Wade Weissmann Architecture (WWA) is a nationally recognized, full-service boutique architecture firm with projects spanning the U.S. and abroad. From small-scale renovations to master planning estates and residential enclaves, we draw inspiration from environments that have endured time, in order that we might create classics, refreshed to reflect today’s modern lifestyle.
With offices in Milwaukee, Santa Barbara and Pittsburgh, our team is comprised of nearly 30 architects and designers who continually strive to create architecture that will enhance not only the lifestyles of our clients, but also the built landscape of the communities we touch.
Founded in 1996, our mission is fourfold:
- to create custom, timeless architecture
- to cultivate professional integrity at every turn
- to encourage and provide opportunities for creative collaboration, both inside and outside our offices
- to foster lifelong relationships
WADE W. WEISSMANN
As the founder and principal of WWA, Wade has carved out a niche for clients desiring heirloom design that is worthy of being passed down from generation to generation. Known by friends, colleagues and clients for his incomparable design intuition, Wade’s talent and aesthetic sensibilities are matched only by his inherent warmth, integrity, and passion for life. At every professional turn, Wade strives to surround himself with the ‘best of the best,’ believing wholeheartedly that a collaborative approach to design always yields the greatest results.
Wade earned his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Wisconsin and his Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. A member of AIA, NCARB, and ICAA, Wade is also a passionate supporter of the arts, and treasures every moment he is able to spend at his cabins located in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Lead Design Architect
With over twenty-five years of experience in the field of architecture, Eric has spent the last thirteen years at WWA crafting heirloom estates and personal residences in which our clients can grow, rejuvenate, and truly thrive. In his own words, “It is such an honor when clients welcome us into their private lives to design their places of refuge. In doing so, they have entrusted us with not only their well-being, but also that of their loved ones. I love knowing that, when we get the design right, the home that we crafted will be loved for generations to come.”
Having earned his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his Masters of Architecture from the University of Virginia, Eric garners architectural inspiration from travel, art and gardening. In addition to spending time with his family, Eric enjoys painting, architectural craftwork, reading, yoga and church activities.
While Tom’s diverse portfolio, includes notable institutional works ranging from a contemporary landmark subterranean performing arts venue to an historic elite social club, his passion and primary focus lie in high-end residential architecture. Like portraiture, his work skillfully synthesizes the complex and dynamic personalities, lifestyles and dreams of his clients into a coherent and stylish reflection of who they are. With over twenty years in the industry, Tom believes that the best project is only as good as its worst detail, and that perfection is achieved through an intentional, practical and systematic approach yielding a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
Tom earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati and is a member of the AIA, NCARB and the ICAA. He is a black belt of mixed martial arts and enjoys hiking in national parks and walking his dog, Daisy. Like most architects, Tom likes to believe he has a sense of humor.
Executive Business Strategist
Having spent the last decade working in high-end residential architecture, Kate is known not only for her design excellence, but also for her keen ability to connect and establish a uniquely genuine rapport with clients and colleagues. Throughout her tenure at WWA, she has contributed to the design of private residences and commercial projects, and has helped to strategically guide our firm’s marketing and business development efforts.
While attending the University of Notre Dame, Kate won the Rambusch Thesis Prize for Religious Architecture, after which she was granted the opportunity to study in London under Prince Charles at his Foundation for the Built Environment at the University of Wales. After earning her Masters of Arts degree in Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, Kate was elected a Fellow at The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, where she is actively involved in various committees. When not in the office, Kate spends her time instilling her passion for drawing, painting, traveling, cooking and creating fantasy block towns with her three young children.
The cornerstone of our practice, our custom architecture work, spans homes, equestrian estates, cabins, commercial design and master planning. Our approach is decidedly hands-on and interactive, as we begin each round of work in conversations with our clients about the ultimate experience and impact they’re looking to achieve.
From this starting point, our initial work is often imagined by hand, using sketching and rendering techniques that harken back to earlier eras of architecture. As a project enters the computer modeling phase, our teams continue to layer in architectural detail that creates the character expected in great architecture, from the smallest detail on a stairway to the millwork featured all throughout a particular room.
Embedded within our process is the belief that client service is paramount. Eschewing the stereotypes of high-end architecture, our teams are notably down-to-earth and focused on the needs of our clients.
For larger projects, Wade Weissmann Architecture offers an array of master planning services. Our past master planning work has spanned residential and commercial developments in partnership with our clients, engineers, landscape architects and general contractors.
We are passionate about assisting clients in the realization of new possibilities for existing properties. Wade Weissmann Architecture provides a complete suite of renovation capabilities, from property survey, code and restriction analysis, architectural design, to community committee approval through construction management. As in our core architectural services, we believe client services and a dedication to the architectural detail of a project are critical to a project’s successful outcome.
Through a combination of 3D computer modeling and mixed media artist renderings, our gifted team of architects develop detailed sketches and illustrations that are often utilized not only by our office, but also by noted interior designers and premier developers. View a selection of our work in our portfolio section.
At WWA, we are committed not only to designing architecture that is unique and timeless, but also to a professional process by which our team members can truly develop and grow in their unique talents and strengths. At every creative turn, we welcome all manners of collaboration, so that each of us might be granted the opportunity to serve as both mentor and pupil.
Beyond being good stewards of the geographical areas in which we live and work, we encourage and provide opportunities for our team members to play an active role within the community at large. WWA supports local artists and trades, hosts cross-cultural events at our offices and encourages professional licensure as well as continuing education. Staff members lead monthly drawing and painting excursions, present mentoring lunch workshops, and share inspiration from our travels. WWA employees are active participating members at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, the American Institute of Architects and a wide range of local organizations.