GROTH Design Group
Architecture | Interiors | Planning


Architectural Experts Who Listen | Lead | Serve

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Mike Groth, AIA

MANAGING PARTNER | Mike founded GROTH Design Group in 1994 with a focus on serving the needs of faith communities and non-profits. In 25 years, we have assisted over 250 congregations in the development of worship, fellowship, education and administrative facilities. While staying true to our roots, the firm now also serves clients with healthcare, senior life, corporate, education and community projects.

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Pete Schneider, AIA, LEED AP

PARTNER | Pete leads the firm’s corporate sector and also manages many of our religious projects. With corporate clients, Pete understands the performance of building and operations and how performance impacts users. He balances performance with corporate goals, culture, budget and timeline to take the right design concepts to reality. For religious clients, Pete brings a strong understanding of growing congregations and extensive religious design experience.

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Steve Petitt, AIA, LEED AP

PARTNER | Steve leads many of our healthcare and senior life projects. All told, he has worked on over 2.5 million sq. ft. of healthcare and senior life projects, ranging from small tenant improvements to surgery throughput to full continuum of care campuses. Steve’s passion for healthcare and senior life stems from his feeling that spaces for these clients allow us to give back and truly help people. Steve also serves as a strong proponent of our company culture and community outreach efforts. 

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Peter Damsgaard

PRINCIPAL, DIRECTOR OF DESIGN | Peter is responsible for stewarding a collaborative and thoughtful design process, engaging the design community, working with local community leaders and leading GROTH Design Group’s staff education efforts so that we remain on the cutting edge. Peter communicates his thoughtful and creative design skills in a way that is clearly understood and appreciated by key stakeholders.

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Mike McGraw, CSI, CDT

SHAREHOLDER, DIRECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION | Mike leads construction administration services and plays a significant role in the execution of projects from design through commissioning. He works closely with owners, contractors and the design team to make sure the project realizes the design intent with quality. 

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Cindy gall, asid, NCIDQ  

DIRECTOR OF INTERIOR DESIGN | Designing environments that provide a holistic feeling of well being is paramount to Cindy's designs. She  investigates all aspects to create spaces that stimulate, nurture and improve quality of life.


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Paul Barribeau, AIA

RELIGIOUS STUDIO DIRECTOR | Paul is the lead designer of many of the firm’s religious projects. With more than 25 years of design on projects strictly for religious clients, his background in theology and pastoral practice brings truly unique insight to the design of liturgical spaces, pastoral offices and religious educational areas.

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Joe Clarke, LEED AP

EDUCATION STUDIO DIRECTOR | Joe’s portfolio of K12 projects includes work in both public and private education sectors. The projects he leads are often the result of facilities studies based on the assessment of need, and the development and comparison of multiple options.

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Vince La Barbera, AIA

HEALTHCARE STUDIO DIRECTOR | Experience with every major healthcare provider in Southeastern Wisconsin makes Vince a strong partner on any healthcare project. From an office or building tenant improvement project to an entirely new clinic or hospital expansion, Vince leads our growing team of designers focused on helping to take care of the needs of those who provide and receive care.

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SENIOR LIFE STUDIO DIRECTOR | With more than 15 years of experience, Nathan is leading GROTH Design Group's efforts on designing a new 130,000 SF convent for the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. In addition, he has delivered numerous projects for major healthcare providers in southeastern Wisconsin. 


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DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT | Jean works with leadership to support the firm’s overall Business Development efforts. With over 20 years of experience in virtually every major market in Wisconsin’s built environment, Jean’s extensive network and involvement in Milwaukee’s business community supports both client and firm strategies.  

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DIRECTOR OF MARKETING | Responsible for executing marketing strategies that drive growth, Dawn leads the stewardship of the GROTH Design Group brand through marketing, communications and public relations. With more than 20 years of experience she brings extensive knowledge of multi-channel marketing. She works closely with leadership to effectively execute marketing strategies that reach clients looking for an architect partner, regardless of project size or level of complexity.