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 an enthusiasm that he brings to every project.
Paul Vaivoda, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB
Principal | Architect
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. 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 the 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 tradespeople who execute his designs.
Rebecca Durante, NCIDQ, LEED AP, IIDA
Principal | Interior Designer
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 Altria Theater in Richmond, VA. As the senior interior designer at Wilson Butler Architects, 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 husband 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.
Robert Levash, AIA
Principal | Architect
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.
Tom Hains, AIA
Principal | Architect
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.
Before 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 Principal 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 on-board 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 make 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.