Meet The Team

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Robert Cardello is a graduate of Tulane University where he received a Master of Architecture. After seven years working within high-end residential firms, he founded Robert A. Cardello Architects in 1999, launching his distinguished career designing award-winning commercial and residential properties throughout New England and beyond. Bob sees traditional principles as tools for innovative expression rather than boundaries within which to practice. He has an uncompromising eye for timeless design and his thoughtful attention to function and space has allowed his homes to evolve with the families who reside within them. Bob enjoys bringing people together and his designs reflect this, with even the grandest spaces radiating warmth and intimacy. As principal of RAC, Bob prides himself on his ability to combine a strong creative spirit with an efficient client-centric process. Consistently recognized as one of the top coastal architects in the country, Bob has elected to maintain an intentionally small boutique firm where team members work in an open-studio environment that fosters creativity and collaboration. Bob believes in exemplary customer service with a personal touch. His hand sketches have remained a key part of his creative process over the years; Former clients even frequently display his pen and paper drawings in their finished homes. When he’s not designing homes, Bob enjoys boating, fishing and friendly competition with his bowling league and award-winning barbecue creations. Bob has his architecture license in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida and Rhode Island and he resides in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife, Judi, and their two children.

Robert A. Cardello

Founder
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David A. LaPierre – Dave joined Cardello Architects in 2004 and quickly became an integral part of the success of RAC. He has been recognized with numerous awards and is widely published in leading regional and national publications. Dave earned an associate degree in engineering and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. He has a strong technical background and thorough understanding of construction detailing – not to mention his uncompromising eye toward design. No detail escapes Dave’s notice, making his expertise invaluable for onsite reviews during the construction process. Dave’s passion for great architecture, no matter the style, is rivaled only by his love of cars. Dave has owned and restored many “muscle cars” over the years. He has a love for the water and enjoys boating after years of living in Nantucket. Dave is a registered architect in Connecticut and Florida, a member of both the American Institute of Architects Connecticut and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and remains involved with local trade events. Dave and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Stratford, Connecticut.

David A. LaPierre

Partner
Robert Cardello

Robert A. Cardello

Founder

Robert Cardello is a graduate of Tulane University, where he received a Master’s Degree in Architecture. After seven years working within high end residential firms, he founded Robert A. Cardello Architects in 1999, launching his distinguished career designing award-winning commercial and residential properties throughout New England and beyond. Bob sees traditional principles as tools for innovative expression rather than boundaries within which to practice. He has an uncompromising eye for timeless design and his thoughtful attention to function and space has allowed his homes to evolve with the families who reside within them. Bob enjoys bringing people together and his designs reflect this, with even the grandest spaces radiating warmth and intimacy. As Principal of RAC, Bob prides himself on his ability to combine a strong creative spirit with an efficient client-centric process. Consistently recognized as one of the top Coastal Architects in the country, Bob has elected to maintain an intentionally small boutique firm where team members work in an open studio environment that fosters creativity and collaboration. Bob believes in exemplary customer service with a personal touch – he sketches by hand as part of his creative process and his clients frequently display his pen & paper drawings in their finished homes. In his free time, Bob enjoys boating, fishing and friendly competition with his bowling league and award-winning barbecue creations. Bob is licensed in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida and Rhode Island and he resides in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife, Judi, and their two children.


David A. LaPierre

Partner

David A. LaPierre – David joined Cardello Architects in 2004 and quickly became an integral part of the success of RAC. He has been recognized with numerous awards and is widely published in leading national and regional publications. David earned an Associate degree in Engineering and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. He has a strong technical background and thorough understanding of construction detailing with an uncompromising eye toward design. No detail escapes Dave’s notice, making his expertise invaluable for onsite reviews during the construction process. Dave’s passion for great architecture, no matter the style, is rivaled only by his love of cars. Dave has owned and restored many “muscle cars” over the years. He has a love for the water, has lived in Nantucket and enjoys boating. Dave is a registered architect in Connecticut and Florida, a member of the American Institute of Architects Connecticut chapter, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is involved with many local trade events. Dave and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Stratford, Connecticut.

Rachelle Roll

Rachelle Roll

Whatever the project scale or budget, “Ro” thinks outside the box in terms of both creative innovation and value engineering. Throughout the process, Ro is a fierce advocate for her clients who often tend to become lifelong friends.  One example of this occurred after receiving and reviewing estimates on a project she was managing years ago. Ro determined that flipping the home’s footprint would save the client almost $1 million on excavation costs – undoubtedly showing her capability to think big on behalf of the client. When you combine her ingenuity with her quick wit and no-nonsense manner, it is no wonder that Ro has earned the firm’s unofficial title of “most likely to be invited for cocktails when the job is over.” Ro is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree, was the captain of the Women’s Varsity Basketball team and the recipient of the Livonia Chittendon Osborn Stevenson endowed scholarship. She joined Robert A. Cardello Architects in 2011 and her specialties include: project management; design direction; creative thought; innovation; and conceptual design.  Ro’s architectural design skills include AutoCAD, Vectorworks, Rhino, MAYA, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, hand illustrations and model making. Ro and her wife, Kaitlin, reside in their Stamford, CT home with their son.

Deandra Musial

Deandra Musial

Deandra began working at RAC in 2015 as an intern where she proved to be a fast learner with a tireless work ethic, so RAC invited her to come back post-graduation. Deandra attended Norwich University in Vermont where she graduated summa cum laude in 2016 with a Master of Architecture at the top of her class. Deandra considers her time abroad in Berlin – a hub of modern design trends deeply rooted in architectural history – the highlight of both her educational and professional development. Deandra’s diligence and exceptional organizational skills make her an invaluable team member who assists in all aspects of design production, drafting and project management. Her astute business acumen makes her a key contributor and decision maker regarding the firm’s marketing strategies.  Deandra’s skills include Auto Cad, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, computer rendering, zoning research & checking for compliance, public speaking, hand drafting, design research, composing architectural drawings, and construction detailing. Deandra and her fiancée, Fred, reside in Stratford, Connecticut.

Rui Pedroso-Luis

Grandson of a developer and son of an architectural draftsman, it was obvious to Rui that architecture was in his future. Born and raised in Portugal, Rui earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in architecture in one of the top rated universities in Lisbon. Eager to explore different cities, not only for their history but for their broad and diverse architectural styles, Rui studied abroad in San Sebastian, Spain and traveled to different European cities during his last year of study, broadening his outlook on details and providing a worldly perspective. Upon completing his Masters, Rui ventured to New York City where he completed his internship and began working on high-end residential projects and collaborating with award winning interior designers and architects. He brings over 10 years of professional experience in high-end architecture, with a focus on residential and interior design. His multiple language skills provides him the opportunity to help clients from all over the American continent. Rui takes pride in making a client’s idea and dream into a reality by lending a creative lens and carefully crafting a beautiful but functional design. Rui joined the RAC team in the fall of 2020, bringing with him his diverse European architectural knowledge and his experience from highly recognized firms in New York City and Connecticut. Rui lives in Fairfield with his wife and two daughters and enjoys playing guitar, soccer and being outdoors.

Melissa Spoelstra

Melissa graduated from California Polytechnic State University with her bachelor’s in architecture in 2001. She also studied construction management and environmental sustainability, so her approach to every project is informed from multiple key perspectives. Melissa’s career has taken her from California to Connecticut, providing invaluable experience distinguishing east and west coast architecture. Melissa joined the RAC team back in 2004, then went on to start her own company where she managed projects from start to finish once getting her architecture license in 2012.  RAC welcomed Melissa back to engage her impressive skills including project management, drafting, graphic presentations, model making, AutoCAD, Photoshop, and Adobe In-Design. Melissa’s design integrity and “team player” attitude during any stage of a project is what makes her such a valuable member of our team. Melissa resides in Stratford, CT with her family.

Edward Napierkowski

Joining the RAC team in 2020, “Ed” brings a wide range of residential expertise to the table.  He has a strong background working in a diverse array of styles, spanning the Conservatively Traditional to the Highly Modern homes of the Connecticut coast and beyond.  Ed is a 2014 graduate of Roger Williams University School of Architecture, with a Master of Architecture. He brings his multiple degrees in architectural design to the Cardello roster along with his design experience on homes dotting the East Coast from Maine to Palm Beach, out to the wild west of Colorado and Wyoming, and internationally on several projects in the Caribbean.  From minor-renovation work to multi-million-dollar custom homes, Ed is ready for any exciting design challenge!  Having lived in Europe for a time and forever chasing the lasting impressions from which that imparted, Ed and his husband enjoy international travel whenever possible and embrace their blended cultures during family gatherings.  Ed’s technical skills include AutoCAD drafting, SketchUp modeling, Photoshop rendering, InDesign layouts, Illustrator conversions, hand-drafting and sketching, model making, 3D printing, and laser-cut fabrications.

Magdalena Brodowska

Maggie began working for RAC in September of 2020. To meet the demands of the innovative and intricate design aesthetic at RAC, Maggie brought her exceptional attention to detail, personal creativity, and previous professional experience as a project manager in some of Manhattan’s top high-end residential firms.  Before Maggie began her professional career, she attended the New York Institute of Technology, earning a Bachelor of Architecture.  While at NYIT, she took the opportunity to study abroad in Paris where she observed the work of architecture giants such as Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto and Renzo Piano. This experience coupled with back-to-back internships during her college career awakened her passion for residential design. Her work and artistic endeavors outside of the office are heavily influenced by her love of dance, the harmony of movement, and the overall influence of nature on the design of the most intimate places human beings inhabit.

Amy Lungariello

Amy Lungariello

Amy earned her Master of Architecture in 2017 from the Rhode Island School of Design. Early in her career, she worked as a freelance architect and graphic designer in Westchester County, NY. She later scored an internship-turned-project manager position at a prestigious firm in Manhattan, demonstrating her commitment to working her way up in the industry and taking every opportunity to grow. Her architectural skills and experience are top notch, and she is unafraid to approach challenges with bold solutions. Her bubbly personality and sense of humor have made her a joyful addition to the RAC Architects office, not to mention her management skills which inspire her to pay meticulous attention to detail to ensure that nothing is overlooked. Amy has been an asset to our team since day one and we are lucky to have her. Amy lives in Oxford, CT where she is renovating her new home.

Ryia Wescott

Ryia graduated from Roger Williams University in 2020 with her Master of Architecture. During her time at school, Ryia took an opportunity to study in Florence, Italy and found it to be a life-changing experience. She found a new appreciation for historic buildings as well as a love for travel.  Ryia assisted RW’s technical associate for the architecture program and homed in on her skills in 3D printing, CNC Router, and the use of virtual reality.  Her interest in architecture, specifically residential design, was sparked from childhood drives with her dad through the Dupont Estates near where she grew up in Delaware. The concept of designing houses that cater to a specific individuals’ needs has always been intriguing to her. Ryia also enjoys painting, reading, and exploring new restaurants with friends.  She is always ready to learn and take on new tasks.

Trish Swain

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After a successful career managing small start-ups and medium-sized establishments, Trish joined the Cardello team in 2012 and now oversees all general company operations.  As an adept multi-tasker, Trish assists the architectural team with client correspondence, proposals, fee analysis, company expenses, print marketing, and all other administrative office needs. Trish grew up in Fairfield and earned a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College. After graduation, Trish traveled with a nationally ranked Ultimate Frisbee team from Washington DC, before settling back in Connecticut. Shortly after joining RAC, Trish was elected to the City Council in Bridgeport, where she served for two years. In 2015 she joined the Board of Directors of the Klein Memorial Auditorium Foundation, and has been president since 2017, working toward its growth and positive impact on Bridgeport and the surrounding community.  Trish enjoys an active social life in the city she is tirelessly working to help rebound.

Emily Cartwright

Emily graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2019. During her time there, she spent a semester in London to work towards a minor in sociology. Emily grew up in Ridgefield, CT and spent a year living in Brooklyn, NY post-graduation so she could experience living in the city she has always loved. Emily returned to Connecticut to join RAC’s team full-time and put her visual creativity and digital strategy skills to the test assisting in our social media and marketing campaigns. Her plethora of responsibilities have grown to include administrative tasks, assisting with town applications, writing client proposals, updating our website, and recording meeting programs. Emily is always prepared to take on any task thrown at her – big or small – to allow the architects at the firm to focus on what they do best. Her skills include Adobe Photoshop, Hootsuite, Microsoft Office, social media marketing, copywriting, and creative writing.