Bill Wilson

Principal 

Bill Wilson, FAIA, Principal

Bill brings innovative programming and design solutions to college, university, and corporate clients. He creates buildings that enhance and reinforce the quality of a campus environment. Bill understands the power of collaborative settings, and designs buildings that respond to human behavior with a remarkable quality of openness, collaboration and collegiality.

With over 40 years of experience, Bill’s leadership approach focuses on facilitating consensus. Involving and inviting participation from all constituents in a project, Bill generates strong consensus and leads groups with diverse interests to a common understanding and a unified vision. Bill brings a uniquely personal approach to each client, and to the firm.

Bill’s passion for architecture extends beyond client work. He has served as a Trustee at the Preservation Society of Newport County since 1992. For 25 years, he has chaired the Properties Committee, which is responsible for upgrading and maintaining the historic properties.

Hobbies

Living an agrarian life at Greenvale Vineyards, reading, and travelling

Advice for Aspiring Architects

Find the thing you do best and become an expert in it. 

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Chris Martin

Principal 

Chris Martin, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

"Successful projects result from a shared vision and journey between an owner and architect."

Chris inspires the firm’s architects through his high level designs and creative direction. He values the exploratory process, where the answers to ‘why’ and ‘how’ are discovered collaboratively with clients and lead to original, sophisticated solutions. His designs draw largely on memories associated with a campus, institution, or moment in time to produce an enduring facility that respects the character and history of an institution. Just as expressions of art, music or literature transcend time, Chris believes architecture provides a similar link, connecting the past to the future by blending innovation with an appreciation for the existing campus context.

Alternate Career

Originally, Chris intended to pursue a career in anthropology; but he discovered a true passion for architecture while excavating prehistoric settlements in the Illinois River valley.

Favorite Hobbies

Woodworking and globetrotting with his family

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Breana Werner

Associate Principal 

Breana Werner, Associate Principal

"I think a building reflects the communication and camaraderie of the team."

Breana is a talented designer and respected team leader. Since joining WA in 2002, she has provided elegant designs on projects, including the award-winning Chevron Annex on the University of Pittsburgh campus. She is thorough, efficient, and creative, and views a project in its entirety as the design develops. Her proactive communication style keeps clients up-to-date and inspires trust. In addition to her project roles, she mentors younger designers and leads the office in the use of BIM technology

Awards Earned

A few years after joining WA, Breana received the Robert James Eidlitz Traveling Fellowship from Cornell University, to study Hindu Temple Architecture in Tamil Nadu, India.

Alternate Career

If she couldn’t design buildings, Breana would love to be a doctor.

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Samir Srouji

Principal 

Samir Srouji, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

“I have come to appreciate the power of a building in capturing the imagination of an institution and preparing it for its future. It’s extremely gratifying when a client finds that our design successfully achieved this and ask us to do it again.”

Samir’s design sensibility is influenced by his broader involvement in the arts and film industry. His artwork and architectural installations have been exhibited globally, and a film for which he served as the Art Director received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. As a Principal in the firm, Samir is an advocate for creating sustainable, captivating environments that encourage collaboration. He skillfully blends high-performance technical solutions with elegant aesthetics.

Advice for Aspiring Architects

Architecture is more than just design.

Pastimes

Watching movies with his family

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Matt Leslie

Principal 

Matt Leslie, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

"As the firm has grown from a handful of us in 1995 to over 60 people today, I find it satisfying that we've maintained a consistent hands-on approach to our work and a friendly, collaborative office culture."

With over 30 years of experience, Matt has a proven track record of project management as both the firm’s Managing Principal and as a Project Manager on complex projects. Matt is an effective communicator who articulates complex information in an easy-to-understand manner. His collaborative approach enables him to successfully combine clients’ goals with budget and schedule constraints.

Favorite Aspect of Being an Architect

Working on projects that truly impact the community and world

Hobbies

Travelling near and far with his wife and three sons

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Lisa Hellmuth

Director of Marketing | Associate 

Lisa Hellmuth, Director of Marketing | Associate

“I discovered this industry early on in my career; I enjoy it so much, I’ve stayed in it for 30 years, and have realized the impact a well-designed building can have on someone's life."

Lisa works closely with the Principals to implement the Vision and Strategic Plan and to strengthen the office culture. Her experience in marketing for the A/E/C industry includes senior positions at architecture firms located throughout the U.S. Lisa’s multi-faceted role includes leading the marketing department, business development efforts, and the administrative team while maintaining a consistent presence overseeing professional development and recruitment of staff. While directing day-to-day efforts, she explores new strategic opportunities in markets to support the firm. Lisa’s personable style allows her to effectively communicate the office’s strengths and objectives to employees and clients alike.

Words of Wisdom

Facts are important, but don’t forget to trust your instincts.

Interests

Growing up in Pennsylvania as a football coach’s eldest daughter, Lisa learned how to throw the perfect spiral by the age of 10. She enjoys watching Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins games with her family and friends.

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Mark Allen

Principal 

Mark Allen, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

"Great design is a team sport."

Mark joined Wilson Architects as a Principal in 2011. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the planning and design of corporate, life science, and academic buildings. His background complements and enhances the body of work at Wilson Architects. Mark believes cultivating a shared sense of investment with clients in the design of their building is the foundation for successful architecture. He is known for thoughtful, enduring, and sustainable design solutions that connect people and spaces.

Design Mantra

We admire the simplicity in beautiful design – whether a Shaker staircase or a modern Swiss house – that we unconsciously recognize is the result of great effort and precision.
Paraphrased from Alain de Botton in The Architecture of Happiness

Pastimes

Mark coaches youth sports, and serves on the Brookline Neighborhood Conservation District Commission.

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Scott Lebow

Associate 

Scott Lebow, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate

"There is a tremendous amount of job satisfaction that comes from standing in a building that you helped design and construct."

With over 24 years of experience, Scott is a talented architect possessing a complimentary balance of design, technical, and communication skills. He excels at problem solving, coordinating project teams, and developing strong client relationships. Equipped with construction administration expertise and a strong knowledge of sustainable design protocols, he has contributed to the firm’s numerous successful LEED projects.

Career Influence

Alvar Aalto who said, “Architecture is the synthesis of form and material.”

First Interest in Architecture

Since the age of 10, Scott knew he wanted to pursue architecture; so seriously, in fact, he began taking architectural and engineering courses in the 6th grade, and never looked back.

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Jacob Werner

Director of Sustainable Design | Associate 

Jacob Werner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Director of Sustainable Design | Associate

“I love designing labs. Although they’re amazingly complex and challenging, they exist at the creative edge of discovery, where some of the world’s smartest people push the envelope of human understanding.”

Jacob specializes in the planning, design and construction of laboratory buildings. As both an experienced project manager and architect, he successfully guides teams with collaborative listening and attention to detail. Jacob has extensive experience with sustainable lab planning and design, including a thorough understanding of the LEED rating systems for New Construction, Core and Shell, and Commercial Interiors. As the leader of Wilson Architects’ sustainable design efforts, he focuses on energy efficiency in laboratories.

A natural teacher, Jacob mentors young designers both in and outside the firm. He has taught design at the Boston Architectural College, including numerous advanced level architectural design studios. Jacob has received multiple academic fellowships to study architecture, including the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship from Cornell University, which he received with his wife, Breana, to study Hindu Temple Architecture in Tamil Nadu, India.

Advice for Aspiring Architects

Find the why behind each design.

Advances in the Industy

In the next 50 years, Jacob wants to see significant improvements in energy efficiency that allow for more space for people, rather than less.

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Matt Ellsworth

Associate Principal 

Matt Ellsworth, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal

“After what is often years of design and documentation, seeing a project through construction is what I consider most rewarding.”

With over 25 years of experience, Matt knows how to motivate a team of internal staff, consultants and contractors. His ability to manage a large team coupled with his understanding of technical details, results in the seamless execution of each project he directs. He excels at transforming ideas for projects into reality while keeping sight of the stakeholders’ overarching goals. From the outset, he is deeply involved in the design process. He develops relationships with clients and guides the project through construction.

First Interest in Architecture

Growing up Matt’s two best friends’ fathers were architects. When they brought work home, he was enraptured by how ‘cool’ their jobs appeared. These days he laughs and says it should have been a warning when they brought work home!

Design Mantra

Follow through ­­­­­

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Cristianne Peschard

Associate 

Cristianne Peschard, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate

“As an architect, I have the ability to shape experiences. It’s my responsibility to listen to clients and understand how their space plays a part in what they do. The reward is designing an environment that ultimately enhances their life.”

Cristianne is an energetic architect who is passionate about the way spaces affect human behavior.  She values the importance of the design process, where all parties are brought to the table to distill solutions and reach an agreement. Cristianne excels at managing both large and small projects and is an effective communicator who appreciates the art of keeping the team engaged. Inspired by architecture that encourages a healthier lifestyle, Cristianne believes it is crucial to place an emphasis on the health impact of living in buildings.

Alternate Career

A lawyer. A lot of the things Cristianne loves about Architecture translates to Law. In both professions, the ability to understand different perspectives, distill a solution, and defend the position is paramount. A professional may bring the expertise, but the client lives with the decisions.

Pastimes

Running marathons, traveling, football, and volunteering, especially at adult ESL classes

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Jeff Puleo

Associate Principal 

Jeff Puleo, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal

“Architecture is always changing. The variety of project types and clients keep the industry fresh, new and exciting. That’s what keeps me interested.”

A Lab Architect and Project Manager, Jeff plans and designs highly functional and technically demanding environments. Over the last 20 years, he has acquired an unparalleled amount of knowledge through programming and designing labs, including vivaria and containment facilities, for academic and corporate clients. Jeff enjoys speaking at national conferences about the progression of research and teaching science laboratories. He helps envision the future of these important environments as he works closely with institutional leaders to articulate and realize their goals.

Preferred Architectural Style

Jeff’s favored architectural styles are Prairie Style: a uniquely American style that left no stone unturned when it came to design; and Minimalist because it’s refreshing and contemplative.

On the Weekend

You can catch Jeff playing softball or basketball; or camping, fishing and hiking with his two boys. He’s also a Boy Scout leader, marathon runner and member of the Hanover Planning Board.

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Kevin Triplett

Associate 

Kevin Triplett, AIA, LEED AP, Associate

“I am most proud of the projects where we manage to create highly flexible research platforms that are open and inviting, and become favored gathering spaces on the campus.”

Kevin has 35 years of experience working with academic and public clients developing outstanding design solutions. He works in a wide range of architectural styles from traditional to progressive to responsive to the unique aspirations of each institution. Kevin specializes in academic libraries, classrooms, courthouses, and laboratories.

Fun Fact

Kevin designed and managed the construction of his own home.

Hobbies

Photography, music, kayak building, woodworking and residential design.

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Michael Bushert

Associate 

Michael Bushert, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate

“A successful architect should learn as much about people as they learn about buildings.”

Michael enjoys discovering the internal processes that shape organizational culture and understanding how these organizational goals are achieved. As an effective team leader, Michael’s valuable coordination skills are key to delivering a facility that reinforces the organization’s intent. Michael’s strong command of schedule and budget, combined with his participation in all phases of the design process, propel our projects to a successful completion.

Fun Fact

Michael recently earned both his Masters in Finance and a MBA while working full time at WA.

Pastimes

Motorcycle riding through Vermont and Quebec

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Joe Morgan

Associate 

Joe Morgan, RA, Associate

“What’s most rewarding in what I do is collaborating with faculty users. I am always pleasantly surprised that my expertise as laboratory architect and planner brings a unique and complementary perspective to the sophisticated infrastructure required for cutting edge research.”

Joe plans and designs complex scientific academic research and teaching labs. He enjoys collaborating with university faculty to determine the specific requirements that enhance their workflow. For over 30 years, Joe has gained in-depth knowledge of chemistry labs, condensed matter physics and optics labs, microelectronic cleanrooms, and microscopy suites. His established reputation reflects his understanding of science and technology buildings, as well as his ability to consistently provide users with superior research environments.

International Experience

Joe has worked in France, Ireland, and Spain.

Personal Interest

European travel and southern US and Indian cuisine

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Joe Gibbons

Associate  

Joe Gibbons, Associate

"Architecture is an art. My approach is to provide a collection of moments at multiple scales, in which a detail is as influential as an entire building."

Joe specializes at planning and designing laboratory environments for chemistry, physics, and biology departments. He works directly with clients to provide effective design solutions to meet their needs. Specializing in condensed matter physics, Joe’s lab designs respect protocols and optimize functionality, while integrating a high level of aesthetics. An award-winning designer, Joe provides innovative solutions that integrate contemporary architecture with cutting edge research.

Pastimes

Motorcycling around Iceland, skiing, and playing the banjo

Alternate Career

Installation artist or industrial designer

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Martin Lu

Associate 

Martin Lu, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate

“As an architect, there is never a dull moment. Every day there is something new to design and create – a new challenge.”

Martin’s focus is on the details. With prior hands-on experience working in the built environment, he understands properly executed details, both large and small, have a significant impact on projects. It’s this knowledge that makes Martin instrumental on projects. Both in the office and on-site, Martin has the respect of his colleagues in how he engages the entire team. He’s quick to seek input from others and appreciates the collaborative nature of design.

Design Mantra

Build it in your mind.

First Interest in Architecture

In 6th grade, Martin had aspirations to design his own home. His dream turned into reality when his home’s addition was recently unveiled.

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Adam Ferris

Director of Technology  

Adam Ferris, Director of Technology

"It is crucial to infuse the right technology with the design process. Ever changing technology must be supported with progressive training.”

Adam leads all technology related initiatives and supports the digital evolution at Wilson Architects. With over 25 years of professional experience, he oversees the firm’s technology standards, guidelines, and best practices. Adam delivers technology solutions to all aspects of the firm from architectural project teams to accounting to marketing. He is a published Author for AutoCAD® and It’s Applications, releases 2009-2013.

Prior to joining WA, he was an award winning Autodesk® Certified Instructor with over 20 years of experience training Autodesk products in the Boston area. Adam also owned a CAD consulting firm to aid local area businesses in efficient AutoCAD configurations and management, Network Management, and 3D Design with 3D Studio MAX.

First Interest in Architecture

Working as a carpenter’s assistant to his grandfather as a child.

Personal Interests

Adam is a musician, carpenter, car enthusiast/mechanic, and movie buff.

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