John Fontillas
Daria Pizzetta
Ariel Fausto
John Fontillas
John Fontillas



John - a planner, architect, and partner in the firm - bridges the gap between the buildings we create and the city fabric in which we live. With zeal and foresight, he has a unique capacity to see the big picture and work across all scales, from the large canvas of the city to small architectural details.

Born: Oakland, California
Raised: San Francisco Bay Area

Masters of Urban Planning/Policy
New York University
Bachelor of Arts, Architecture
University of California, Berkeley

American Institute of Architects, Member
American Planning Association, Member
Urban Land Institute, Member
Forum for Urban Design, Member
Design Trust for Public Space, Member
Municipal Arts Society, Planning Committee Member
Brooklyn Community Board #7, Member

Daria Pizzetta
Daria Pizzetta



Daria Pizzetta, FAIA, is a principal at H3 with over 30 years of experience. In leading project teams, Daria transforms complex difficult architectural ideas and procedures into clear, understandable communications. Supremely organized, she knits together project teams with clarity, thoughtfulness, and humor. She has been responsible for the overall planning and design effort for many of our cultural, academic and institutional projects.  Daria also leads the Interior Design staff, seamlessly integrating the exterior with beautiful, sustainable and meaningful interior spaces.  

Born/raised: Biloxi, Mississippi

Bachelor of Architecture
Mississippi State University

American Institute of Architects
American Library Association
Society of College and University Planners
Mississippi Renewal Forum: Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal, Biloxi team member

Ariel Fausto
Ariel Fausto



As a partner and design leader, Ariel skillfully elicits the effective collaboration that is a hallmark of h3’s work. His ability to synthesize investigation into history, geography, art, science, or sociology results in elegant, meaningful architectural solutions. 

Born: Manila, Philippines
Raised: Houston, Texas

Masters of Architecture in Urban Design
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Environmental Design
Texas A&M University, College Station

American Association of Museums
Asia Society New York
Center for Urban Pedagogy, Board Member
Forum for Urban Design
Third Street Music School Settlement, Board Member
SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, Interior Design Department Advisory Board Member