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 31 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 maintaining focus 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.

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Jon Stolle, AIA   -

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Oregon, 1990; Arctic Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1994

Jon Stolle is a firm principal and 23-year member of the Kumin family. He has direct experience in every project phase including programming, design, development and construction administration, and has successfully managed projects of all sizes. One of Jon's strengths is his ability to quickly establish open 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 design teams, continuously monitoring their efforts to ensure schedule efficiency, good communication, and creative design solutions from all members of the team.

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.

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KUMIN Leadership

Kumin is led by two Principals: Charles (Chip) Banister, AIA, LEED AP, and Jon Stolle, AIA. With 31 and 23 years at Kumin, respectively, Chip and Jon have fostered a close family of talented staff. They are hands-on principals, involved in each project from inception to project close-out. They promote a culture of collaboration, inclusiveness and learning among all staff through design guidance, inter-office design critiques, staff meetings and weekly production meetings. Kumin's creative and dedicated staff are our firm's biggest asset. Along with collective experience that encompasses all building types, our staff are dedicated to unwavering client care and commitment. We have built our firm's reputation on this constant.

Key Staff

Michael Griffith, AIA; Associate


Korynn Applegate

Intern Architect

Heather Weldon

Accounting Manager

Sarah Salazar, AIA


Jean Funatake, AIA


Ross Timm, AIA, LEED AP BD+C



Marketing & Business Development

Jennifer Money