BUILT ON TRUST. BUILT FOR LIFE

Promises made.
Promises kept.

We attribute our ongoing success to the trust our clients place in us every day.

We are a team of fully devoted design entrepreneurs fusing our skills, talents, hearts, and souls each day to create spaces that solve our clients’ problems, elevate their options for new opportunities, and dramatically improve how they work, live, and play.

QA+M: 12 Promises

The first thing we do – before we envision an opportunity or a client space – is build trust. Long-term relationships are the foundation and lifeblood of our strength and growth, and our primary motivation to forever build great and lasting spaces.

The intention of our design is to create a physical space that reflects and activates each client’s unique purpose. That’s why we invite our clients to be part of our collaborative team. Together we dig deep to understand the project’s priorities, focus on every request and detail, and work side-by-side to ensure all the objectives are met.

Simply stated, our ultimate goal is to make our clients happy. Though we take great pride in being recognized with awards, the true metric of our success is the quality of what we produce for our clients. When their spaces work, our clients win. And when they win, so do we. That is what we live and work for. Every day.

Leadership

How to sum up our leadership team? Highly experienced and knowledgeable. Unconditionally devoted to their clients and team. Driven to build relationships based on meticulous service and trust. Perpetually passionate about creating architecture that brings out the best of life.

David Quisenberry

David Quisenberry

Principal

Thomas Arcari

Thomas Arcari

Principal

Am'r Rusty Malik

Am'r Rusty Malik

Principal

James D. Bell

James D. Bell

Principal

David C. Symonds, Jr.

David C. Symonds, Jr.

Principal

Team

Who makes things happen at QA+M? This incredible action team, that’s who! An ensemble of diverse innovators, entrepreneurs, implementers and more. Proud. Confidant. Driven. This professional team welcomes any challenge, makes even the most difficult feats look easy, and cares deeply about every single detail, and client.

Joshua Arthur

I enjoy how each project is it’s own puzzle to solve. Every day is something new and the profession is constantly evolving. What we do 10 years from now will be quite different than what we are doing today.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
American Institute of Architects

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Residential, Corporate office, Commercial

860 470 5045
jarthur@qamarch.com

Joshua Arthur

Architect

Erin Benken

The parts I love most about working in architecture is helping to create better spaces for people to live in and work in, and watching the transformation from drawings on paper into functional, occupiable spaces.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
American Institute of Architects

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Affordable Housing, Educational, Municipal

860 470 5037
ebenken@qamarch.com

Erin Benken

Architect

Jason Bouchard

The flexibility of working on different buildings and their designs. I enjoy seeing a building complete that I worked on.

AREA OF SPECIALTY
CAD Drafting

860 677 4594 X24

Jason Bouchard

Draftsperson

Angela D. Cahill

I want clients to not only be thrilled with the completed building project, but enjoy the entire process start to finish.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
AIA, NCARB, NOMA, LEED AP

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Many project types and firm leadership

860 677 4594 x14
Direct 860 470 5018
acahill@qamarch.com

Angela D. Cahill

Associate Principal

Carrie Cameron

Carrie Cameron
Director of Finance

Carson Collier

What I love most about practicing architecture is the consistent act of creation. The process of visualizing and creating space from 2D geometry, and extruding that into a 3D environment in which people will interact with for generations is very fulfilling. Each project has its own unique set of challenges and constraints that we as designers need to process and provide appropriate solutions to, which makes every project different. So although a school may have similar program elements, project specific constraints help to distinguish each project from each other.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
American Institute of Architects

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Education K-12

860 677 4594  x36
ccollier@qamarch.com

Carson Collier

Architect

Douglas Combs

I enjoy resolving issues with good design and good construction details with the client’s best interest in the solutions. It is very satisfying to see the smiles on the faces of each member of the team at the completion of the project.

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Construction Documents, Design, Administration, Specifications

860 470 5024 x20
dcombs@qamarch.com

Douglas Combs

Architect

Kris Dargenio

I enjoy all the smart, creative energy that makes life better for others every day!

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Marketing, Graphic Design, Event Planning

860 470 5033
kdargenio@qamarch.com

Kris Dargenio

Director of Marketing

Jason Davis

The best part of my career is helping my clients turn their visions of their future spaces into a reality and guide them through the process.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
AIA, LEED AP BD+C

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Commercial, Industrial

860 470 5044 Direct
jdavis@qamarch.com

Jason Davis

Associate Principal

Dinea Frasca

Every day, and every project is different, never a dull moment and never dull people along the way. Forty years from now the definition of architecture could be completely different and that’s what’s so intriguing about the architectural world. There are so many creative opportunities, and it is such a collaborative field.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Housing, Civic/Community/Senior Centers

860 677 4594 x45
dfrasca@qamarch.com

Dinea Frasca

Architectural Designer

Carolina Hernandez

I enjoy the ability to create spaces that can positively affect people.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
Associate AIA

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Multifamily, Retail

860 470 5038
chernandez@qamarch.com

Carolina Hernandez

Architectural Designer

Aidan Kirby

Whether it is realized or not, spaces significantly affect someone’s overall wellbeing. I love knowing that I am helping create a more functional, and aesthetically pleasing environment for the end user to enjoy. We all deserve to feel good about the places we spend our time.

860 470 5041
akirby@qamarch.com

Aidan Kirby
Interior Designer

Michael Lane

I love the ability to constantly evolve and develop your designs. Our world is ever changing and our designs need to be too. This evolving translates into a very dynamic fun work day.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
AIA, LEED Green Associate

AREA OF SPECIALTY
K-12 Education

860 470 5030
mlane@qamarch.com

Michael Lane

Associate

Jason Levy

I love that architecture blends science and technology with creativity and art. Seeing a project from early pencil sketches through to brick and mortar is thrilling to me. Also, getting to work with various local organizations is always rewarding. No two projects are the same and that keeps things interesting too!

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
Associate AIA

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Education, Commercial, Higher Ed, Banking, Aviation

860 470 5039
jlevy@qamarch.com

Jason Levy

Architectural Designer

Julie Maloney

There are many things I love about architecture but the one that stands out the most is architecture’s ability to shape the built environment. As a team we design and develop drawings that envelop our vision for the building. Seeing those 2-dimensional drawings and design choices realized and seeing how the impact the space people inhabit is why I love architecture.

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Housing, Municipal, Education

860 470 5047 
jmaloney@qamarch.com

Julie Maloney

Architectural Designer

Damaris Martinez

Working in architecture has awarded me a wide range of skill sets; math, physics, art and design, business and psychology. It has helped me keep on top of multiple task, accept and act on feedback among other skills. Another great advantage is seeing the projects through beginning to end; planning, revising, and evaluating. Our work produces a significant, tangible product which contributes to job satisfaction. Confidence is also achieved when speaking in front of a group and you meet many people with the same interest as you. Lastly, the opportunity to be creative.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
Interior Designer

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Interior Design

860 470 5048
dmartinez@qamarch.com

Damaris Martinez

Interior Designer

Kenton McCoy

I love design in all its forms: architecture, gardening, interiors, cooking, but most specifically I love the way what I do impacts people’s lives.  Whether that is building community through revitalization of urban historic neighborhoods or creating an environment in which students may learn to their fullest capabilities.

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Historic Preservation, Education, Performing Arts

860 470 5021
kmccoy@qamarch.com

Kenton McCoy
Associate Principal

Yazir Mega

To contribute and to improve the build environment.

PROFFESSION DESIGNATION(S)
AIA, LEED AP

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Multi-discipline

860 470 5019
ymega@qamarch.com

Yazir Mega
Project Architect

Kayla Murphy

The best part about working at an architectural firm is the hilariously creative individuals you get to see every day.

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Social Media

kmurphy@qamarch.com

Kayla Murphy

Marketing Coordinator

Chris O'Neill

What i love most about working in architecture is my ability to create a lasting impression on the built environment that starts with ideas on pen and paper. These ideas become homes for families, gathering spaces for the public & places that can be used for anything you can imagine.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
American Institute of Architects

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Multifamily Residential

860 470 5029
coneill@qamarch.com

Chris O’Neill

Associate

Brian Park

I really enjoy developing construction details because this is integral to how the design concept becomes reality.

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Housing and Community Centers

860 470 5023
bpark@qamarch.com

Brian Park

Architect

Rocco Petitto

The most gratifying part of this profession to me is the creation. I like the conception, the problem solving process, and the final fruition.

Some projects are more dynamic than others but the process should always be the same, the form should be determined by the function.

860 470 5031
rpetitto@qamarch.com

Rocco Petitto

Architect

Giovanna Picone

I’ve been fortunate to be involved in many types of projects, new construction, renovations and historic restorations. Most of my work in architecture is behind the scenes, documenting existing conditions, modeling, detailing and assembling construction documents. I love to bring the architect’s designs to life. I accept and embrace the challenges each project presents, I’m a problem solver, bring it on!

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Drawing Coordination & Details

860 470 5035
jpicone@qamarch.com

Giovanna Picone

Draftsperson

Erika Roberts

I love what I do for a living, every day I am appreciative that I was able to turn my love for art, architecture, drawing, and furniture into a career. The creative challenges we face on projects is what I enjoy most about my job, I am constantly problem solving. We are faced with unexpected challenges daily so my job is never mundane. Whether it’s space planning in a particularly difficult existing building or hunting down a product that’s an exact shade to match a logo. It’s very rewarding when all the parts and pieces come together and the space comes to life. I love that I get to use my creativity every day and design spaces that have a positive impact on the world around me.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
NCIDQ, IIDA

AREA OF SPECIALTY
I work on all types of projects

860 677 4594
Eroberts@qamarch.com

Erika Roberts

Interior Designer

Rebecca Sarkosi

I love the impact of creating interior environments which impact the occupant’s experience. From space planning and envisioning the transformation, through designing a space that exceeds the client’s goals, I love the opportunity to create functional and interesting spaces. It’s very rewarding to walk through a completed project to see your vision come to life.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
NCIDQ, IIDA, Registered Interior Designer in State of CT 

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Education, Housing, Corporate

860 677 4594 x18
860 470 5022 DIRECT

rsarkosi@qamarch.com

Rebecca Sarkosi

Associate Principal Director of Interior Design

Melissa Saucier

I enjoy the creativity and challenges that the architectural field provides. The impact of architecture is tangible and you can see the structures and how they serve the community right before your eyes.

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Healthcare

860 470 5051
msaucier@qamarch.com

Melissa Saucier

Architectural Designer

Andrew Tarpill

I love seeing projects I design whether is new construction or renovations to an existing building go from a concept to reality.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION(S)
American Institute of Architects

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Public Housing, Municipal, Educational, Recreation, Residential

860 677 4594 x13
860 470 5017 direct
atarpill@qamarch.com

Andrew Tarpill

Associate

Jack Tuohy

What I love about working in architecture is the ability to create physical structures from a simple sketch. The development of a concept, that may just be a few lines on paper, can lead to buildings large and small. I love the fact I have a real impact to shape buildings that will be enjoyed by countless people in our community.

AREA OF SPECIALTY
Residential (Multi-Family & Affordable) / Commercial / Manufacturing

860 677 4594 direct
jtuohy@qamarch.com

Jack Tuohy

Architectural Designer

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Free your passion and imagination and be the designer you want to be. No other firm offers as many opportunities to develop your own style, and make your own mark.

Services

Remaining current is imperative for our firm. That’s why we continually keep up-to-date on evolving trends and technology, and have embraced Building Information Modeling (BIM) as well as 3D Printing and Virtual Reality.

In addition to making the process of all our new design projects more effective and efficient, these tools allow our clients and building partners to better understand and collaborate in the development of these designs and projects.

SERVICE LIST

Full Architectural Services

Pre-Design Feasibility and Planning

Interior Design

Budget Development + Cost Estimating

Existing Conditions Assessments

Historic Preservation

Space Programming + Planning

Roof Replacements / Capital Improvements

ADA + Code Upgrades

Renovations + Facility Upgrades

Sustainable Design

Project Marketing Support + Branding

Awards

We appreciate being recognized for good work, and most of all being given the opportunity by great clients to produce it.

AWARDS LIST

FORAN TOWERS
2019 NAHRO Merit Award 

QA+M ARCHITECTURE
2019 SMPS CT Marketing Communication Award

RIDGE ROAD DEVELOPMENT
2018 Special Recognition Award
Wethersfield Economic Development + Improvement Commission

GAFFNEY STREET PROJECT
2018 Connecticut AIA Alice Washburn Award

WETHERSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
2017 American School & University Interior Design Award

ACADEMY OF AEROSPACE & ENGINEERING AT JOHN WALLACE MIDDLE SCHOOL
2017 American School & University Interior Design Award

WADSWORTH ATHENEUM
2016 Citation Award for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse

GROTON COMMUNITY CENTER
2011 CBC Project Team Awards 

TRINITY COLLEGE LONG WALK
2009 Connecticut AIA Design Award

OLD STATE HOUSE RESTORATION
2009 Connecticut AIA Special Achievement Award

QA+M Architecture is a full-service architectural firm that provides programming, planning and interior design for clients in Commercial, community, education, healthcare, historical, housing, and recreational/athletic markets. Staffed by 35 dedicated professionals, including 15 licensed architects, the firm has grown into one of the 10 largest architectural firms in Connecticut.

 

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