As a founding partner of Caricari Lee Architects, Joseph facilitates collaborative design with clients and consultants creating buildings that are efficient relative to site, program and systems in a thoughtful composition of light, form and materials. Joseph also focuses on all aspect of developments assisting clients to ensure successfully executed projects.
Joe is married with two daughters and two step daughters and enjoys getting stuck in traffic on his way home from work. He ensured that the company email address contained his last name so everyone would feel his life long pain.
David’s professional experience has spanned nearly 25 years. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto architectural programme where he was the recipient of an award and 3 scholarships for academic excellence. He apprenticed and developed his skills as an architect at various respected architectural firms, including Montgomery Sisam Architects, Fentress Bradburn Architects Canada, AJ Tregebov Architect and Taylor Smyth Architects. His professional work is diverse with a broad range of experience in retail, office, industrial, residential and heritage projects.
David is a founding partner of Caricari Lee Architects and is LEED certified. He has a flair for design and is responsible for the administration of various projects in the office.
Out of the office, David enjoys mountain biking with his children and all things on the water. He is an accomplished windsurfer and once sailed the tail end of hurricane Hugo while working in the British Virgin Islands.
office manager, design administrator
Early in her career, Michele worked in various organizations as an Office Manager. Before joining Caricari Lee Architects in 2010, she worked as a chef in a corporate kitchen, and was also a cooking instructor and caterer.
Michele ensures the efficient day-to-day operations of the office and the administrative requirements of all projects. She is responsible for interior finish coordination, marketing and promotion, client relations and office administration. Michele is a member of the Society for Design Administration, an organization that promotes education and best practices in design firm personnel. She is the recipient of the SDA Roni Award for 2017.
Michele‘s interests include drinking wine. She plans to retire one day in Prince Edward County - spending her time cooking, wine tasting…then exercising.
Caterina’s drive for architecture starts with her passion for exploring ideas from large to small scale. Her educational background in interior design and focus on urban design while in architecture school brings a unique experience to the team. Prior to joining CLA, Caterina’s multi-faceted experience included work on several commercial, institutional and hospitality projects.
She continues to develop and research the prominence of design in everyday interactions and aims to apply it in a variety of projects. Caterina’s main focus at CLA is undertaking projects at any point within the process and continuously collaborating with the team.
When away from the office, Caterina enjoys spending time with her pup Apollo and practicing yoga with him. She recently purchased a Vespa and a custom helmet that can accommodate all of her hair.
senior project manager
Robert has been interested in architecture since high school, where he won a competition to design a cottage for one of his teachers. Assisting his father with the construction of their family homes as well as working for a construction company for two years, has provided Robert with practical and theoretical knowledge of building construction. With over 30 years of experience, he has been involved in a wide variety of projects in the public and private sectors as an Architectural Technologist, Job Captain and Project Manager.
Robert is proficient in all phases of architectural projects, from client coordination and programming to construction administration. He has worked on a variety of industrial, commercial, institutional, hospitality, pharmaceutical, recreational and residential projects.
Robert participates in many sports and is the CLA golf pro, always available for company tournaments.
Lily’s interest in Architecture began back in high school, with an exuberant art teacher and a love for design. After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture, Lily had the opportunity to gain experience at an Oakville firm where she was introduced to all aspects of the architectural process within institutional, residential and commercial projects. Her passion for adaptive reuse and the environment is something she hopes to pursue further at CLA and in the future within her education.
Lily's desire to explore the built environment and experience different cultures has led to Lily’s love of travel. She recently returned from a year in Australia where she worked as an Architectural Consultant.
Out of the office, when she is not seeing live theatre performances, she volunteers with musical theatre groups throughout the GTA painting sets and helping out backstage. She is happiest with a show tune and a glass of wine. Just don’t expect her to sing.
Paul completed his architectural education with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Syllabus program and has worked as a design professional in Canada and abroad for over 25 years.
Paul’s earlier years in the profession were committed to working on institutional projects with CS&P Architects, predominantly working as an Intern Architect on secondary and post-secondary school design/working drawings for a variety of school boards in Ontario. For the past ten years Paul has focused mainly on the commercial retail industry working with developers and franchise groups throughout Ontario as the architect of record for over 150 commercial retail projects.
Paul is 50% (sixth generation) Jamaican and 50% Cuban heritage, plays the guitar very poorly and is a dog in the Chinese horoscope.
ASSOCIATE - DESIGNER
CLA has worked with Alisa Biunno for many years and is dedicated to creating spaces for clients that reflect their personal style and taste.
With over 20 years experience, Alisa has created very strong relationships with all of her trades. Knowing there are usually changes and unforeseen issues during any renovation, these relationships are a key factor to maintaining a successful end result. Alisa's work has been featured in Style and Home magazine and other publications.