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
  • Board member
    • New Hope Historic Society
    • Ivyland Historic Foundation
    • New Hope Arts
    • New Hope Borough HARB
    • Doylestown Borough HARB
    • Heritage Conservancy

“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, New York, and Florida 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. 

GEORGE WALBERT

Architectural Staff

“My passion for architecture began as a kid when I was constantly drawing everything I saw. Growing up in a more urban setting, buildings and cities became my primary subject matter. I received several awards along the way, and from there it seemed logical that I would someday be a part of the architectural profession.”

George graduated with a BA in architecture from Penn State in 2002 and began his career in architecture working on large commercial projects including schools, universities, hotels, parking garages, and healthcare facilities. His career evolved to high-end single-family residences in New Jersey, Connecticut, the Hamptons, and a penthouse on Park Avenue in New York City that included all phases of design. During this time, George developed additional skills in construction observation and administration, including the daily interaction between all trades to ensure the smooth flow of projects and budgeting. Utilizing his skills in planning, designing, detailing and construction documentation, at RCFA, George primarily works on high-end residential homes, with some commercial projects as well. 

George enjoys traveling with his wife all over the United States and through Europe. He also enjoys collecting modern art and furniture, vintage Volkswagens, and Northumbrian coins of which he has the largest collection in private hands.

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.

CONNOR TRASK

Architectural Staff​

Certifications / Affiliations

  • Member of AIA Bucks County
  • Bucks County AIA Communications Director

“Ever since I held my first Lego™ I have always dreamed of building something. With architecture, I can turn that dream into reality and build something that impacts and betters the community at large. Architecture is the first step to bettering the world around us.”

Connor graduated from Marywood University in Scranton, PA with a BA in Architecture, along with NAAB accreditation, and is actively studying to become a licensed architect. Much of his focus in college was on learning new approaches to contemporary design and experimenting with new strategies for sustainable design. Connor spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy where he studied Italian Architecture, Italian Design, and visited many historical sites, honing his drafting, modeling, and architect skills at ISI Florence. 

With a passion for exploration and problem solving towards bettering the future of architecture and society, Connor’s interests lean toward commercial and community-based design.

At RCFA, Connor works on a mix of commercial and residential projects, including 3D visualization. A sampling includes a mid-rise tower in Margate, NJ, a Doylestown restaurant, and a residence in Florida. Connor’s skills in 3D work are utilized often in creating 3D modeling and renderings for projects and to help clients grasp a larger understanding of the visual structure in process. He also actively works on the construction documentation phase that follows.

Away from the office, Connor has an interest in video games and video game design, and participates in gaming sessions during much of his free time with his friends. Connor is fluent in Spanish, was a founding member of the rugby program at college, and was a collegiate student athlete. He is pursuing playing rugby, soccer, or kickball in his spare time. Connor comes from a large family and enjoys sharing their time together.

BEN PHILLIPS

Architectural Staff

Certifications / Affiliations

  • Associate AIA – LEED Green Associate

“Architecture simultaneously requires a balanced creative and practical approach. My passion for architecture has always been there – I took the road less traveled to the profession, allowing the opportunity to bring my other interests to the drawing board. This includes music performance & composition, painting & drawing, excavation, post & beam construction, straw-bale & adobe construction & bamboo construction. Being an architect is an impactful way to be part of your community while also creating part of your community.”

Ben joined RCFA in the fall of 2020, coming home to Bucks County after living and working in New York City. Ben earned a Master of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design & Music from Hampshire College. In addition to 10 years experience working on commercial, public, corporate and residential buildings for domestic and international clients, he has worked in excavation and heavy equipment operation alongside local architects, builders, and contractors, bringing a broad-based understanding to his role as an architectural designer. Ben’s work at RCFA involves a blend of commercial and residential projects, working through all phases of design and construction in both new buildings and historic restoration. His ability to create hand-drawn renderings is an added benefit when meeting with clients.

Ben’s trajectory to architecture began at an early age, when he saw a barn raising at five years old. His sketchbooks at six and seven years old were filled with architectural plans and elevations. In college, he built his own log cabin from materials found in the woods, and he even lived in a treehouse at one point. After college, Ben worked at a design / build company focusing on disaster relief, building system prototypes for FEMA after Hurricane Katrina. This interest in sustainable design led him to pursue a career in architecture. He worked in a design/build “think tank” that grew into the US Green Building Council, and his work over the next 10 years included a hotel resort in Tibet, residences on an island in Maine, a Philadelphia restaurant, a golf resort, dormitory towers, and multiple projects in China, Hong Kong and NYC.

Ben is passionate about music, having studied classical, jazz, and playing in numerous rock bands around the country. He is very active in sports and enjoys sailing, tennis, skiing, and biking. A previous Trustee of the Delaware & Raritan Mill Society in Stockton, NJ, Ben led the creation of a bike rental business on the longest state park in NJ. Ben lives in the heart of Bucks County with his wife (also an architect) and their dog. 

Susan Coleman
Susan Coleman

SUSAN C. COLEMAN

Senior Interior Designer

Certifications / Affiliations

  • ASID – American Society of Interior Designers
  • NKBA – National Kitchen and Bath Association

“My lifelong journey with Architecture and Design began at the age of 5 when I started drawing basic yet very detailed elevations of my childhood home with Crayola colors. Over the years, and several family homes designed, I have found there is nothing more important than the details that enter the design, gleaned from the process of getting to know the client, asking the right questions, and actively listening to extrapolate their wants and needs. The built environment and the spaces within should speak volumes about those who work, play, or reside there.”

Susan joins the Ralph Fey Architects team with over 25 years experience in interior design. As principal of her own firm, Susan’s work has encompassed small to large scale residential interior design projects in Bucks County, PA, Northern and Central NJ, and Florida’s east coast. The scope of work included selecting interior fixtures and lighting, and other finish selections from millwork and molding to cabinetry and color and more.  Prior to starting her business in 1998, Susan gained valuable experience working in retail management, primarily in interiors, furnishings, and designer showrooms, including helping to spearhead the retail arm of the prestigious Franklin Mint. 

Susan’s education includes The New York School of Interior Design, The Art Institute of Philadelphia where she was on the Dean’s List, and The College of New Jersey, with a concentration in Interior Design. Her design school education focused on architectural history, design and drafting, art and furniture history, color theory, textiles, and lighting design. Outside the office, Susan is very active in the community. She is a member of the Junior League and has been Co-Chair of the Designer Committee for multiple Junior League of Greater Princeton Designer Showhouses. She is a member of the Present Day Club of Princeton where she leads the Architecture + Design Group, is involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and has volunteered with the corporate hospitality team of the PGA’s Northern Trust annual golf tournament.

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.