In great cities, there are spaces that encourage moments to learn, inspire, or simply pause. These are the seeds of transformational experiences.
Places that allow the time to see, listen, and think. What is possible?
Places that pace, energize, and pulse. They allow people and groups to come alive.
Intersections designed to spark conversation, inspire ideas, amongst a modernist aesthetic.
Place that makes you stop, wonder, and question. How did they do this? Can I do this?
Places where you turn a corner and encounter opportunities and a simple pleasant conversation over a great coffee. Is that spark such a simple thing?
Places where you know you belong; it just feels right and aligns perfectly with your mood and state of mind. It’s worth getting to.
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. This bond is the foundation upon which we build a meaningful lasting alliance. Alliance Architecture is core values are leadership, collaboration and design.
With a global portfolio, Alliance has built immersive partnerships with people and organizations with vision and optimism. We design with empathy to transform space into place. Our environments nurture the culture of those within, while providing a platform for community and contemplation as we all work and live. It is about experience, memory, and sustainability. We are in it for the long haul.
John Warasila is the founding Principal of Alliance Architecture and established the firm in 1995. He has 40 years of extensive experience in design and architecture. His experience includes the transformation of many key neighborhoods in Durham including American Tobacco Campus and Golden Belt Campus. A strength of his approach is being able to think and work as an investor having developed projects in Durham. He possesses strong leadership skills and is committed to delivering a great and unique experience to all of his clients and colleagues.
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. Her skills at managing complex projects combined with a strong design portfolio contribute to the success of her work and the development of long-lasting relationships with clients. 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.
Sonika Rawal has over 17 years of experience in design. She graduated with a PhD from North Carolina State University with a specialization in workplace strategy and experiential design. She is passionate about client-centric design, appreciates and effectively builds strong collaborative relationships between clients and contractors. Increasingly she is placing emphasis on experiential design as applied to both the workplace and hospitality assignments. This perspective is aimed at delivering places that evoke emotion and memory.
Sarah has led and produced work product on transformational projects at two significant campuses while at Alliance, Golden Belt and Camp North End. She is the consummate generalist, being able to handle design, budget, furnishings, construction while coordinating the efforts of all project constituents. She has established a solid set of relationships in Charlotte and leads our efforts in that market.