As principal of Architecture ▪ Design ▪ Alliance and managing partner of McQueenVerdi ▪ Group, Kevin McQueen is responsible for the organization and day-to-day operations of both companies. Since first honing his design sense as a high school student enamored by courses in architecture and drafting, he went on to earn degrees in construction technology from Norwalk Technical College and architecture from Ohio State University—developing, therein, a mastery of construction technology, creative practice, and historical context. Then, before founding his own firm and his second with Verdi, he spent more than a decade perfecting his command over every facet of the profession—leading several of the region’s largest firms in the areas of technology, code compliance, construction administration, and project management.
Today, in addition to managing two companies and their ever-evolving family of projects, McQueen continues to pursue professional development through membership with the American Institute of Architects, A.I.A. Connecticut; the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and the International Code Council. He also maintains registration in Connecticut as an interior designer and, of course, in both New York and Connecticut as a registered architect specializing in sustainability and residential and corporate design.
At the age of thirteen, Philip deVries began training in furniture design under the tutelage of his father, and just one year later he produced the drawings for his first residential building. Years later, after studying architecture at Cornell University and industrial design at the Philadelphia University of the Arts, he founded deVries Design and has since provided more than thirty years of design service to corporations of a national and international scale. Past and present clients include Union Carbide, Corning, Union National, The Hitchcock Chair Co., Pickard China, and Fostoria Glass—and deVries is perhaps best known for creating the first Frigidaire design studio for General Motors in Brazil while also leading the interior design of the company’s first Brazilian-born automobile. Meanwhile, his designs encompassing everything from computer components to New York commercial buildings and multi-million-dollar coastal estates have been featured in the pages of Furniture World, Furniture Today, Boston Magazine, Architectural Digest, and Country Life Magazine.
A facility design specialist with a career focused in healthcare and laboratory construction, Eric Fink is one of the industry’s foremost experts in scientific facilities architecture. Since studying industrial design, mechanical engineering, and architecture technology at Kalamazoo Valley College and the New York Institute of Technology, he has amassed more than two decades of technical design and development experience through work on some of the Northeast’s largest medical research entities including Columbia University, Princeton University, Cornell University, GlaxoSmithKline, Rockefeller University, Yeshiva University, AECOM, and the New York Department of Environmental Protection. Fink’s national design awards include two “Lab of the Year” designations from R&D Magazine and an A.I.A. Design Award, and he maintains additional certifications in occupational (OSHA), healthcare, and fire safety. Prior to joining A▪D▪A, Fink spent six years with an international consulting firm as a specialist in the programming, planning, and design of research and instructional laboratories; and a combined seventeen years as a healthcare and facilities planner for AHSC McLellan Copenhagen and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
With more than three decades of architectural experience—including fifteen years of solo practice—Todd Knapp has a background in “green” design, code compliance, historic preservation, and forensic repair. His luxury residential work has been recognized by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and featured in national publications, while his commercial and healthcare work has included a 120,000-square-foot sports facility in Danbury as well as exam rooms, medical offices, and a radiology suite in Fairfield County. Todd is a recent member of the City of Danbury Historic Properties Commission and a registered architect in both New York and Connecticut.
A graduate of the University of New Haven’s interior design program, Yesika Peña’s design lineage is equal parts creativity and technology. She is dedicated to client needs and continuously embraces challenges with the determination of finding creative and practical solutions in a very resourceful manner. She is also our in-house expert in the implementation of three-dimensional, computer-generated renderings for interior and exterior developments. Yesika is experienced in all aspects of her discipline with specific proficiencies in design and construction documentation and has worked on corporate, healthcare, commercial, and residential structures (interior and exterior) throughout Connecticut and New York. Yesika is currently an Associate Member of the American institute of Architects.
A design specialist with a focus in corporate interiors, Christine Bottacari earned her degree in interior design from the University of New Haven and worked as an interior designer under the brand of Milo Kleinberg Design Associates (MKDA) prior to joining A▪D▪A. Widely experienced as well in the manufacturing and design of commercial furniture, she’s highly proficient in a variety of roles, including interacting and building relationships with clients, problem solving, construction documentation, and overseeing the completion of projects. A long-term member and holder of multiple titles with ASID, Connecticut, she was elected by its board as the Director at Large in 2011. Christine has additionally been involved in the ASID National Legislative Symposium and Leadership conference and maintains active involvement in the chapter’s events.