John Ware, Principal, LEED® AP BD+C

As Ware Associates’ Principal, John Ware balances his time between working directly with municipal clients with a more general management of the practice.

John has thirty years of engineering and architectural design experience on municipal, commercial, residential, and land development projects. His designs employ sustainable practices and appropriate technology to create spaces that enrich people’s lives and reinforce each project’s sense of place. His expertise ranges from public parks and municipal buildings to thoughtfully detailed residences. John works collaboratively with each client to understand their needs and aspirations, considering a project’s primary systems at the inception and ensuring that potential symbiotic relationships are realized in the final design.

John holds Masters degrees in Architecture from UC Berkeley and Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell. He is a licensed Architect and Professional Engineer in multiple states, as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. He has been a guest critic at UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts (CCA). He is a member of the Berkeley Design Advocates, AIA, ASCE, and AISC.

John lives in Piedmont with his wife, Liz, their two children, and several bikes that he has built over the years.


Lile Troncoso-Ovalle, Associate

Lile Troncoso-Ovalle oversees all aspects of design engineering and project management. She has over seven years of structural engineering experience in the US and over two years in Chile. Lile has designed multi-family, municipal and commercial buildings in steel, reinforced concrete, masonry and wood. 

Her experience at Ware Associates includes work as structural designer on the Burlingame Main Street Improvement Project, which required the design and construction administration of lighting and ornamental pole foundations as well as trellis structures. In addition, she has worked on updating designs to current code, as well as construction administration on the South Lake Tahoe Restrooms project, the Berkeley Bay Trail Pedestrian Bridge, and the San Pablo Wildcat Creek Pedestrian Bridge. Lile has also managed the structural design of a new building and the retrofit of an existing workshop at the McClellan Ranch Preserve Environmental Education Center in Cupertino, CA.

Lile holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Universidad Santa Maria, Chile, a seven-year program. She believes in working closely with clients and design professionals to obtain cost-effective, constructible, and innovative design solutions for her clients.

Lile relaxes by spending time traveling with her family, biking and singing.


Christopher Parschalk, Designer

Christopher Parschalk is involved in all stages of planning and design, from concept through design detailing and final documentation. Chris worked for over five years at New York and San Francisco firms prior to joining Ware Associates. He is excited to be a fully licensed architect by the end of this year, and is also working on his LEED accreditation.

Chris is a skilled artist and designer who earned his BA in Architecture in a rigid five year program at Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. When not in the office or studying for his exams, Chris loves to draw, paint and make beautiful animated movies. To see Chris' work, visit his site at