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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 University 1978
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 historic renovations.

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.


Michael 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. - Project Architect

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 1865).


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 Accredited Professional.

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 addition/renovation work.

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 Pennsylvania.

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 Basketball teams.


Oliver Tsay, R.A. - Project Architect

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 in Pennsylvania.

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 whole communities.

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 Designer

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 2003
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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