Ted Williamson, original founding partner of Williamson Design Associates (opened as Williamson Dacar Associates in 1994) , brings 38 years of experience and serves as the President of the firm. Ted is a leader in the design of public facilities that enhance the experience of the users and provide value to our clients. Ted’s unique background and degrees in architecture and structural engineering, ensures a strong integration of both disciplines in every project and is an advantage in WDA’s design approach and methodology. Ted has led the design of new and renovation projects for K-12, Higher Education, Library, Government and Religious clients throughout Florida for nearly four decades. Day to day, he oversees the operation of the firm and is responsible for the design process and delivery of goals for projects. Ted is also committed to serving his community and has been as a member of the Safety Harbor Rotary Club for over 20 years. Outside of the office, Ted can be found spending time with his family, skiing the slopes of Colorado, hitting the golf course, or traveling.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Ohio State University
George Tharin brings 36 years of experience and serves as the Senior Project Architect/Manager for Williamson Design Associates. George’s responsibilities include coordinating and managing team efforts, assisting in quality control and production of construction documents. He also oversees construction administration procedure and protocol for all projects. George’s expertise in Liturgical Design is evident in current and past projects for the Diocese of St. Petersburg as well as prominent churches throughout the region. George is an Alumni of Leadership Pasco. He enjoys playing golf with fellow colleagues and volunteers for many of his church and charity events.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture
The Catholic University of America
Peter Thomson has provided a full range of architectural services to a wide variety of clients for more than five decades in South Florida, New York, and Washington, DC. He has served as a client representative for educational projects for the last ten years in his role as an Associate Director at an Florida Atlanitc Universitie’s (FAU) Harbor Branch campus and a Project Manager at the main campus. During his time with FAU, Peter was responsible for educational projects that ranged from simple summertime upgrades at FAU’s K-12 school to a new sixty-two million dollar educational and athletic facility. Peter also served as an “in-house” architect on smaller projects and provided turnkey services to the FAU user community.
Bachelor of Architecture Case-Weston Reserve University
Walter is a licensed architect with diverse international experience (Canada, China,) as well as 30 years managing major university projects from design through construction. Most recently, Walter directed a staff of project architects and contractors carrying out upgrades and renovations of major Housing facilities for the University of South Florida. Successful university projects require an experienced team of engineers and architects to work closely with the university leadership to carefully study the best design options that answer the program of requirements and goals to be achieved before committing the investment of time and money. Colleges and Universities are now challenged by changes in teaching environments and accommodating the campus living and learning communities for today’s diverse students.
Bachelor of Architecture
Case-Western Reserve University
Michael Pruitt brings 20 years of architectural and engineering experience and currently serves as a project architect in the Clearwater office. His experience spans new construction as well as renovations for K-12 and Higher Education campuses and sports facilities to Religious projects. Mike is proficient in Building Information Modelling (BIM) using REVIT software. Pruitt is a fourth generation Floridian who works to protect the natural environment through architecture and innovative design.
Masters of Architecture & Community Design University of South Florida
Jessica Wells brings to the Boca Raton office over 15 years of architectural experience with the past five years focused on Educational projects. She is experienced in design implementation of client requirements, coordination with engineering consultants, and development of construction documents using REVIT software and construction contract administration. With reliable responsiveness and a passion for client satisfaction, Jessica ensures that the project is managed efficiently. She is focused on becoming a licensed architect in the near future. In her free time Jessica enjoys traveling, nature, photography and spending time with her two kids and family.
Bachelor of Architecture
North Carolina State University
Bachelor of Science: Architecture
Ball State University
Lidia Ruiz brings to the Boca Raton office over 30 years of experience in the programming, design, production coordination, and management of interior and architectural projects. Her diverse experience includes guiding commercial, educational, civic, and transportation projects through all phases – from schematic design through to construction administration, as well as specification coordination and code compliance reviews. Lidia’s focus is to exceed the client’s expectations by delivering a quality project, on time and within budget.
Master of Architecture State University of New York at Buffalo
Bachelor of Science: Architectural Technology New York Institute of Technology
Executive Certificate in Project Management Florida Atlantic University
Jinky Abanilla, brings 27 years of experience to her role as Senior Architecture Associate and Project Manager at WDA. She oversees the day to day management of the projects and coordinates our design team and consultants from conceptual design through construction administration. Her extensive portfolio includes high-rise multifamily, education and healthcare projects. Jinky brings experience and understanding of the complexities of project management as well as a commitment to provide a high level of service to our clients and projects. She is currently pursuing licensure. Jinky spends free time outdoors with two daughters and a dog. One of her bucket lists is to drive cross-country from east to west.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture Mapua Institute of Technology (Philippines)
Master of Science, Project Management National University of Singapore
Sarah Hodges has been practicing Interior Design since 2005. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Harrington College of Design in Chicago, Illinois. While in Chicago, she worked at a firm that specialized in Prairie School Architecture. Being surrounded by the history and diverse architectural styles in Chicago was one of her favorite experiences. Sarah still enjoys visiting Chicago whenever possible. Sarah’s role as Interior Designer at WDA involves collaborating with the rest of the team and learning from those around her. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Growing up in Homosassa, gave her an appreciation for Florida’s natural wildlife and she loves visiting state parks whenever possible. Giving back to the community is also very important to her and she has volunteered with Big Brother’s Big Sisters and the Humane Society over the last few years.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
Harrington College of Design – Chicago, Illinois
Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts
Central Florida College – Ocala, Florida
Michaela brings to over 13 years of architectural experience to WDA. She is experienced in design implementation of client requirements, coordination with engineering consultants, development of construction documents on CADD and construction contract administration. Michaela works closely with our Project Architects and consultants in completion of the project design, managing complex addtion and renovation projects from the initial design through closeout.
Masters in Architecture University of South Florida
Diana Schram brings to the Boca Raton office over 21 years of architectural experience. Diana graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning. She has actively engaged in a range of projects including office, retail, commercial, multi-family, mixed-use, and community nonprofit organization’s projects. Since joining the firm, her focus has primarily been on Educational facilities. Currently, Diana is studying towards her licensure exams and continues to enjoy all aspects of design and construction process of a building project. Diana works together with clients, design professionals, and project-related personnel on coordinating project schedules, program, schematic and design development, code conformance, coordinating and drafting construction documents and implementation of the project to achieve a successful project.
Bachelor of Architecture Florida Atlantic University
Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning Florida Atlantic University
Architecture Associate/Project Manager/Director, REVIT Studio
Jonathan Sones brings 24 years of architectural and engineering experience and currently serves as a project manager. His experience includes new construction as well as renovations. Jonathan heads up the Revit Design Studio for Williamson Design Associates.
Bachelor of Architecture Mississippi State University
Brian Lapointe is our Senior CADD draftsperson and works closely with our project architects on site investigations and the development of our construction documents. Brian’s attention to detail and his in-depth field investigations have been a key component of WDA’s success in renovation projects for over 20 years. When he is not in the office or out in the field on a site visit, Brian is coaching the Safety Harbour Little League and spending time with his family.
Associate in Architectural Engineering Technology New Hampshire Technical Institute
Teddy Williamson is a recent graduate in engineering and is providing project management and engineering design at Williamson Design Associates. Teddy provides structural analysis and design under the direction of our structural engineer. He develops plans and coordinates the design projects with the project architect.Teddy will work closely with the Design Team in evaluating the existing structure and provide cost-effective solutions to achieve our design ideas.
Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering, Specializing in Structural/Geotechnical Engineering University of Florida
Thomas Giannopulos, Project Support/BIM, assisting our project managers in development of the construction documents. Thomas brings a background in design and construction for detailing the components of our projects. Thomas works in our 3D Studio in development of our models, renderings and virtual reality for our presentations to our clients.
Bachelor of Science Civil and Structural Engineering Technology Institution of Crete
Ryan Tharin supports the production team and enables the studio to reach peak efficiency. Whether that be assisting in construction documents or administration. With only 4+ years of experience in drafting and 3D modeling, his aptitude and knack for organization has proven to be an indispensable role at WDA. Outside the office, Ryan is always looking for another hobby to add to his growing list—from music to chess, a morning at the range to planning the next trip to the renaissance faire.
Associate of Arts and Science
Pasco Hernando State College
Samantha joined WDA in 2018, with 26 years of experience in marketing professional architectural and engineering services for the built environment. She is proficiently skilled at client relationships, team-building, proposal management and public relations. Samantha is actively involved in the community where she lives and works, serving on the Manatee Education Foundation Board of Directors for nearly a decade, and volunteering on committees for other local non-profit organizations where her fundraising and event planning skills are appreciated.
She attributes her ability to connect and collaborate with a diverse range of professionals to her experience relocating to Sydney, Australia while in high school and then returning to the United States to complete her post-secondary education. When not networking or planning her next project pursuit, Samantha enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and exploring the far corners of the globe.
Bachelor of Science in International Business – Marketing
San Francisco State University
Caitlin brings nine years of diverse marketing experience to WDA in a variety of industries, including AEC. Versed in traditional and digital marketing, Caitlin has worked in construction management, advertising, social media, security and access control, and telecommunications. At WDA, Caitlin’s duties include developing proposals, presentations, and marketing collateral, and general content development for various WDA initiatives. Caitlin has been in the AEC industry her entire life with parents in general contracting and construction management. It was no surprise that she should end up kicking off a career of her own in AEC as a public relations coordinator one month after graduating from the University of South Florida in 2012. Originally from Sarasota, Caitlin moved to St. Petersburg sight unseen in 2015. Since then, she has fallen in love with St. Pete’s historic brick roads, bright bungalows, and culture. When Caitlin isn’t working, you’ll probably find her at an outdoor concert, exploring the city, or visiting St. Pete’s parks.
Bachelor of Arts, Marketing and Management
University of South Florida
Anita is a native Floridian and has worked in the accounting field, specializing in corporate tax compliance, reporting and audits, for over 35 years. She received her BBA in Accounting from Florida International University and began her career with one of the Big 4 Accounting Firms. Since that time she has also held leadership positions in a diverse range of industries including a Fortune 500 financial services company, electric utility and telecommunications firms, a publicly traded manufacturing and international sales company as well as owning her own businesses. She brings her talent and experience to WDA serving as our Director of Business Accounts, responsible for the financial and human resources aspects of the company. In her spare time, Anita loves to spend time with her large family, hike mountain trails, and tend a tiny herb and vegetable garden. She also volunteers, serving on non-profit and other boards and looks forward to traveling with her newly-retired husband.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Florida International University
Certified Public Accountant
Sally is a long-term employee that joined the WDA team in 2000. She is the first person that many of our clients interact with when they call or visit our Clearwater office. She keeps our team members organized by performing various administrative duties that makes our office run smoothly, with a smile. Having worked for ten years at her family’s architectural firm in Memphis, TN before moving to Florida, Sally has a thorough understanding of the industry. Outside of the office she loves spending time with her husband of 43 years and her two sons as well as reading, spending time in her garden and traveling in their camper.