gLAs Leadership Team

Trace A. Ward, AIA | Principal

Mr. Ward has been involved in numerous educational projects since joining our predecessor firm in 1988. His experience includes a number of projects at Oregon State University. He has also served as LEED coordinator for Oregon Coast Community College and Kendall Toyota. Those projects received LEED Silver Certification and LEED Platinum Certification respectively.


Christopher L. Walkup, Assoc. AIA | Principal

Mr. Walkup brings extensive experience in assessment, design, contract administration, and construction observation on a number of large projects. Most recently, Chris managed Waldport High School, a new school for Lincoln County School District, through the design and construction phases, while playing an important role in completing the project on time and under budget. He also recently completed design work on Marist High School, an existing facility that will undergo numerous phased remodel projects and a new science wing addition that will bring the facility in line with the school’s academic and facility goals. Chris' other recent projects include the Norther Operations Center for Central Lincoln PUD, Marist HS Science Wing, NOAA Marine Operations Center, Oregon Coast Community College, and Toledo Elementary School.


Jesse R. Grant, AIA | Principal

With over six years of previous tenure with gLAs Architects, Jesse Grant has recently rejoined the firm; he brings with him nine years of experience in architectural design and project management.  He has worked with numerous educational clients ranging from early childhood through higher education.  Jesse values the modernization of an existing building as much as a new-build as dictated by the context of the project and the client’s needs.  Current work includes a new Early Childhood Learning Center and campus master planning for O’Hara Catholic School in Eugene, Oregon.


Walter R. Gresl, AIA | Principal

Mr. Gresl originally joined the firm in 1983. He left the firm in 1988 to work for the City of Eugene Building Permits Section, where he served originally as a code analyst and then as the Building Official for the City. He returned in 1993 to continue the practice of Architecture. Mr. Gresl has 34 years of experience in structural design, building codes consulting, architectural design, and project management. His focus has been primarily educational projects over the past 20 years.

James M. Lewis, AIA | Senior Associate

Mr. Lewis joined our original firm in 1973 and has played a key role in the design and management of many of the firm’s major projects.  His experience includes many projects with demanding technical, budgetary and scheduling requirements. He has an extensive range of experience in various project types which normally includes involvement from initial programming and space planning through construction administration services.

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Belinda Dodd | Design Staff

Belinda Dodd has over 20 years of experience in design and construction and has
worked with gLAs Architects for eight years. Recent educational work includes Irving Elementary School Gym and Classroom Additions, South Albany High School Cafeteria Replacement and Marist Catholic High School Additions and Modifications. Other recent projects include the Newport Operations Center and Orchard Crossing Apartments.

Heather Meyer | Design Staff

Heather Meyer joined the team in 2015 after receiving her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. She is interested in sustainable design and took courses in passive design and Eco Districts while in school. She has a strong background in graphic design and digital modeling. Heather has experience working on schools, student housing, retail spaces, and an operations center. She is currently a LEED coordinator for Orchard Crossing Apartments.


Administrative Staff

Della Wanner

Christie Barvin

Hannah Ward | Design Staff

Hannah Ward is a current student at University of Oregon’s School of Architecture while working as an architectural intern, gaining constructional experience and learning the technical composition of the building enclosure. Her emphasis is sustainable design, with a focus on integrating building and ecological systems. She specializes in material/color selection, and strives to combine the beauty of color/texture with ecological design. Hannah’s experience is primarily in lab design and existing building enclosure modifications.