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.
Joe has over 20 years of architectural experience which includes the adaptive re-use of historic buildings, market-rate and affordable multi-family housing, pre-fabricated building design, commercial buildings and private residences. Prior to joining Union Studio in 2012, Joe was the founding principal of distill studio, a Providence-based architectural firm with a focus on sustainable building science and integrated design process. He has received international recognition for the architectural design of Providence’s award-winning Box Office, a commercial office building constructed from recycled shipping containers.
Joe is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Interior Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, a board member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), a member of the Art in City Life Commission for the City of Providence, contributes as a member of the Downtown Providence Parks Commission Advisory Board, and is a member of the National Passive House Alliance (PHAUS). He is a registered architect in Rhode Island and a LEED Accredited Professional. Joe is also the first Certified Passive House Consultant registered in the State of Rhode Island.
Joe received his Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Ohio State University.
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Guilty Pleasure: Chicharrón from La Lupita in Olneyville. You can’t each just one.
Pivotal childhood memory: Backpacking the US with my Dad and his students.
Source of Pride: Running marathons to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
Favorite RI oddity: The ironic Rhode Island driver: They stop when they should go and they go when they should stop.
On a Sunday afternoon you will likely find me: Desperately trying to sleep past 7:30 while my 5 year old incessantly ‘surprises’ me with chants of ‘Daddy get up, Daddy get up!’
A word to the wise: The more I know the more I know I don’t know.
Favorite moment in architectural history: The Oil Embargo
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