Adriana Duarte-Dionicio


A true designer is someone who thinks about how the layout, materials, organization, and décor of a project affect the user experience.

True design, then, has a variety of responsibilities, and Adriana loves the variety in her job. She wears many hats, depending on what stage each project is in—designer, project manager, construction administrator, visual artist, and more. One day she may be planning spaces for apartment units and the next she may be drawing up construction details or specifications for another project. Ultimately, all of Adriana’s responsibilities are focused on moving a project forward in order to deliver a well-rounded and well-thought-out end product to the client and the user.

When Adriana was about to graduate with her degree in architecture, she was excited to find a firm in the Valley that had a studio feel and emphasized mentorship and collaboration, while also providing thoughtful design solutions for the community. She is now committed to providing innovative and well thought out solutions to help make the Central Valley a thriving community. She believes that through research, collaborative thinking, and consciously thinking of the end user throughout the entire design process, a successful solution can be found.

Education & Certifications

She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2016.

Community Engagement

Adriana is a member for Friends of the Library for the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library. She volunteers with a variety of events, including hosting and introducing patrons to Virtual Reality once a month for Art Hop, book sales, and fundraising for the library’s needs.

Described as

“She is an easy going person, someone you can joke around with but someone who is reliable and trustworthy at the same time. She is dependable and even though she may not always have the answer, she will learn and figure it out.”

One food forever

“It’s very hard to choose since I love food, but I would have to say potatoes because they are so versatile: mashed potato, baked potato, tater tots, French fries, etc. The options are endless!”

Working tunes

“I don’t really listen to music at work, but when I do, I listen to a variety of indie pop, house music, or Spanish rock.”

Favorite PHA project

“My favorite projects are the Fresno Chaffee Zoo Ambassador Building and the Zooplex. The Ambassador Buildings are for the holding of the zoo’s ambassador animals (or program animals) which they take out to school or community presentations. The Zooplex & Animal Commissary Building holds a specialized commissary for animal food preparation, employee break room, locker room, and office space, all of which will provide a new centralized location for all these functions to happen on the Fresno Chaffee Zoo campus. Even though the buildings have not been built yet, the process of learning about the animals and the keepers as the end users and the special conditions needed to make a habitable and usable space has been interesting thus far. The zoo’s hands-on involvement and the collaboration with all of the consultants have been crucial in making these small buildings a great addition to the zoo’s facilities.”