Who We Are

At W A T E R S H E D, we work with design, development, and construction teams, businesses, and homeowners to create healthy buildings and landscapes that conserve energy and resources while fostering a greater connection to the natural world. Our expertise revolves around building design, construction, and operational solutions for a hot humid climate. While the growing green building movement is international, our solutions are local.

Rebecca Bryant, AIA

Rebecca Dunn Bryant, Principal

Rebecca Dunn Bryant, AIA co-founded W A T E R S H E D in 2008 in order to build expertise around affordable, sustainable building solutions for a hot humid climate and create built environments that inspire a greater connection with the natural world. Originally from Alabama, Rebecca moved to Colorado to study sustainable design in 1990, receiving a BA in Social Ecology from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. She worked in San Francisco, New York, and Houston, before returning home to get red dirt back under her feet.

Rebecca has spent almost three decades focused on sustainable design and is frequently a featured speaker at conferences across the Southeast. Her work has been recognized with a Synergy Award from the Citizen’s Environmental Coalition, a LEED Fellowship, and AIA Alabama’s Presidents Award for leadership. She was also highlighted as one of 9 “Green Leaders in Red States” and Mobile Bay’s “Top 40 under 40” class of 2011.

Rebecca’s passion for sustainable development is focused on a biophilic design approach that seeks to restore a connection to place, and design, construction, and operational strategies tailored to meet the unique challenges of a hot humid climate. While the growing green building movement is international, her approach is decidedly local.

  • Registered Architect in Alabama and Florida
  • LEED Fellow
  • LEED Accredited Professional, BD&C
  • Living Future Accredited
  • Permaculture Designer

Jeremy was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and currently lives in the outskirts of Fairhope near Fish River. He spent his childhood building Lego models and taking apart old lawn mowers. In high school his family moved across the country to Northwest Florida where he also gained his Bachelor of Architecture at Florida A&M University. Immediately after college he took his first job in Pensacola, Florida where he met his wife Dana. He and Dana have two young daughters, June and Louisa, and another baby on the way.

Jeremy is a licensed architect whose ten years of experience ranges from high-end residential to boutique commercial, pavilions and entry gates, state, federal and military. He is a LEED AP and the first FitWel ambassador in the state of AL. He is leading WATERSHED’s BIM integration processes, while spearheading a renewed focus on human health as an essential component of sustainability.

Jeremy’s hobbies include tending to his vegetable garden, working on his cars, playing at the piano with his daughters and designing tiny houses with his wife. In his spare time he volunteers with Prodisee Food Pantry and Habitat for Humanity.

  • Registered Architect in Florida
  • Fitwel Ambassador
Jeremy Portillo, AIA

Jeremy Portillo, Associate

Anthony Garcia fairhope architect

Anthony J. Garcia, Associate

Anthony was born in Biloxi, MS and raised in the small communities of Jackson County. A childhood spent exploring the bayous, pine forests and shorelines along and off the Mississippi Gulf Coast cultivated his reflective nature. After receiving his Bachelors of Architecture from Mississippi State University, Anthony ventured off to Raleigh, North Carolina to begin his architectural career while starting a family.

Anthony has spent the last decade on teams that have designed award winning facilities for mid-Atlantic higher education institutions and state of the art research facilities for bio-science companies while also working with local developers and businesses to provide design services for smaller community driven projects. Whether through an underlying need to create with his hands, his passion for anything on two wheels, his athletic past, or the basic desire to leave anything he touches in better condition than when he found it, Anthony seeks to be completely engaged.

Anthony and his wife Courtney currently live near Perdido Bay where they are raising their son, Atley, and daughter, Raela, to enjoy and respect the natural beauty of the northern Gulf Coast. They spend much of their family time exploring the parks, preserves and white sands of Northwest Florida and Lower Alabama.

  • Registered Architect in Alabama
  • Cal OES Safety Assessor

Dhwani Gala has recently joined the WATERSHED team. She enriches our team with  her international experience in design for hot humid climates and technical expertise. Dhwani practiced architecture for two years in India with experience in mixed use, multi-family, and custom residential development before moving to the Philadelphia area to pursue a Masters Degree in sustainable design. She has a passion for travel and creative pursuits that informs her architectural practice. Dhwani brings a positive collaborative approach to every project, and provides essential feedback to design through energy and daylight modeling.

  • LEED Green Associate
  • CREW Philadelphia Scholarship Award

Dhwani Gala, Associate

The team always helps me find an answer.

Dr. John Dindo, Director of Institutional Advancement – Dauphin Island Sea Lab