"DESIGN SHOULD CENTER AROUND THE USER AND BE EVER MINDFUL OF ITS CONTEXT. IT IS THE CREATIVE INTERPLAY BETWEEN CLIENT, ARCHITECT, AND ENVIRONMENT THAT CREATES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GOOD ARCHITECTURE."
- BILL PETERSON
Derby Square Architects Inc. provides personalized design services for each project. With our design philosophy, we focus on the client and not ourselves. We take the time to learn about our clients and perform thorough research for each project to ensure we offer nothing but thoughtful and effective design proposals built on a foundation of the client’s expectations and the characteristics of the end user and project site. Our core values as a firm include a healthy balance of home and work life, perpetual self improvement, and mutually beneficial and financially practical business relationships.
With over 30 years of experience as an architect, Richard co-founded Derby Square Architects, a consortium of architects in Downtown Salem. Richard originally established Richard Griffin Architects in 1998 in Salem, where he began offering architectural design services for local residents and small businesses. Richard earned a M. Arch., at Clemson University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic. He also studied at Washington University, St. Louis and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Bill attained his B. Arch degree from the Boston Architectural College. In his 20 plus years of experience he has designed multi-family housing, public safety facilities, town halls, various civic buildings, and historic preservation projects. He has also been part of commercial mixed use, retail, and restaurant developments.
Bill is a comissioned officer, Captain, in the 102d Civil Engineer Sqaudron in the Massachusetts Air National Guard working on engineering, planning, and design of base facilities.
Nathan is an experienced designer and project manager who brings a dynamic skillset to the firm. Nathan previously worked for our predessor firm, Richard Griffin Architect and later to for STA Design before returning to work with us at DSA. Nathan earned his undergraduate and graduate M. Arch degree at Roger Williams University.
Associate, Project Manager
ALEXANDRA KONTSEVAIA PETERSON
Interior Designer, Project Manager
Ksana earned a B. Arch from the Boston Architectural College where she began to build her architectural skill set. Over the last 10 years she has worked in a variety of settings from retail design to urban planning to comprehensive design research. With each project she offers a healthy dose of optimism supported by rigorous research and planning. Ksana has travelled extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Eastern Asia, where she soaks up all architecture, design, and culture there is available to her.
Ksana fluently speaks Russian & Czech as well as English.
Ava, a recent graduate with a BFA in Interior Architecture from Endicott College, brings her passion for art and a keen eye for design to our North Shore team. With a background in drawing and painting since childhood, Ava is driven by a desire to create spaces that positively influence mood and health. Her expertise extends to material selection and crafting designs in Revit, where witnessing projects come to life is especially gratifying.
KARLA NIETZSCH TINKJIAN
Karla is an experienced and thoughtful designer and drafter and top producer at DSA. Karla previously worked for one of the firm’s predecesors, Richard Griffin Architects, from 2013 to 2016, after working at a variety of design firms in both the Boston area as well as Minas Gerais, Brazil where she was raised and educated in architecture. Karla has her construction supervisors license in Massachusetts and is a LEED Accrediated Professional.
Karla fluenty speaks Brazlian Portuguese as well as English.
LEED AP, CS
Matthew is a native New Englander who briefly became a Chicagoan before returning to the Northshore of Boston. He Holds a B.Arch / Digital Design Specialization from Illinois Institute of Technology. He worked previously at Holabird & Root doing Academic, Commercial and Chicago Housing Authority work. Matthew has additional experience as a development consultant, estimator and fabricator.