We deliver innovative design solutions that not only serve the operational goals of our clients, but that also express the importance of our client’s role in the greater community at large.
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Our Team

Our Team

Virtue consists in a will that is in agreement with Nature.

Houston is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States, and we believe it’s vital that our team bring different skills, perspectives and ideas to better serve our clients and the community. STOA reflects the diversity that is displayed throughout Houston and we are committed to a collaborative management style because our employees come from various backgrounds and cultures who speak different languages and share unique ideas and viewpoints.


President & CEO

Chao-Chiung (C.C.) Lee is a world-renowned Architect who has managed a successful architectural practice since 1983. C.C. Lee is a Feng Shui Master who has been teaching interactive workshops at Rice University since 1999 as well as many other universities around the world.

Mario Bolullo, RA

Principal Designer

Mario Bolullo has an outstanding reputation as an award-winning designer with an extensive background in designing diversified building types, mixed-use developments, and building renovations. He has designed projects throughout the United States, Canada, and Main Land China.

Marilyn Schwettman


Marilyn Schwettmann has over 40 years of comprehensive experience in Architectural Office Administration. She was a founding member of the Society of Architectural Administrators, served as United Way Coordinator, and participated in many other professional and civic activities.

Suzanne Lee, RA, LEED AP, NCARB

Principal QA/QC

With over three decades of architectural experience, Suzanne Lee leads the firm’s quality control effort to ensure the production standards of STOA’s designs are of the highest quality. Throughout her career, she has acted as both a project architect and project manager, working with clients in corporate, education, and aviation sectors.

ChiChung Chang, Ph.D.

Principal, Project Management

Dr. Chang has over 35 years of experience in managing and conducting engineering, construction, and planning projects for education and research institutions, local, state and federal agencies as well as Fortune 100 firms. His diversified technical background and strong management skills grant him the privilege to lead multi-discipline project teams and subcontractors to provide cost-effective solutions to our clients.

Ramón Patiño, M. Arch

Director of Design & Production

Ramón Patiño has over 25 years of experience and has worked on projects ranging from residential housing to large corporate office buildings, and international medical facilities. His award-winning creativity has received recognition from the American Society of Interior Designers, Houston Chapter.

Victor Lee

VP of Operations

Victor Lee has assisted in the development and the implementation of various marketing strategies for STOA Architects. Victor conducts various economic feasibility studies for regional project development and acts as a liaison to other STOA offices.

Cynthia Ramirez, M. Arch

Project Manager / Designer

Pursuing her passion in architecture, Cynthia graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Master of Architecture in 2012, having previously completed a Bachelor of Architecture at the university. Cynthia plays a critical role at STOA supporting architectural and interior design projects with a skill for both aesthetics and technical accuracy.

Sarah Kataka, Assoc. AIA

Project Manager / Designer

Sarah possesses the impeccable ability to translate the team’s design ideas into working Construction Documents that are used for permitting, bidding, and construction. Tasked with leading a large team of aviation planning and consultants, she is instrumental in the development of program and design strategies for the modernization of Houston Airport System's Mickey Leland International Terminal project.

Victor Guerrero


With over 35 years of technical experience, Victor Guerrero brings a wealth of architectural knowledge to all the projects he is involved on at STOA. Victor has provided production design services for many building types, including convention centers, airports, government buildings, and university classroom buildings.

Azeez Aleshe, M. Arch


Azeez Aleshe graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Master of Architecture, having previously graduated from Covenant University, Nigeria. Azeez plays a critical role in design production services which includes implementation of Building Information Modeling(BIM) and Digital Construction procedures at design, construction, and handover stages of a project.

Juan Rojas, M. Arch


Pursuing his passion in architecture, Juan Rojas graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Master of Architecture and University of the Arts London with a Bachelor of Architecture(2:1 upper second class honors). Interests in graphic design and efficient architectural design, Juan incorporates various viewpoints at the firm representative of his creative background.

Larson Fontenot

Marketing Coordinator

Graduated from Northwestern State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Management. Larson joined STOA's Marketing Team in August of 2022. He prepares proposal packages, creates/edits websites & handles social media for STOA. Larson played collegiate baseball at Northwestern State University for five years. Being an athlete has molded him into a strong leader, very disciplined & goal-oriented marketing coordinator.

Nitasha Tiene, B. Arch

Designer + Marketing Specialist

With a background in Architecture, Nitasha Tiene graduated from City College of New York with a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Art. She currently plays a role alongside Larson in STOA's Marketing Team. Her eye for detail and understanding of color and form have provided branding and graphical updates to the firm. Supporting STOA through various marketing efforts, she continues to study architectural design and learn about new and improved architectural techniques.

Anna Doody

Project Administrator / Exec. Assistant