As a high school student in Rhode Island, Chris began drafting homes and learning on the job. At Notre Dame he studied architecture from antiquity to the renaissance to modernism while living in Rome and traveling throughout Europe. After working in Boston for more than a decade managing projects including the many facets of residential design, historic preservation, and unique commercial and institutional renovations he founded b Architecture Studio in 2010. Chris has taught at the Boston Architectural College and Wentworth Institute of Technology and continues his role as educator with design jury critiques for Notre Dame and Wentworth.
Chris brings knowledge, capability, and design sense to each design task. Each project is a collaboration for there is always more than one way to create new spaces.
Practicing what he preaches Chris keeps a sketch journal, creating and capturing the wonderful memories of his travels and everyday observances.
Kurt Stavdal, AIA
Kurt joined the studio in 2014. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design (2011) and Master of Architecture Degree (2014) from the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning graduating Summa Cum Laude. During his time at UB, he spent a semester abroad in Ireland, where Kurt traveled across Ireland and Northern Ireland studying both medieval and modern structures of Ireland. As a graduate student at UB, Kurt received the 2013 School of Architecture Design Excellence Award.
Growing up a stone throw away from the ocean on Long Island, New York. Kurt is a natural water bug and can often be found surfing, swimming, and fishing in his free time. Outside of architecture, Kurt and his wife Jaymie are avid sports fans; they enjoy playing football, soccer, and lacrosse with friends.
Jeffrey Gaudet, Architectural Designer
Jeffrey joined the studio in 2020, bringing a unique skillset that lays at the intersection of architecture, design, and client services. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from Tufts University (2011) and his Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute (2017). Before joining the team, Jeffrey worked as an Architecture and Design Associate focused on client relations.
Jeffrey is a true product of the city. He grew up in Boston, lived in New York City for several years, and spent a semester studying in Madrid. Jeffrey developed a passion for architecture and design through his intimate connection to these cities, and he continues to draw inspiration from urban environments.
Annaliese Bertell, Architectural Intern
Annaliese joined the studio in 2020 after finishing her Bachelors’s and Masters’s of Architecture at Roger Williams University. During her time in architecture school, she was heavily involved in mentoring students and served as an active member of the architecture community in Rhode Island, working at local firms throughout her education. A wide background of art and architectural history, landscape architecture, political science, and love of interior design, has helped shape Annaliese into the designer she is today and she is currently working toward her architecture license.
Growing up in rural Connecticut, she can be found helping out at her dad’s woodworking shop, peaking her interest in the design world from an early age. Her love of architecture was also inspired by traveling both in and out of the U.S. as a child while visiting family in Germany. Outside of work, Annaliese enjoys painting and enjoying nature with her two dogs Gus and Sophie while hiking or paddleboarding.
Royce Brown ARF, ARF
Rescued in 2012, Royce has been part of Julie and Chris’ family and the studio ever since. Royce can often be found at the studio napping in the sun, checking in on our projects, sitting in on meetings, and greeting our clients and collaborators with tail wagging.
Maddie Ruby Brown Junior ARF, ARF
Rescued as a pup in 2018, Maddie has brought her sweet, spirited self to the studio. Maddie is typically found under one of our desks supporting our progress or riling up Royce for a quick break during the day.