construction administration, project management, and information technology systems.
Jeff has worked on a broad range of projects from design to completion including retail, religious, and multi-family senior housing. Recently, he has provided leadership for The Legacy Senior Housing, Benet Woods Housing, and Paramont Senior Living at Bethel Park. Jeff is currently pursuing architectural licensure.
Kate Tunney is a Principal and Director of Urban Design and Communication at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. She leads the firm’s efforts in urban design and communication, and she works with clients to establish a vision for their site or building. Her work focuses on the design at a neighborhood and building program scale, shaping the interaction between sites and buildings. Kate also manages design projects focused on the adaptive reuse of existing structures, creating building designs that connect a building’s history with the client’s current needs.
Kate has helped to advance the role of the Design Sketchbook to communicate both design goals and aspirations in an accessible manner. She recently spoke at the American Planning Association’s National Convention to share her experiences in meaningful community engagement. She currently serves on the City of Pittsburgh Contextual Design Advisory Panel. She is the Co-Chair of the Strip District Neighbors Community Development Committee and serves on the Buildings and Grounds Committee for the Winchester Thurston School.
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in architecture from Parsons School of Design, a division of New School University. Kate is a certified planner, an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED-accredited professional.
Mike Gwin is a principal with Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. In his role as Director of Design, Mike not only leads projects that deliver innovative design solutions but also fosters a collaborative culture in the design process that encourages the integration of both technical and inspirational goals from initial concept through technical detailing and construction.
In his 20 years of experience, Mike has consistently received architectural and sustainable design merit for successful project outcomes, including over 40 design awards at the local, state, and national level including an AIA national honor award for a net zero community center and a team member for 2 AIA-COTE national top ten green design awards. On numerous accounts, projects have included the adaptive reuse of existing structures into meaningful design solutions that align with clients’ unique visions.
Mike continues to work to advance our professional organization’s mission as the immediate past president of the AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors. In the community, he has been a leader in the integration of Pittsburgh’s local maker movement into architectural design projects advancing local craft in architecture. He is also a committee member with the Pittsburgh Materials Hub of the International Living Futures Institute advocating for and advancing healthy materials in our built environment. He has been an adjunct studio instructor and guest reviewer at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture for a number of years and has participated on many design juries.
Geoff Campbell is a Principal and Director of Operations and Services at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. The breadth of his leadership capacity is evidenced through his ability to operate across multiple scales, while deftly balancing each client’s long-term goals with immediate needs. He has developed tools and techniques to facilitate active communication and guide clients to the achievement of successful project outcomes. Geoff consistently leads project teams to deliver exemplary professional services that span architecture, community urbanism, and planning.
Working with a diverse set of clients across an extensive range of buildings and sites, Geoff’s multi-faceted expertise maximizes the potential of every project. His deep understanding of the alignment between rapidly shifting marketplace conditions with design and placemaking goals allows him to comprehensively address design challenges in a way that promotes economic, social, and physical sustainability.
Through his leadership, the firm has redefined its approach to operations, elevated its capacity to provide exceptional design services, enriched delivery outcomes, and put into place systems to guide future growth. Geoff has introduced a systems-thinking approach to the operational framework of the firm that allows the office to operate with great clarity of purpose.
Geoff is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and is an advocate for his community, recently having served as President of the Greenfield Community Association. He has been active in the Housing Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania, has served as a graphic facilitator for the Sprout Fund, has contributed to various committees for NAIOP, and he continues to donate his time to numerous local organizations.
Geoff earned his Master of Architecture from The University of California at Berkeley and his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a registered architect, member of the American Institute of Architects, and is a LEED-accredited professional.