MICHAEL TARTAMELLA AIA
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.
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.
MATTHEW BLUMENTHAL AIA
Matthew Blumenthal was born and raised in central Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There he was introduced to the historic Mid-Atlantic architecture that still inspires and intrigues visitors today. He holds a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami where he studied urban planning, historic preservation, and vernacular architecture. Prior to joining the firm, Matthew worked at Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City where he collaborated on multiple project types including; luxury single family, mid and high-rise residential, mixed-use commercial, hotel and resorts, and educational faculties. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Boston Society of Architects, is a LEED Green Associate, and holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Board Certification. Matthew lives in Beacon Hill with his wife and son.
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.
Originally from Grosse Pointe, MI, Kristin Connell joined Patrick Ahearn in 2018 after working as an interior designer in Boston for almost 10 years. Kristin studied Interior Design at the Boston Architectural College and received her Master of Interior Architecture at the New England School of Art and Design. While at NESAD, she concentrated her studies on historic preservation and adaptive reuse.
PETER FLETCHER AIA
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. 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. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Boston Society of Architects, and holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Board Certification. Peter is a true New Englander with close family connections to Martha’s Vineyard dating back the 1890s.
EDWARD GAFFNEY Assoc. AIA
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, or skiing.
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 Assoc. AIA
Colby Mauke grew up in Connecticut and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Studio Art from Hobart College in New York and a Master of Architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College. Also committed to advancing his career, he is currently studying for his architecture license. 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 MONTEAssoc. AIA
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.
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.
GARRICK POTZAssoc. AIA
Garrick Potz grew up in Harvard, Massachusetts where he developed an appreciation for traditional and historic New England and Shaker architecture at an early age in life. He pursued his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and graduated with honors. Prior to joining Patrick Ahearn Architect, he has been involved in a variety of projects including high-end residential homes, municipal, museums, educational, retail and religious institutions – many of which involved the preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of historically significant buildings and structures. Throughout his career, he has developed a strong interest in historic building preservation and period architecture as well as seamlessly incorporating modern comforts and conveniences. Garrick lives nearby in Watertown, MA and is currently updating his family home with his wife and two children.
Raised in Tennessee, Ben’s appreciation for vernacular and traditional architecture began early and was further developed during summers visiting Seaside, Florida – where he also became fascinated with urban design. This love of architecture and urbanism, and the understanding that the two must be considered together, led him to study at the University of Miami and work with the founders of the New Urbanist movement. Prior to joining Patrick Ahearn in 2019, Ben worked with top-tier firms in Miami and New York, where he gained a broad range of experience in residential, resort, mixed-use, and institutional projects around the world. A member of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects, he is currently licensed in Massachusetts and Florida. Ben lives in Beacon Hill with his husband and is the proud owner of a stuffed peacock named Harrie T. Lindeberg.
Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Isabela holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Alfonso X el Sabio University and a Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Her architectural thesis demonstrated how new developments in existing urban centers should work empathically into the sense of place. Prior to joining Patrick Ahearn Architect in 2019, Isabela worked for residential firms in both Cambridge and Chicago where she gained experience in renovating and designing high-end residential and retail projects in both urban and suburban setting, as well as several restaurants. Outside of the office, Isabela enjoys spending her free time volunteering and visiting her family and friends back in Madrid.
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.