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.
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
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
Lee Dearborn, CS
Associate, Project Manager
Lee grew-up working on construction sites with his father where he cultivated his life-long passion for building. He combines a distinct background in architecture, construction, and real estate development which he utilizes to more effectively design and construct the built environment. Lee graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors in Environmental Design. After working in Phoenix, San Francisco, and Boston as an Architectural Designer for many years, Lee established The Makers Guild, a design-build firm in 2016. Most recently, in 2018, Lee began working with Derby Square Architects as an architectural project manager. Lee has over 12+ years experience in the industry. Certifications: CSL #CS-110171, Lead Safe Renovator, LEED GA, Home Improvement Contractor (HIC)
Alexandra Kontsevaia Peterson, Assoc. IIDA
Interior Designer, Project Manager
Ksana was first inspired to pursue architecture while living in Prague, Czech as a teenager. Years later she earned a B. Arch from the Boston Architectural College where she began to build her architectural skill set. Over the last eight years she has worked in a variety of settings from retail design to urban planning to comprehensive design research. With each project she offers a healthy dose of optimism supported by rigorous research and planning. Her design interest and talents range from architecture to fashion to fine art.
Ksana has travelled extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Eastern Asia. On all of her travels Ksana soaks up whatever architecture, design, and culture there is available to her, as result giving her a wide array of inpirations to pull from in her design process.
Karla Nietzsch Tinkjian, LEED AP, CS
Karla is an experienced and thoughtful designer and drafter and top producer at DSA. Karla previously worked for one of the firm’s predecsors, Richard Griffin Architect, from 2013 to 2016, after working at a variety of design firms in both the Boston area as well as Minas Gerais, Brazil where she was raised and educated in architecture. Karla has her construction supervisors license in Massachusetts and is a LEED Accrediated Professional.
Vision, Mission, + Core Values
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