Derby Square Architects Inc. provides personalized design services for each project. With our design philosophy, we focus on the client and not for ourselves. We take the time to learn about our clients and perform thorough research for each project to ensure we offer nothing but thoughtful and effective design proposals built on a foundation of the client’s expectations and the characteristics of the end user and project site.
As planners and architects, we offer consultation services for single and multi-family homes as well as commercial interiors for small businesses such as restaurants, retail, and professional services. We specialize in adaptive reuse and urban design, and we have deep experience in historic preservation, resilient design practices, and planning skills often integral for an adaptive reuse project.
Vision: Design should center around the user and be ever mindful of its context. It is the creative interplay between client, architect, and environment that creates the opportunity for good architecture.
Mission: Provide architectural and planning services focused on contextually based designs fueled by a rigorous design process and directed by a client centered approach.
- Practice integrity in all we do
- Healthy balance of home and work-life
- Perpetual learning and self improvement
- Advance perennial architectural values of “commodity, firmness, and delight.”
- A healthy workplace enabling concentration, focus, mutual respect, physical comfort and well being
- Business ventures and relationships that are mutually beneficial and financially practical
Principal | President
Richard Griffin, AIA
With over 30 years of experience as an architect, Richard founded Derby Square Architects, originally a consortium of architects in Downtown Salem. Richard originally founded Richard Griffin Architects (RGA) in 1998 on Turner Street in Salem, Richard began offering architectural design services for local residents and small business owners. Richard had previously worked for other architects such as HMFH and D.F. Trees Associates. Richard earned a M. Arch., at Clemson University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic. He also studied at Washington University, St. Louis and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Richard is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA). Richard is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, License #7814
richard (at) derbysq (dot) com
Principal | Vice President
William Peterson, AIA, NCARB
A Boston native, Bill earned his B. Arch degree from the Boston Architectural College. He started his career in marketing and industrial design as a draftsman and model maker and later found his passion in architecture. In his 15 plus years of experience, he has designed single and multi-family housing, public safety buildings, adaptive reuse projects, restaurants, and extensive planning projects. He has also been part of many public and historic preservation projects of town halls, churches, and other civic structures. Bill is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and an active BAC alumni. Bill is a commissioned officer, 1st Lieutenant, of the 102d Civil Engineer Squadron in the Massachusetts Air National Guard working on engineering, planning, and design of base facilities.
Bill is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, License #50716, State of New Hampshire, License #04550, and holds an NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Board) Certificate #79150.
bill (at) derbysq (dot) com
Design Staff + Consultants
We place high value in our design staff and work hard to ensure they work in a forward thinking and positive environment.
We have long standing relationships with several design consultants who work with us on a variety of projects.
Alexandra Kontsevaia Peterson of Kontseptual
Lee Dearborn of The Maker’s Guild