Ralph C. Fey, AIA

Principal

Certifications / Affiliations

  • Bucks County AIA (American Institute of Architects)
    • Past President – 2008 & 2011
    • Board member 2006-2013
  • Bucks County Chamber of Commerce 2004-2013
  • Heritage Conservancy
  • Board member
    • New Hope Historic Society
    • Ivyland Historic Foundation
    • New Hope Arts
    • New Hope Borough HARB
    • Doylestown Borough HARB

“It’s my dream that 50 years from now, someone will design an adaptive reuse of one of our projects with whatever is the newer technology of the time. My vision is to leave graceful ruins across the landscape that will be cared for and cherished by future generations.”

Ralph Fey founded Ralph C. Fey Architects in 1996, bringing together an extensive background in architecture and interior design with a focus specializing on residential renovation, historic preservation, equestrian facilities, restaurants, event spaces, and more. Based in Bucks County, Ralph and the firm are dedicated to quality, hands-on design, and customer service. Ralph’s work embraces the nature of place, celebrates the region’s heritage, reflects the local vernacular and emphasizes the importance of context.

Very involved in the architectural integrity of the local community, Ralph serves on numerous Boards and is a two-time past president of the Bucks County AIA. As an award-winning architect, Ralph has a keen sense of “viewing the project from the outside in and the inside out”. Licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, he is the client advocate and design lead within the firm, working with his talented staff to shepherd each project from start to finish.

Ralph’s passion for architecture began at the early age of seven, when he could be found building projects in the basement of his family home. Taking this dedication to the next level, he went on to study both in the United States and abroad. Attending high school overseas, Ralph explored Asian architecture throughout Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong. Earning a degree in architecture from Syracuse University, Ralph studied in Europe at the Polytechnic Institute of Central London and the London Architecture Association. Exploring world architecture throughout different continents holds a unique perspective and insight that Ralph has embodied throughout his career.

Recruited after college by the fourth largest architectural firm in the U.S., Ralph spent the first 15 years of his career at The Hillier Group, rising from intern mentored by J. Robert and Barbara Hillier to attaining a senior position as Director of Design for the 35 person interior design staff. Ralph led the studio and was personally responsible for a wide range of design challenges, including corporate, hospitality, residential, renovation and adaptive reuse projects, as well as managing the development of Hillier’s new headquarters building. In 1994, Ralph switched gears to become Director of Design and Facility Planning for QVC. In addition to maintaining a portfolio of properties, Ralph spearheaded the development of their new 60 million dollar corporate headquarters and television studio.

After 15 years in a large firm and several years in a private organization, Ralph gained a keen understanding for being both an architect and a client, providing the platform for starting his own firm. Coming home to his Bucks County roots, Ralph opened Ralph C. Fey Architects in Doylestown, PA, often saying his raison d’etre is: “…to leave graceful ruins across the landscape.”

CRAIG NUSH, AIA

Project Manager | Architect

Certifications / Affiliations

  • AIA – American Institute of Architecture
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB)
  • Licensed architect – Pennsylvania and New Jersey

“My desire as an architect is to be an integral asset to Ralph C. Fey Architects where I can utilize my architectural skills, knowledge, and experience to produce unique and successful projects.”

Craig received his Bachelor of Architecture from Penn State in 2002 and is a licensed architect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Previously an architect and project manager at Barton Partners and Brandes Maselli, Craig designed large high-end coastal homes in the Hamptons and on Shelter Island and delivered construction management services during the building process. Providing field supervision of multi-million dollar residential construction projects at RCFA, Craig produces drawings and project specifications, manages codes and zoning ordinances, provides building estimates, and conducts on-site safety practices. His projects include large “shingle style” riverfront homes in New Hope, adaptive reuse of historic Bucks County barns and detailed interiors of kitchens, libraries, and master suites.

Craig’s artistic skills complement his strong background in design and building processes. Additionally, his extensive experience with planning, zoning, and historic preservation helps guide clients at Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) presentations. Craig is an avid Penn State football fan. He has one dog and two cats, plus two sons that he coaches in every sport they’ve ever played.

GREG FREDERICK

Associate | Leed AP | Director of Building Technologies & Quality Control

Certifications / Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architects – National, Pennsylvania, and Bucks County, PA affiliates
  • GBCI – LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) / LEED certified for new construction

“I love to design buildings and spaces that inspire people through experience, materiality and engagement with the site. I particularly like the tactile side of architecture; drawing by hand and crafting models, which I still do to this day.”

Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University. Working construction between college semesters strengthened Greg’s knowledge in building technologies and adaptive reuse – his main area of focus at Ralph C. Fey Architects. As Architectural Associate at RCFA, Greg coordinated the team on The Ferry Market, The Logan Inn, and The Playhouse Inn properties. Additionally, he serves as client liaison – providing code review, feasibility studies, quality control, and conducting final technological review and oversight for construction documents. LEED certified, Greg’s added experience in green building methods helps reduce environmental impact across a spectrum of projects.

Greg has spent time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity’s neighborhood revitalization program and has served on the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Film Festival Committee. Greg’s Labrador retriever Shelby is a favorite around the office, occasionally stopping in for visits, pets, and treats. Originally from Bucks County where he still calls home, Greg enjoys photography, dining out, fishing, and sports – especially the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies.

WAEL MOHAMED

Architectural Staff

Certifications / Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architecture – Associate member
  • Affiliated member of United Arab Emirates Society of Engineers

“My goal is to provide simple and efficient solutions to solve complex problems through design, planning and careful budgeting.”

Wael brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to Ralph C. Fey Architects. A resident of Delaware County, PA, Wael was born in Egypt and raised in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from UAE University. Wael has extensive experience in project management, accustomed to all design phases from initial concept to construction documents. Wael is a registered architect in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and while overseas, he worked on several prominent landmark projects including a 140,000 square yard shopping mall, a 33 floor office and residential tower, and a five star hotel. Since relocating to Pennsylvania and joining RCFA, Wael has built on his background, applying his skills to The Logan Inn, Barley Sheaf wedding venue, and The Reserve at Creekside, an AIA award winning residential complex patterned after the architectural ancestry of English Country homes. In his spare time, Wael enjoys volunteering, playing music, and reading.

MARK BAKER

Architectural Staff

Certifications / Affiliations

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • American Institute of Architects Associate member
  • Design Advocacy Group

“Spending much of my childhood admiring the buildings in Philadelphia, I learned how architects sculpt people’s experiences to help create the way they live. There is gratification when projects are completed and the results function as a contribution to the community. I appreciate good design, creating beautiful structures, and striving to make the world a better place through architecture.”

Mark graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Architecture. An integral part of the team at Ralph C. Fey Architects, Mark has extensive applied knowledge in adaptive reuse and planning plus commercial and residential zoning. With projects located in historic districts, Mark often conducts presentations before Historic Architectural Review Boards (HARBs), leading clients through the process. Mark’s projects at RCFA include The Logan Inn and Nurture Spa in New Hope, PA, and Veterans Lane complex in Doylestown, PA as well as residential additions and renovations. Providing project coordination for Veterans Lane, Mark contributed design drawings, construction documents, exterior specifications and material selection to help create a series of buildings and businesses complementing the historic context of the town.

A lifelong resident of Montgomery County, PA, Mark earned an Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He is active in his local community, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Philabundance, and in his church serving on outreach programs, buildings and facilities team, and social ministry. In his spare time, Mark enjoys golfing, painting, and attending live concerts.

BEN ECKHARD

Architectural Staff

Certifications / Affiliations

  • LEED Green Associate
  • American Institute of Architects Associate member
  • Heritage Conservancy’s Young Friend’s Network

“My passion for architecture is rooted in the idea that the environment we inhabit dramatically affects our wellbeing, experiences, and memories.”

Ben received his Bachelor of Architecture from Marywood University where he also spent a semester studying architecture in Florence, Italy. Ben’s skills as an artist enhance his work at Ralph C. Fey Architects, as he excels at the art of hand drawn sketches and will often begin projects in this tradition. Ben has a particular interest in adaptive reuse and the collaboration between the past and the present. A large portion of Ben’s work involves preparing presentations and graphics (drawings and renderings) for Historic Architectural Review Boards (HARBs). Whether drawing a residential kitchen or assisting on zoning presentations, Ben’s keen eye is an asset to the RCFA team.

Ben has spent time as a volunteer with “Architecture in Schools”, teaching elementary school architecture classes. He serves on the Heritage Conservancy’s Young Friends Association that promotes land preservation and outdoor activities within Bucks County and is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Outside the office, Ben enjoys architectural sketching, studying languages, travel, kayaking, and cooking. He and his wife live in Doylestown, PA with Milo the dog and Kitkat the cat.

CAROLINE KERNER

Interior Architectural Designer

Certifications / Affiliations

  • Heritage Conservancy Young Friends Network

“I feel inspired by the emotional response a space can create. There is a depth to which a space can influence the user and ultimately the community. I’m passionate about applying this concept to opportunities involving social change.”

Caroline graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design in Architecture from Miami University in Ohio, a CIDA certified (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) program. Caroline spent seven years volunteering with Project Hope & Compassion, including during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where she gained an understanding for design and construction to improve communities. Continuing this dedication, Caroline worked for a non-profit designing affordable housing in Cincinnati, OH. Caroline wrote her senior thesis on Architecture for Social Change based on these experiences. At Ralph C. Fey Architects, Caroline specializes in interior architecture, balancing the architectural team from an interiors perspective. Understanding the importance of human interaction with the interiors of buildings, she designs accordingly, specifying lighting, finishes, materials, equipment, and furniture. Caroline has additional experience in non-profit design, multi-family residential, mixed-use new construction, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, light commercial, and residential. An integral part of the design team that won the 2017 AIA Bucks County Award for Excellence for the Ferry Market, Caroline’s design and specifications helped create an eclectic aesthetic and historic feel, serving the community and encouraging people to meet and engage in a relaxed setting.

Caroline often supports local philanthropic organizations through road races. She and her fiancé reside in Bucks County with their puppy Maisie who is often found lounging under Caroline’s desk while she’s working.

ZACHERY CHANG

Architectural Staff

“I have always had a passion for helping others, and through my community service work, I learned about how things are built, teamwork, planning, and most importantly the ability to make a connection with people. Our teams bonded with homeowners as we learned about their lives, culture, community, and the hardships they faced. Anyone can create a typical building, but through the connection with people, architecture gives character and uniqueness, showcasing the best of an individual. Through architecture, I hope to keep serving people and the community by giving them functional beautiful spaces to live and work.”

Zachery received both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Roger Williams University, was on the Dean’s list and spent a semester studying in Italy. His undergraduate degree served as a foundation for learning design style and history of construction methods, while graduate studies focused on the practicality and functionality of architecture. Studying abroad, Zachery absorbed the cultural aspects of historic architecture interacting with the present, a key element of his work at Ralph C. Fey Architects. Zachery’s interest in architecture stems from a passion for helping people that began when he was an Eagle Scout doing community outreach. Continuing his volunteer work during college and at church, Zachery helped repair homes affected by hurricanes in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Completing his master’s degree shortly after Hurricane Sandy, Zachery’s thesis centered on “transitional architecture”; designing a community center that transforms into a hurricane shelter, providing two distinctive and important functional uses.

At RCFA, Zachery works on a variety of projects, including residential renovations and additions throughout Doylestown, New Hope, and Newtown. He also helps create HARB (Historic Architectural Review Board) presentations, assuring that proposed drawings fit with the historic context of the town.

During his off time, Zachery enjoys tennis, rock climbing, and photography.

PAULO RODRIGUEZ

Architectural Staff

“My passion for architecture is based on the freedom to be creative, and seeing that creativity come to life. It is my hope that I can bring that vision to my work at Ralph C. Fey Architects.”

Paulo attended New York Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology. Working construction during summers in high school and college, Paulo gained valuable experience that carries through to his work at Ralph C. Fey Architects. With attention to detail at every turn, Paulo specializes in completing construction drawings, conducting site measurements, and providing project coordination and architectural design support.

Receiving an award from Skills USA in architectural drafting and volunteering as an ACE mentor, Paulo’s commitment to volunteering and giving back to the community earned him a scholarship from the ACE mentoring program. Originally from Long Island, NY, Paulo now calls Bucks County home. Outside the office, Paulo enjoys spending time with family, going on long drives, golfing, bowling, darts, watching sports, and hanging out with his African Grey Parrot named Buddy.

BRIANNA KUPERAVAGE

Architectural Staff

“My interest in architecture stems from my passion for creativity and finding creative solutions to challenges. Europe’s history is so much older than ours and it is a great opportunity to learn. Studying historic buildings overseas, we analyzed the practicalities of adaptive reuse – environmental, economical, practical, etc. I am drawn to the thought and process behind the sustainability of the buildings which has helped inform the work I do here in the states.”

Brianna received a Master of Arts in Historical and Sustainable Architecture from New York University in London with a specialty in adaptive reuse and a master thesis in industrial architecture. Prior to that, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Marywood University, including a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Her experience overseas gave Brianna an appreciation for the design of historic buildings and how they stand the test of time, an aspect of learning she brings to her work at Ralph C. Fey Architects.

Brianna has given back to the community through extensive volunteering, including with Habitat for Humanity, various causes to eradicate cancer, as well as being the founding Vice President of Women in Architecture at Marywood University. Outside the office, Brianna enjoys travel, dancing, and the theatrical arts. She is originally from Schuylkill County, PA and now calls Bucks County home.

MEGAN BRODY

Architectural Staff

“My passion for architecture is shared with my passion for travel. I saw a lot of historic places and different types of architecture in Italy and developed an interest for historic preservation and restoration. Now I look forward to learning more in order to preserve the architectural past of structures and restore history right here in Bucks County.”

Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Marywood University School of Architecture and Environmental Design where she also studied in Italy for a semester and was on the Dean’s List. Conducting research in college on interactive architecture and how people relate to their surroundings led to Megan’s interest in adaptive reuse, while her time abroad drew her to historic restoration.

Originally from Tunkhannock, PA, Megan enjoys sketching, traveling, hiking, rock climbing, and live music. She has been a teacher’s assistant, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and has participated in several furniture and architectural design competitions.

ROSE PASCHOALETTO

SUSAN DELONG

Administrative Staff

Rose and Susan round out the team at Ralph C. Fey Architects, providing the all important administrative duties and responsibilities, interfacing with clients, and handling procedures and personnel. They are integral to the team at RCFA and help support the staff to keep the office running smoothly.