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.
Michael Holmquist, AIA
Michael joined the firm in 2011 after receiving his Masters of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of technology in 2010. Mike brings a creative and energetic work ethic to the studio.
Michael grew up a resident of Cape Cod, enjoying the best of each season in the town of Barnstable. Michael is continually being inspired by the rich history of the New England homes around him, and enjoys the unique charm of every project he works on.
For fun Michael enjoys exploring the New England out doors hiking, camping, fishing and skiing with his wife Susanna.
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.
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.