Donald Powers
Donald W. Powers, AIA, LEED AP, CNU
Founding Principal
Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Donald has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of architectural practice. His completed work includes urban and town planning, commercial and institutional buildings, affordable housing, historic restoration of landmark buildings and single-family residences. In recent years his work has concentrated on integrated, mixed-use planning and architectural design with the goal of creating truly diverse and vibrant places. A 13-year association with the Congress for the New Urbanism and frequent collaboration with some of the best firms in the country doing traditional urban design and architecture has honed an expertise in the technique and art of creating liveable communities and cherished places.

Before forming Union Studio in 2001, Donald worked with several internationally recognized architects and planners including Cooper Robertson + Partners of New York City. For seven years he worked as a lead designer with The Gund Partnership of Cambridge, Massachusetts, before relocating to his native Rhode Island and founding Union Studio.

Donald received his B.S. in Architecture from University of Virginia, where he was awarded the annual Design Prize, and his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is an active member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a founding board member of its New England Chapter, as well as a board member of Grow Smart Rhode Island. Donald regularly speaks at regional and national venues on the topic of restoring communities through best practices in neighborhood design, furthering his single-minded vision to save the world from sprawl. He holds professional architectural licenses in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York.

In 2012, Donald was inducted into BUILDER magazine’s Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence.

Adele Chang
Adele Chang, AIA
Lim Chang Rohling & Associates, Inc.

Adele Chang received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona in 1980 and is a licensed architect in the State of California. Prior to starting her own practice in 1989, she was an Associate Partner and senior project designer at the firm of McLarand Vasquez and Partners, where she was responsible for a wide variety of project types, ranging from high-rise commercial and residential complexes, to high-density housing and mixed-use projects. Her extensive design background is complemented by expertise in site planning and experience in working with various municipal agencies and neighborhood groups.

Under the leadership of Adele Chang, the firm of Lim Chang Rohling & Associates (LCRA) has grown in its success and reputation in the specialty of housing design. LCRA’s project experience includes high-density mixed-use urban in-fill projects, mid-density housing and live/work projects, and single-family projects from luxury homes for an international clientele to low-income housing and university campus faculty/staff housing. LCRA’s projects are located in many states in America as well as in countries such as Dubai, Egypt, China and India.

Adele Chang is a member of the American Institute of Architects. She has served as a member of the Design Review Board of the City of San Marino. She has also served as a judge for various national and regional design awards, and has been featured as a speaker on housing design at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, the Building Industry Show, and other building industry conferences and workshops. Her work and that of LCRA is recognized for its excellence by the building industry with numerous awards and in various publications. Adele Chang is the recipient of the 2013 William S. Marvin Hall of Fame Award for Design Excellence.

Stephen Muse
Stephen Muse, FAIA
Senior Principal
Muse Architects

Stephen Muse received a Bachelor of Architecture with High Honors from the University of Maryland and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University, where he was a graduate fellow in Professor Colin Rowe’s urban design studio. Prior to establishing his private practice, Stephen practiced in the office of Hartman-Cox Architects in Washington, DC. He has also been a design faculty member of the Departments of Architecture at the University of Maryland, Cornell University and Harvard University, and has been a member of the Washington Chapter/AIA Board of Directors and the Washington Architectural Foundation Board of Directors. He is presently a member of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, Georgetown Historic District Board, where he is serving his fourth term. In 1996, in recognition of his "notable design contributions to the profession of architecture," Stephen was elevated to fellowship in the American Institute of Architects. In 2005, he was selected as Alum of the Year by the University of Maryland, as a result of “his involvement in bridging education and the profession.” In 2008 Stephen was inducted into Builder magazine’s William S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence for his “invaluable contributions to residential design.”

Muse Architects, established in 1983, is an office with extensive experience in residential, institutional, urban design and interior design projects, as well as expertise in sustainable design for all project types. As an office of fifteen people, and with established relationships with all related engineering consultants, Muse Architects provides full services for various scales of architectural commissions. The work of Muse Architects has received more than one hundred and fifty design awards, including those from the National, Washington, Maryland, Baltimore, Potomac Valley, and Northern Virginia Chapters of the AIA, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Masonry Institute. In 2007 Muse Architects received the Top Firm National Award from Residential Architect magazine “for an outstanding contribution to residential architectural practice.” In 2010 the firm was named by Residential Architect magazine as a Top 50 National Firm for “seamlessly extending the visual vocabulary of existing houses and neighborhoods to make statements of contemporary relevance.” The work of Muse Architects has also been reviewed in more than two hundred architectural books and periodicals, including Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, and The American Home, Design for Living.


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