AdaM GRosshans, a licensed architect originally from the New York Tri-State Area. He developed his design sense at Davis Brody Bond for 7.25 years in their NYC and Washington DC offices before moving to Santa Barbara with his wife. At DBB he worked on large institutional projects, such as the WTC Memorial Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

Prior to DBB he spent 2 years learning hand drafting while working as a draftsman / intern at Gabriel Calenda Architects, a small residential firm.  Adam is probably one of the last of his generation to learn this trade, since this essential skill is rarely practiced. 

In Santa Barbara, Adam worked for AB Design Studios for 1.75 years learning the ins and outs of the City of Santa Barbara and the City of Goleta's planning and permitting processes. There he worked on medium to small commercial projects for clients such as Sonos, UCSB, and Rusty's Pizza.

2015 GRaM Design was founded as a collaborative design practice with the goal of creating opportunities to work with the network of architects, designers, craftsmen, and artisans he has met over the years. He has worked with Gregory D. Christman Architects, Carawan Architects, The Warner Group, Cotterpin Design, SBT Design, Jeffrey Berkus, and donates his services to the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.

Currently Adam took a position with Anacapa Architecture as an architect/ project manager. 


Jan 2018 - Present
Anacapa Architecture, 325 E. Canono Perdido St, SB

May 2015 - Dec 2017
GRaM Design, 126 E. Canono Perdido St #B, Santa Barbara
Architect / Designer 

October 2013 - May 2015
AB Design Studio Inc, 420 E. Haley St, Santa Barbara
Project Captain

Architectural Designer
November 2009 - May 2013
Davis Brody Bond, 1054 31st St, Washington, D.C.
Architectural Designer

July 2008 - November 2009
Davis Brody Bond, 315 Hudson St, New York, N.Y.
Jr. Architect

March 2006 - July 2008
Davis Brody Bond, 315 Hudson St, New York, N.Y.
Intern, Part-Time

June 2004 - March 2006
Gabriel Calenda Architects, 37 Market St, Kenilworth, N.J.
Draftsman, Part-Time

NJIT: New Jersey School of Architecture, Newark, N.J.
Bachelors of Architecture 2008
Cum Laude
Freshman designer of the year runner up
Masonry Design Scholarship
Dean’s design award nominee

Registered Architect DC 2014 '

AIA 2015
NCARB 2014

2012 AIA Presidential Citation for WTC Memorial Museum


Firm: GRaM Design

2017  Goa TacoSanta Barbara CA
Position: Architect
Client: Goa Taco
Description: 2,500 sf TI for Goa Taco's Santa Barbara location.

2017  Villa Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara CA
Position: Code Consultant
Client: R. Pester Architecture
Description: Code and ADA consultant for renovation of 18,000 sf senior community. 

Firm: AB Design Studio

2015  SONOS Downtown Crossing, Boston MA
Position: Lab Consultant
Client: SONOS/ IA Interior Architects
Description: 36,000 sf downtown office and laboratory in Boston Downtown Crossing.

2014-15  SONOS Cota Street Lab, Santa Barbara CA
Position: Project Manager
Client: SONOS
Description: 4,000 sf tenant improvement to house 2 anechoic chambers for acoustic testing.

2013-15  SONOS Mason Street Lab, Santa Barbara CA
Position: Project Capital
Client: SONOS
Description: 14,000 sf adaptive reuse of 1920's storage building to acoustic lab.

2013-15  Rusty's Pizza Calle Real, Goleta CA
Position: Project Capital / Project Manager
Client: Rusty's
Description: 4,000 sf Art Deco inspired pizza parlor

Firm: Davis Brody Bond

2009-13  National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC
Position: Jr. Architect / Architectural Designer
Client: The Smithsonian Institute
Description: Began working on the 350,000 sf NMAAHC in NYC during the competition in early 2009, and relocated later that year to Washington, D.C. to start concept design. Worked in a large multi-firm team that consisted of Adjaye Associates, The Freelon Group, and The Smith Group. Responsibilities for NMAAHC evolved as the project progressed through 100% CD: program analysis, 3D modeling, updating room data sheets, assembling equipment binders with accompanying FF&E plans, coordinating/documenting user group specific areas, cores, reviewing shop drawings, and cafeteria facilities. Met personally with Smithsonian user groups and organized meetings with the various departments as well as toured The Smithsonian facilities to determine program, functional, and FF&E requirements. 

2009-13  The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum (NGBIW), Baltimore MD 
Position: Architectural Designer
Client: NGBIW
Description: The NGBIW is a 120,000 sf addition to the existing 40,000 sf museum in Baltimore Maryland. Created presentation materials for the client and press, coordinated with the consulting teams and worked in a small team to develop the design along with SD and DD documentation for the museum. 

2012-13   St. Elizabeth Pavilion, Washington DC 
Position: Architectural Designer
Client: DMPED
Description: The St. Elizabeth Pavilion was a fast track project to create a public pavilion. Contributed to the project presentation graphics, site furniture design, detailing, 3D modeling, and FF&E documentation.  

2012-13  South African Embassy, Washington DC  
Position: Architectural Designer
Client: South African Embassy
Description: Aided in construction administration and revised curtain wall and sunscreen construction documents for the building’s atrium due to a change in manufacturer. 

2006-09  World Trade Center Memorial Museum, NYC 
Position: Intern / Jr. Architect
Client: LMDC
Description: Worked as part of a large team to develop SD and DD documents for this complicated and sensitive project. Responsible for laying out the back of house program to aid in redesigns, producing digital 3D models for diagramming and visualizations for press and client presentations, and producing DD and CD documentation. Received an AIA Presidential Citation for work on the WTC Memorial Museum project in 2012.

2007-09  CHONY Pediatric Emergency Department, NYC
Position: Intern / Jr. Architect
Client: Morgan Stanley Hospital
Description: Renovation of Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital to accommodate a 30,000 sf pediatric emergency department. Surveyed existing structure and reconciled the hospital’s as-built drawings, coordinated equipment for treatment rooms with the various consultants, and worked on space planning. 

2008-09  Princeton Neuroscience and Psychology Laboratory, Princeton NJ
Position: Jr. Architect
Client: Princeton
Description: Collaborated with Rafael Moneo’s office to produce a Revit model and CD documentation for Princeton’s new Neuroscience and Psychology Laboratory as a part of the DBB architect of record team. Responsible for 3D and 2D Revit documentation of interiors of the student work areas, laboratories, public atrium, and cafeteria. 

2009  Manhattanville, NYC
Position: Jr. Architect
Client: Columbia University
Description: Worked with Renzo Piano and Body Lawson Associates to produce Revit documentation. Member of a five person team to convert the AutoCAD DD documentation to a Revit model before CD phase was to begin.

2008  Shaw Library, Washington DC
Position: Jr. Architect
Client: DC Public Library
Description: Worked remotely with the Davis Brody Bond DC office and with manufacturers to develop details for the facade for a 20,000 sf new library. Facade consisted of curtain wall system and of Kalwall.