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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, registered Architect in Colorado, and holds a Class-C Construction license in the City and County of Denver. After over 8 years with different architecture firms in Colorado, in 2013 he founded Bonsai Design + Build, to combine the practices of architecture and construction and explore the concept of high performance + sustainable architecture.


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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, 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 turn them into reality. 


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Brandon Sweeney

Architectural Designer

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Brandon’s love for building started at a young age when he began working and volunteering for friends and family in the construction of their cabins, ranches, additions, and landscapes. In college at the University of Idaho he found his love for architecture and high-performance design. After graduating with his Bachelors Degree he moved to Denver to work and earn his Masters degree in 2016, from the University of Colorado, Denver. There, he participated in the Design-Build program and knew it was the professional route he wanted to take. After working in various architecture and design build firms he found Bonsai Design + Build, where he hopes to contribute to its growth and expansion while pursuing licensure. Brandon brings a love for high design and onsite knowledge to help deliver a sustainable and thoughtfully designed building.


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Justin DiBiase

Accountant + Controller

A transplant to Colorado, originally from Rochester, NY. Justin, received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Justin stumbled into the accounting world by working his way up to bookkeeping for a small mom-and-pop business. 

Joining Bonsai Design + Build in 2016 as the firms accountant + controller, and brings his entrepreneurial spirit and small business management experience which has proven essential to fulfilling the growing firm’s day-to-day operational needs. Since joining Bonsai Design + Build, Justin has been an instrumental part to the firms operations, setting himself as one of the cornerstones to the firm.  

He manages the firm’s growing bookkeeping practice, coordinates its sub-contractors insurance policies and contracts, handles daily expenditures via its construction management software, coordinates project operations manuals, is the liaison between the construction firm and architectural practices in its business intertwines, handles billing, invoicing, dipping into the architectural marketing world, he oversees the firms website and RFQ/RFP processes, and in general holds it all together. 

Justin ultimately would like to push the boundaries in the Design + Build industry by building the Bonsai Design + Build brand as one of Denver's premier Design + Build firms!