WMA Announces Seven New Associates Recognizing Their Contributions

Withee Malcolm Architects Announces Seven New Associates Recognizing Their Contributions

As Withee Malcolm Architects celebrates its 40th anniversary, the founding partners took the opportunity to recognize the next generation of leaders naming (front row) Billy Guisto, Jim Williams, Mauricio Munoz, (back row) Seitaro Ishida,  Francisco Martinez, Melinda Liday and Joseph Wu as associates in the firm. 

 “The new associates have demonstrated a high-level of performance across all aspects of the practice and made a sustained contribution to the firm,” said Dan Withee AIA, founding partner. 

 “We count on these individuals to help assure quality, creativity and client service; they are an important part of our success,” said Dale Malcolm, AIA, founding partner. 

The new associates add depth and perspective to the practice in a variety of ways—design, project management and administration. 

Billy Guisto, a project manager in the commercial practice, joined the in firm 2012.  He played a key role in the Ganahl Lumber’s recently completed flagship location in Torrance and is working on a new store for them in Los Alamitos. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and his Masters of Architecture from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.

Seitaro Ishida is a senior designer with 11 years tenure at the firm working on multifamily residential developments including a number of affordable communities. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Melinda Liday joined the firm in 2002 as the office manager having held administrative roles in several other architectural firms. She is involved many aspects of the administration and plays a central role in nurturing the culture of the firm and the staff. 

Francisco Martinez rejoined the practice as a project manager in 2014. He is involved is several multifamily residential projects including one of the firm’s first communities in northern California, Evelyn Avenue Family Apartments in Mountain View. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Mauricio Munoz, project manager, joined the firm in 2005. He works in the residential practice where the multi-phase, multi-use Bloomington Grove in San Bernardino County is among his projects. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-Arc.

Jim Williams is a project manager working with the residential practice. Having joined the firm in 2014, he is managing several multifamily affordable projects including a special needs community for LINC Housing in Long Beach. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Ohio State University. 

Joseph Wu, job captain, joined the firm 18 years ago after having worked on a major project in China. His multifamily residential projects include the soon to be completed Fusion Apartments in Irvine. He studied architecture at the University of Southern California.