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The application of rigorous design principles, combined with creative flexibility, sets the foundation for successful buildings in every category.

At Pathangay Architects, we’re problem solvers who take the time to feel and understand every space we attempt to transform. As artists, our goal is to take this understanding and create something truly unique, inviting, memorable, and functional.

“If you understand structure, there’s no limit to the design possibilities.” —Navin Pathangay

Your project deserves our love and attention.

Our philosophy
As an art form, architecture blends creativity with a sensitivity to the environment. With that in mind, buildings are most successful when they inspire the larger community while helping their human occupants reach day-to-day goals with energy and enthusiasm.

Our work ethic
We pride ourselves on the level of detail and innovation we bring to each project. We believe these qualities are necessary to create custom structures that can be built with maximum efficiency and exceed all end users’ expectations.

Meet our expert design team

Navin Pathangay, AIA
Principal

A world traveler, Navin is continually inspired by the colors, textures and materials of different cultures and localities. Throughout his career, Navin has worked on projects in Africa, Europe, and the United States. He was originally inspired to be an Architect at seven years old while walking through his newly built home on Mauritius Island off of the coast of Africa. He felt moved by its architecture and design. The Architect of the home, a family friend, took Navin under his wing and the rest is history.

Navin obtained his Bachelor of Design in Architecture at University of Florida and Master’s Degree in Architecture at University of Michigan.

Prior to starting his own company, Navin worked as a project designer for Kadhusin Associates in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and as a project architect/manager for DWL Architects and Planners in Phoenix, Arizona.

Navin served as Adjunct Professor in design fundamentals at Arizona State University for six years. He is driven to share his knowledge and continues to inspire the next generation of architects.

 

Leah D. Morgan
Project Designer

Leah D. Morgan’s love for architecture developed as she grew up playing with LEGOs and watching This Old House with her father. After receiving her Bachelor of Science and Design and Master of Architecture degrees from Arizona State University, she began her professional endeavors at Pathangay Architects, LLC.

A good listener, Leah pays attention to detail and always strives to keep an open mind as she approaches any project—unless it involves fake grass or glass block. She puts in the work and trusts in the process to get the job done.

One of the highlights of her career so far has been helping to create the space for Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup, a fast-casual restaurant in Phoenix’s Midtown neighborhood. She credits a great team of people, from the owner and general contractor to the consulting engineers and City permitting officials, for making the project fulfilling from start to finish.

Leah finds inspiration from the outdoors, and can often be found walking, hiking or camping with her dog, Bo Bardi, camera in hand. She also enjoys working out for strength and conditioning and sipping coffee in the sunshine.

Select Projects:
Regroup Coffee & Bicycles
Gadzooks
Gadzooks II
Mama Linda’s Bakery
Mane Attraction Salon
Tarbell’s The Tavern
Presto Title Loans (UB)
Seamech Industrial
Spinato’s Pizzeria, Missouri
The Roasted Fig & Toast Wine Bar (UB)

 

Trent McBride, AIA
Project Designer

Trent McBride has always been drawn to the problem-solving and collaborative aspects of architecture, even when he was a little kid playing with LEGOs. He first worked at Pathangay Architects LLC while pursuing his B.S. in Landscape Architecture at Arizona State University. He returned to the firm after receiving his Masters degree from San Diego’s NewSchool of Architecture + Design and designing ADA-compliant residences for disabled veterans as a volunteer at Green Beach America.

Trent specializes in site planning, design development and plant materials, and understands the importance of relating design to the physical and programmatic contexts of a space. He’s particularly proud of his work at Anterra Apartments and the Hampton Inn & Suites, Gilbert.

In his spare time, Trent likes to hike around Arizona and travel abroad. He also donates time to Everlasting Marks and Desert Willow, two organizations involved in sustainability.

 

Michael Teich, IDP-NCARB
Senior Project Manager/Senior Designer

Michael Teich knew he wanted to be an architect when he was 10 years old. His mom got a job at a Dallas architecture firm in the first tower built outside the downtown area, which was extremely cool since there was always a pair of binoculars laying around to explore with.

Michael received his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Texas in Arlington. After five years of documented professional supervision in France and the U.S., he completed his NCARB-IDP Master’s equivalence.

Design is Michael’s first love—the common thread that connects projects as diverse as his winning entry for the French National Stadium Competition and a Samsung Semiconductor Plant renovation and extension in Austin, Texas.

Michael also has deep respect for good project management, knowing that administrative efficiencies create more time for the fun stuff. He’s written CAD standards and guidelines for shaping more efficient work environments in English, French and Spanish.

The architects who’ve inspired him most include Tom Mayne of Morphosis Architects, Zaha Hadid, Louis Kahn, Ralph Erskine, Eero Saarinen, Tadao Ando and Christian Alexander. These iconic figures have all contributed to Michael’s dedication to providing healthy and inspiring spaces that satisfy the end user while respecting the environment.

When he’s not working, Michael likes to spend time with his children, practice Shōrin-ryū Karate, lift weights, camp, trek or play the trumpet.

Services

  • Programming
  • Schematic Design
  • Design Development
  • Construction Documents
  • Construction Administration
  • Construction Management
  • Planning
  • Master Planning
  • Interior Design