Michael Barber, Principal

Michael Barber is Director of Design at Barber Architecture. As the firm's principal designer, he is responsible for a project's initial conception, working firsthand with clients to communicate various design approaches that satisfy their specific functional and aesthetic needs. During the detailed design development that follows, Michael oversees the emerging documents for creative intent while mechanical, electrical, plumbing, security systems, materials, and details are integrated as integral components of the design.

Michael has been teaching and practicing architecture for 36 years. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with Honors from Ohio University, and received the American Institute of Architects Alpha Rho Chi Medal.

As lead architectural designer, Michael has completed a variety of projects including campus master plans, university facilities, historic restoration and adaptive reuse, conference centers, city halls, religious buildings, retail projects, performing arts centers, corporate headquarters, and private residences. In addition to his Principal role at Barber Architecture, Michael serves as a visiting lecturer and jury critic for the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado, Denver, is a member of the GSA National Register of Peer Professionals, and serves various Design Review Boards in the Denver area.


Deborah Barber, Director of Interior Design

Deborah has been practicing professionally for over twenty-five years, with design responsibility for over two million square feet of interior space. She is the Director of Interior Design at Barber Architecture. With a background in science and an enthusiasm for art and architecture, Deborah brings an analytical viewpoint and a keen eye for details to the design process. Her passion is for developing environments that uplift and enhance the experiences of people as they use a building. Deborah attended the Parsons School of Design in New York, and pursued graduate studies in Italian Architectural History and Current Design in Rome.


Christopher Lessard, Associate Principal

An architect with Barber Architecture for over 25 years, and a registered architect for 24 years, Christopher will provide Management, Programming, Design, Construction Documents and Construction Administration services. His broad knowledge of architecture, design and construction of projects for public use bring an exceptional level of expertise to Quality Control and Specification. His experience includes university, ecclesiastic, public and institutional projects with multiple functions, and multiple user-groups.


Bryon Gaston, Visualization Specialist

Mr. Gaston has been instrumental in the production of Barber Architecture's 3-D graphics and visualization studies for the past ten years. Bryon is responsible for the graphics, renderings, perspectives and other visualization tools necessary for each project the firm completes.