28 SEP 17 | Welcome Lyris and Patrick!

Welcome Lyris and Patrick!

Meet the two new additions to the WORKSHOP8 team

WORKSHOP8 is growing! We’ve started on a couple really exciting new projects lately and decided we needed to expand our team and design firepower. Enter the two new members of our W8 squad, Lyris and Patrick!


Lyris Sanchez graduated in May from the University of Colorado, Denver with her Master of Architecture degree. While interning at several firms in Denver during school, Lyris had the opportunity to work on several project types, including education (Swansea Elementary School shown below), multifamily, and a distillery!

Lyris and Patrick - Lyris Swanseacourtyard Lyris and Patrick - Lyris Swanseaofficedesk

Lyris is a proud Colorado native that loves to hike and explore–in any type of weather.

Lyris and Patrick - Lyris RockyMountainNationalParkEmeraldLakeSnowshowHike

During the summer, she grows a zucchini garden that her cat also enjoys. Lyris has already made the office some delicious zucchini bread muffins and we hope she makes some more before zucchini season is over! (hint, hint)

Lyris and Patrick - Lyris mygardenandcatcheena

After graduating in the spring, Lyris and her boyfriend traveled to Iceland, London, and Ireland. It was her first time going to Europe; Lyris says it was an eye-opening experience with the best coffee ever!

Lyris vacation
Lyris and Patrick - Lyris cliffsofmoher


Patrick Paden comes to us from Summit County, where he’s made quite an impact with his photography and non-profit work. He’s been shooting for Paden Designs Photography for over ten years.

Lyris and Patrick - Patrick PADEN_PDP BLOG1

Lyris and Patrick - Patrick photography

Patrick was recognized by the Keystone Mountain Arts Gathering in 2011.

Lyris and Patrick - Patrick PADEN_PDP BLOG2

Patrick fits in with the cycling culture at WORKSHOP8; he’s been riding for over ten years and even sponsored his own team through Paden Designs Photography!

Lyris and Patrick - Patrick bike

He enjoys spending his time exploring Colorado and has hiked over twenty 14ers in the past seven years.

Lyris and Patrick - Patrick CABIN

Lyris and Patrick - Patrick mountain

In May, Patrick graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in Environmental Design. He lives in Boulder with his puppy, Sterling.

Lyris and Patrick - Patrick Pup 600


I’m writing this blog post from a tour bus, somewhere between the north woods of Wisconsin and Chicago, as I’m working remotely for four days while filling in for Trout Steak Revival‘s fiddle player. This morning I went for a run and found a hodag! Hodags are locally celebrated mythical creatures spawned from the imaginations of lumberjacks of northern Wisconsin that eat only white bulldogs. (I am not making this up.) I’m enjoying traveling around the midwest and playing rockstar for a few days, but am looking forward to being back in the office with the newly-expanded W8 team on Monday morning!

Melissa McGinley, Graphic Designer / Business Development / Marketing Manager / Studio Manager
28 September 2017