One of our firm’s key strengths is our leadership team comprised of architects, engineers and interior designers.

Our cross-disciplinary executive team is focused on finding smarter, more effective solutions that achieve better outcomes for everyone.

Principals

Amy Jones
Amy Jones

President/Co-CEO

As President, Amy focuses on client relations, business development, strategic partnerships, and community engagement while overseeing the communication and implementation of the Firm’s vision, mission and strategic plan.

With more than 22 years of experience in the industry, Amy has proven herself to be an expert in the field both inside and outside of marketing, becoming an integral part of design and project teams. Her dedication to the Firm’s clients and the community can be seen in the strong relationships and strategic partnerships she has formed throughout Texas where she is actively involved in numerous professional and non profit organizations. Additionally, she has been engaged in regional education issues throughout her career, providing leadership to boards, committees and campaigns addressing school district progress, attendance, and educational partnerships.

“We approach our business from a very personal perspective because we know our work impacts not only the built environment, but our clients and the community in a very meaningful way.”

Kim Cochran, CCCA

Chief Operating Officer/Co-CEO

Kim Cochran, CCCA – Chief Operating Officer/Co-CEO
December 4, 1956 – July 19, 2020

We are deeply saddened to announce that Kim Cochran passed away in July 2020. Bringing years of experience in project management and construction to O’Connell Robertson, Kim invested himself in building a legacy at our Firm. Throughout his 26-year career at O’Connell Robertson he held several leadership positions including construction administrator, Director of Construction Administration, project executive, Chief Operating Officer and ultimately, served as Chairman of the Board and Co-CEO. His focus on the Firm’s operations and infrastructure provided a strong foundation for continued growth in all aspects of the business. He was especially proud of the Firm’s recent expansion into the Gulf Coast Region with the opening of a Houston office. He took great pride in the expert and distinguished professional staff and leadership team at O’Connell Robertson with whom he worked closely to develop the Firm’s Vision 2025.

“The work O’Connell Robertson does in Healthcare and Education is the pinnacle of what we can do to impact our communities. These projects have a real, relatable and powerful impact on people and fulfilling their needs is extremely rewarding.”
-Kim Cochran

Kim understood the importance of teamwork and relationships in delivering a successful project that met the unique needs of every client. His years of experience working for contractors and design firms provided the foundation for his leadership of O’Connell Robertson’s Construction Administration department for more than 15 years during a period of the company’s greatest growth. He oversaw the construction of new schools and higher education academic buildings, multi-million dollar athletic complexes for universities, clinics and hospitals. His work made a powerful impact on communities throughout Texas.

Kim was a two-time graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management. He was a Certified Construction Contract Administrator and an active member of Associated Builders & Contractors. Kim is survived by his wife Harriet and daughters Aria and Gwen, as well as the staff at O’Connell Robertson – where he will be greatly missed.

Rick Burnight
Rick Burnight, AIA, ACHA, RID

Principal

Rick’s early foundation in art and math acted as the catalyst for his career in architecture. After earning a Master of Architecture degree from The University of Texas, Rick began his career with a strong focus on business development, design and project management. At O’Connell Robertson, Rick’s leadership led the company to unprecedented revenue growth, increases in project scale and scope, and development of staff expertise. With more than 37 years in the industry, and 14 years served as President and CEO of the Firm, Rick continues to focus on key client relationships, new business development and special projects as a Principal in the Firm.

“You can either lead, follow or get out of the way. I chose to lead.”

Nick Patterson
Nick Patterson, PE,
LEED AP BD+C

Engineering Director

Nick’s 22 years of experience in the A/E industry have seen his progression from Architectural MEP support to registered engineering and Principal in Charge of Engineering at O’Connell Robertson. Having earned his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University he is keen on being able to guide the design team through first-hand experience and leadership across all areas of MEP design and coordination. Nick’s technical expertise is clear in the energy-efficient systems for complex healthcare and higher education projects he has designed for numerous clients. He takes pride in his team and their ability to deliver high-quality engineering that fosters creative solutions for facilities across Texas.

“The technical expertise, project opportunities, and culture at our firm is very strong. It gives everybody the opportunity to take on leadership roles they choose, in order to succeed.”

Jarrod Sterzinger
Jarrod Sterzinger, AIA,
LEED AP

Director of Architecture

Jarrod’s love of architecture stems from a life-long engagement in education and an appreciation of art, science, math, and computing. Joining O’Connell Robertson for the opportunity to help craft spaces for educational and healthcare facilities, he recently celebrated 12 years with the Firm. As Director of Architecture, he leads the architectural vision for the Firm across all project types, and fosters the design process, ensuring that quality and service exceeds client expectations. Jarrod also serves as O’Connell Robertson’s Education Practice Leader providing knowledge and expertise on 21st century learning environments and a facility’s impact on student and teacher success. One of his most memorable projects with the Firm is Success High School. This project afforded Jarrod a distinct opportunity to work closely with our client and a unique student population to create a school that reflects their values and needs in a solution designed to support a path for achievement and innovative 21st century learning environment.

The Firm’s national perspective with local expertise is impressive. We look at innovative trends in the education and healthcare markets and elevate our clients’ projects locally.”

Chris Narendorf
Chris Narendorf, LEED AP

Director of San Antonio Office

Chris found inspiration at a young age in his grandfather and father, a carpenter and mechanical engineer, respectively – igniting his interest in architecture. He joined O’Connell Robertson more than 20 years ago when realizing he and the Firm shared the same mission – to positively impact all who experience the work. After starting his tenure with O’Connell Robertson in Austin, Chris moved to San Antonio more than 11 years ago to lead that office into a new era of growth. Under his leadership the Firm has expanded its client list in San Antonio and South Texas to include numerous school districts, universities, and hospitals.

It is rare to find a firm that has 15+ year average tenure of Principals and Associates within the leadership team. I believe this speaks volumes about how strong our company is as a whole.”

Ted Davison
Ted Davison, HFDP, LEED AP

Engineering Director

Ted joined O’Connell Robertson nearly 22 years ago. In that time, he has become regarded as one of the most knowledgeable mechanical designers for healthcare environments in the Central Texas region. One of fewer than 300 individuals in the United States to earn a Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP) designation from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Ted is appreciated for the high level of service he provides to clients. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Building Services Engineering from Brighton University in the United Kingdom and has combined his collective professional experiences from the UK, Zimbabwe, and the United States to solve complex engineering problems in medical and educational environments. One such project is the one-of-a-kind Texas Center for Infection Disease Hospital (TCID), the first stand-alone tuberculosis treatment hospital to be built in the United States for almost sixty years.

 “At O’Connell Robertson, we are passionate about the work that we do. It is rewarding to walk the halls of one of our Healthcare projects and see how our work impacts the patients, who are often in vulnerable moments, relying on the stability and functionality of the facility.”

Ron Meyer
Ron Meyer, AIA

Principal

Ron’s passion for architecture began in elementary school, where his aptitude for design grew and flourished, eventually leading him to pursue a Master of Architecture degree from Texas A&M University. Ron brings over 27 years of experience in architectural practice, working directly with clients, consultants and construction teams to facilitate an efficient and responsive process through each phase of project development. As O’Connell Robertson’s Project Delivery Leader, he fosters a creative environment that encourages the success of the design team to see different perspectives and new approaches.

“O’Connell Robertson’s long history has cultivated a capable and technically established firm. Our ability to finish strong on each project is a direct result of our firm’s culture.”

Dave Watts
Dave Watts, LEED AP

Principal

For 32 years, Dave has brought a technical knowledge and expertise to O’Connell Robertson’s practice that is second to none when it comes to how design translates into reality in the built environment. He served as Director of Production for many years as the Firm grew the size and scope of our projects throughout the State of Texas. He has managed projects, supported client relationships and provided quality assurance at the highest level throughout his tenure. Dave’s palpable dedication, unique skillset, and desire to teach have led to his success as a leader in the Firm.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my career is working with our firm’s staff and the personal service we provide. The people who are joining the firm as we continue to grow, have been increasingly strong individuals, building future leadership opportunities within the Firm. Our people are exceptionally great at what they do.”

Associate Principals

Jayna Duke
Jayna Duke, RID,
LEED AP ID+C

Rob Hudock
Rob Hudock

Jason Reed
Jason Reed

Senior Associates

Aaron Anderson
Aaron Anderson, PE, INCE

Danny Cornejo
Danny Cornejo

Louis Cornoyer
Louis Cornoyer, PE

Misela Gonzales-Vandewalle
Misela Gonzales-Vandewalle, AIA

David Meyer
David Meyer, PE, LEED AP

Casey Nicholson, RA

Kim Pham
Kim Pham, EIT

Becky Winovitch
Becky Winovitch, RA, CDT

Associates

Garrett Brown, RA

Doug Dawson, RA

Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson

Kristin Jones

Ray Moreno

Will Pate

Pete Pohorelsky
Pete Pohorelsky, PE,
LEED AP

Gilbert Salinas
Gilbert Salinas, RA

KurtSchwerdtfeger
Kurt Schwerdtfeger, RA, RAS, RID, LEED AP BD+C

Erin Van Doren, CDT

Janiece Winston

Jeremy Zorn
Jeremy Zorn, PE