INNOVA Architects was first founded in 2010 by CEO Paul McCormick,  with the vision to create a full-service design firm providing Architecture, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Planning, and Design. We were incorporated as INNOVA Architects Inc. in 2011, and have built a foundation of experience in the following areas: 

  • Industrial Warehouses, Distribution and Manufacturing
  • Commercial Retail Service Centers to Office Buildings
  • Federal, Government, Department of Defence
  • Recreational Spray Parks, Aquatics, and POols
  • Medical Environments and Surgical Healthcare Facilities
  • Senior Housing and Continued Care Retirement Communities
  • Multi-Family Housing and Renovations
  • Municipal, City, County, State

Each of these specialized areas is serviced by an INNOVA Principal/Leader, and a team of staff who dedicate their careers to being knowledgeable in the area of design and development. This way, INNOVA maintains the ability to build strong relationships between its clients and staff, and allows continuity with projects, the entire team, and stakeholders over a long period of time.

INNOVA has grown organically on its own since 2010, through building relationships with government organizations, business owners, contractors, developers, brokers, and many other affiliated groups. INNOVA has also grown through mergers/acquisitions of other firms.

INNOVA's history is therefore a compilation of not only its own organic life, since it began in 2010, but also those histories that come with the INNOVA Principals from their prior firms and careers. Below are some of the histories of the companies which have joined INNOVA, or for those that were prior firms of the INNOVA Principals.


Paul McCormick founder INNOVA in 2010. Prior to forming INNOVA Architects, Paul McCormick was CEO and Founder of a prominent engineering consulting firm in Tacoma named AHBL Inc. Under Paul's leadership AHBL grew from having a staff of 30 people to employing over 150 professional designers, planners, landscape architects, surveyors and engineers, generating over $20 million dollars annually in revenues and providing services on half a million dollars of construction projects annually. In 2007 Paul sold his AHBL ownership in order to form INNOVA Architects. Today Paul continues to set vision for the future of the firm.

Scott brings over 25 years of architectural experience to INNOVA, having completed over 400 projects including multi-family developments, retail, hospitality, religious facilities, schools, veterinary hospitals, medical, manufacturing, industrial, tenant improvements, federal DoD projects, and historical renovations. He is currently focused on developing new multi-family and mixed-use residential designs and is responsible for the design of multi-family apartments totaling over $125 Million in construction costs and 850 units in the Pacific Northwest. Scott is passionate about delivering the highest quality project for a given budget and seeing his vision become a tangible, real space that people can enjoy.


Brian Ludwig has worked with INNOVA's CEO Paul McCormick for over 15 years on many projects and specializing in site planning of distribution centers and tenant improvements for industrial developments. Brian manages all aspects of the project, including site master planning, overseeing structural and civil engineering issues and coordinating with subcontractors, permitting agencies, and design consultants. At INNOVA, with Paul McCormick PE SE as Senior Project Engineer, Brian has led the design and construction of over 2.5 million square feet of building, hundreds of millions of dollars in project cost, and thousands of master planned acres. Brian is LEED certified.


Scott has over 20 years of experience in the industry, working as both a contractor and a designer on a wide range of projects, including community centers, aquatic facilities, residential homes, multi-family housing, affordable and low-income housing, tenant improvements, and a significant amount of Department of Defense work, including current work with the US Army in Puerto Rico and 3 projects with the US Air Force at Fairchild AFB in Spokane. With his dual experiences as both a designer and contractor, Scott understands efficient workflow, strong design, and innovative problem solving are key to a successful project.

Commerce Building
950 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA