Partners

Brad J. Nelsen
AIA, RAIA

Partner

Nelsen Partners President Brad Nelsen founded the firm in 1990 with offices in Phoenix, Honolulu and Melbourne Australia, and continues to guide all aspects of the firm’s work. With more than 30 years of experience, Nelsen has worked on projects throughout the continental United States and in Hawaii, Australia, Indonesia, and the Middle East.

Philip J. Crisara
AIA

Partner

Nelsen Partners Executive Vice President Philip Crisara was responsible for launching the firm’s Austin office in 1996, where he is currently the Managing Director. His 27 years of design experience includes mixed-use, retail, office buildings, residential projects, master planning and more than 100 upscale restaurants located throughout the United States.

George A. Melara
AIA

Partner

Nelsen Partners Vice President and Director of Design for the Scottsdale office, George Melara is an award-winning architect with project experience that includes large-scale mixed-use developments, high-rise residential towers, office buildings, and complex renovation projects.

Erston Senger
AIA

Partner

As director of Production and Operations for Nelsen Partners, Vice President Erston Senger has overseen the completion of millions of square feet of commercial, retail, mixed-use, hotel, and residential developments. His technical expertise and leadership is a significant asset to Nelsen Partners as he is responsible for the firm’s largest and most complex projects.

Helen Bowling
AIA

Associate Partner, Scottsdale

With more than 25 years in the profession, Helen Bowling has extensive experience in the areas of corporate, retail, residential, and healthcare architecture, including work on projects such as the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Hotel, Kierland Lofts, and CityNorth. Her work has been published in Progressive Architecture and Architectural Record.

Michael Martin
AIA

Associate Partner, Austin

Michael Martin has more than 18 years of experience as a project manager, including work on mixed-use, retail, residential, corporate office, and restaurant projects. As the Director of Production for the Austin office, he has handled documentation and construction administration responsibilities for some of the firm’s most complex assignments.

Stephen Oliva
AIA

Associate Partner, Scottsdale

For more than 30 years, Stephen Oliva has worked with architecture firms throughout the country. His experience includes retail, office, residential, institutional, and medical projects. Promoted to Associate Partner in 2016, he is responsible for leadership in project management and operations in our Scottsdale Office. 


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