​​We have over twenty years of custom residential and commercial architecture on Martha's Vineyard. Our international team combines inspired design and expert knowledge of construction methods, along with sophisticated 3-D computer modeling capabilities, to create homes and businesses that people love living and working in.

We are passionately committed to achieving our clients' lifestyle and design objectives while preserving the unparalleled natural beauty of Martha's Vineyard.

  • Chuck received his BArch from the Boston Architectural College. Early inspiration for his career in architectural began in childhood working for the family construction business through high school.


    At home on the Vineyard for more than twenty years, Chuck finds inspiration in cooking; drawing comparisons between composing food dishes of contrasting layers and textures to designing structures. He enjoys traveling with his wife and twin boys, and experiencing different cultures, including the contiguous forty-eight states.


    Chuck has enormous appreciation for the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Antoni Gaudi and Tadao Ando.


    william c. sullivan, AIA

  • Nelson has been designing residences on-island for over a decade. He holds a Masters of Architecture from Norwich University, where he was inspired by the work of Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava.

    Nelson enjoys the process of learning how clients live and use their homes, and believes inspired architectural design enhances our lifestyles and the choices we make. On a theoretical level, his interest tends toward examining the parallels between architecture and the human body: framing to skeleton ("good bones"), and joinery to muscles, for example.


    He lives with his family in Vineyard Haven.


    nelson giannakopoulos, AIA

  • Morgan was born and raised outside of Boston, and received her Bachelor of Architecture, with a minor in Visual Communication, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

    For the past decade, Morgan has lived and designed homes on Martha's Vineyard. She finds inspiration in the designs of SHoP Architects and Rick Joy Architects, and looks to the work of Emily Grandstaff-Rice as a mentor for women in architecture. 


    Away from the office, Morgan, along with her husband and children, enjoys the great outdoors, including hiking, paddle boarding, and shellfishing.


    morgan w. shaw

  • Lauren has been creating residential interior designs on Island for over ten years. She finds inspiration in palettes drawn from nature and sustainable materials. 


    Originally from Ohio, Lauren graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning with a degree in Fashion Design.

    She and her husband, and infant daughter, are currently working together to build their dream house in Chilmark.

    director of interiors

    lauren morgan

  • Marisa is an Island native. She graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. During her tenure there she spent a year abroad studying architecture and design in Rome.


    She is inspired by the historical works of McKim, Mead & White, Mies van der Rohe, Antoni Gaudi, and H.H. Richardson. When Marisa's not behind the desk working on blueprints, she enjoys a good book, British television, and knitting.

    She and her husband live in Oak Bluffs.

    intern architect

    marisa higham burt

  • Born in the Cameroon and educated in Russia at the Nizhny Novgorod State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Martin has called the Vineyard home since 2013.


    Martin's architectural sensibilities are complimented by formal studies in furniture design, sculpture, and photography. He finds inspiration in nature, traveling, salsa dancing, and learning about new cultures via storytelling. Good thing he's fluent in five languages!


    His admires the work of fellow architects Kengo Kuma & Toyo Ito of Japan, and Santiago Calatrava.

    intern architect

    martin boris takam

  • Hailing from Colorado, Peter graduated University of Arizona's School of Architecture with an emphasis in historic structures. This academic focus led him to the cobbled stones streets of Cambridge, MA, where he began his 40+ year career in architecture and construction-related projects primarily on existing buildings.


    Peter is active in community preservation and conservation of the Island's built environment. He is a board of member of the newly opened MV Musuem.


    He's got a long list of architectural favs: Gaudi, Goff and Gehry for uniqueness; Bulfinch and McIntire for details; Wright, Kahn, and Pei for geometry.

    senior project manager

    peter gearhart

  • Juan, originally from Colombia, grew up in Miami, where he also received his Master of Architecture from Florida International University. Juan's experience matches his interests across multiple creative disciplines.


    In 2016, he collaborated with Delia Rivera, to win the design competition affiliated with the O'Miami Poetry Festival with their "Poetry Roller," an original invention that allows for the rolling (embossing) of words into wet sand.

    Juan's formal studio experience includes working for Deft Union, a design build firm in Miami, whose clients included Dior, Hermes, and Fendi. He is inspired by the design studio of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and the architect, Sou Fujimoto.

    project designer

    juan gelez

  • Mia is a native islander and graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she earned her BFA in Architecture. At SCAD, she was a Project Manager in the AIAS Freedom by Design club, and studied abroad in Southern France.

    Growing up on a small island farm provided freedom to outdoor activities like horseback riding and gardening. Because her father was a builder, she was able to visit job sites and, from an early age, learn about construction.

    Mia is still focused on construction and architectural designs that respond to social, climate, and environmental issues. She finds inspiration in the work of Tadao Ando, Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, and Luis Barragán.

    project designer

    mia arenburg

  • A mid-coast Maine native, Dakota was exposed to the ideas of creating and building from an early age. He studied at Cooper Union in New York City, and then the Rhode Island School of Design, from where he graduated with a focus on adaptive re-use architectural design.


    Drawn to nature, he's curious about how humans interact within the context of the natural world and built environment.


    Dakota is moved and inspired by the works of the self-taught Pritzker-winning architect, Tadao Ando, and the Seattle-based firm, Olsen Kundig.

    project designer

    dakota linkel

  • A Long Island native, Alexa has been fortunate to spend summers with her grandparents on Martha's Vineyard. She is a recent grad of Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned a Bachelors in Architecture with a concentration in Nature Culture and Sustainability. Alexa was president of RISD's student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMAS) and a member of the school's cycling team. 


    When away from the office, Alexa enjoys long distance running and beach days. She believes architecture is the most inspiring medium for discussing social equity and sustainable infrastructure.

    project designer

    alexa thorne

  • Madaline’s first oyster on Martha's Vineyard was fifteen years ago, and ever since it has been one of her happy places.

    Originally from Michigan, she earned her BA from the University of Cincinnati in the school of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.


    Traveling near and far allows Madaline to cultivate her innate curiousity and appreciation for an eclectic array of design styles. Beyond travel, fashion and graphics play huge parts in her exploration of creativity.

    interior designer

    madaline ganton

  • Originally from Conneticut, Michelle and her husband raised their family here since 1991. Having spent many years working with architects and interior designers, she returned to the New York Institute of Art + Design to formalize her interior decorating training.


    Like many in the firm, she finds beauty in the natural world and art, and enjoys reading—books, magazines, resource and style guides!

    design consultant

    michelle brescia

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