Core Team

MICHAEL TARTAMELLA AIA

Managing Principal
 
Michael Tartamella developed an interest in architecture at a young age watching his uncle design homes on the east end of Long Island; he knew then that he wanted to become an architect. A native of Maryland, Michael was introduced to New England by sailing up here during the summers and spending time on the Cape and Islands. Michael holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University and obtained his professional registration in 2008. Throughout his professional career, Michael has gained knowledge and expertise in a variety of project types working with architectural firms in New England, Long Island, and Washington DC. Since joining Patrick Ahearn Architect in 2005, Michael has excelled in providing outstanding design and project management on many of the firm’s most significant projects and he has demonstrated a profound aptitude and commitment to the firm’s unique approach to creating timeless architecture. He was promoted to the role of Senior Associate in 2013 and was elevated again to Managing Principal in 2018. His leadership, organization, creativity and attention to detail make him an integral part of the Patrick Ahearn Architect team. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Boston Society of Architects, and he holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Board certification. Outside of the firm, Michael donates his time to furthering the profession by serving on the board of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s New England Chapter. He resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

 

NANCY AHEARN

Director of Operations & Interior Designer
 
Following a similar path as her brother Patrick, Nancy Ahearn and has acquired over thirty years of interior design experience in residential design and hospitality. Twenty of those years, she has been an integral part of Patrick Ahearn Architect focusing on interior specifications and finishes including many of the 75 Restaurants in Boston. Today, Nancy also plays a key role in the firm’s infrastructure by managing the day-to-day activities in the office including billing, record keeping, human resources, and more. After a productive day at work, Nancy enjoys driving her white convertible with the top down and Millie’s ears flapping in the wind.

MICHAEL CAHN

Designer
 
Originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts, Michael Cahn graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. In addition to the core curriculum, Michael also focused on architecture visualization and urban planning, collaborating with companies such as Audi AG. Before joining Patrick Ahearn Architect in 2016, Michael gained valuable design experience on Cape Cod working for a residential firm in Orleans, Massachusetts. Currently, he is a resident in Brookline, however, he prefers his weekends in the summer sailing his antique Beetle Cat in Pleasant Bay, on Cape Cod.

PETER FLETCHER Assoc. AIA

Project Manager
 
Peter Fletcher grew up in Connecticut and earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology and a Master of Architecture at the Boston Architectural College. Committed to advancing his career, he is currently studying for his architecture license. Prior to joining Patrick Ahearn Architect in 2015, he worked for several architectural firms in Boston and a high-end millwork company in New Hampshire gaining him extensive detailing and construction experience. Peter is a true New Englander with close family connections to Martha’s Vineyard dating back the 1890s.

 

EDWARD GAFFNEY Assoc. AIA

Project Manager & IT Director
 
Originally from Connecticut, Edward Gaffney graduated from Assumption College, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and Chemistry. He received a Master of Architecture at the Boston Architectural College and is currently studying for his architecture license. Prior to joining Patrick Ahearn Architect in 2007, Eddie worked with several architectural firms and taught design at the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. With a background in computers, Edward also plays a key role as IT Director. When Eddie isn’t working, he is outdoors, hiking, fishing, skiing, or training for the Boston Marathon.

JAMES GOLDEN AIA

Associate
 
James graduated with honors from New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Building Design & Technology. He also holds his Master of Architecture from the Boston Architectural College that he completed while a visiting student at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Not only is James a licensed architect, but he is also a member of the Boston Society of Architects and NCARB certified from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, he gained experience working with an architecture firm in Rhode Island and a metal fabrication company in Massachusetts. James currently lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three dogs and they just welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their family.

FRANCESCA GORDINI

Project Manager
 
Born in Forli’, a city on the eastern coast of Italy between the Adriatic Sea and the Appennini mountains, Francesca was raised in a richly historic and architectural environment. Francesca grew up in Italy and moved to Boston after graduating from the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna with a Master in Architecture and Urban Studies within the “Aldo Rossi” Department. Prior to joining Patrick Ahearn Architect in 2017, Francesca gained experience working with architectural firms in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. In her free time, you can find Francesca flying on silks with her aerial dance team.

 

COLBY MAUKE

Designer
 
Colby Mauke grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Hobart College in New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Studio Art. He is currently working on obtaining his Master of Architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College with the goal to become a licensed architect soon after. Prior to joining Patrick Ahearn Architect in 2016, Colby gained valuable experience working with a construction company on Cape Cod and a high-end custom furniture company in New York. When Colby is out of the office, you can find him on the Cape golfing or out on the water reeling in the next record-breaking tuna.

CESAR MONTE Assoc. AIA

Project Manager
 
Cesar Monte’s interest in architecture began at a young age when he discovered his appreciation for classicism specifically within the Acropolis of Athens in Greece. Born in St. Miguel, Azores and raised in Southern New England, Cesar Monte graduated with honors from the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Building Design & Technology and Master of Architecture degree from the San Francisco Institute of Technology. Before joining Patrick Ahearn Architect in 2005, Cesar gained considerable technical experience over the last seventeen years of practice between building technology and design. With over twenty years of valuable experience as a project manager, he is currently studying for his architecture license, and on completion is planning to visit some of his favorite Architectural inspired sites including the Acropolis, and its famous Parthenon.

KATHERINE NOLAN

Director of Marketing
 
Born and raised on Cape Cod, Katherine Nolan ventured down South where she graduated with honors from Elon University in North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing, a Minor in Communications, and a Master in Interactive Media. Prior to joining Patrick Ahearn Architect in 2014, Katherine gained marketing and branding experience working with a Boat Yard and Yacht Dealership in the historic village of Padanaram, Massachusetts. Today, Katherine is responsible for the firm’s social media, advertising, branding, public relations, award presentations, web development, and more. Katherine also oversaw and managed the production and promotion of the firm’s book, Timeless, as well as the year-long book tour following the release.

 

MILLIE

Team Mascot
 
Once a tennis ball destroyer back in her “golden years,” Millie has now settled down for the office life with her human, Nancy. She brings great joy to our team and clients who visit. Her favorite snack is “bread” of any kind and her Achilles heel is a good back scratch.

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