Our staff members are all committed students of the accumulated wisdom of history as it is expressed in traditional architecture and urban design. Our passion for building strong communities starts here in our studio, among our friends and colleagues.
Donald has nearly three decades of experience in all aspects of architectural practice. His completed work includes urban and town planning, commercial and institutional buildings, affordable housing, historic restoration of landmark buildings, and single-family residences. In recent years, his work has concentrated on integrated, mixed-use planning and architectural design with the goal of creating truly diverse and vibrant places. A 20-year association with the Congress for the New Urbanism and frequent collaboration with some of the best firms in the country doing traditional urban design and architecture has honed an expertise in the technique and art of creating liveable communities and cherished places.
Before forming Union Studio in 2001, Donald worked with several internationally recognized architects and planners, including Cooper Robertson + Partners of New York City. For seven years, he worked as a lead designer with The Gund Partnership of Cambridge, Massachusetts, before relocating to his native Rhode Island and founding Union Studio.
Donald received his B.S. in Architecture from University of Virginia, where he was awarded the annual Design Prize, and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is an active member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a founding board member of its New England Chapter, and is a board member of GrowSmart Rhode Island. Donald regularly speaks at regional and national venues on the topic of restoring communities through best practices in neighborhood design, furthering his single-minded vision to save the world from sprawl. He holds professional licenses in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Virginia.
Hometown: Barrington, RI
Favorite place and why: Venice. An architectural dream world that is stranger – and more beautiful – than fiction ever could be.
Philosophical idol: Leon Krier
Non-Philosophical idol: Buddy Hackett
Guilty Pleasure: All things aeronautical
Source of Pride: Having assembled an office of wonderfully talented people who would continue to do great work even if I were hit by a bus.
On a Sunday afternoon you will likely find me: Scrambling on the rocks at Beavertail State Park with my son, Nate.
A word to the wise: Sunscreen.
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