Melanie Buzgan Dower is a Principal and Director of Culture at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative.
As a Project Manager and Project Architect, Melanie focuses on the experience of the end-user to create meaningful places that respond to a client’s individual and unique needs. This approach embodies her belief that people are at the heart of design.
With her focus and prioritization on our shared humanity, Melanie has guided the open and supportive culture of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. She fosters an environment built on trust and mutual respect for all living things. Melanie has helped grow a supportive network within the office that allows each individual to flourish and thrive, prioritizing mentorship and collaboration. Melanie is a steward of creative problem solving that harnesses the expertise and perspective of all stakeholder voices.
“What inspires and motivates me is allowing everyone to have a story like mine, where one can figure out who they are as an architect and become the best version of themselves here.”
Melanie joined Rothschild Doyno Collaborative in 2006, after receiving a Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban Design from Kent State University. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She is a past chair of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Pittsburgh’s Young Architect Forum and Associate Director of the AIA Pittsburgh Board. She currently serves on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee for AIA Pittsburgh, and has been involved in the Women+ in Design Pittsburgh community.
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, an architecture and urban design firm committed to a collaborative process with its clients that increases the value of the built environment through meaningful design solutions.
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.
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.
Mike continues to work to advance our professional organization’s mission as a 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.
Ken Doyno is President of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, an architecture and urban design firm focused on creating meaningful design solutions using collaborative processes with clients and communities. Ken provides leadership in how architecture, community planning, and property development simultaneously increase the economic, social, and physical value of our communities. Ken advances projects and innovation by aligning and challenging people to create shared visions that connect and serve clients while making the world a better place.
In addition to thirty-three years of professional practice, Ken has advanced regional change through participation in civic, academic, and cultural activities. Ken recently initiated and now co-chairs the AIA PA Housing and Community Development sub-committee of the Government Affair Committee. Ken worked extensively with Dr. Mindy Fullilove in developing the book Urban Alchemy:Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities. Ken served as an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University for multiple years in the fifth-year architecture “Urban Lab” studio and the first-year architecture studio.
Ken also regularly leads Community Vision programs for Leadership Pittsburgh and serves on the Board for the Saturday Light Brigade which is internationally recognized for using radio and audio to amplify and share ideas and stories. Prior community work includes chairing the Design Center of Pittsburgh, advisory board member for Chatham University’s Landscape Architecture program, an advisory board member of the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Daniel Rothschild is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, an architecture and urban design firm in Pittsburgh. He provides design, graphic, and communication leadership through the use of the firm’s Design Sketchbook process and active participation in architecture and urban design projects. Dan creates design solutions that are artful, meaningful, and pragmatic, bringing together divergent interests.
Dan received his Bachelor of Environmental Design at Miami University and studied at the Architectural Association in London. He pursued his Master of Architecture at North Carolina State, where he received the American Institute of Architects School Medal.
In 2022 Dan was inducted into the AIA’s College of Fellows, the AIA’s highest membership honor, for his exceptional work and contribution to architecture and society. Only 3% of AIA members nationally have this distinction. He was recognized for creating an equitable graphic storytelling method that expands the number of diverse voices included in the design process to create more inclusive and meaningful design outcomes. His commitment to the design narrative has helped form the firm’s collaborative environment, and his passion for engagement carries over to his leadership in the firm’s equitable workplace.
Dan has extended his leadership to many communities with his leadership in the Regent Square Civic Association, the Pittsburgh Executives Association, and through six years of service to the American Institute of Architecture Pittsburgh chapter, including the role of President. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon in the Urban Lab and has lectured at local universities in the Pittsburgh region. Recently, Dan served as President of Temple Emanuel of the South Hills. He is currently Co-Founder and Facilitator of AIA Pittsburgh Foundation’s Leadership Institute for Emerging Professionals, which in its five-year history has trained 98 professionals from 32 different firms.