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Josh Oqueli

Architect + Builder

A California native, brought to Colorado for high school, Josh decided that one of the best ways to attain his long-term goals while getting to see the world was to serve his country, thus, Josh committed to a four-year contract with the United States Marine Corps. During his enlistment and tour of duty, he was deployed to Zaragoza, Spain. There, while traveling on a weekend trip to Barcelona, he discovered his love and passion for architecture while visiting the work of master builder, Antonio Gaudi and his Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. Since then, Josh knew that in order to create great architecture, like Gaudi, he had to dedicate himself to not only designing his architecture, but also building it.

Josh holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver. He is an NCARB certified, and registered Architect in Colorado, and hold a Class-C Residential Construction license in the City and County of Denver. After nearly 10 years with different architecture firms in Colorado, he decided to start Bonsai Design + Build, to combine the practices of architecture and construction and explore the concept of high performance + sustainable architecture.


Jesse Brown

Project Manager + Estimator

Hailing from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Jesse grew up around the construction industry. His father was a high-end Custom Home Builder who gave him his first job at 14 as a job-site helper, picking up nails and trash, and later as a Framer and Finish Carpenter on one of his crews. This is where he learned the value of the mantra, "Do things right the first time, so you don't have to come back to do them a second." He knows that in the construction industry, the quality of your work will speak for itself for decades to come. People are looking at your work every day for the rest of the life of the building. He values every project as an opportunity to showcase the skill and attention to detail that he knows is essential in this industry.   

Jesse has three years of Project Management experience under his wing, managing Residential, Commercial, and Civil Construction Projects.  He attended South Dakota School for Mines of Technology until his junior year, where he turned his summer Project Management internship into a full-time job with a large General Contacting company in Wyoming. Jesse wants to make Bonsai Design + Build the most trusted, and respected Design+Build firm in Colorado for High-Performance, Residential Construction and Remodels. He feels that our business model, our knowledgeable and friendly staff, skilled subcontractors, and our attention to detail makes Bonsai Design+Build the best option in town to take your building ideas and dreams and turn them into reality. 

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Brandon Sweeney

Architectural Designer

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Brandon was constantly exposed to the music, art, and culture that makes the area unique. Beginning when he was young he learned the benefits of exploration in the natural world. This exposure often took him to the American Southwest, and eventually on to Europe and Africa. Brandon looks at architecture as a balance between practicality and poetics, and pulls influences ranging from Peter Zumthor to Samuel Mockbee, and Aldo Leopold. He sees a fundamental need in architecture for a hands-on approach to building, where the greatest leaps in learning happen from bridging the gap between design and construction. 


Justin DiBiase

Accountant + Controller

A fresh transplant to Colorado, originally from Rochester, NY. Received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Justin stumbled into the accounting world by working his way into the accounting side of a small mom-and-pop business. Justin brings to Bonsai Design + Build his entrepreneurial spirit and small business management experience. Justin would like to build Bonsai Design + Build as a brand to propel Bonsai Design + Build to the next level in the architecture world. Leave an impact on the industry and the work we design and build.