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PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT

Sarah Ellis has been practicing architecture in Sacramento since moving from Oregon in 1998. After receiving her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon, Sarah was a project manager and lead designer at the award-winning architecture, planning, and urban design firm of Mogavero Notestine Associates. There, she honed her skills, emphasizing beautiful, sustainable, and innovative design solutions for a wide range of project types including multi-family and single family communities, mixed-use, retail, and office buildings. Continuing that philosophy into private practice, Sarah established Ellis Architects in 2007 to offer a personalized approach and thoughtful design solution to clients. She is a California licensed architect, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certified, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Sarah participates in the US Green Building Council Northern California Chapter and regularly provides student design critiques at California State University in Sacramento and The Art Institute of Sacramento.

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DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURE

Vincent Maloney is a versatile architect with more than 20 years’ experience leading complex project types, including K-12, higher education (community college), healthcare, multifamily and mixed-use developments, civic, athletic, and energy infrastructure projects. Having worked for the two largest architecture firms in Sacramento, Vince brings extensive design and technical knowledge to the role of Director of Architecture at Ellis Architects. In addition to his integrated project work, Vince is responsible for leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) implementation and the Quality Assurance (QA) program at Ellis Architects. When not working, Vince enjoys volunteering for organizations like Sierra Service Project, and traveling to do pro-bono work in places like Honduras and rural areas of Oregon and California. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Vince has worked in Connecticut, Missouri, and California, and has a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in Saint Louis and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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DIRECTOR OF INTERIOR DESIGN

Born and raised in Brazil, Lara moved to the US in 2006. Pursuing her passion for design of the built environment, Lara earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco. She has experience in hospitality, retail, and residential projects. She aims to design spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, universal, and functional. Material choices and design concepts is one of her strengths on the design projects. With a keen eye for modern, minimal, and timeless interiors, Lara is inspired by modern artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Ellsworth Kelly. She joined the Ellis Architects’ team in 2015 and is currently pursuing her Master of Architecture.

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ARCHITECT

Jason Ellis has been practicing architecture in Sacramento since 1996 after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.   Jason joins the firm with an outstanding portfolio of award-winning projects in educational and institutional design, after honing his design, technical, and leadership skills with 20 years of experience at the largest architecture firm in Sacramento.  Among Jason’s high-profile, AIA award-winning projects are the Sacramento River Water Intake Structure, Modesto Junior College Science Community Center, Mission College Student Engagement Center/Gillmor Center, and the Soil Born Farms Culinary Center and Amphitheater.  He approaches each project from the client's perspective to design solutions that accomplish their goals effectively and inventively. Jason is a professor and department head the Cosumnes River College Architecture Department, and enjoys teaching and mentoring the next generation of architects.

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PROJECT DESIGNER / BIM MANAGER

Michael has worked in the architectural field since 2010 after he graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master of Architecture degree. He has a particular interest in the affect buildings and spaces have on an occupant’s well-being. Having a BA in Philosophy, Michael chose to concentrate his architectural education on more technical aspects to challenge himself. Michael has prior experience designing schools, learning the complexity of multi-story buildings, and enhancing his skills with Revit and BIM coordination. He is currently taking the Architecture Registration Examination with the goal of becoming a licensed Architect.