• Who We Are
  • Who We Are

MICHAEL FRANKS   |   Principal

Michael Franks, PrincipalMichael Franks brings his award-winning design experience and creative problem-solving abilities to each of his projects. He prides himself on his conceptual grasp of architectural design issues and transforming user requirements into successful architectural solutions. As the firm’s managing partner, he is responsible for client development and overall project management, as well as leading several design teams developing a range of project types, including restaurants, churches, schools, casinos, luxury residences and large-scale hotel projects.

A registered architect in several states in addition to Arizona, as well as a native Tucsonan, Michael holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Arizona State University and has been in practice for 35 years. He is NCARB certified, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and involved in many community organizations both in and around Tucson.

RICHARD W. HUCH,  LEED-AP   |   Senior Project Architect

huchAs a proud graduate of the University of Arizona, the twenty six years of experience Richard has in designing projects in the Southwest have given him a broad vocabulary of design styles from the traditional to the contemporary to the regional. He has considerable experience in managing projects of all sizes as well as a good technical and construction background. His last 23 years have been spent at Seaver Franks Architects working on a variety of project types including industrial, retail, casinos, hotels, fitness centers, office buildings, churches, and spas.

MICHAEL DESMARTEAU   |   Senior Project Architect

desmarteauMike is a Registered Architect in the State of Washington and has been in practice over 27 years. He has extensive experience in design and management in a wide range of Site Developments, Buildings and Tenant Improvements. His projects include Medical and Dental Clinics, Professional Office buildings, Hospitality, Institutional and Civic buildings, Retail and Restaurant, Mixed Use, Multifamily, and Historic Preservation. Mikes skills include project management, design, planning and programming, permitting and construction management of projects in both the public and private sectors. Mike acquired licensure through the NCARB Architect Internship program. 

PAM KEYES, Controller   |   Registered Architect

Pam KeyesPeople still ask me what I want to do when I grow up. Since I haven’t figured it out yet, I put on a new hat every ten years. I’ve lived in Denver, Albuquerque, Tucson, Seattle, Texas, Germany, France, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. After college, I slowly went from kindergarten teacher to published author, mother, registered architect, and now company controller. Whatever lies around the corner ahead, I look forward to the next adventure…

FÁTIMA TERRELL   |   Project Coordinator

terrellBorn in New York, my family moved to the Dominican Republic where I began my education, and as the daughter of a structural engineer, I was always exposed to math, science and blueprints. Naturally, I became very good at those subjects and intrigued by construction documents. After moving from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at the age of 11 to Tucson, Arizona; my goal was to learn all I could from those subjects.  In the summers— during my adolescence— I enrolled in a yearly pre-freshman engineering program known as Proyecto Access, as well as matriculating into AutoCAD courses. This knowledge aided me in 2010 to attain a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, and minors in Mathematics and Spanish at the University of Arizona. However, for years not only was I interested on the transferring of loads and how structural elements can withstand them, but also, how the spaces within a building can covey a feeling for a user. Consequently, I decided to attend graduate school and in 2014 I earned a Masters in Architecture at the University of Arizona. By working in small engineering and architecture firms I was able to gather basic skills and knowledge of “real life” construction documents that allowed me to become part of the Seaver Franks family.

EUGENE TSIRKLIN   |   Project Coordinator

tserklinEugene is originally from Riga, Latvia. He graduated from Riga Technical University in 1979, and has lived in Tucson since 1993. He is married, with two grown daughters, and in his free time he enjoys traveling, hiking and mushroom hunting.

HUNTER GROCE   |   BIM Manager/Graphic Illustrator

hunterHunter has experience in a variety of projects including retail/commercial, healthcare, and hospitality. His involvement in projects has varied from presentation and graphics, to full development of projects from start to finish. He is also responsible for the BIM standards development, implementation, and enforcement. Hunter takes pride in his work and is always researching new technology that will enhance Seaver Franks growth for the future. Education: Associate of Applied Science – Computer Aided Drafting; San Antonio College – ITT Technical School; Current architecture student at University of Arizona


nardociAs an Upstate NY native, I am a recent graduate from the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture with a B.Arch. Throughout my time there I was able to partake in three study abroad trips that allowed me to work on large urban projects in Hong Kong, Prague, and various projects in Italy and Barcelona that dealt with analysis of urban fabric. Now I hope to pursue residential architecture and a path towards becoming a licensed architect. In my free time I enjoy running, hiking, and traveling.