Jeff Dolan, co-founder and vice-president, brings a pragmatic approach to Period Architecture’s thoughtfully planned, well-appointed, comfortable living spaces. Jeff’s technical expertise is matched by his problem-solving capacity in both design and management. Vernacular architecture is a particular passion and Jeff’s appreciation of detailing, materials, and traditional construction techniques are evident in every Period Architecture project.
Project architect Brad Kline brings 30 years of experience – 12 at the helm of his own design/build firm – to his exacting and astute work at Period Architecture. Hailing from a family of builders, Brad was always fascinated by design and construction, and calls upon his broad expertise to fashion high-quality, thoughtfully-crafted homes. With a well-trained eye and vast knowledge of aesthetic and structural principles, Brad is able to envision and execute on every stage of a project, from drafting and design through building and finishing.
“I particularly enjoy collaborating with clients, which transitions into the integration of design, to the technical aspects of creating two-dimensional drawings, and ultimately transforming into three-dimensional architecture,” Brad says. From the technical to the artistic, Brad is motivated and inspired by the sheer diversity of activities and responsibilities he tackles on any given day and project. A Penn College graduate, Brad currently resides in Selinsgrove. Outside of architecture, his passions include hiking, camping, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family.
Ashton brings a comprehensive knowledge set to her role as Marketing Strategist. Growing up with impactful history teachers and as the daughter of a home builder in eastern North Carolina, she attended the University of South Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. After discovering her propensity for marketing while working for a boutique hotel in Charleston, SC, she sought to combine her passions for home design, history and business development, and moved to the DC area where she joined the marketing team at a high-end design build firm.
“Growing up with such high regard for architecture and the history that each place holds, I feel passionately about preserving the beauty and magnifying the possibilities of each space,” Ashton says. “Working with a company with the same respect for timeless architectural design makes my job incredibly rewarding.” When not at work, Ashton’s free time is spent renovating the 1950s home she and her husband, Joe, purchased in West Chester. She also enjoys traveling, walks with her rescue white lab, Goose, or reading at home with her cat Purdy.
AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate – Project Architect
Ben Eckhard became an architect for one simple reason: to design for homeowners. “I could design all the homes in the world. But if there weren’t clients to live in them, love them, and fill them with memories, my work wouldn’t mean anything to me,” he says. Now as a project architect for Period Architecture, Ben relishes the process of collaborating with homeowners and watching them light up over their finished home. His dedication to initially hand-drawing concept sketches and diving deeply into research at the beginning of the design process is what ultimately allows him to successfully deliver projects from start to finish.
With an interior designer for a mother, Ben’s summer job as a teenager was to creatively photograph her work so he was raised with an intuitive understanding of residential design. It was through the lens of his camera that Ben developed an abiding fascination for architecture. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Marywood University and his previous work has included involvement in award-winning projects. Ben lives in Doylestown and spends his free time playing with his kids, learning new languages, and discovering local coffee shops.
RA, NCARB – Project Architect
When project architect Michael Stonikinis approaches new projects, context and cohesion are his primary focus. He aims for aspects of his designs to connect with and reflect the area around them. “What fascinates me about vernacular architecture is that it is both highly dynamic, because it varies with the people and customs of each region, and wonderfully serene, because it is tied to the particular history of that region,” Michael says.
Growing up on construction sites alongside his father who was a contractor, Michael had an early interest in building design. This was further solidified during a trip to Rome when he visited St. Peter’s Basilica. As Michael watched the sunlight stream through the stained glass windows and reflect off the plumes of incense smoke, he knew he was destined for a career in architecture. Michael received his Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State University and now lives in Doylestown. He is currently dedicating all of his spare time to renovating his family’s 1950s Cape Cod.
In his role as project architect, Kyle Gresh focuses on seeing designs through from start to finish. With a keen eye for detail, Kyle shepherds the myriad pieces of complex plans to ensure they seamlessly come together to create memorable experiences and exquisite homes for Period Architecture clients. A natural relationship-builder, Kyle is able to unearth and articulate homeowner’s unique wants and needs to bring their dream home to fruition.
After graduating from Temple University, Kyle spent several years at firms in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas until joining the Period Architecture team in 2015. He draws much of his inspiration from his world travels. “Seeing how people live in such varied areas, in everything from straw huts to houses built hundreds of years ago, has affected how I view the vernacular architecture here in our country, and specifically here in Pennsylvania,” says Kyle. Kyle lives in Exton, where he can usually be found biking, running, hiking, kayaking, and otherwise enjoying the great outdoors with his beloved rescue dog, Ginger.
Michael Chady is the project architect behind many of the firm’s designs, from delicate, period-appropriate restorations to new builds suffused with a historic sense of time and place. Michael plays a fundamental role in creating Period Architecture’s stately and well-appointed homes, including budgeting, managing construction, creating detailed cabinetry drawings, and more. His impeccable sense of detail and sophistication, appreciation for the local vernacular, and passion for how architecture influences one’s lifestyle drives much of his work.
“One of the best parts of residential architecture is meeting with clients directly and learning things about them that they might not even know themselves,” Michael says. Michael’s childhood affinity for architecture led him to Drexel University, where he spent time studying French design and engineering in Paris. “It was like reading a history novel through architecture,” he recalls. Prior to joining the Period Architecture team, Michael honed his impressive repertoire of skills with projects in coastal New England and New York. An avid runner, Michael lives in King of Prussia, where he and his wife often spend their weekends hiking with their rescue Greyhound.
Project Architect Jamie Nester assists with architectural design and 3D modeling, with a focus on addition and renovation projects. Understanding how things go together is what makes Jamie tick; she relishes in analyzing and configuring the many details of space planning and construction to create design solutions that directly impact how people live. “Design affects the way people utilize their home and the feelings that are derived from that experience,” says Jamie. “I want to make an impact on people’s lives, starting with what touches them so closely at home.”
An avid student of the vernacular architecture of historic and period structures, Jamie is motivated by a desire to better understand how people lived and how homes have transformed over time to meet their needs. Jamie is a graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of Architecture. She currently lives in Montgomery County where she enjoys hiking and nature walks, reading, and baking.
William applies his discerning eye and technical mind to his role as Project Architect. Teachers and parents noticed his early aptitude for methodical drawing and inspired him to pursue architecture. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Art History he received his Master of Architecture both from Temple University, where he is currently an adjunct professor in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Recently, his master’s thesis on the adaptive reuse of a gothic revival church was published by the European Association for Architectural Education at their Architectural Research Centers Consortium in Valencia, Spain.
“I enjoy bringing designs to life through technology. Two-dimensional drawings can only tell a piece of the story, but a three-dimensional rendering allows for a thorough comprehension of the fabric of a home and how someone will experience the space,” says William. His keen perception helps streamline the design process and allows for modifications during each phase. Originally from Media, Pennsylvania, he currently resides in Center City Philadelphia. When not working, you can find William playing soccer, hiking, running, or building custom furniture for friends and family.
Andrea brings a unique set of skills and background to her role as Project Architect at Period Architecture. Her lifelong admiration of restoration and reuse projects led her to obtain her Master degree in Architecture and Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Preservation from Temple University. Past professional experience with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County gave her opportunities to research and nominate areas of historical and architectural importance, as well as realize the need for a balance between land use for building and conserving nature.
These experiences greatly benefit her in her current role, which requires the careful study and documentation of a home and property’s existing architectural details, history, and more. “Seeing the current state of the project scope allows us to think of the client’s needs and desired outcomes and understand how those needs can begin to be implemented,” Andrea says. “Surveying also lets us discover details in the home that make it feel unique, and allows the opportunity to carry those design elements into the project to make the existing spaces and new designs feel cohesive.”
Andrea lives in West Chester and enjoys traveling and experiencing new places, hiking in the Poconos, frisbee-golfing, and snowboarding. When she’s not working or partaking in her several hobbies, Andrea can be found cheering on her beloved Philadelphia sports teams.
Doug Mancuso is the steward of intricate details that give each Period Architecture design its inimitable style, quality, and tailor-made appeal. With 20 years of experience in bringing his meticulous style to high-end, traditional, residential architecture, Doug oversees the documentation of the firm’s projects and manages the production of larger designs. Inspired by history and its influence on modern aesthetics and processes, Doug honors traditional design elements by modifying them to work for today’s lifestyle.
“What we think is beautiful today is directly related to the capabilities, scales, and proportions that were established hundreds or thousands of years ago,” says Doug. “Our work allows us to be guided and informed by these principles, while interpreting them to function for 21st century living.” Throughout his career, Doug has been part of several award-winning, published, and industry-recognized projects. Sparked by a seventh grade mechanical drafting class, Doug’s architectural ambitions led him to Philadelphia University. A fervent car enthusiast, Doug lives in Park City, Utah, where he enjoys playing hockey, mountain biking, snowboarding, and hiking with his wife, Rachael, and his Vizsla.
The stunningly realistic 3D models created by intern architect Tyler Lambert help our clients visualize their future homes during the early stages of the design process. As a sharp, creative thinker, Tyler is constantly brainstorming how we can graphically apply and enhance our designs with our clients’ experiences with them. “What I love about residential architecture is that it is an intimate, ongoing, and ever-evolving experience with a space,” Tyler says. “It’s so rewarding to be part of a team that’s creating these unique experiences for homeowners.”
As a child, Tyler was always drawn to the personality and detailing of the old stone houses in his childhood town of Towanda, PA. So it didn’t take him long to realize that he wanted to be an architect. Tyler is now pursuing his Bachelor of Architecture at Drexel University and will graduate next year. When he’s not working, Tyler walks miles around Philadelphia, streams the latest shows on Netflix, and catches up with his close friends.
As an Intern Architect, Thomas brings a vibrant enthusiasm and creative energy to his work at Period Architecture. He focuses on generating presentation drawings or models that bring projects to life and ensure everyone is on the same page about even the smallest elements of a project. He also draws design details and building surveys for the Period Architecture team.
For as long as Thomas can remember, he’s had a drawing pencil in hand, and this fascination with drawing eventually transformed into an interest in building design. “I wanted to be part of creating something that would positively impact communities and improve how we inhabit the world around us,” he says. Thomas is currently in his third year at Drexel University and is working towards his Bachelor of Architecture. On the weekends, you can find Thomas engaging in a variety of activities including powerlifting, watching live music at The Fillmore, painting, and meandering through the vibrant city of Philadelphia where he lives.