Scott Ginder, founding principal, is proud to have spent 14 years of his career in the office of Dick Clark Architecture designing small and mid size commercial projects, multi-family, custom residential, affordable housing, restaurants, and retail space.
Rommel Sulit, founding principal, brings large commercial building design experience to the Forge Craft. His experience has been formed while working in the offices Rem Koolhaas Office of Metropolitan Architecture, Page Southerland Page, Rhode Partners, and Boka Powell. His work concentrated on designing large commercial ground-up buildings.
ERICA QUINONES, AIA received her M.Arch from Parsons: The New School for Design and her B.Arch from The University of Houston. She brings design experience from a wide range of design disciplines and offices from New York City firms; Leven Betts Studio and 1100 architect to Mithun in Seattle and finally Specht Harpman in Austin, Texas. Erica cultivates an expression for craft in construction and has enjoyed teaching undergraduate design studios at the University of Texas School of Architecture, Texas A&M University and Parsons.
JON HAGAR earned his BFA (2001) from the University of Michigan and his M.Arch (2010) from Tulane University. Having worked in Austin, New Orleans, and St. Louis, he has experience in a broad range of projects, including health care, education, and retail, with a recent focus in commercial and corporate work. Jon’s fine arts background imbues his design process with creative energy and he is particularly interested in expressing design intent through the careful execution of detail. In recent years his design expertise has extended to community preservation efforts seeking to find contemporary uses for threatened historic resources.
CLAYTON HOLMES, AIA received his M.Arch (2010) from Washington University in St Louis and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture (2007) from Georgia Tech. A Louisiana native and adopted Austinite, he is proud to call this fair city his home after studying and working on four continents. His experience is in small- to medium-scale commercial projects, including hospitality, bar, restaurant, retail, office and adaptive re-use. His favorite architect is Lina Bo Bardi, who could beat the pantsuit off Zaha Hadid any day.
DAVID GOUJON received his M.Arch from the University of Houston and a B.S. in Construction Management from Colorado State University. He spent four years as a Project Manager in construction in Vail, Colorado before embarking on a one year solo trip through Patagonia. David has worked with design firms based in Cambridge, MA and Austin, TX with projects ranging from commercial, residential, and temporary art installations. In his spare time, David is busy organizing the annual Las Piñatas Festival in Austin’s East Side neighborhood.
TREY FARMER, AIA received his M.Arch from The University of Texas at Austin and has 10 years of experience in sustainable design and construction. He came to Austin from New Hampshire via New Zealand and Northern California where he worked and studied English, architecture, permaculture and natural building. He is a LEED AP (BD+C) and a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) as well as a certified permaculture designer and teacher. Trey is on the Austin Passive House Alliance Board and the national Passive House Alliance Council. Trey has worked as a writer, bartender, job coach, teacher, carpenter, community organizer and orchardist. He spends his free time with his wife and fur-child on the greenbelt and in their garden.
MATTHEW MONTRY received his Post-Professional M.Arch from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and his B.Arch from The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture where he received the Oglesby Traveling Fellowship which allowed him to travel to Japan for a month. In Japan he explored the environmental and geographical effects on rural and urban Japanese architecture. His design experience spans academic buildings with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York City to custom residential projects in Texas. A native Austinite, Matthew can be found cycling in the Hill Country, running the trails, or kicking back at a local brewery with friends.