All of the architects and designers of
R. A. Hoffman Architects continually participate in seminars and meetings
to further their education in the field of architecture.
Rene A. Hoffman, R.A. - Principal
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Penn State
Registered Architect in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware
Founded R. A. Hoffman Architects in July 1996
Projects in 11 States as well as Jamaica and the Dominican Republic
Upon graduation from Penn State, Rene started his
career working for Rowland Associates, Architects and Planners.
Working for that firm exposed him to a broad scope of projects,
specifically custom homes, renovations, town homes, commercial and
institutional projects, and community and land planning. During this
time he specialized in traditional design commissions as well as
In 1996, Rene founded R. A. Hoffman Architects,
Inc., a firm crafted to provide design services for every facet of
architecture. His interest in traditional, regional architecture is
reflected in all of the firm's designs, regardless of size. Shingle style
and Arts & Crafts style homes are a personal favorite, as they can
adapt to a variety of clients needs from a size and amenity
standpoint. "A home should look good on all sides, not just the
front" is one of the firm's mantras.
"We design for the client's needs - not our own
personal gratification", Rene states. "We even want your
pets to feel at home!"
Since its inception, the firm has completed work in
11 states, as well as Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, and the Dominican
Republic. The firm has been recognized with numerous awards and has appeared in
regional and national publications.
"With today's technology, we find that we can
work just about anywhere," Rene states. "Distance is no
longer an obstacle."
Rene and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters, a
Boxer, and a Siamese cat. His personal interests include local and
Native American history, Arts & Crafts era antiques and art,
vintage automobiles, and golf.
Aldrich, R.A. - Project Architect
Michael W. Aldrich joined RAH in
2006 as the Director of Commercial Architecture. Before that time he
spent six years as a principal of a firm in Iowa where he led award
winning commercial and residential projects. He received both his Bachelor
of Arts in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa
State University. He is registered to practice architecture in Iowa
and Pennsylvania and has received certification form the National
Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB).
He has spent over 20 years working
for firms in Arizona, Iowa, and Pennsylvania and has accumulated
extensive experience in the design of a wide range of project types.
These project types include commercial (office, retail, financial and
restaurants), institutional (educational, medical, recreational, and
religious), municipal, industrial, and country club projects, as well
as residential (single and multifamily housing, senior living, and
homeless shelter housing).
Michael has been active in many
professional and community service organizations, such as a past board
member of both the Waukee Family YMCA, Waukee, Iowa, and the Crisis
Intervention and Advocacy Center, Dallas County, Iowa, and a member of
the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition to
architecture, his other passion is baseball, he volunteers his
time as coach of the Glen Eagle Youth Association baseball team.
Brian Longenecker, R.A. -
Brian has been with R. A. Hoffman Architects since
its inception in 1990. Before that time he spent several years working
for various architectural firms as well as Drexel University Planning
Department as their Head Draftsperson. He received his Bachelor of
Science in Architecture from Pennsylvania State University and is
licensed to practice architecture in PA.
He has spent nearly 30 years in his field and has
worked on a variety of project types including Governmental, commercial,
institutional, and residential projects.
Brian has served on the Board of Directors for the
Friends of the Atglen Susquehanna Trail, designed and built his
current residence, and renovated an Italian Renaissance House (circa
Mark Conville, R.A. - Project Architect
Bachelor of Architecture, Drexel University 2004
Registered Architect Pennsylvania
Mark joined RAH in 2002 as a Project Manager/Architect. He is
registered to practice Architecture in Pennsylvania and is a LEED
Prior to joining R.A. Hoffman Architects Mark spent
six years as a Project Manager in a commercial architectural firm, two
years as a designer with a commercial engineering firm and four years
apprenticeship as a carpenter. His past experiences include
residential construction as well as design, construction, construction
management, interior design, and code compliance of commercial retail,
office, religious, and restaurant projects - in both new construction and
Mark is in the process of restoring his Late Stick
Style Victorian/Eclectic home that is listed as a National Historic
Landmark. He is involved in his Community as a member of the Community
Partnership and sits on the Historic Architectural Review Board and
Planning Commission. His passions include Historic Preservation as
well as Green Building practices including energy efficient and
sustainable design and construction.
Brett Hand, R.A. - Project Architect
Brett rejoined us in 2007 as a residential
architect. Prior to joining R.A. Hoffman Architects he spent six
months at an architectural firm on the Main Line of western
Philadelphia working on vacation residences in Nantucket. Prior to
that he worked in Pittsburgh as the residential designer for Western
Pennsylvania, South Florida, and Bahama markets. Brett also spent six
years at R.A. Hoffman Architects from 2000 thru 2005. He has received
both Bachelor of Arts in the History of Architecture from the
University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from
Drexel University. He is registered to practice architecture in
Brett has spent over 10 years working for firms in
Pennsylvania and has accumulated extensive experience in the design of
a wide range of residential projects including vacation homes in New
Jersey and West Virginia, additions, renovations, restorations, and
custom homes in Pennsylvania. The projects Brett has worked on focus
on detail, scale, and historical accuracy.
Brett has been active in many professional and
community service organizations, such as a past member of the
Pittsburgh and Philadelphia AIA. He is currently serving as the
Vice-Chairman of the Historic Committee for Upper Uwchlan Twp and is
also involved in the planning commission. While living in Pittsburgh,
he was very involved in the Community Design Center, working with
homeowners as a consultant to recommend design solutions, and refer
the clients to resources that would ensure their home would fit into
the historical fabric of their neighborhoods for historical accuracy
within. In addition to architecture, his other passion is his family
and their activities, including music, karate, and soccer - he volunteers his
time as a soccer coach of the Spirit United Pee-Wee League Soccer
team. Brett was the Director of Design for the Mount Washington
(Pittsburgh) Community Development Center for 2006-07. He was also
involved in the University of Pittsburgh Marching Band, Pep Band, and
Concert Band during college, performing and attending home and away
games for the Pitt football team and tournaments for the Pitt
Oliver Tsay, R.A. - Project
Oliver started working in an architectural firm in
his high school senior year and continued working there during the
summer months of his college years. After receiving both Bachelor of
Arts in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Penn
State University, he joined the firm working with Rene Hoffman, Brian
Longenecker, and Jim Tolle. When Rene started R. A. Hoffman
Architects, Inc. in 1996, Oliver, Brian, and Jim followed him. Oliver
has received certification from the National Council of Architectural
Registration Board (NCARB) and is registered to practice architecture
Itís been 18 years since he started working in the
field of architecture, and during that time, Oliver has designed and
overseen a wide range of projects. He is experienced in residential
projects including luxury custom homes, semi-custom homes,
multi-family housing, vacation homes, additions/renovations, and
outbuildings. He has also worked on commercial projects including
office buildings, tenant fit-outs, retail shops, and restaurants. He
is capable of communicating and working along with the clients and
understanding their needs and desires. He has also worked along with
contractors on and off the job site, and he has the knowledge and
experience to answer their inquiries and concerns.
Oliver is involved in a few community service
organizations such as Good Works, where he volunteers to fix
low-income homes, and Habitat for Humanity. He has also volunteered at
Mid-County Senior Services where he went to the homes of low-income
elderly people and performed basic tasks that were difficult for the
homeowners, such as installing smoke detectors, house and yard
cleaning, and even simple tasks such as changing a light bulb.
Doug Rotondo, Project Designer
Doug has been working for R. A. Hoffman since 2004.
His experience at the firm has included a variety of projects, such as
small additions, large custom houses, and multi-family residences. He
is a graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of
Architecture degree and studied a semester abroad in Rome, Italy.
Currently, he is working toward becoming a Registered Architect.
A life-long resident of Montgomery County, Doug has
an interest in local historic and farmland preservation efforts. He is
on the board of the Worcester Historical Society and serves his
community as a member of the Worcester Township Planning Commission.
Frank Swarner, Project Designer
Frank joined the company in September 1999 as a
draftsman to help with the increasing demand for Residential
Architectural Design. Before joining R. A. Hoffman Architects, Inc.
Frank was working in the Residential Construction field and also spent
time in the offices at Parsons Energy and Chemical Corp. He received a
Bachelors Degree in Architectural Engineering from Wentworth Institute
of Technology (Boston, MA) in 1998.
Since joining R. A. Hoffman Architects, Inc. Frank
has enjoyed working on a broad range of projects, from custom homes,
farmhouses, barns, renovations, pool houses, and outbuildings along
with additions and renovations for new and old homes. Frank also wears
a few other hats for the company and goes out of his way to take care
of basic building maintenance for our office inside and out.
Frank is an avid Fly Fisherman, and has been tying
his own flies for himself and friends for over twenty years. He is
very active with local Non-Profit Organizations such as the Brandywine
Trout and Conservation Club, West Chester Fish & Game Club, Valley
Forge Trout Unlimited, Slate Run Sportsmen's Association, South
Eastern Pennsylvania Anglers Coalition, plus many others. He enjoys
volunteering time to teach kids to fish, lends a hand working on
Stream Improvement Projects, and helps pick up trash during Stream
Cleaning Projects and Adopt-a-Highway Roadway Cleaning.
James Tolle, Project Designer
Bachelor of Architecture, Iowa State University 1987
James has been with the firm since its inception in 1996. Prior to
joining R.A. Hoffman Architects he spent six years as a project
manager of a firm in Pennsylvania where he led many award winning
residential projects. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
from Iowa State University.
James has spent over 20 years working for firms in
Iowa, Illinois, and Pennsylvania and has accumulated extensive
experience in the design of a wide range of projects. With a primary
focus in Residential design (single and multifamily housing), he has
produced a wide array of award winning projects from custom homes to
James also has a keen interest in the area of new
home technologies ranging from Smart Home design to audio/video
applications and home theater design. He attends various seminars on
Intelligent Homes and pursues new home technologies as a personal hobby as well. In
addition to architecture, his other passion is dog rescuing - he
volunteers his time at Main Line Animal Rescue.
Mike Turturro, Assoc. AIA - Project
Associates Degree ~ Major: Architecture, Mercer
County Community College 1990
Bachelor of Architecture ~ Major: Architecture, Drexel University 1996
Employed since 1996 w/ R.A. Hoffman Architects Inc.
Associate AIA member
Participating judge for New Jersey Home Builders Association since
Mass Production Development for Builders, Custom Residence Design,
Vacation Homes and Additions/Renovations
Rita Holts - Office Administrator
Rita has been with us since 1996. Prior to that, she
was with another Architectural firm as Office Administrator for thirty
three and a half years, until the owner's retirement; eleven of those
years working for both firms. She also spent fourteen and a half years
with a Banking Institution as Secretary/Assistant to the Vice
President of General Banking. To keep up with technology, she has
taken Computer Classes at Delaware County Community College.
Rita has a total of over fifty years experience in Office
Administration. In the past, she has been active in community service
as a member and past Treasurer of the original Radnor Fire Company
Auxiliary. She also assisted her late-husband with his Horse Training
business in Standard bred Racing for over twenty years. Her other
passions are her crafts, cats, and watching baseball and football.
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