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Leadership

Quality, Integrity, Professionalism.

Darden Architects’ firm principals combine for over 175 years of valuable industry experience. In addition to providing high-level design and planning services, firm leadership recognizes it is their role to support the profession and give back through good works in their community. Leadership values the merits of each company employee and works in a collaborative style on each project. The firm atmosphere is one of continuing professional development and ongoing effort to stay current within our constantly changing industry. This ambitious attitude supports our commitment to offer the highest quality product to every client.

Martin E. Dietz
Martin E. Dietz

Martin E. Dietz

Managing Principal

AIA, CCS, LEED AP

Mr. Dietz holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and has been with the firm for 39 years.

Edwin C. Goodwin
Edwin C. Goodwin

Edwin C. Goodwin

Principal

AIA

Mr. Goodwin holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and has been with the firm for 33 years. Mr. Goodwin has 41 total years experience in the profession.

Grant E. Dodson
Grant E. Dodson

Grant E. Dodson

Principal

AIA

Mr. Dodson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon, and has been with the firm for 33 years.

Robert L. Petithomme
Robert L. Petithomme

Robert L. Petithomme

Principal

AIA, LEED AP

Mr. Petithomme holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and has been with the firm for 21 years. Mr. Petithomme has 36 total years experience in the profession.

DeDe Darnell
DeDe Darnell

DeDe Darnell

Principal

ASID, IIDA, LEED AP

Mrs. Darnell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology (Interior Design) from California State University Fresno, and has been with the firm for 23 years. Mrs. Darnell has 33 total years experience in the profession.

Michael K. Fennacy
Michael K. Fennacy

Michael K. Fennacy

Principal

AIA

Mr. Fennacy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from the University of Southern California, and has been with the firm for 24 years. Mr. Fennacy has 31 total years experience in the profession.

Antonio J. Avila
Antonio J. Avila

Antonio J. Avila

Principal

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Mr. Avila holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and has been with the firm for 23 years. Mr. Avila has 25 total years experience in the profession.

Edwin S. Darden, Jr.
Edwin S. Darden, Jr.

Edwin S. Darden, Jr.

Principal Emeritus

AIA

Mr. Darden holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and served the firm for 43 years. Mr. Darden has 47 total years experience in the profession.

Michael J. Nelson
Michael J. Nelson

Michael J. Nelson

Associate

Mr. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture and Construction Management from California State University Fresno, and has been with the firm for 21 years. Mr. Nelson has 24 total years experience in the profession.

Leslie Rau
Leslie Rau

Leslie Rau

Associate

IIDA, LEED AP

Mrs. Rau holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design from California State University Fresno, and has been with the firm for 16 years. Mrs. Rau has 17 total years experience in the profession.

Martin A. Ilic
Martin A. Ilic

Martin A. Ilic

Associate

Mr. Ilic holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design from California State University Fresno, attended the Art Center in Pasadena and has been with the firm for 13 years. Mr. Ilic has 16 total years experience in the profession.

Gerardo Padron
Gerardo Padron

Gerardo Padron

Associate

Mr. Padron holds an Associate’s Degree from the Phoenix Institute of Technology, and has been with the firm for 15 years. Mr. Padron has 30 total years experience in the profession.

Sean P. Mendoza
Sean P. Mendoza

Sean P. Mendoza

Associate

AIA

Mr. Mendoza holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and has been with the firm for 25 years. Mr. Mendoza has 29 total years experience in the profession.

Andrew A. Corral
Andrew A. Corral

Andrew A. Corral

Associate

LEED AP

Mr. Corral holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management. Emphasis in Architecture, from California State University, Fresno and has been with the firm for 12 years.

Matthew R. Heiss
Matthew R. Heiss

Matthew R. Heiss

Associate

AIA

Mr. Heiss holds a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and has been with the firm for 5 years.