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Based in Greenfield, MA, and Brattleboro, VT, Austin Design is an award-winning, seasoned, and successful full-service architectural firm serving commercial, residential, municipal, and institutional clients. ADi works with clients throughout New England and beyond: our architects are licensed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.

bill austin

Bill AustinBill Austin has been living in the Pioneer Valley since 1969, first as a student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, then as a carpenter and builder, and since 1984 as an architect. From 1984 to 1993 he was a principal with Kitchell and Austin, Architecture and Community Design, located in the center of Amherst. From 1993 to 2000 he worked out of his home and an office in Shelburne Falls. In 2000 he bought a two-room schoolhouse in Colrain with his partner Joan Rockwell which was the office of ADi and Joan S. Rockwell & Assoc. for 18 years. The MA office is now in Greenfield, and Bill and Joan have relocated to Brattleboro.

tom chalmers

Tom ChalmersTom Chalmers relocated to the Pioneer Valley from the Metro Boston area a few years ago, buying a working farm in Gill. An AIA Architect registered in Massachusetts and several other states, Tom brings to the firm decades of experience in all aspects of the design and construction of institutional and residential projects. His work ranges from renovations of inner-city public schools to residential additions, renovations, and new construction. He has experience in facilitating the public design, bidding and construction process as well as hands-on construction and construction management.

bryan louisell

Bryan LouisellAfter receiving his Masters Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute, Bryan relocated to raise his family in Brattleboro, Vermont. He is an avid outdoorsman, artist, and inventor. He brings many years of experience to the office and particularly enjoys the process of making, often building his creations himself. Bryan is currently taking the architectural licensing examination.

kevin o’neil

Kevin ONeilKevin O’Neil received his Bachelor of Architecture in 2011 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was formerly the Operations Manager at Wilson’s Department Store in Greenfield where he supervised and managed shipping and receiving, remodeling, maintenance and service of equipment. He is passionate about the outdoors and to say he is obsessed with fishing would be an understatement. Kevin came to Austin Design in 2012 and is working on becoming a registered architect.

rich holschuh

Rich HolschuhRich Holschuh finds that his work with Austin Design allows him to combine his attachment to the New England landscape, meeting new people, architecture, and web networking into a rewarding mix. With a background in construction and a life-long love of learning, he is happiest helping to make connections and seeing good ideas come to life. Favorites: his family, the natural world, amateur photography, Wabanaki culture, craft beer, and pickles.

patrick kitzmiller

Patrick KitzmillerPatrick Kitzmiller earned his master of Architecture from the University of Massachusetts in 2014 and is currently working toward licensure. His varied background includes being a prop master at the UMass Theater, a residential designer and trim carpenter, and an avid maker of small, wacky things he likes to call “Art.” His passion for architecture comes from understanding how people respond to space. He likes to focus on the details and he believes that natural materials and good lighting are the key to connecting people to the built environment.

peter webster

Peter WebsterPeter Webster joined ADi in 2013, after graduating from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with his Masters in Architecture. A native New Englander, he enjoys exploring the natural world, vintage camper trailers, cooking, and zymurgy. Our project manager for craft brewing facility design, he brings his past experience as a professional brewer and publican (among other pursuits) to our growing portfolio of brewery-allied projects, with finesse and aplomb.

timberly hund

Timberly HundTimberly joined ADi in 2015 and is a licensed architect in the state of Massachusetts with over 10 years experience. After receiving her Masters Degree in Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design, Timberly worked for large commercial firms in DC, then relocated to New England to have more exposure to environmentally and socially responsible building design and construction. Most of her work has been on residential and commercial buildings, both new construction and historic structures. She grew up in a small town outside of St. Louis and is happily raising her first child with her husband Josh.

helaina balcanoff

Helaina BalcanoffHelaina grew up in Greenfield, MA and recently received her Master of Design Studies: Sustainable Design from Boston Architectural College (BAC). Previous to BAC, she received a certificate in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency from Greenfield Community College. Her broad educational background and experience is in construction, design, architecture, and sustainability. Her next plan is to work toward LEED accreditation. Loves: plants, photography, antiquing/flea marketing, the outdoors, and time with loved ones.

jen heilman

Jen HeilmanJen has always loved creating inviting living spaces. She earned an AAS Degree in Architecture and Building Engineering Technology at Vermont Technical College in 1991, then gained a BA in Architecture and Interior Design at Montana State University in 1995. She’s been working in design and construction ever since. In 2008, after diving deeper into understanding how our spaces affect our lives, she earned a Certificate in Feng Shui Interior Design from the Sheffield School of Interior Design. The understanding of Feng Shui and how our spaces mirror the state of our lives is a continuing fascination and source of study for her.

steven stone

Steven StoneSteven joins Austin Design with a background in Technical Drawing from Reading College in the UK , and association in the Institute of Carpenters. Specializing in 3D design and carpentry, Steven relocated to Brattleboro, Vermont in 1999, working in high-end windows and doors and over a decade designing custom timber frame homes and buildings. Steven brings to the firm his passion for the adventure tourism industry in Switzerland, the American ski industry, and his unique British humor.