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Omnia

Did you know that the name of our company OMNIA represents the initials of Brian and Gene’s children, Olivia, Michael, Nicholas and Nathaniel, Isabelle and Alexandria? It was also chosen because it means "everything" in Latin.

Partners, Brian Mann and Gene Grimaldi, while working as architectural leaders at an award-winning developer and builder, melded their knowledge of architecture and building to create the OMNIA Group Architects in 1993. For over 25 years, the firm has successfully built a solid foundation based on exceptional service and creative architecture. We recognize that every project has many interdependent components that extend beyond creativity into the practical realms of code requirements, budgets and financing, site constraints, market research, sustainability, efficiency, universality and other critical factors.

We pride ourselves on delivering creative, efficient, beautiful, livable, workable, buildable, cost effective homes, and work and hospitality environments, creating architecture that matters.

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Gene Grimaldi
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Gene Grimaldi
Gene Grimaldi

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, office, 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 sustainably, featuring geo-thermal heating and cooling, rainwater management and advanced energy efficiencies. Gene enjoys homemade wine, complaining about golf and cutting whole pieces of food in quarters to eat little bites at a time.  Word is that his wife Marie ROCKS!

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Brian Mann
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Brian Mann
Brian Mann

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 as he tells us all of the time.  When not on his soap box, Brian is 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.” When not playing in his University of Pennsylvania Alumni lacrosse games, Brian specializes in awakening the associates with his bad candy throws and off the cuff humor.  He is an avid reader of nonfiction and a lover of classical and jazz music.

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Bryan Delso
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Bryan Delso
Bryan Delso

Bryan earned his title of Director of Operations.  He joined The OMNIA Group Architects team in the fall of 1999 while simultaneously achieving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Drexel University. His passion for music clears his mind and allows him to be an effective Project Manager.  Bryan can be found in the deepest part of OMNIA’s office wearing his vacation shirts and handling multiple calls, emails and texts all at once while juggling a cup of coffee and a set of drawings.

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Daniel Bailey
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Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey

Dan the Biking Man brings over four decades of Residential Design, Project Management and Documentation experience to the OMNIA team. Dan loves a good competitive race and participates in many athletically challenging team fundraisers. Dan is above us all because he is located in the lofty section of the office.  He enjoys the daily candy throws from the pesky partner below.

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Michael Cohen
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Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen

Michael is an extremely versatile and highly motivated professional who brings over 25 years of expertise in all phases of architecture, engineering and project management to OMNIA. He understands the details of Codes and Construction, knowledge he frequently lauds over all of us at the office meetings.  Mike loves the beach, eating out and spending time with his wonderful wife.

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Gerard Goernemann
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Gerard Goernemann
Gerard Goernemann

Gerard graduated from Temple University and jumped right into working for a regional homebuilder where he met partners, Gene Grimaldi and Brian Mann. Gerard joined the firm as one of our first architectural associates over 20 years ago.  Gerard loves camping, hanging out with family and friends, and traveling to Maine.  Gerard is a good sport, for over 25 years he has been putting up with all the bad jokes and frequent shout outs from the associates…. Guerny!!!!!!!

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Marie Grimaldi
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Marie Grimaldi
Marie Grimaldi

Marie a graduate of Drexel University, was a project accountant at a large architectural firm in center city where her life intersected with Gene as he began his architectural career. She has been with OMNIA from the beginning trying to tame the wild beasts. Her love of reading frequently causes havoc because she brings her crazy ideas about food, work and life into the office.

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Nicholas Grimaldi
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Nicholas Grimaldi
Nicholas Grimaldi

Nick, a recent graduate of Philadelphia University’s renowned architecture program, brings fresh technological skills and perspective.  After office hours, he can be found running around the City of Philadelphia following his widely ranging passions, urban architecture, photography, experimental software, philosophy, and psychology.  His favorite quote is “Make mistakes faster”  - An Incomplete manifesto for growth #34 -Bruce Mau (Andy Grove)

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Susan “Sue” Mele
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Susan “Sue” Mele
Susan “Sue” Mele

Sue launched her career with OMNIA Group Architects in 2001. As our trusted Office Manager, she brings dedication and spirit to the administration of our firm.  Sue involves herself in all aspects of office management and more importantly monitors the heartbeat of the office.  When she is not at work, Sue can be found biking, hiking and kayaking far away from any phones or computers.

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Lauri Sanders
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Lauri Sanders
Lauri Sanders

Lauri Sanders, a graduate of Millersville University, enhanced OMNIA’s office atmosphere in June of 2014.  Creating chicken coops, dog runs, rabbit shelters, fish and frog ponds along with volunteering at a no kill animal shelter helps to hone her unique skills of project management in sustainability and residential architecture.  She excels at collaborating with clients to bring their design ideas to life.

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Noura Soliman
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Noura Soliman
Noura Soliman

Noura joined the OMNIA Group Architects in April of 2012. Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, She is a graduate of Cairo University, Faculty of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Noura’s quiet ways stir up the office.  She loves gardening, listening to music and hanging out with superheroes.

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Rachel Landsberger
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Rachel Landsberger
Rachel Landsberger

Rachel graduated from Drexel’s esteemed architectural evening program.  Not satisfied with just speaking conversational French, dabbling in Physics and being an aircraft mechanic in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard since 2007, she decided to torture herself and study architecture.  Rachel loves tennis, ballet, anything outdoorsy and in her words is quite “festive”.