We believe that the best architecture originates from the close and open collaboration between client and design team
We hold in reverence the notion of sustainable architecture and our designs begin and end by considering how lightly they will touch our earth
To design a church is to search for the best way to express its transcendental purpose in tune with the people who worship there
We believe that architectural design offers a unique opportunity to encourage community and interrelatedness with each other
We are committed to the philosophy that putting new uses in existing buildings reinforces our shared history, connects us to our past, and makes better cities
We want to demonstrate that building densely does not have to be a compromise but rather can be an inclusive endeavor that makes the most out of our footprints and adds texture to our lives
Every building should tell the story of the people it serves. Buildings teach us about the people that use them and Discovery™ is our way of learning about those people
Chris DiLoreto, Founding Principal, leads the design work within the firm. For over forty years, Chris' career has focused on the master planning, design, and implementation of a wide ranging body of work, from campus master plans to small renovations. In 1987 he developed the discovery™ information gathering process in response to the belief that all constituents—staff, members, neighbors, public officials and sponsors—deserve the opportunity to share their project desires. A firm believer that a strong collaborative process leads to the most successful architectural solutions, Chris cultivates an office that enthusiastically works to translate client goals into innovative and thoughtful building environments.
Stephanie Fitzhugh, Associate Director, LEED® Accredited Professional, is our lead project manager and the embodiment of our firm’s philosophy of client-focused architecture. Since joining diloreto Architecture in 2006 she has built upon our founding tenet of client/designer collaboration and now directs many of our Discovery Workshops. Over her more than two decades of practice, Stephanie has accrued the poise and tenacity needed to solve the complex issues that arise in projects with numerous stakeholders. Her intuitive grasp on what is both wanted and needed translates to efficient design, engaged consultants, and on-time projects.
Stephanie takes the lead in the firm’s spiritual and non-profit work and has completed numerous successful building projects including the award-winning St. Edward Catholic Church in Keizer, Oregon and Nordia House in Portland, Oregon.
She received her B.Arch from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and enjoys volunteering with Friends with Trees.
Tracy Orvis, Director, a LEED® Accredited Professional and registered Oregon architect, joined diloretoARCH in 2006 and quickly built an impressive portfolio of new construction and renovation projects. As the leader for the firm’s adaptive reuse team, Tracy brings to the table a unique sensitivity to historic buildings, respecting their existing architecture while understanding what is needed to bring the structure into the present. She places a high premium on listening and communication which has led to her own direction of our branded Discovery workshops. Tracy also leads the firm’s higher education team serving such well known Oregon institutions as Pacific University, Lewis & Clark College and the University of Portland. Her commercial work includes the Leftbank Building in NE Portland and Full Sail Brewing in Hood River. Tracy graduated with a B.Arch from the University of Oregon and contributes volunteer time to the Clackamas County Design Review Committee and the Milwaukie Design and Landmarks Committee
Chris LoNigro, Associate Director, has been practicing architecture for more than 20 years and has been a lead designer at diloretoARCH since 2005. He took the lead on the Manhattan Beach Condominiums in Rockaway, Oregon and more recently St. Joseph the Worker Church in SE Portland and Gethsemani Funeral Home in Happy Valley. We rely upon Chris’ exceptional understanding of how a building will exist within its environment, drawing heavily upon context and place. His interest in how humans perceive and interact with their environment generates an approachable architecture. His exploration of light and materiality in scared spaces lead to those quieter moments of human connections. Chris’ welcoming and insightful architectural work has been featured in several local and national print and online design publications. Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Chris received his B.Arch from the University of Kansas. In his spare time, you can find him wandering the Pacific Northwest or restoring his 100+ year old home.