Sector Leader

California Market – Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Public Works


AIA, USGBC, American Jail Association



Patte Thornton


Patte Thornton received her Master’s in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to going back to school, she spent 18 years in the construction industry. She possesses a strong technical background, which she utilizes both in the office and in the field.

Her architectural experience encompasses criminal justice, industrial, public works and residential projects within multiple delivery methods. Patte’s passion for design that positively affects people, society, and environment is a part of her approach to every project regardless of size. She leads the AW Sustainability Committee and is an active member of the AIA. As an owner and principal of the firm she is committed to collaboration and mentoring with all of the AW staff.

Fav Quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”


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