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.”

KYLE WOOD, AIA + LEED AP

Project Manager | Architect

Certifications / Affiliations

  • Licensed architect – New Jersey
  • GBCI- LEED Accredited Professional
  • NJAIA Design Preservation Award recipient for Lafayette College project
  • AIA New York Committee on the Environment – Steering Committee
  • Archiba Travel Scholarship – German Architectural Study Program

“I find architecture is really about people and engagement with them through the medium of design. I’m most fascinated with the vernacular nature of the profession and strive to bring these regional qualities while connecting individuals to their surroundings. In the end, the joy brought to people through great design far exceeds the pleasure I get from creating any singular building.”

Kyle is a highly qualified registered architect (licensed in New Jersey) with a background in sustainable design. Earning dual degrees at Ball State University with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Science, Kyle brings close to two decades of experience to RCFA. As a project architect and project manager, he leads the team on commercial and residential projects, from design development through precision detailing, construction drawings and specifications, as well as budgeting and scheduling. During his career, Kyle has worked throughout the country and across the spectrum of building types including educational, commercial, residential, historical, hospitality, and LEED certified construction. A sampling includes Princeton University, fortune 500 companies, and the Los Angeles Community College multi-billion dollar construction initiative.

Kyle excels at liaising between clients, contractors, and governmental agencies and he is knowledgeable on building codes with a record of success in helping facilities attain LEED certification. His professional presentation skills also serve clients well in meetings or before architecture review boards. Kyle is an asset to the firm, whether the project is a 45,000 square foot educational facility, a newly designed restaurant, high-end residential construction, or historic farmhouse restoration.

Outside of work, Kyle can be found painting in his home studio with his two daughters. He often exhibits and volunteers to support the Hopewell and Princeton area Art Councils in New Jersey.

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.

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. In his earlier career, Craig designed and provided construction management services for large high-end coastal homes in the Hamptons and on Shelter Island. During the design process at Ralph C. Fey Architects, Craig provides leadership to clients and to his team, from the schematic phase through field supervision for multi-million dollar residential construction. His projects include contemporary riverfront homes in New Hope, adaptive reuse of historic Bucks County barns and detailed interiors.

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 he volunteers as a coach for in every sport they’ve ever played. 

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.

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.

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.

BEN ECKHARD

Architectural Staff

Certifications / Affiliations

  • LEED Green Associate
  • AIA Bucks County – Director of Emerging Professionals
  • 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.

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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.

SARAH CZARNECKI
SARAH CZARNECKI

SARAH CZARNECKI

Interior Architectural Designer

Certifications / Affiliations

  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation

“My passion for design stems from my childhood. I’ve always been affected by space, light, texture, and color. This has allowed me to have a career in design creating interior spaces that spark emotion. I hope to bring my passion and experience in interior design to the RCFA team.”

Sarah attended Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, a CIDA* accredited college where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Prior to joining Ralph C. Fey Architects, Sarah gained valuable experience in her field of study working on both high-end residential and hospitality projects, including hotels ranging from 30+ rooms to small boutique inns. Gaining unique insight, she now brings her interiors perspective to the design process at RCFA. Sarah’s role encompasses meeting with clients, preparing hand-sketched and CAD drawings, and conducting site work to measure, photograph, and document project status. In addition, she selects interior and exterior finishes as well as lighting for projects.

Sarah volunteers her time as an ACE mentor to high school students looking to pursue careers in architecture, construction and engineering. When away from the office, Sarah enjoys hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, photography, and cake decorating. She has a black lab/hound mix named Tucker that she rescued as a puppy during the holiday season.

INESSA HOVHANNISYAN
INESSA HOVHANNISYAN

INESSA HOVHANNISYAN

Interior Architectural Designer

“My passion for architecture stems from a desire to create beauty in my surroundings. I have always been creative and have always wanted to create, from sewing doll clothes and making jewelry at an early age to drawing and painting as an adult. My skills have grown and architecture and interior design have become a permanent part of who I am. My passion will never stop; it will only evolve to something bigger and greater. That is what feeds my perpetual hunger for architecture and design.”

Inessa graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. With a distinct passion for her work, Inessa brings her artistic skills and talent for creating sophisticated and functional interior spaces to the team at Ralph C. Fey Architects. Previously a west-coaster, Inessa spent several years working as an interior designer at the highly regarded Harrison Design firm in Los Angeles. In her current role as interior architectural designer at RCFA, Inessa meets with clients, conducts site visits, and prepares interior and permit drawings. With her additional skill set, she also provides graphic design when needed. Inessa’s presentation and visualization skills plus her ability to communicate ideas well are an asset to the company and the clients she works with.

Originally from Armenia, Inessa relocated from Hollywood, California to the east coast, and currently lives in Montgomery County, PA. Her interests outside the office include painting, hiking, baking, and playing with her toy poodle named Pushok.

ROSE PASCHOALETTO

Administrative Staff

Rose is a seasoned administrative professional and is the lead administrator at Ralph C. Fey Architects. Responsible for managing office operations, Rose handles a myriad of duties, from client relations and staff liaison to procedures and scheduling. Rose graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Oswaldo Cruz University in Brazil and also attended Michigan State University.

Prior to joining RCFA, Rose worked in accounting firms and was an administrative secretary in the Bucks County school district. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and has taught ESL in Brazil and the US. Rose lives in Bucks County with her husband. Away from the office, Rose enjoys watching movies, going to the beach, but most of all spending time with the people she loves – her family and friends.