Charles Banister, AIA, LEED AP, CCA CCCA
Bachelor of Architecture, 1981, Washington State University
Arctic Engineering, 1982, University Alaska Anchorage
Chip is an owner and principal at Kumin Associates and has been with the firm for more than 25 years. His experience includes all project phases - facility programming, site selection studies, planning studies, design, contract documents, bidding and construction contract administration. Chip regularly manages complex remote projects where an understanding of climate demands and scheduling accuracy is critical. Examples of his work can be found throughout the state of Alaska, the Arctic and the Russian Far East.
As principal-in-charge of many of the firm's projects, Chip is a detailed, analytical thinker and a disciplined leader. He has an established record of successfully managing multi-disciplinary design teams, fortifying their creative talents while keeping focused on the budget and schedule. Involvement with many project scenarios, technical challenges, and logistical difficulties has taught Chip how to evaluate situations quickly and identify workable design alternatives.
Jon Stolle, AIA
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Oregon, 1990; Arctic Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1994
Jon Stolle is a firm principal and 20-year member of the Kumin family. He has direct experience in every phase of a project including programming, design, development, and construction administration and has successfully managed projects of all sizes. One of Jon's strengths is his superb ability to quickly to establish an open line of communication with clients to ensure that he understands their goals. Jon's technical and managerial skills are excellent. His methodical approach, efficient organization, and consistency result in projects that meet the test for being constructible and performing as intended. He has a firm understanding of the importance of cost control and works closely with a design team, continuously monitoring their efforts to ensure efficiency, keep communication flowing and to stay on schedule.
His creative ability matched with a technical eye and ability to bring the client's vision into focus result in well-functioning, aesthetically pleasing, practical solutions that precisely meet the needs of every project he takes on.
Angela Barr, AIA
Angela Barr, after an illustrious 34 year career in Alaska, has retired and relocated with her husband, Tom, to the coastal town of Gig Harbor, Washington, to be closer to their daughter, Jamie, and live the good life.
Angie was originally lured to Kumin Associates and Alaska in 1981 to work on the Anchorage Senior Center project. A six-week commitment turned into a distinguished career that saw her rise from intern to Principal in 2005. During her career, Angie spearheaded many notable Alaskan projects including the Nome Hospital, Begich Middle School and Chester Park Senior Housing in Anchorage, Jesse Lee Home Historic Renovation in Seward, and a range of projects from cultural centers to scientific research facilities. Her architectural experience spanned all corners of Alaska and occasionally beyond, with trips to Moscow, Russia, and McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
Angie brought an unwavering commitment to meeting and exceeding clients' expectations. She now hands off her many valued clients to the firm's two remaining Principals, Chip Banister and Jon Stolle, to continue providing the same level of hands-on client service for which she was known.
Kumin is led by two Principals: Charles (Chip) Banister, AIA, LEED AP, and Jon Stolle, AIA. Both started at the firm more than 20 years ago and, over the past two decades, they've fostered a close family of talented staff.
Chip and Jon are "hands-on" principals, extensively involved in each and every project the firm takes on from inception to project close-out.
They seek to promote a culture of collaboration and learning around the office through design guidance and monthly inter-office design critiques.