Our firm derives its name from the belief that powerful design is best conceived when an architect and client share a common set of values, providing the foundation upon which to build a meaningful alliance.

Alliance Architecture is a dynamic team of designers, architects, and industry thought-leaders. With offices in DC, MD, and NC, we provide clients with expertise in design and project management, specializing in interiors, workplace design, base buildings, and adaptive re-use of historic structures.

Alliance strives to establish immersive partnerships with people and organizations of vision and optimism. We design with empathy to transform “space” into “place.” Architectural environments nurture the culture of those within, while providing a platform for community and contemplation as we work and live. It’s our mission to deliver these innovative environments that enliven not only the spaces themselves, but also the surrounding sites and communities.


John Warasila

John Warasila is the founding Principal of Alliance Architecture and he established the firm in 1995. He has over 20 years of extensive experience in interior architecture. His technical expertise combined with his strong background have enabled him to be extremely effective in developing design concepts that respect strict budget and scheduling requirements. John directs the efforts of small and large scale projects, leads design teams and works closely with clients.

Vandana Dake

Vandana provides a broad range of experience in design and construction — both locally and internationally. Her technical expertise and strong design concepts inform her work, ranging from schematic design through construction administration.

She has received numerous awards, including much recognition from Downtown Durham, Inc. for Best Projects in 2004 and 2005 and from the Raleigh Preservation Society for Best Projects in 2005.

Phil Olson

During his 32 years of practice, Phil has earned national attention as a designer of groundbreaking work environments for a wide range of international clients. Phil’s focus on every project is to maximize the inherent design opportunity as a means to improve the client’s overall success, earning him numerous design awards.

Phil is a recognized authority in the design of law offices with over 5 million square feet completed for major firms.

Tim Kearney

Tim has over 20 years of experience in corporate interiors, retail/restaurant, and adaptive reuse architectural services. His skills at managing complex projects combined with a strong design portfolio contribute to the success of his work and development of long-lasting relationships with clients.

Marcus Cross

Having first joined Alliance in 2005, Marcus enjoys the challenge of merging the “big idea” of a project into the smaller details. His experience includes adaptive reuse, commercial core & shell, corporate interiors, and complex mission critical facilities.

As demonstrated by his recent role as project architect for the Citrix-Raleigh regional headquarters campus, Marcus excels in executing multi-faceted projects with tight schedules.


Brenton Hardee

As the Director of Business Development, Brenton manages all marketing, lead generation, and proposal development for Alliance’s NC, DC, and MD offices. She joined Alliance in early 2017 and is based in DC, where she has lived for more than 10 years. Originally from NC and with over 7 years of A/E marketing in the DC Metro area, Brenton brings her cross-market knowledge and communications expertise to the Alliance team.


Alliance Architecture provides clients with expertise in architecture and interiors, revitalization of historic structures, residential design, and project management. Our objective and track record is to deliver transformational places to enhance spaces, sites, neighborhoods, and communities.

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We are a small, fun, energetic, hands-on group of architects and designers who enjoy finding innovative design solutions to meet our clients’ needs. We are always looking for candidates who are the right fit to join our growing practice. Successful candidates should enjoy working in small teams in a fast-paced environment. Visit our Careers page for more information about immediate opportunities.