principals

About Us

PRINCIPALS

Each client is unique; each project has a unique set of best solutions based on a thorough understanding of the project and a thoughtful orchestration of the many aspects of the job. Brian Mann approaches each project with a passion for excellence; excellence measured as a positive client experience as they live and work in an OMNIA design. Brian holds degrees in design, engineering and management from the University of Pennsylvania but it is his studies of nature and human nature that truly inform his methods. Known for his adept use of color, texture and lighting, Brian’s work often draws on natural inspiration; columns as trees, hearth as campfire, colorful tile as flowers in a garden. “The components that make for a good design are often difficult to visualize and verbalize so it is my job to know my client well so that what they finally experience is special and when surprising, pleasantly so.”

Gene Grimaldi graduated from Temple University and began his career at one of the city’s premier architectural firms. An accomplished craftsman, Gene followed his interest into the building industry where he worked as chief architect for a renowned regional developer. Fueled by characteristic optimism and entrepreneurial spirit, Gene formed The OMNIA Group with Brian in 1993. Based on a philosophy of synthesized creativity and real world construction knowledge, their aim was to service clients in a new way. The result is a portfolio of single and multi-family homes, apartments, offices, retail spaces and restaurants whose live-ability and work-ability belie their extraordinary build-ability. Gene’s old world pride and attention to detail coupled with his amiable manner provide clients with a rare level of service and solution. An early advocate of green initiatives, Gene’s own home is a showcase of sustainability featuring geo-thermal heating and cooling, rainwater management and advanced energy efficiencies.