Lacina Group was founded in 1995 by Ivan Lacina. Soon after, Josh Heitler was hired as one of its first employees. Based on Lacina’s extensive experience in corporate facility development, the firm initially specialized in commercial office projects. The company quickly grew and diversified into a broader array of commercial, residential and retail projects. In 2003, Heitler became a partner and the firm was renamed Lacina Heitler Architects. In 2009, Lacina retired and in 2014 Doug Houstoun became a partner in the renamed Heitler Houstoun Architects. In 2021, HHA welcomed Kimberly Coca as its newest partner.
Joined Lacina Group in 1997 and later advanced as a partner to form Lacina Heitler Architects in 2003. Oversees all aspects of professional Architectural and Interior Design consulting services geared toward corporate, institutional, residential and retail clients. Project highlights include W Hotel – Las Vegas, St. Regis Condo Tower, Drybar retail concept development and directing high-end residential projects in New York City and Los Angeles. Prior to Lacina Heitler Architects, Heitler worked on several large-scale projects including Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal at Beyer Blinder Belle. Josh Heitler recieved a master of Design with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and his B.A. in Design of the Environment from the University of Pennsylvania. Heitler is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, is licensed in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Nevada and is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
Joined Lacina Heitler Architects in 2002 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin. Doug and was named an Associate under Lacina Heitler Architects in 2007 before becoming a Partner in 2012 to form Heitler Houstoun Architects. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York and Texas and has been a LEED accredited professional since 2004. Doug oversees professional Architecture services in the areas of Residential, Retail and Corporate Office spaces and the construction administration of numerous residential, large scale retail and institutional projects, including the completion of the YMCA’s first LEED certified camp building in the US in 2009. Prior to working with HHA, Doug worked at Gensler on large scale commercial projects for companies such as Paine Webber, UBS Warburg, Univision, Federal Reserve Bank of NY, JP Morgan Chase, and Lehmann Brothers.
Joined Heitler Houstoun Architects in 2012 and was promoted to Principal in 2021. Kimberly is a licensed architect in the State of New York, New Jersey, and Ohio. Kimberly received a Bachelor of Architecture with distinction from Pratt Institute. She has effectively executed residential, commercial, retail and institutional projects. Prior to HHA, Kimberly worked on commercial and institutional projects at Curtis + Ginsberg Architects including the new center for the National Dance Institute in Harlem, Early Childhood Center for the NJSDA and R3, a 100 unit affordable housing building with L+M Development and Dunn Development as part of the Navy Green Development in Wallabout Brooklyn.
Joined Heitler Houstoun Architects in 2013 after relocating to New York City from Buffalo, NY and was named Senior Associate in 2021. Allison brings over 10 years of on-site construction experience having worked in both as an Architect and on-site supervisor for a residential and commercial General Contractor. Allison has researched and experimented with concrete as both a construction material and art media and in 2012, completed an award winning art installation in which she poured 10 tons of concrete, suspended inside a grain silo, as part of an art exhibition. Allison has also taught design and construction technology at the University of Buffalo. Prior to joining HHA, Allison was involved in the design and drafting of several municipal and commercial projects, most notably the large renovation of HSBC Arena (now First Niagara Center), a 18,000 seat venue, in Buffalo, NY.
Joined Heitler Houstoun Architects in 2012 after receiving a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University. He has effectively executed residential, commercial and retail projects. Highlights include Toms Shoes, Skin Laundry, Spruce & Bond, 305 Fitness and Pure Barre tenant fit-outs. He has managed numerous residential projects as well as corporate offices and lobbies in New York City. Prior to HHA, Alex worked on large scale corporate, residential and industrial projects at LHB that includes master planning for the UW Wisconsin Ross and Hawkes Hall Dorms in Superior, Wisconsin. He also put together construction documents and presentation renderings for Sage Electrochromics 60,000 SF office and manufacturing plant in Faribault, MN and The Greenleaf, a 63 unit affordable housing building in Uptown Minneapolis.
Heitler Houstoun Architects translates imagination and knowledge into human experience. We are a full-service, collaborative design studio offering expertise in architecture, interior design, space planning, and project management to a wide spectrum of corporate, residential, and retail clients. Our purpose is to provide a built environment that inspires creativity, promotes growth, and nurtures well-being. Utilizing our collective experience and resources, we seek to understand the specific site and program of each project and deliver a high-quality solution that meets the specific needs and exceeds the expectations of our clients.
Site Planning – Zoning Analysis
Building Code Analysis
Schematic Design – Design Development
Finish & Material Selections
Furniture Selection & Layout
Color Schemes – Mood Boards
Master Planning – Feasibility Studies
Space Planning – Test Fits
Concept Prototype – Fixture Design
National Rollout – Existing Design Evaluation
Brand Development – Brand Manual
Permits & Approvals
Graphic & Signage Design
Brand Development – 3D Renderings
Virtual Reality – Special Inspections
One of our core convictions is that at the center of any successful design project is a collaborative, open, design process. At HHA, this process begins with a thorough understanding of a client’s vision and requirements for a project. We then apply precedent, sketches, models, digital imagery, hand renderings and other means in order to explore the full range of possible design solutions.