Movers and Shakers Week Ending 04.05.24

4240 Architecture Announces New Principal 

DJ Gratzer

4240 Architecture, a Denver-based, full-service architecture firm dedicated to designing projects that celebrate the unique spirit and story of its place, announced the recent appointment of DJ Gratzer to principal. 

“With DJ’s deep-rooted history spanning 14 years within our firm, this milestone signifies not only his individual achievement working on our client’s most complex sites, but also a testament to our team’s enduring culture of growth and opportunity,” says Michele Raftery, principal at 4240.

Throughout DJ’s journey with us, his unwavering dedication and invaluable contributions have played a pivotal role in shaping who we are. DJ’s story began at 4240 directly following his graduate education at University of Colorado Denver and undergraduate education at University of Colorado Boulder. DJ’s comes from a construction background in Arizona, and brings a unique perspective to each project, merging a deep passion for nature and contextual based solutions.  

As part of the workforce during the great recession, DJ contributed to 4240’s typological expansion over the last 15 years which now includes extensive student housing and higher education work, and is comprised of a mix of new build, addition and renovation projects. DJ was also deeply engaged on a unique assisted living project in Vermont, which elevated the experience for seniors who needed care in the community setting. This project received top honors from AIA National’s Design for Aging program as an acknowledgement of what a tremendously unique and catalytic project it was. DJ’s continues to be involved in 4240’s legacy work in mountain and resort hospitality, with active projects in Vail, Telluride, and Aspen. 

“As DJ steps into his new role as principal, we are excited by his wealth of experience in this firm, our client’s typologies, and strong building science and technical background that will continue to propel our organization forward. We are immensely proud to have DJ as an integral part of our team, and we eagerly anticipate the positive impact he will continue to make in this new capacity,” adds Matt Cecere, principal at 4240. 

Please join us in celebrating this momentous occasion and in extending our best wishes to DJ as he embarks on this exciting new chapter with 4240.

Kairoi Residential Announces New Employee Additions and Promotions

Lynsee Mann
Annalisa Lavoie

Kairoi Residential — a premier, vertically integrated, multifamily investment, development and property management company – recently announced the addition of a new employee and the promotion of several employees, including two in Colroado.

● Annalisa Lavoie has joined Kairoi as director of operations in Colorado and Utah
● Lynsee Mann has been promoted to regional manager in Denver

“It’s a pleasure to announce these most recent additions and promotions for the Kairoi team,” said Julie Tatom, senior vice president of operations for Kairoi. “Our company is committed to hiring and promoting exceptional professionals who will help our company, and our clients, thrive.”

More information regarding Kairoi Residential is available at

KTGY Announces New Member to Board of Directors, Appoints Two New Shareholders and Celebrates Recent Denver Office Promotions

KTGY, a Great Places to Work certified design firm focused on architecture, branding, interiors and planning, announced the elevation of 44 team members, including the appointment of a new board member and two shareholders.

“The sweeping scope of these promotions shows our commitment to generation-to-generation growth. Each of these team members reflects KTGY’s values and I am so excited to see them rise,” said CEO Tricia Esser.

William Ramsey
Kyle Millar

As one of the nation’s top design firms, KTGY’s diverse service offerings and local expertise, combined with its commitment to generation-to-generation leadership, continue to propel the firm’s growth. This winning combination drove the firm’s movement up 13 spots on ENR’s list of Top 500 Design Firms in 2023.

“We are excited to welcome William Ramsey onto the board of directors and Kyle Millar and Sarah Sindian as shareholders,” said Jill Williams, AIA, managing principal, chairman of the board. “Each of these leaders foster KTGY’s visionary design and expert execution through their work and through the passion they instill in others,” continues Williams.  

William Ramsey, AIA, NCARB, LEED APbased in the firm’s Denver office, is inspired by good design — not just “luxurious” design, but design that tackles challenging jurisdiction with a creative approach. With a holistic vision, he oversees all aspects of a project, including design guidelines, site planning, schematic design, and construction documentation. Licensed in 10 states, Bill recognizes how various trends and market-specific intricacies affect how a project is perceived. The ability to align all aspects of a project within the target demographic has made him a well-respected expert in his field. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, has been quoted in numerous publications nationwide and was a member of Professional Builder magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class in 2019.

Leah Pitts
Sarah Hunter

Shareholders Named:  

Kyle Millar, AIA, NCARB, based in the firm’s Denver office, is predominantly focused on the residential multifamily sector where he has led design teams for both market rate and affordable developments ranging in density from single-family to mid-rise. The core of Kyle’s experience has been in the technical phases beginning with design development, leading into construction documents and extending through construction administration. He is committed to comprehensive project management to serve clients and deliver a finished product that maintains the quality and character of the original design. 

Additional Denver Office Promotions: 

KTGY has also announced a wave of promotions across the firm, recognizing the following individuals for their achievements and contributions to the firm’s success in the firm’s Denver office.

  • Sarah Hunter, associate principal: Responsible for leading projects from conception through entitlement, Sarah has the unique ability to translate client and community goals into a cohesive design that meets all aesthetic, programmatic and budgetary concerns.
  • Leah Pitts, associate principal: Leah guides multiple projects throughout all phases from site feasibility to construction. She excels at maintaining strong client relationships, including analyzing client needs and developing design solutions to address those needs.

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