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Meet our expert design team


Navin Pathangay, AIA Principal

While Navin was formally trained at the University of Florida and the University of Michigan, he knew he wanted to be an architect when he was just seven years old. Awestruck after walking through a new house in the Mauritius Island neighborhood where he grew up, Navin expressed his admiration for the work. The architect, a family friend who also owned the house, took Navin under his wing and the rest is history.

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. 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.

For six years, Navin taught design fundamentals at Arizona State University. He loves to share his knowledge and continues to inspire the next generation of architects by training recent graduates and judging student design competitions.

In his free time, Navin likes to experience the outdoors, travel and explore the world.

Don Carstens, Design

Don Carstens has been creating total environments for the hospitality industry nationally by satisfying a broad spectrum of custom functional and innovative needs. Carstens goes far beyond conventional design strategies by orchestrating the architecture, interiors, lighting, surface materials, and signage into a cohesive and harmonious sense of place unique to each client and project. Carstens background in fine art is apparent in all of his projects by his visibly incorporating the balance of space and light. Custom furnishings and fixtures, implementing modern interpretations on old classics, and a highly attuned sense of propriety in materials and design direction comprise Carstens design philosophy: a truly great restaurant design must support the chef and proprietors intentions, menu, and philosophy on entertaining. Carstens renown comes from his innate sense of successful branding and taking clients to new levels and multiple units within the independent high-end dining and nightclub sector. Carstens has completed projects from Beverly Hills, California to Washington D.C. and in many cases named the projects as well as designed many logos that further instill the design and branding.

Alejandro Sandoval, Architect

Alejandro was born in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, but grew up and lived in Mexico until 2018. Because of the work of his father, he had the opportunity and experience of living in many cities of Mexico where he was able to travel. He visited many new places, and learning new things from the locals. This is one of the reasons why he chose to be an architect.
He studied at the University of Sonora, in Mexico from 2008 to 2013. Alejandro has 7 years of experience working as an architect. He started as an intern at a recognized architectural firm of Hermosillo, and shortly started receiving more responsibilities such as participating in the design of the projects and coordinating its constructions for the company. In addition, Alejandro has experience with customer service, as well as with working as a team leader and member. He is someone who learns quickly and who likes to socialize.
Aside from architecture, he loves watching sports, football, soccer, basketball, baseball either on TV or going to sporting events. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, as well as going for a run or a bike ride. He considers himself a very sociable person and loves meeting new people.

Ramon Meza, Architect

Ramon grew up immersed in the architecture field. His father, who is also an architect and contractor, brought him along to construction sites from the time he was a toddler. Prior to joining Pathangay Architects, Ramon spent four years at Crea Arquitectos in Hermosillo, Mexico in various roles, from modeling coordinator and construction supervisor to software design instructor and architectural projects coordinator. While there, Ramon contributed to a wide range of remodeling and expansion projects at universities, wineries, and hospitals.
At Pathangay Architects, Ramon focuses on architectural design. He enjoys the variety of his job and contributing to the Pathangay team.In his free time, Ramon likes to play the guitar, listen to music, take photographs, and travel. Fascinated by how things work, Ramon enjoys reading science and technology information. One day, he hopes to invent a new gadget that will make people’s lives easier.

Carlos Rayas, Architect

Carlos was born and raised in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora in Mexico. Since he was young he enjoyed seeing the construction projects that they carried out in his home town, and was always investigating what new projects would come to their neighborhood or the city. In 2013 he obtained his degree in Architecture from the University of Sonora, since then he has worked in different architecture firms, as part of the design team, drawing plans, as a construction supervisor, etc. in addition to his projects as a Freelance Architect.
Carlos considers himself a positive person and always look for new challenges and opportunities. Before joining Pathangay Architects, he worked as a commercial advisor for a company in the construction field in Hermosillo.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters whom he adores, and also plays baseball ever since he started at age 20. He also enjoys watching all kinds of sports. Being a part of the Pathangay Architects team allows him to learn from many different topics through the projects they carry out.

Ana M. Hirata, Architect

Ana was born and raised in Hermosillo, Sonora in Mexico. Since she was young, she liked to pay attention to detail and was really interested in design.

She studied at the University of Sonora from 2015 to 2020, obtaining her degree in Architecture that same year. Since then, she has worked in the field in various roles, like drawing plans, 3D modeling, and renderings.

Aside from architecture, she practices ballet since she was young and considers it as a big part of her life too. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, listen to music and travel.

Patricia Romano, Architect

Patricia was born in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. She knew she wanted to be an architect when she was young because of her cousin, who introduced her to the world of architecture at a young age. She obtained her architecture degree in 2020 from the University of Sonora. Since then, she has worked in different architecture firms in Hermosillo, where she was involved in various projects as part of the design and construction team. In her free time she enjoys going to dance classes, watching movies, listening to music, and traveling with her family and friends.

Ashley Meddaugh, Administrative Assistant

Ashley was born in Chicago, Illinois but grew up in the Bay Area in San Ramon, California. She moved to Arizona in 2018 to attend Arizona State University. Ashley studied political science and graduated summa cum laude from ASU in May of 2022. She has experience in administrative work along with digital marketing/social media and customer service.

Outside of work she enjoys going to concerts, photography, cooking, playing video games, listening to music, watching sports and spending quality time with her loved ones.

Daniela Sobarzo, Architect

Daniela was born in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora, and is currently in her last semester of architecture at Tecnologico de Monterrey. She has a great interest in interior design, urbanism, and landscape. As a part of her professional training, she had the opportunity to work as an intern with a known firm in Hermosillo, Son.

Aside from architecture, Daniela has danced all her life, it is a hobby that has helped her develop as a person and professionally. In addition to this, she enjoys working out, baking, traveling, going out with friends, discovering new places, and spending time with her loved ones. 

Ana Belem Urbina, Architect

Ana Belem was born in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora, and is currently in her final year of studying Architecture at the University of Sonora. As part of her academic training, she had the opportunity to participate in an academic exchange in Spain, where she was able to learn new architectural strategies, design methods, and get to know different cultures and people that enriched her development. 

In addition to architecture, she greatly enjoys outdoor activities, painting, reading, and traveling, and she spends her free time with friends and family.