TEAM

We are unique people that choose to come together.

As the symphony is composed of talented musicians, delicious food is the artful mixing of ingredients, sums are comprised of their parts, we come together to make great experiences.

Photos by Bryce Vickmark at http://vickmark.com

Scott Wilson, AIA

Founder | Director | Architect
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I love designing from a bird’s eye view, and then diving deep into the weeds-working out every nuanced detail. Do it over and over again and the results are truly satisfying on every level. Make these back and forth trips with your clients, and the wide and close-in perspective gets even better. Without such an approach, we designers shall surely miss great opportunity to create timeless experiences.

Scott is a founding partner of Wilson Butler Architects, with a 40 year career focused on the planning and design of award-winning performing arts and entertainment facilities. Clients and users alike respect his ability to lead the architectural planning and design process while connecting all the dots. In WBA’s beginning, Scott, with his partner Scott Butler, developed a unique array of visual tools that allow clients to actively engage in the design process. Scott’s depth of experience includes “out of the box” approaches to stretch existing conditions, coordinate building systems and maximize construction value with thoughtful, smart, creative, often clever and efficient planning and design. With Scott as design leader, no option gets overlooked, no detail forgotten.

As champion of the WBA-brand of “hands-on collaboration”, Scott mentors our growing design staff- infusing their state of the art digital skills with a proven design approach that continues to succeed. Scott has wide-ranging experience in urban design, community realm design, and land-use that integrates performing arts and entertainment into all aspects of a campus and or community plan.

Scott is a registered architect in several states and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. Scott is a self-taught, yet accomplished woodworker. On a Casco Bay (Maine) island, he spends his leisure weekends, woodworking, messing about in boats, and endlessly tinkering with “the cottage” (a 7 year work in progress). He shares this island retreat and their “city home” in Boston with his wife, Celeste, their four grown children and four grandchildren.

Scott Butler, AIA

Founder | Director | Architect
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Whether accentuating connections to the sea for cruise-ship guests, or the talents of performing artists for patrons, by creating intimate theater spaces, my goal is to create a setting that will stir imaginations, leave lasting memories, and enrich our lives.

Scott is a founding partner, hence the “Butler” of Wilson Butler Architects. He and co-founder Scott Wilson have worked together for more than 25 years designing for arts, entertainment, and higher education. The firm’s many highly successful projects are the result of the innovative and collaborative style that he and Scott Wilson have developed together.

Scott’s creativity and focus defines and refines each of WBA’s projects. Scott brings an inventive approach and well-developed problem-solving skills to each project WBA undertakes. He is a steady rudder to the firm, providing insightful leadership and design direction while promoting an inclusive environment where opinions are encouraged and the next generation’s leaders are empowered to move our team forward.

Scott’s award-winning work includes Celebrity Solstice Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, with The Lawn Club boasting the first real lawn at sea; The Huizenza Pavillion at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft Lauderdale, FL; the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford, CT; Richmond CenterStage, Richmond, VA; and the Center for the Arts at Towson University, Maryland. He is a member of the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP), the Boston Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Master of Architecture degree, he received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Scott is an avid sailor, lives with his wife and 4 children (by the sea), and commutes to work by ferry, thus demonstrating his strong belief that a life lived on land and sea provides the ideal balance.

Tom Hains, AIA

Director | Architect
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Whether it be the revitalization of a near century old performing arts center, a high-tech entertainment venue on a ship or a classroom setting for arts education, it brings great satisfaction knowing that the spaces we create will enrich people’s lives and leave lasting memories of their experiences.

Prior to the formation of Wilson Butler Architects, Tom was honing his skills as a young architect alongside founding partners Scott Wilson and Scott Butler. When the opportunity came to join a “startup” firm he jumped at the chance. Tom’s career has since grown over the nearly 20 year span, first becoming an Associate and now a Director at WBA.

During his early years with the firm, Tom was a key team member with the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises projects. He was actively involved in the development of Studio B, an onboard ice skating venue and signature space for the Royal Caribbean brand. As a Project Architect for the past decade, Tom has worked on the Calderwood Pavilion, Celebrity Solstice, Boston University College of Fine Arts and most recently the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Tom shows an attention to detail and project management skills that makes him a key leader of our office as well as a go-to, trusted resource for our clients. Tom received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Boston Architectural College. He enjoys tinkering in his basement wood shop, seeing live music and spending time outdoors hiking, biking, snowboarding or just whiling away summer days on North Shore beaches with his family. He is also a fervent New England Patriots fan.

Paul Vaivoda, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB

Senior Associate | Architect
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On campus, in the audience or onboard: it’s memorable spaces and people that enrich our lives.

Paul provides a new point of view for the firm. A recent transplant from upstate New York, he brings extensive experience and a lengthy portfolio of academic work to our team. The combination of his student life experience and WBA’s solid foundation in arts and entertainment is the perfect formula to broaden our expertise in the higher education market. In addition to leading our higher education/student life business development efforts, Paul is active in project design and leadership. Paul holds a Masters of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, and is a registered architect in MA, NY, and PA.

Paul may come across as unassuming, but do not let it fool you, he is a man full of surprises. Born with a passion for travel and music, he was a roadie traveling with the band in a past life. He has been across the globe and through the woods, traveling for weeks in South America, South Africa, and Europe (Asia is next), and the outdoors for hiking, skiing, canoeing, and fly-fishing with family and friends. As a former interior trim carpenter, he has an appreciation for the craft of the details and for the trades people who execute his designs.

Chris Dynia, AIA

Senior Associate | Architect
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Garbage in – Garbage out.

Attention to detail, setting the bar and establishing standards are important in any profession and are essential in architecture. Chris’ eye for detail and his pride in perfection sets Wilson Butler’s design apart from the rest and cements our reputation among clients, contractors and consultants. Chris has perfected his craft with us, executing drawing packages and managing construction administration.

As a Project Architect, Chris recently oversaw completion of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, a ship of firsts that features sky diving at sea and a jewel capsule that extends over the ocean. Chris’ organizational skills come in handy as he also manages our ongoing local work at the Wang and the Strand Theaters. A graduate of the Roger Williams University Architecture program, Chris started with us 1999. After a brief sojourn in Pennsylvania, he is back in the New England fold. Chris is a registered architect in both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and a member of the American Institute of Architects and Boston Society for Architects. An avid brew master, his attention to detail and standards helps his hops and barley create the perfect mash. Chris resides in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter, He likes to work on the slow restoration of their 1880’s house on the weekends, with beer in hand of course.

Robert Levash, AIA

Senior Associate | Architect
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Creativity is intelligence having fun – Albert Einstein

Rob thrives in delivering “first of a kind” experiences to our clients. As a Project Manager and Project Architect for over 10 years, he is committed to bringing innovative design ideas into reality. Rob works directly with our clients, manages design, construction administration, and detailing. He is an active leader in the office, mentoring and promoting junior staff, recruiting staff far and wide, and molding the next WBA generation. He even led this new website initiative – doesn’t it look great?

For our clients, he always goes the extra mile, delivering on promises with a fresh eye. A registered architect in both Illinois and Massachusetts, Rob is an active member of both the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects. Rob, a native of LaGrangeville, New York, completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Northeastern University where he completed his Master of Architecture degree. Residing in Boston since 1998, Rob is a diehard Patriots & Bruins fan.

Ben Marcionek, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate I Project Manager
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You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

Ben joined the team in 2006 and right away began working on several of the firm’s major performing arts and cruise ship projects. Ben wears an assortment of hats and employs multiple tools on a project; from early programming and conceptual design exercises to management of subconsultants, sustainable design, and coordination of construction. Ben is able to create smart design solutions in response to challenges that may seem impossible to others. When combined with his unflappable, “can do, get it done attitude,” this trait makes him the ideal project leader and client collaborator.

An avid softball player and team captain of our bowling team, Ben has boundless energy and cat-herding skills. Consultants and co-workers wave their hands to be picked for his team, on and off the field. As a graduate of UMASS Amherst with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architectural Design, Ben is ingrained with an attention to detail, a strong work ethic, and enthusiasm that he brings to every project.

Rebecca Emanuel, NCIDQ, LEED AP, IIDA

Senior Associate | Interior Designer
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From the way we work in our studio to the final project outcomes, I always enjoy how our entire process is extremely holistic.

As she began her second semester as a biology major, Rebecca realized something was not right—too much organic chemistry, not enough creativity! After trying to “stick it out,” she made the move to study what she really loved. The perfect balance of creativity and problem solving was found at the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Interior Design.

Fast forward to today where Rebecca has completed the design for award winning interiors, one-of-kind, groundbreaking cruise ship experiences for the Celebrity Solstice Class and TUI Mein Schiff series, and intricately detailed historic theater restorations, including the recently completed Altria Theater. As the lead interior designer at Wilson Butler, clients rely on Rebecca for her thoughtful, researched design decisions and carefully crafted and holistic environments that both seamlessly respond to the space while wowing the user.

Rebecca’s world beyond WBA projects revolves around her fiancé and her beloved beagle-lab mix. Enjoying hands-on work, they tackle house project after house project. She punctuates projects with occasional beer-brewing, wine-making, attending Bruins games, being a foodie, and going for long walks with the dog.

Alastair Battson

Senior Associate I Lead Modeler
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I feel like I am part of what makes Wilson Butler what it is today. From personality to conviction.

All firms need someone like Alastair, but we are the lucky ones, as he is one of a kind. He is a “Jack of All Trades,” a wiz with computers that can “Frankenstein” one with the best of them, he is a brilliant photographer, our often called upon “plotter-whisper,” and has an innate knowledge of how everything functions. Even if he doesn’t know how it works, he’ll still “get it sorted.”

However, his actual day job is fundamental to our design process, our success and our ability to communicate with our clients. Alastair is the lead behind all the physical models developed by the firm. Real models help everyone on the team, but especially help our clients understand the physical space and our proposed designs as they evolve. The model creates the tangible 3-D platform for a successful and collaborative design dialogue to occur. We consider Alastair and physical model making as one of the vital cogs in the time tested machine that is WBA. With a degree in Model Design from the University of Hertfordshire, in England, – may we say he is “built,” for this gig?

Peter Cameron, AIA, LEED AP

Associate | Architect
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You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. - Dr. Seuss

After taking a brief hiatus (to re-evaluate life with little ones), Pete has rejoined the Wilson Butler team quickly integrating himself as both a creative and technical leader. Pete thrives in a collaborative environment and takes pride in our projects at all phases of design. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience producing highly coordinated documents and with extensive experience in construction administration, Pete brings a well-rounded approach and fresh perspective to anything he touches.

After graduating from Roger Williams University in 1996, Pete has accumulated a variety of experience in numerous building sectors both here in New England and in California where here spent many years honing his skills. Pete is a registered architect in Massachusetts and a member of the American Institute of Architects and Boston Society of Architects. He currently lives in Danvers with his wife and two young boys. When he finds “time”, Pete enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, traveling, and exploring the many nooks and crannies of the New England coast and beyond.

Doreen Dubé

Senior Associate | Financial Manager
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Architecture is inhabited sculpture – Constantin Brancusi

Only an artist can appreciate the finery of numbers, and we are lucky to have that most impossible-to-find mix. Doreen came to us in 1999, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Massachusetts College of Arts and a mind for numbers and detail. Who better to manage the finances of an architectural firm?

As a longtime Boston resident, Doreen knows the ins and outs of our city as well as our beloved local projects. Doreen appreciates what brings zest to and meaning to life – art, food, travel, friends and family. With a signature laugh and a matching quick wit that is hard to emulate, but easy to admire, she is a spark that ignites the office. What other firm can say that about their Financial Manager?

Gillian Cable-Murphy

Senior Associate | Administration Manager | PHR
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The present is a gift often overlooked.

Gill joined WBA almost a decade ago, starting with accounting and later taking on human resources, benefits, and physical plant. A Gill-of-all-trades, she keeps us functioning at the highest standard, allowing us to focus on our clients by supporting our staff’s needs with style and grace. It is clear why she was made an Associate, she is the foundation upon which we flourish. Gill provides a “calming voice of reason,” often presenting the balanced alternative point of view that helps us see the issues, challenges, and solutions from another angle. Time with her family as well as time at the gym taking classes (such as spinning, tabata, and weights) helps her achieve this balance.

Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University Extension School taught Gill, among other things, how to balance multiple schedules and deadlines, something very useful around our office. It also showed her the path to wonderful literature, a pastime still very much enjoyed. Though on the recommendation of a friend, she’ll read just about anything, literature or pulp.

Steven Caruso

Marketing Director
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Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

Steven has nine years of experience in marketing, and communications within the fields of architecture, finance and real estate development. In this new role, he will be responsible for executing the firm’s marketing, communications, and social media platforms, as well as serve as the firm’s media contact. He will work closely with the firm’s directors and associates in marketing, strategic planning, client relationship management, and project pursuits for the firm.

Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from the University of California, San Diego.

Paul Demosthenes, AIA

"Hey, there goes Edna with a saxophone!"
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Joshua Stiling, AIA

Associate | Architect
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“What is this? A center for ants?!”

Working in a fast-paced profession requires a level of energy to go with the job. Josh brings design sense and a certain focus to the team in order to combat the toughest project schedules. Josh’s ability to clearly communicate ideas and the design process to clients, consultants, and fellow staff members has been vital to some of Wilson Butler Architect’s most complex projects. Josh also has an eye for presentation, and his abilities in technical and graphic programs bring our client’s dreams and visions to reality.

Josh joined the team in 2012 as a graduate from Roger Williams University with a Masters in Architecture. At Wilson Butler, Josh takes time off from big mountain skiing out west in Colorado, Utah, and British Columbia in order to lay the ground work on recent works such as the Auburn University Performing Arts Center, Celebrity Edge, and the Altria Theater. Josh is a registered architect in the state of Massachusetts, and a member of the American Institute of Architects and Boston Society of Architects. When ski is life, but the snow isn’t falling, you’ll find Josh out on his motorcycle somewhere in New England, thinking about his next big design idea.

Kelly McFerran, NCIDQ, IIDA

Associate | Interior Design
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“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

Kelly joined the Wilson Butler Architects team in 2008. Her background as a professional ballerina and passion for performing and fine arts makes her a perfect fit for WBA as she has a more in-depth understanding of clients’ needs. She uses this understanding to create spaces that serve her clients functionally and provide beautiful backdrops for the arts.

Kelly has strong creative abilities that bring conceptual thinking and inspired solutions to her projects. From the beginnings of an idea through completion of a project, her thoughtful concepts tie all aspects of her projects together fluently. To the delight of Wilson Butler’s clients, Kelly brings a design aesthetic that is modern and refreshing.

In addition, Kelly is very thorough and organized, communicating ideas through extensive research and well-composed presentations. Some of her recent projects include Auburn University Performing Arts Center, Boston University College of Fine Arts, and the award-winning Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Frank Giorlando, AIA, LEED AP

Associate | Architect
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“Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas atque metus omnis et inexorabile fatum subiecit pedibus."

Frank has over 20 years of experience as an architect and designer in the design of a wide variety of projects types including campus, urban, and regional master plans, residential developments, educational environments, commercial facilities, and performing arts centers. Frank utilizes his outstanding leadership and technical skills throughout all phases of project development, from programming and feasibility studies, through construction administration. He has experience leading integrated project teams to fulfill his client’s design goals and excels at developing projects that creatively and effectively integrate complex programs within sensitive contexts and create meaningful places through transformative design.

Frank is a registered architect in the state of Massachusetts and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He received his M.A. Architecture from The Ohio State University and his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Chris Giblin

"I like to play with architecture! It's my favorite game."
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Jon Carlson

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
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James Andaralo

"Stay hungry, stay foolish"
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Michael Ordway

"You know what this is? Winning!"
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Andrew Kotleski

"It's only when you're flying above it that you realize how incredible the Earth really is."
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Abbey Pleiss

"An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way."
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Lindsay Mehaylo

"When nothing goes right, just go left."
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David Orndorff

"The harder I work, the luckier I become."
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Leah Brave Solomon

"Anything you want to, do it. Wanna change the world? There's nothing to it."
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Josh McDonald

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both...I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."
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Rachael Blanchard

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
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