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Chris Kennedy, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

Principal

Chris is a founder and Principal of UK Architects. Through his leadership, UK Architects has developed a vision of enhancing the communities of Northern New England, and he strives to make sure that this vision is represented in all of the firm’s work.

Chris enthusiastically embraces the opportunity to develop appropriate strategies and project teams for solving client needs.  He provides design leadership to the firm, and actively participates in creating the final aesthetic appearance of projects.  His extensive background in historic preservation contributes to his delight in adapting older buildings for new uses, as well as preserving important pieces of architectural history.

Chris is often the shepherd of projects as they move through the office, ensuring that client goals and objectives are realized, and outcomes are successful.  He is a nuts and bolts guy, who has a passion for methods of construction, and is fluent in the techniques of achieving maximum sustainability and energy efficiency in buildings.

Chris currently serves on the Sustainable Hanover Committee, as well as its Energy subcommittee and the Master Plan subcommittee. Additionally, he is currently serving on a committee to revise town zoning to incentivize affordable housing. He also served on the Hanover, New Hampshire Planning Board from 1995 to 1999, during which time he participated in the rewriting of the Town Master Plan.  This experience augmented his understanding of the intricacies of Community Planning and the permitting process.

Chris has participated as a volunteer expert on numerous Community Design Charrettes with Plan New Hampshire.  Community Design Charrettes are an exercise in which local citizens and Plan NH volunteers come together to explore potential solutions to planning or design issues in individual New Hampshire towns.

In addition to volunteering his time for community enhancement, Chris is also a founding member of the Better Future Alliance. The Better Future Alliance is an integrated team of subject-matter experts with experience in Economic Development, Community Planning, Site Design, and Architecture, all practiced through the lens of Sustainability. A shared mission of enhancing communities in the New England tradition brings the Alliance members together. The Better Future Alliance believes that better decisions will lead to better outcomes, which will result in a better future.

In Chris’ spare time, you will find him promoting and creating opportunities for sustainable development in his hometown and the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont, through his involvement as a member of the Sustainable Hanover Committee.  Chris actively travels and photographs architecture around the globe, and takes advantage of the summer months by growing his own vegetables.

Adam Lornitzo, CDT, LEED AP BD+C

Associate

A native of Bradford, Vermont, Adam is a 2007 graduate of the Environmental Design Program at the University of Colorado, and is currently working toward his Masters of Architecture and Masters of Business Administration through a distance learning program at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI.  Adam has had a consistent passion for learning and was an intern at UK Architects while in high school in 2000.

Adam’s experience includes working as a carpenter, giving him hands-on field experience in construction.  Following his graduation from the University of Colorado, Adam moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, where he worked for Eley Guild Hardy Architects providing critical assistance in the recovery and rebuild of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  His project involvement included work on new and renovated facilities for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Westminster Academy Elementary School, and Pass Christian K-8 School.

Adam is a LEED Accredited Professional. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.  LEED accreditation distinguishes Adam as a professional with a thorough understanding of green building practices and principals.  As a LEED professional, he has the knowledge and skills to steward the integrated design and LEED certification process and to verify that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable, and a healthy place to live and work.

Adam brings a thorough understanding of construction means and methods to UK Architects, as well as a solid experience working in effective project teams and contributing in positive ways to achieve successful project outcomes.  He is able to communicate effectively both graphically and verbally in ways that establish project understanding and collaboration.

When taking time away from architecture, you will find Adam enjoying outdoor recreational activities such as mountain biking, skiing, and hiking.  He is an alternative fuels enthusiast and enjoys modifying vehicles to run on bio-fuels.

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Seth Westbrook

A native of Randolph, Vermont, Seth graduated from the University of Oregon with a Masters in Architecture.  Prior to his time there, he attended the University of Vermont and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management.  He was also on the UVM Nordic Ski Team, the UVM Lacrosse team, and on the Student Advisory Board for the School of Natural Resources.

Seth’s experience includes working as a carpenter in Oregon, Vermont, and Idaho where he was involved with timber-frame construction, finish carpentry and cabinetry work.  While in Idaho, Seth worked for Living Architecture and was involved with planning a pedestrian-oriented downtown center in Ketchum, Idaho.  He also worked for Ruscitto/Latham/Blanton Architecture in Ketchum and was involved with the Sun Valley Music Pavilion, which is home to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

At UK Architects, Seth is responsible for design and production of projects, and serves as an interface with both clients and contractors.  He is very adept in the use of technology to effectively communicate ideas and construction methods.  Seth is a very effective team member and has a clear understanding of the roles of all those involved in a design and construction project.

As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Seth spends his free time mountain biking, skiing, and kayaking.  He is a member of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association and is active in trail planning and building. He also enjoys watercolor painting, blacksmithing, and making furniture.

Diane Hall

Associate

A native of Ascutney, Vermont, Diane attended the University of Vermont and graduated from Johnson State College with a BA in music education.  Later, she graduated from Franklin Pierce University with an MBA in Leadership.

Diane joined UK Architects as the Office Manager in 2003 and was promoted to an Associate of the firm in 2014.  Her financial and administrative skills include accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, human resources and benefits administration, payroll, and other organizational duties. 

Prior to joining UK Architects, Diane provided administrative support and executive assistance to a number of healthcare and technology organizations throughout the region.  She has also lived in Boston, Arlington, Texas, St. Louis, and Boulder, Colorado. 

When not working at UK Architects, Diane enjoys spending time with family and friends, and continues to keep a hand in music by directing a small church choir, singing, and playing the piano. 

Wyatt Rysweyk

A native of Ira, Vermont, Wyatt graduated from Norwich University with a Master of Architecture degree in 2013 and a BS in Architectural Studies in 2012.  While attending Norwich, Wyatt received Academic Leadership Scholarships each year, and he was awarded Best of Show in 2010 and 2011 student competitions.  He was also the construction team leader for a student Solar Decathlon home.

Wyatt has worked for UK Architects as an intern architect since November 2013.  He has experience as a laborer in various aspects of construction including historic barn restoration, and he is well versed and a go-to person for several digital applications.  He also worked for several years at Central Vermont Public Service where he gained experience in data analysis and program development in a team environment.