The Studio io Team is a diverse team of design and consulting professionals who contribute various specializations in ministry planning, sacred architecture, liturgy, design, and the sacred arts. 



Credit: Jessi LeMay

Credit: Jessi LeMay


Katie Torvinen grew up in the mountains and high desert of Northern Nevada, and completed her BA in International Studies in Business and Foreign Language at Hillsdale College in southern Michigan, which included studying abroad to Tours, France and finding a love for photography. After a missionary year in New England and Quebec and spending a few years as a secretary to a CPA, financial advisor, and investigator for Nevada's Gaming Control Board, she earned a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Notre Dame’s prestigious Graduate School of Architecture studying Classical Design. She has a passion for traditional design, serving the Church, and a commitment to vernacular style and local materials, labor, and craftsmanship. She is active in the Catholic young adult community and is passionated about church architecture solutions that are responsive to physical context and the needs of ambitious pastoral ministries. 


Michael F. TAMARA

Michael F. Tamara, AIA holds a BA in architectural studies and art history from Hobart College in Geneva, New York, and an M. Arch I from Syracuse University.  Having studied in Rome and Florence, he has over a decade of diverse architectural experience in both firm and association work. His experience ranges from designing and managing multi-million dollar academic projects to smaller public and private projects of a historically sensitive nature. His writing on sacred architecture has been published in Crisis Magazine, Adoremus Bulletin, and Traditional Building Magazine, and he has been a featured presenter at liturgy and sacred architecture conferences. With a Certificate in Classical Art & Architecture, Michael has a particular passion for the interface of traditional architectural styles with modern methods and materials, and respect for context in both new work and alterations. 



Studio io is able to include on our team or recommend for independent contract a number of other skilled consultants as needed:

Pastoral Leadership Consulting & Team-Building
Parish Ministry Strategy & Faith Formation
Communications, Social Media, & Graphic Arts
Sacred Arts / Iconography & Sacred Furnishings  
Music & Liturgical Ministries Planning & Consulting
Historical Research, Preservation, & Restoration
Catholic & Classical Education Consulting

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