Who we are
Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects (CSD) is an award-winning firm founded in Southern Nevada, whose architectural designs and diverse state, regional and national project portfolio, we’re honored to say, have earned the respect of our peers, over 155 design awards, including the 2019 AIA Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year, 2018 AIA Nevada Firm of the Year, as well as 2019, 2016 and 2014 NAIOP of Southern Nevada Chapter Architecture Firm of the Year and the 2020 Zweig Group Top 3 Best Architecture Firms To Work For, as well as state, regional and national press. Since our start in 1986, our guiding philosophy, mission statement and success have been built upon one simple idea: “Nurturing our client’s interest in the art of architecture, we seek to develop in them a passion for architecture like our own.” Today, a shared passion for the profession and a commitment to design excellence – our principals - Rick Sellers, AIA, Mike Del Gatto, AIA, LEED AP and Michele Brigida, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; are setting the example – allowing each one of our staff members to take pride in the work, excel in a culture that fosters strong team spirit, and to thrive in a collaborating process that delivers highly functional, sustainable and appropriate designs and superior client service. We strongly believe that our dedication to the integrity of the profession, upholding the ideals of the AIA, contributing to the profession through mentorship, scholarships, and giving back to the community through service are keys to our firm’s successes. Our design quality and reputation allows us to maintain staff which stands as a testament to the work and work ethic of the firm.
W. Rick Sellers, AIA
Rick Sellers is a founding Principal and President of Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto architecture firm. Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto was formed in 1986 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rick has had the opportunity to design many notable projects for public works, federal, commercial, educational, retail, industrial, health care facilities and high-end custom residences. Notable projects include the multi-award-winning University of Phoenix Riverpoint Center, a 660,000 s.f. campus in Phoenix, the multi-award-winning Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy located in Las Vegas and an addition to the corporate headquarters for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Tucson, which is LEED Silver Certified. Rick brings over 40 years’ experience in architectural design. Rick has collaborated with the staff to focus the design studio's efforts on developing state of the art systems, innovating the creative design process and subsequent construction document and administration phases.
As a design leader in the community, Rick is the recent recipient of the 2019 AIA Nevada Silver Medal, the highest honor an architect can receive from the state of Nevada and he was selected as the 1997 AIA Nevada Young Architect Citation recipient. Rick also donates his time to many local philanthropic efforts and the American Institute of Architects serving on such committees as the AIA Committee for the Environment. Over the years, the firm’s goal of becoming a premier architectural firm has been realized through recognition in many state and regional design competitions. Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects has received over 155 awards including 2018 Architect Firm of the Year and multiple project honor awards from the American Institute of Architects at the state and regional level.
Rick is an avid sports fan and enjoys traveling to support his kids’ high school sports and his favorite college and pro teams.
Michael Del Gatto, AIA, LEED AP
Mike Del Gatto is Principal and Vice President of Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architecture firm. As a 42-year resident of Las Vegas, Mike has a strong commitment and love of our desert community. As an architect, he strives to design facilities that respond to site context while pushing traditional boundaries to meet the client's goals. Mike’s 29-years of architectural experience includes higher education, PreK-12, office, retail, public works, federal, recreational and hospitality facilities. Some of his notable projects include the UNLV Hospitality Hall, Clark County Department Family Services, Zappos.com, Nevada State College LAS and School of Education Buildings, East Las Vegas Library, over 6 million s.f. of projects for the University of Phoenix nationwide, and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.
Mike has served on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Chapter of the AIA and on the Board of Directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope. Mike received the 2006 AIA Young Architect Citation Award, the 2008 AIA Western Mountain Region Young Architect Award and was named one of 2007's Nevada Business Journal's 40 under 40. Mike’s proud and supportive of his Alma Mater, UNLV, and was recognized as UNLV Alumnus of the Year for the College of Fine Arts in October 2018. Mike has a strong commitment to mentoring others and leads CSD’s Intern Development Program.
He currently spends time coaching his son's Youth Sports teams, playing hockey and going to UNLV Athletics and Vegas Golden Knights hockey games.
Michele K Brigida, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Michele is a Principal of Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects and has 17 years of architectural experience in all aspects of design, construction documents and client service. Michele is a talented architect and designer; having won many design awards on the projects she has been a part of and was recipient of the 2020 AIA Nevada Young Architect Award. Some of her notable project designs include the University of Nevada Las Vegas Hospitality Hall, UNLV Lee Business School, Henderson Fire Station #91, the Muscular Dystrophy Association Headquarters Addition, the NSC School of Education and the Zappos.com Headquarters.
She strongly believes in collaborative design; it is through the collaborative effort with the team and client that a successful design emerges. Michele’s communication skills, research, discovery & analysis approach, ability to successfully verbalize concepts and an acute understanding of client needs helps to create successful interaction at all levels. Michele is passionate about sustainability and has led the CSD team in sustainable design practices. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, a licensed architect in Nevada and heavily involved with the local AIA and USGBC chapters.
Michele is part of the leadership team for “See Me” – Women in Architecture Symposium, she is involved with UNLV on various student projects / programs and is an advocate for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.
It’s about balance. We realize that architecture is not about architecture all the time. We strongly believe that to be a great architectural firm, we must also be good corporate citizens. To get there we must be giving back to the different communities we live in: professional, family and friends, our neighborhoods and our city. For Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects, we’ve made it about contributing to the AIA, interns, professional and community organizations and helping advance our profession by mentoring young students. We’re volunteering with charities and giving of our time and resources to help improve our community. These are the pursuits that continue to guide us to be better architects.
Firm Member since April, 2017
“Come join us for a project meeting or a ping pong tournament and we’ll prove it’s the best place to work!”
Firm Member since October, 2017
“CSD is a firm that provides opportunity for me to learn and grow as a soon-to-be architect. The family style atmosphere that they’ve cultivated is something that makes a lot of difference in day to day operations. I work with those that are hands-down the most well-rounded, skilled, dedicated, and passionate group of like-minded people in the business.”
Firm Member since April, 2014
“In this profession stress can be a big factor, it can be as mentally hard as it is physically demanding, having a work environment that helps relieve some of that stress is a true benefit.”
Firm Member since October 2014
“Our team coordinates design charettes to boost morale, helping the team to always feel involved. When it comes to design in most
offices it comes to a select few, but with these design charettes each team member can bring ideas and contribute in a meaningful way.”
Firm Member since November ,1986
"I love being part of team who’s continual vision is innovation and excellence. Through leadership, mentorship and continuing education the thinking is always “how can we do this differently and better”. We inspire each other to be the best we can be both professionally and personally. Isn’t that what families are all about."
“Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects corporate environment is nurturing to growth. Through inspirational leadership we are encouraged to continually grow in our professional and personal lives. I believe through thoughtful architecture we can make the world a better place.”
Firm Member since May, 2004
“Designing the environment for human activity to enhance every aspect of life including work, play, introspection, religion, education, “you name it” is truly a privilege. However, the CSD approach to creating these spaces and emotive environments goes beyond the creation of the end product. CSD design process and approach envelops and gathers all the available resources within and outside the company to address the needs and success of the individual projects. There is a respect for the past design traditions and a challenge of those traditions to interpret the current and future design needs and formulate that physical reality. CSD is about people and the need to create stimulating and fulfilling physical environments that exceed the project’s expectation. Enough said…. what could be better than being part of that process…. and have FUN at the same time! Does it get any better?”
What does the company culture mean to you?
"COMPANY CULTURE? It’s different than... YOGURT! ... maybe in some ways the same.. CSD is nourishing to the body and mind, especially the creative opportunities. The CSD working environment is a collaborative non-confrontational interchange of ideas, visions, approaches, solutions, relative to creating spaces for various functions. Each endeavor presented to CSD from the outset is considered without preconceived parameters in the attempt to foster new and creative problem solving results."
What do you like about our company culture?
"The atmosphere at CSD is conducive to preparing, assembling and executing the necessary tasks to furnish the project / client an end product that exceeds the expectations. The focus on the relationships and the human skills to establish long term relationship and not product oriented solutions."
What do you value about working here?
"CSD values more than tasks than each person is employed to perform but the human side of working together and creating an environment to enjoy life at the work place. There are numerous occasions to demonstrate one’s creative solutions to performing the work and receive the acknowledgment for enhancing the firm’s performance and reputation. In addition, it is fun and enjoyable to share light moments of the firm’s or individual achievements.. ...let’s PARTY!"
Firm Member since January, 2007
“I guess the best way to describe us, is as the CSD family…. We are a family working towards the same goals, wanting to deliver the best we can but never forgetting who we are, as individuals. I guess this is what make us so special; we understand that we are all different and we all contribute to this family in our own way, we all have different strengths and weaknesses that when combined make a great mix. The best of it all is that we are never looked down on, if we make a mistake we fix it as a team. If we don’t make any we celebrate! The feeling is that we are encouraged to grow… on my way to licensure, I feel supported, not only with the study materials I need but also by those that been through this path and I feel want to see me succeed… “
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