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Firm Names Angela Ryan Principal; Welcomes Back Robert Park as Director, Architecture; Promotes Karla Middleton to Studio Manager, Architecture in San Diego Office


Firm Names Angela Ryan Principal; Welcomes Back Robert Park as Director, Architecture; Promotes Karla Middleton to Studio Manager, Architecture in San Diego Office

SAN DIEGO (May 7, 2024) Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced that Angela Ryan has been promoted to Principal, Robert Park has rejoined the firm as Director, Architecture and Karla Middleton has been promoted to Studio Manager, Architecture in the firm’s San Diego office.

As Principal, Ryan is responsible for the growth and management of the San Diego Interior Architecture & Design, Retail and Healthcare studios. She joined Ware Malcomb in 2016 and brings more than 18 years of experience to her role. Ryan is a well-rounded leader and a flexible designer with expertise in various project types, including retail, healthcare, office, education and hospitality. She actively participates in several industry and nonprofit organizations, including serving as Past President of the International Design Associations (IIDA) Southern California Chapter for 2020-2021. Ryan holds certifications from the California Council for Interior Design (CID), the Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

“Angela’s exceptional leadership skills and dedication have made an incredible impact on our San Diego team,” said Matt Brady, Executive Vice President, Ware Malcomb. “We congratulate her on the promotion to Principal and are excited to see her contributions in continuing to grow our presence in the region.”

With his return to the firm as Director, Architecture, Robert Park assumes responsibility for the overall growth and management of the San Diego Architecture Studio, along with oversight of all San Diego architecture projects. He rejoins Ware Malcomb after four years as Director of Architecture for Ryan Companies, a U.S.-based industrial developer with projects nationwide.

“We are pleased to welcome Robert back to the firm in his new role. His recent experience working on the client side provides a unique perspective that will help us grow and further develop the San Diego Architecture Studio,” said Brady. “Additionally, his project resume includes numerous industrial cold & food projects, which has emerged as one of our key nationwide specialty practices.”

Park has more than two decades of background in master planning, entitlement, conceptual design, schematic design, design development, contract documents, and on-site project management. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kent State University in Ohio.

Karla Middleton brings more than 12 years of experience with ground-up construction in all types of development to her new role as Studio Manager, Architecture. She will help facilitate the growth of the multifamily sector in the West Region, while also overseeing the staffing and management of the Architecture Studio in San Diego.

Middleton joined the Ware Malcomb San Diego in 2019 and was immediately assigned to one of the firm’s first major senior living projects in the San Diego market. Her diverse project resume shows a range of experience in multifamily, commercial architecture, tilt-up industrial, retail, and senior living

“Multifamily is another key practice area for Ware Malcomb, and we look forward to Karla’s continued contributions and leadership in this sector,” Brady said. “She demonstrates a keen eye for detail, tremendous versatility, and has built strong relationships with several of our key clients.”

With a strong understanding of business operations, Middleton maximizes team efficiency while balancing the Architecture Studio workload. She earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the Design Institute of San Diego, and a Master of Architecture degree from the NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego.

Ware Malcomb has deep roots in the San Diego region. In 2024, the firm is celebrating their 40th anniversary in the market.

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 office, industrial, science & technology, healthcare, multifamily, retail, and public/institutional 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

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