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R+B Welcomes Four New Team Members to Aspen and Denver Studios



Nikola Gradinski joins as Project Manager/Project Architect in Aspen 
Andrea Orrego joins as Architectural Designer in Aspen
Jacob George joins as Visual Artist in Denver
Julie Gillespie joins as Executive Assistant in Aspen


ASPEN, CO — January 15, 2021 — Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design is pleased to announce the addition of four new team members to our Aspen and Denver studios. Nikola Gradinski joins as Project Manager/Project Architect in Aspen, Andrea Orrego joins as Project Architect/Project Manager in Aspen, Jacob George joins as Visual Artist in Denver, and Julie Gillespie joins as Executive Assistant in Aspen.


Nikola Gradinski joins as Project Manager/Project Architect in Aspen, bringing with him over 18 years of experience in architecture, interior design and the built environment. Project types and program requirements include luxury hotels, resorts and destination spas, restaurants and clubs, flagship retail, high end residential, and product design. Prior to moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2019, during which time he worked on designing projects such as renovations to the Maroon Creek Club, he lived and worked in New York City for 17 years where he collaborated with several notable firms and designers, including pre-eminent hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany’s Tihany Design. During his tenure there, he collaborated with top hospitality brands on international projects in New York, London, Cape Town and Seoul.


Originally from South Africa, Nikola received a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the School of Architecture Planning and Housing at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, in 2001. He has had projects published in Architectural Record, Wallpaper, Vanity Fair, and Grey Magazine, among others. Off the clock, he enjoys harnessing the forces of nature racing gliders and is a Fine Artist.


Andrea Orrego joins as Project Architect/Project Manager in Aspen. A third-generation architect with over seven years of experience, she brings a diverse skillset, from developing brand aesthetics to delivering successful commercial projects and designing private residences that execute the client’s personal vision. The Chair and Founder of the Atelier Home Design App, she most recently worked as an architect at Manchester Architects in Snowmass Village, Colorado.


Originally from Lima, Peru, Andrea has a Bachelor of Architecture, Architecture and Planning, from the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences, where she also minored in CAD and 3-D modeling, Graphic Design and Photography. She is a member of Aspen Entrepreneurs/Coventure, a Denver Startup Week speaker, and an inclusivity and diversity advocate. Outside the studio, she enjoys dancing and meditating, and tries to dedicate time each week to learn a new skill.


Jacob George joins as Visual Artist in Denver. A 3D Artist and Visualization specialist, he brings a background in lighting design and a diverse project history ranging from multi-family to healthcare and retail. Most recently, he worked with Davis Partnership Architects in Denver as a lighting designer and architectural designer.


Born and raised in Denver, Jacob graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder in 2019, with a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Certificate of Lighting Design. In addition to a passion for the arts and technologies that support the field, he enjoys spending most of his free time outdoors enjoying all that the great state of Colorado has to offer.


Julie Gillespie joins as Executive Assistant in Aspen, bringing a variety of skills including client experience, administration support, community engagement and office administration. Her key objective is keeping the Aspen studio on track, organized and running smoothly while managing the daily flow of client interactions, team requests, and Principal support. She previously worked for the City of Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House, providing support for the Executive Director while managing the year-round City of Aspen Grants program.


Originally from Austin, Texas, Julie studied nutrition at Texas State University before moving to Colorado in 2013. With a true passion for people, she thrives on new interactions and making long lasting connections. Outside of the studio, she enjoys relaxing with her 13-year-old husky, Maverick, improving her Spanish, and tackling new taco recipes.


About the influx of new team members, R+B Principal Sarah Broughton shares, “We are thrilled to welcome these talented professionals to the R+B team in our Aspen headquarters and Denver LoDo studio. Their combined national and international experience, including with some high-profile studios, firms and clients, adds significantly to our overall capabilities and expands our range moving forward. Welcome all as we come together to design and execute so many exciting new projects in 2021!”