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Richard Griffin's Team
Oliver Klein
Craig Herrmann
Consulting Architect


Office of Richard Griffin, Architect

I have worked with Richard for the past twenty years—what a quality collaborator and creator!

The Office of Richard Griffin provides both a great aesthetic sensitivity as well as a practical, hands on approach to building design. They historically advocate for the creation of a healthy work and living environment to promote higher productivity as well as comfortable surroundings with an emphasis on the value of natural light and air. In their recent efforts with Green Building, they have advanced the idea that providing environmentally responsible buildings can result not only in a better and more comfortable building but, even on the short term, saving money for all concerned.

They are a small group of professionals with diverse skill sets. Working with a trusted team of consulting engineers they produce results with the shared objectives of an architecture that is functional, aesthetically appealing, and truly reflective of the people for whom it is designed.

Clients include Gortons Inc., M-M Realty Trust, Hutchinson Medical, Family Medicine Associates of Middleton, Alden Merrill, Tektronix, and numerous discerning residential clients. Richard Griffin has developed a history of repeat business and dedicated clients; as Dr. Mark Allara commented:

Richard Griffin's professionalism, dedication and commitment are unparalleled. He listened attentively to our needs and exceeded our expectations in designing a state of the art, architecturally beautiful, 21st century medical center. Richard's easy going personality and knowledge made him a pleasure to work with and an indispensable member of our building team. I recommend him enthusiastically without reservation. -- Mark Allara, MD Family Medicine Associates, Middleton, MA

The Richard Griffin team includes:

Richard Griffin
I have worked with Richard for the past twenty years—what a quality collaborator and creator!

Richard Griffin AIA, founder, an architect with over 25 years of experience and an office that has been in business since 1998. As an undergraduate at College of the Atlantic, he was an early student of sustainable and energy efficient design, and, as a graduate student at Clemson University, he expanded his breadth both with studies overseas, and thesis work with the design of a government center for the North Carolina branch of the Cherokee nation. His early experience included work with HMFH Architects of Cambridge and long term employment for and continuing association with DFTA Architects in Hamilton, Massachusetts. Richard brings ideal "Multi-Use" architectural experience to the team with past involvement in building types that include Office Buildings, Medical Centers, Laboratories, Industrial Buildings, Multi Unit and Single Family Residential, Restaurants, Retail, and Service businesses.

Craig Herrmann

Craig is a Gloucester native.

Craig Herrmann has over 25 years of personal experience in design and construction. During his career, he has transferred his practical building experience in to an advanced skill level utilizing the most sophisticated technology in the industry today, "Building Information Modeling" (BIM).Craig has a strong ability to coordinate project disciplines while supervising a team from conceptual planning through to completion. Throughout his career, Craig has come to understand the importance of whole building design and how an integrated team approach incorporates all disciplines. Along with his extensive technical experience, he believes that professional integrity and the ability to communicate clearly with both clients and colleagues are essential to the longevity and long-term success of a project.

In addition to several years of work with Richard Griffin his past experience includes employment at Jacobs/Carter-Burgess and The MZO GROUP both in the capacity as a Project Coordinator and Designer. Over his career Craig’s major projects have included Master planning and conceptual design of a ten million square foot, mixed-use facility in Dubai, UAE; New Uno’s Chicago Grille prototype restaurants in Massachusetts and Florida; and a 55+ townhouse community with three distinct house options for 66 residences in 23 buildings on a 125 acre site.

Oliver Klein

Oliver, formerly of Cambridge Seven Associates, is a lifelong Manchester resident. I am pleased to have access to his sophisticated music and design talents."

Oliver Klein, Architect, brings a passion for sustainability and an eye for detail to his architectural design. He holds professional degrees from the Boston Architectural College (Master of Architecture) and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering). Oliver has worked as an architectural designer with Cambridge Seven Associates on a wide variety of commercial projects, including Kuwait School of Engineering, UMass Lowell Sciences Building, and the Liberty Hotel and House of Blues in Boston. He is equally experienced in residential design, both as an independent architect and at Ellsworth Associates in Cambridge where he designed high-end residential retrofits and additions. As a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional, he strives to design buildings that both delight the senses and respect the environment by careful use of the earth's resources. With an engineering background and in-depth knowledge of building science, Oliver has implemented cost-effective green strategies that emphasize comfort and energy efficiency.


Richard Graf

I have only just met Richard as relates to the proposed live/work component of BirdsEye. Hopefully we will all be able to benefit from Richard’s extensive experience in the Somerville, Cambridge, and Charlestown projects that he has contributed to.

Richard Graf is the Principal and Founder of Fort Point Consulting, Inc. and oversees its development, advisory and project management activity. Richard has specialized in the redevelopment of existing property, from urban districts to individual buildings. He uses this expertise to advise individuals, corporations and governments, typically working at the juncture of physical planning and real estate economics. He is a registered architect and licensed real estate salesperson in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Prior to establishing Fort Point Consulting in 1992, Mr. Graf was Vice President of Congress Group Properties, and Project Manager at The Congress Group, where he was the primary partner in the development of major historic renovations in Boston and Lowell with completed valuations of over three hundred million dollars. He has conceived and developed multi-family residential properties in Massachusetts and Kansas City, Missouri, utilizing both state and federal historic tax credits. He is currently also a partner in RE: Investments, Inc. a firm which repositions industrial sites in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including the successful transformation of two major mill complexes within the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor. As a specialist in art-space development, Fort Point Consulting has served since 2005 as the real estate advisor to Massachusetts ArtistLink, a state-wide initiative of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Mr. Graf is a graduate of The Cooper Union where he majored in architecture, and of the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received highest departmental honors in urban design. He was a visiting faculty member at Harvard throughout the 1990's, responsible for a graduate level studio course in real estate development. Mr. Graf has been speaker on issues of design and economics at numerous historic preservation conferences and panels. He was an appointed member of the National Park Service Advisory Board Subcommittee, whose year-long deliberations were compiled in the Report on the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, issued in 2006, which guides current historic review policy at the federal level. Mr. Graf is an active member of Somerville's Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, and serves as the Vice President of the Somerville Mathematics Fund.

"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized." - Daniel Hudson Burnham, FAIA (1846-1912) was an American architect and urban planner.
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