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Tapia Named VP, Design, Bissonnette Named Principal, Marketing, Rodgers Named PR and Communications Manager

IRVINE, Calif. (April 26, 2022) – Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced that Jinger Tapia has been promoted to Vice President, Design; Maureen Bissonnette has been promoted to Principal, Marketing; and Maria Rodgers has been promoted to PR & Communications Manager, all in the firm’s Irvine, California office.

Jinger Tapia began her architectural career at Ware Malcomb in 1996 and re-joined in 2002. During her 20+ year tenure, her vision has helped define Ware Malcomb’s standards of high quality, creativity and futureproofing to ensure long-term real estate value for clients. With her leadership team, Tapia leads architectural design for Ware Malcomb and oversees the Branding Studio. A licensed architect, Tapia is active in the Urban Land Institute, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and other industry organizations. She is also a member of Ware Malcomb’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. 

“Jinger exemplifies the Ware Malcomb culture with her passion for design, excellence and people,” said Jay Todisco, President of Ware Malcomb. “She has mentored numerous Ware Malcomb leaders and team members from different offices and disciplines, and her enthusiasm and talent for design is infectious. We wish her many more successful years at this firm.”

Maureen Bissonnette joined Ware Malcomb 1998 as a marketing assistant. As Principal, Marketing she oversees all marketing-related functions for Ware Malcomb, including marketing strategy, media & public relations, communications, branding and marketing technologies. Over the past 24 years, she has built a talented, award-winning team which now includes over 20 marketing, communications and graphic design professionals.

While at Ware Malcomb, Bissonette earned her MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. She has been a speaker at several Ware Malcomb and industry events, including events hosted by the Society for Marketing Professional Services and California State University, Fullerton. In addition, she is a member of Ware Malcomb’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. 

“Maureen has been instrumental in the continued growth of this company over the years,” said Ruth Brajevich, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Ware Malcomb. “She is a strategic, creative and people-focused leader who excels at organizational thinking and process development. We appreciate her contributions over the years and congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion.”

Maria Rodgers, in her new role as PR & communications Manager, will focus on expanding the firm’s media and communications programs and increasing exposure for the firm across all Ware Malcomb markets. Rodgers joined Ware Malcomb in 2014 as Marketing Coordinator and in 2018, she took on responsibility for the firm’s public relations program, and, since then, has secured a record number of media mentions for Ware Malcomb across the Americas. She has managed significant communications initiatives for the firm, including PR strategy, thought leadership, media relations, social media, digital marketing and design awards/rankings. Rodgers earned her MBA from California State University, San Marcos and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America.

“Maria is an invaluable leader on the Marketing team,” said Maureen Bissonnette, Principal, Marketing for Ware Malcomb. “Her drive, collaboration and commitment to the success of our team and this firm have brought us to new levels. We are appreciative of her dedication and congratulate her on this promotion.”


About Ware Malcomb (

Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is a contemporary and expanding full service design firm providing professional architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, branding and building measurement services to corporate, commercial/residential developer and public/institutional clients throughout the world. With office locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, the firm specializes in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science & technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/institutional facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb is recognized as an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and a Hot Firm by Zweig Group. The firm is also ranked among the top 15 architecture/engineering firms in Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms and the top 25 interior design firms in Interior Design magazine’s Top 100 Giants. For more information, visit and view Ware Malcomb’s Brand Video at

Ware Malcomb Irvine

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Irvine, CA 92618

P: 949.660.9128

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