Who Are We?

aha studio Is comprised of friends who, when working steadily in their respective fields, had an “aHA!” moment and realized that by working together we could provide valuable overlapping skills, that ultimately become invaluable to our clients and our work.

We love interesting and complex problems, it allows us to sink our teeth into creative and thoughtful solutions. We are a part of a large community of designers, subcontractors and consultants, who we draw upon for expertise, should the need arise. At the end of the day we strive to bring the same fun and enjoyment we take from our work to your ideas and projects.

Paul has been on the drawing boards since the age of 20. During these first 40 years he has been designing projects mostly throughout the US but with an increasing breadth to the practice with projects completed as far away as New Zealand, and West Africa. In his work, Paul strives to connect buildings, cultures and people. Paul has a Masters degree in Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and architectural licenses in five states, as well as the NCARB (national) certificate. He has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Europe and Oceania, has blue-water sailing experience in the Pacific, competed in regional triathlons (great effort was given and much fun was had, but the results were rather embarrassing :-) and rides his motorcycle as much as he can. If you click on the following link, you can read about his recent travels and work on a project in Mali, West Africa. bamakototimbuktu.wordpress.com/

Paul Ries

Principal Architect


From a very early age, Phil had "the eye" for great design. It was his true passion in his formative years, and now with more than 35 years in design under his belt, Phil's extensive experience has allowed him to master the transformation of people's homes into comfortable living spaces that reflects both the personality and lifestyle of the homeowner or business owner. He's a quick study and always delivers with successful results, even when his clients aren't really sure what they want. They simply put their trust in Phil that he'll make it fabulous. 

Phil Sparks

Principal Designer


Ryan's course in the industry has taken a different path than the normal. After spending many years in the local St Petersburg building industry learning the intricacies of building assembly and processes, Ryan has taken his skill set in design and construction and combined it with his skill with computer aided design. This combination has allowed Ryan to be the teacher of our next generation of design professionals, creating curriculum and classroom studies for autoCad, Revit and other CAD programs used in the profession. Ryan has brought that skill set here and is central to our studio not only in design, but in bringing us all into the 21st century with our ability to document and illustrate the ideas.

Ryan Gorman

Project Designer

Sven came to Florida via New Jersey (interrupted by a 17-year stay growing up in Germany) and a 5-year stint as cartographer for National Geographic in Washington, DC., and has raised his three now-adult children in his adopted home state (all St. Petersburg natives, and all Gators!). Living near the beaches, his outlet is volleyball, his newly discovered game of golf (if time allows:-), and traveling – either to local breweries or faraway places. He plays hard and works hard, being no stranger to the graveyard shift and the need for great attention to detail. Play or work – team spirit is a big part of it, and this is a great team!

Sven Dolling

Project Designer and Cartographer

Natalia has spent much of her life creating art, exploring the outdoors, and seeking to understand new ideas. Her dedication to these things brought her to the University of Oregon, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture and a minor in interior architecture. Natalia aims to approach projects with a holistic perspective, dedicated to creating environmentally sustainable, community-oriented, inclusive designs. When she is not designing, she spends her time creating art, playing the guitar, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.

Natalia Corbitt

Project Designer

Marshall grew up in Portland, OR and has always gravitated toward architecture. Traveling with his dad in the city, Marshall would find himself looking up at the buildings and dream of designing them. He followed that dream, graduated from the Portland State University Architecture program and has worked many years in the profession. Marshall is currently involved in all phases of our projects, from design and presentation through management. With a strong belief that architecture can lead to ideas that ultimately change our lives, Marshall is a committed and valued member of our team. When he's not in the office you can find him working on his 1967 Mustang and two dirt bikes.

Marshall Atmore

Project Designer

Kevin is president of Sunset Corridor Services Group, LLC an specialty property and association management firm in Portland. Our firm provides outstanding, personalized services to residential and commercial property owners, HOA's, and condo associations in the Portland metro area. A small portfolio of clients means services can be tailored specifically to meet the needs of each client.  Happy to do site-walks and informational calls at no cost.  Oregon Property Manager license #201233269.

Kevin Pahl

Property Manager (President Sunset Corridor Services Group, LLC)

Noah Bucchi graduated from Oregon State University in 2019 with a Bachelors in Digital Communication Arts. He enjoys bring designs and ideas to life through his original artwork. Every moment spent drawing and creating is a good one as far as he is concerned.

Noah Bucchi

Rendering Artist

Steve has over 20 years of experience in the design and documentation of residential, commercial, and industrial projects. A St Petersburg native, Steve has deep roots in the community and is able to serve our clients with not only technical expertise, but local knowledge as well.  Steve is intimately familiar with the expectations of the local building permitting jurisdictions, the members of the local building industry, and the techniques and systems that are required for building in this climate zone. He is a Green Bay Packers fan and it is fun to watch him travel that road during the NFL season.

Steve Podraza

Project Designer

Noah is a COMPTIA certified tech specialist, web-developer and general nature enthusiast. Noah has had a colorful life, growing up in Hawaii, living in the PNW and traveling around the world. This has developed a deep love for the natural world and cultures. From playing the Japanese Shamisen, working on Ancient Hawaiian fishponds, fishing in Alaska, to developing responsive websites and technical groundwork for companies, he is always willing to tackle any challenge thrown at him.

Noah Walters

Technical Director

Cool guy, I'll tell you more when he sends me a bio.

Michael Lowe

Project Designer