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 responsibility for management of Ware Associates’ practice. He evaluates and refines the design processes at the studio and develops creative solutions for client collaboration on each project.

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. With a focus on hearing clients’ needs and understanding their aspirations, John helps develop the designs that make ideas come to life. His goal is to work collaboratively, considering a project’s primary systems at the inception and ensuring that potential symbiotic relationships can be delivered to improve the final design.

John holds dual master’s degrees in architecture and civil and environmental engineering from UC Berkeley and Cornell, respectively. 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 CCA, and 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 USA 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 (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 in 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 www.cgparschalk.info.


Alexandros Kouromenos, Designer

Alexi engages in all aspects of work products, from conceptual designs through structural analysis and detailing, and preparing final deliverables.

Alexi interned at a number of design firms in California during his academic career, including Ware Associates, before graduating and joining the team full-time in 2017. He holds a BS in Architectural Engineering and a Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Aesthetically beautiful, sustainable, and constructible building designs drive Alexi’s architecture and engineering decision making. He is working to become LEED accredited, and is also a member of SEAONC.

While not working, Alexi enjoys an array of activities, such as volunteering, playing sports, painting and drawing, and being in nature.