Drawn together to discover our clients’ pure form
Principal / Owner
Lisa grew up around building and the trades, with extended family members working in the electrical contracting, framing and land development businesses. She spent a summer while attending the University of Illinois School of Architecture framing houses in Southern Michigan, an experience that greatly impacted her understanding of construction and appreciation for creating with her own hands. After her first design internship, she spent several formative years with a cutting-edge residential design firm in Boca Raton, Florida. She then moved westward to Telluride, Colorado in 1992, and in 2000 started the small firm that has evolved into Pure Form Design Studio.
Lisa values endless connectivity and living life in the moment. Most days, you’ll likely find her working from a coffee shop or café table, preferring these to any office walls. As she puts it, “The freedom to create where I am called is a necessity.” Lisa’s other passions are her three adult children, cycling in the mountains or seaside, hiking, and living serendipitously.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, I received my bachelor of Architecture and Masters in Business Administration from Drury University in 2006. I relocated to Los Angeles to work on several national and international projects with Gehry Partners. I am licensed and have a thorough understanding and experience in construction detailing and on site construction administration. Lisa and I began our collaboration in 2014, and we share a strong belief that has the power to impact everyday life on many levels. I am motivated to make each project the very best it can be!
As a Georgia native, I grew up exploring every aspect of the outdoors from mountain biking, to backpacking to whitewater kayaking. Through recent study abroad experiences in the pacific, I realized my passion for Sustainable Design and Architecture. I have spent much of my life contemplating ways to preserve the same outdoors I grew up in. More recently though, I've also been dreaming ways to create, customize and build homes in which people can live their best lives co-habitating with their environment.
In 2018, I graduated from the Univ. of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Ecology, while simultaneously falling in love with a wood working hobby. After making some career changes as a pre-med student, I joined "three... a design studio" on the island of Maui in the summer of 2018, bringing a reverence for the outdoors and a drive to create spaces that can connect people with them. I have been with the firm since then and in the fall of 2019 I will be attending Clemson University for their M. Arch III Program to further my career path. The great outdoors still remains my primary residence, be it travelling the globe or rediscovering my own backyard on the Appalachian Trail, you're likely to find me somewhere outside with my toes in the dirt and paint on my hands.
Research Director - Santa Barbara
Annelise Blair’s twenty plus years of executive project management and idea development, fueled by a healthy curiosity, productive listening, and thorough research and planning, brought her, in 2019, to a serendipitous collaboration with PURE FORM. As our Research Director, Annelise is currently digging into the work of neuroscientists, physicists and 'thought leaders', bringing the concepts of quantum physics and the interconnectedness of the human experience and how it relates to space to Pure Form so that we may consciously work with and offer our clients a depth which surpasses what we put on paper. Annelise thrives outside, actively engaged in the magic of the natural world. Influenced by her current line of research, she is intrigued by the metaphysical, and is working on developing her intuition and her ability to contribute to the health, happiness, and peace of others. Check out her blogs linked to our Pure Form website to understand more about what she is bringing.
Financial Director/Research support-Maui
Leanne Cesario is a born and raised Colorado girl and along with being mother to 2 sons, she has also provided accounting & financial consulting services for 25 years. Prior to relocating to Maui, and for the past 12 years, she has also been following her vision of working with people to help them bring forward an awareness of their highest selves. Leanne's roles at Pure Form merge both of her fields of expertise. Wearing her financial hat she helps us stay on track, and her knowledge and intuitive strength in spiritual psychology helps guide the direction of our research. This brings a unique aspect to our firm as we strive to understand on a deeper level, relationships, connectivity and how these apply, not only between individuals, but also to the forms and spaces we create.
Leanne has a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Colorado, has a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology, and is a Life Coach.