Responsible. Honest. Ethical.
Edward Rowse Architects Inc. was established in 1989 on the principle of conducting business and client relations in a responsible, honest, and ethical manner. We remain committed to the highest standard of business conduct. We will accept nothing less.
We make this commitment to our employees, clients, business associates and neighbors because it is the right thing to do. Our success depends on a reputation for integrity, respect, and a commitment to quality.
We all make important contributions to our reputation and success. Personal pride coupled with great service leads to satisfied clients. We also know our work will impact people's lives for future generations.
Our future as leaders in our profession demands that each employee understands and embraces highest standards of responsible, honest and ethical performance and dedication.
“the art or science of building; specifically: the art or practice of designing and building structures and especially habitable ones” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
The foundation of Edward Rowse Architects, Inc. is built on this simple definition. Our team is dedicated to the art of designing structures that brings the client's ambitions to life. We approach every venture with an equal amount of attention and care while encompassing the many different elements crucial for a successful project, no matter how large or small, simple or complex. Our intentions are to understand the customer's needs, identify their problems, and deliver a great design solution.
How we do all of these is the key to our clients' success. It's a simple process based on basic principles and dedication:
First, we listen. It is the most important activity at the outset of any engagement. We cannot possibly help our clients if we don’t know what they need, what they want, and how they hope to achieve.
Then, we think. Not about design, but about what we have learned by listening carefully.
Next, we respond with concepts. These must be rooted in viable economics, able to be executed to meet schedules, and readily buildable.
Once our client and we understand what is planned, then we start to design. This is when we bring all of our resources to bear on the right solution.
Our team of architects, engineers, consultants and construction professionals need to focus continuously on making reality of aspirations. Collaboration, trust and diligence will assure success.
This is a simple set of guiding principles that we apply to each and every project for our clients and partners. In our work there is no room for ego, confrontation or fault. We seek only solutions that match budgets, can get done on time, and are of highest quality.
Simple. Doable. Based on trust.
Edward "Ted" Rowse
Ted established Edward Rowse Architects, Inc. (ERA) in 1989 because he believed (and still believes) "full service" means "fully serve". This applies to clients, business partners and our community. As president, he is in charge of exceeding every aspect of our clients’ expectations, from proposal and concept to walking them through their brand new space. Ted works closely with everyone on each design team and inspires confidence in them. He has clearly established more than just a business over the past 40 years; he has created and nurtured a community of partnerships that has led to decades of repeat business.
Ted earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College in 1975. He is a registered Architect in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Director of Design
Richard is the Director of Design within the firm. As ERA’s head designer, he works directly with our clients to help them realize their ideas and aspirations.. Richard specializes in vernacular New England Contemporary design, founded in design philosophies similar to Frank Lloyd Wright. He spends countless hours working with the firm’s younger designers as they create elegant design solutions. For almost 50 years, Richard has designed countless buildings, including several buildings for Amgen Pharmaceuticals, the City of Providence, and many other clients.
Richard earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design in 1964 and his Master of Architecture degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967. He is a registered architect in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Steven R. Kile
Steve is Chief Architect of the firm. As one of Ted's most trusted leaders, he ensures that only highly sophisticated and accurate project documents are being delivered to our clients. He intently focuses on current code and building construction standards and teaches ERA’s team members to perform with great precision. For over 40 years Steve has created lasting relationships helping Johnson and Wales, Bryant University, and many others achieve their goals.
Steve earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design in 1973. He is a registered architect in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
AIA, MCPPO Certified
As an Associate Project Manager at the firm, Jimmy keeps our projects running smoothly. He specializes in coordination and works closely with his team to ensure that our client's needs and expectations are being met on all reports, drawings, and specifications. He oversees ERA’s design team on a daily basis and educates younger team members on how to design effectively and efficiently. With over 30 years of experience, Jimmy continues to complete project after project for the Town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, the United States Navy and many more.
Jimmy earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Roger Williams University in 1979. He is a registered Architect in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Steven M. Tucker
Steve is a Project Manager at the firm and enjoys educating our clients about the construction process. Having honed building skills as a carpenter and a mason, Steve specializes in advanced construction procedures and grounded building practices. Steve enjoys teaching our younger designers solid modeling principles and construction techniques. A member of the ERA team for over 25 years, Steve has dedicated his career to delivering easily built projects for clients such as the Barnstable County Sheriff's office, the Woonsocket Housing Authority, among others.
Steve earned a degree in Architectural Technology from the Hall Institute. Outside of the office, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Jeremy is a Project Manager at the firm and aids his clients in understanding the nuts and bolts of their projects. He specializes in accessibility requirements and works closely with our clients to show them how codes influence their ideas. As a young project manager,, he enjoys sitting with other young team members and helping them solve design challenges. For over 10 years he has successfully designed projects for the United States Coast Guard, Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, the Pawtucket School Department, and several others.
Jeremy earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Norwich University.
Amgen Quality Assurance Lab - Dedication - April, 2004
"Amgen would like to thank Edward Rowse and their employees for the quality of their design efforts and dedication in making the BioNext Project a success, so that no patient goes without."
Federal Bureau of Prisons - Dedication - 2009
"In appreciation of your service related to the construction and completion of FCI Berlin, New Hampshire."
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers - BAC Craft Award, 2007
"Best CMU Project for the Providence Gorham High School"
Renamed Alvarez High School by the Providence School Department
The Design-Build Institute of America - Dedication - 2012
"...presented a national merit award to the Federal Correctional Institution-Berlin project for the construction of the 678,000-square-foot Berlin facility in New Hampshire."
Here at Edward Rowse Architects, Inc., we work with a diversified field of clients in the public & commercial environment. Click above to see an example of which towns, cities, and agencies we have worked with over the years!
H.U.D. Region 1, Boston
Colleges & Universities
University of Rhode Island
Rhode Island College
Johnson & Wales University
The Community College
of Rhode Island
West Warwick, RI
North Kingstown, RI
East Providence, RI
Bristol / Warren, RI
The Metropolitan Regional Career & Technical Center, Providence, RI
Central Falls Charter School,
Central Falls, RI
Lincoln School, Providence, RI
Bishop Hendricken High School, Warwick, RI
St. Raphael Academy, Pawtucket, RI
Places of Worship
Sacred Heart Church, East Providence, RI
Dighton Church Parsonage, Dighton, MA
St. James Church, Lincoln, RI
St. Georges Maronite Church, Pawtucket, RI
Convent Gardens at St. Joseph, Pittsfield, MA
Federal Bureau of Prisons
General Services Administration
Department of Environmental Management
United States Navy
United States Coast Guard
Rhode Island Air National Guard
Rhode Island Judiciary
Rhode Island Department of Administration
Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Rhode Island Department of Health
Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals
Rhode Island Department of Child Advocates
Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs
Town of North Kingstown, RI
Town of Exeter, RI
Town of Coventry, RI
City of Providence, RI
City of Central Falls, RI
Town of Seekonk, MA
Town of Westerly, RI
Town of Hopkinton, RI
Town of East Providence, RI
Town of Charlestown, RI
City of Newport, RI
City of Cranston, RI
Town of West Warwick, RI
Amgen Pharmaceutical, Exeter, RI
Immunex Corp., Thousand Oaks, CA
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Exeter, RI
Blackstone Valley Community
Health Care, Pawtucket, RI
RI Center for Athletes, Providence, RI
Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI
Open MRI of New England
Cumberland, RI & Warwick, RI
South County Medical, Richmond, RI
The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA)
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA)
Design Build Construction
The Bell Company, Rochester, NY
Gilbane Building Company, Providence, RI
HV Collins Company, Providence, RI
Ahlborg Construction Corporation, Cranston, RI
Heery International, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School
Providence, Rhode Island
Alvarez High School (formerly Adelaide High School) was built on the site of the former Gorham Manufacturing plant, as part of a continuing plan by the City of Providence to meet its needs. The 82,000 square foot school serves 900 students; each classroom includes several computer stations linked together and to a central server facility. The school features a full size gymnasium, four science labs, a technology suite, a café-torium with movable stage, and a full commercial kitchen.
Providence, Rhode Island
City of Providence
Dept. of Public Properties
Veteran's Memorial Housing Complex
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Located in the northwestern area of the City of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the Veterans Memorial Housing Complex is a densely populated, two story, fifty-six building family housing development built in 1940. ERA is master planning the complex with an emphasis on reducing density and enhancing its image as public housing. Our approach will provide off-street parking within courtyards to create strong neighborhoods while reducing street congestion, to modernize existing structures using highly durable materials, and to add privacy, security and curb appeal by the introduction of new apartment entrances.
679 Social Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
East Providence Fire Station No. 3
East Providence, Rhode Island
This new single story 11,200 square foot full-time fire station facility includes a three bay, drive-through apparatus area, a city fire and police communication dispatch suite, and a City emergency operation center that doubles as a fire fighter training center. Other amenities include a dormitory-style firefighters’ sleeping quarters, a work shift officer’s suite and locker/shower/toilet facilities. Included are a physical training room, duty room with kitchen, gear lockers, apparatus and equipment storage areas, as well as a 120-foot communication tower and an apparatus fueling station.
City of East Providence,
Rehoboth Veterans' Memorial
Edward Rowse Architects offered their design services to the Town of Rehoboth for a memorial dedicated to fallen American veterans who gave their lives in many wars and conflicts. Quadrants represent each historical war, demarcated by granite stones, engraved with the title and period of each war.. Brick pavers are engraved with the names of fallen soldiers in dedication to the memory of a loved one. This memorial is a place for reflection and remembrance of those who served and sacrificed themselves for America with honor.
Town of Rehoboth, Massachusetts
East Avenue Medical Clinic
Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
The East Avenue Medical Clinic is a new state-of-the-art, 32,000 square foot four-story health center. The fully accessible building includes 32 exam rooms and 4 nurses’ stations.. All functions are provided for, including administrative and billing offices, meeting rooms and record storage. We also designed a full-service laboratory and a pharmacy for patients.
39 East Avenue
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Blackstone Valley Community Health
39 East Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860
U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse
Providence, Rhode Island
ERA completed interior and exterior restoration of the historic 170,000 square foot courthouse and post office. The structure, built in 1908, is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties. Work included exterior masonry cleaning and restoration, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems upgrades, addition of one courtroom and restoration of interior finishes including marble walls and stairways, architectural woodwork and stained glass. Many areas were restored to their original condition.
U.S. General Services Administration
10 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02222
Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal
Cranston, Rhode Island
The new RITT provides seven courtrooms, administrative office spaces, record storage, law library, Sheriff’s Division, and secure sally port with central holding cells. The two-story building contains 86,000 square feet of floor space with 450 parking spaces.. All courtrooms are cabled for the latest in audiovisual systems with touch screen control panels and surveillance security. The building features unique interior mosaic tile artwork chosen by the Rhode Island Council on the Arts.
Cranston, Rhode Island
State of Rhode Island
Rhode Island Judiciary
250 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903
Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority
This is a phased project for Capital Fund Program improvements to the administrative offices and terminal of the regional transit authority. Phase One featured renovations to update flooring and bathrooms. During Phase Two (the most extensive portion of the project) we will renovate two areas of the building. First, we will reconstruct the existing café in the terminal. We will next raise the roof and add a second story with clerestory windows above both the existing station and existing drop-off/drive-through area in front of the building. The upper level will be used for administrative offices.
Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority
10 Oak Street, 2nd Floor
Taunton, MA 02780
Fagan Quinn Funeral Home
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Located on Boston Neck Road in scenic Wickford, Rhode Island, the Fagan Quinn Funeral Home needed to expand to meet increased demand. We were engaged to enlarge the facility to allow for three concurrent services – only one could be accommodated at a time. This project involved phased design and construction of a 6,652 square foot addition that more than doubled the size of the existing building. The major challenge was the need to allow the existing facility to remain fully operational during construction. The entire building features ornate patterns of clapboards, scalloped shingles and trim.
Boston Neck Road
North Kingstown, RI
"extremely capable, extremely reliable, and both dedicated and committed..."
~Michael L. Williams
"We have been so delighted with all aspects of ERA's services that we did not, for a moment, consider another firm..."
When starting my first year at Roger Williams University, I was filled with an array of emotions. With all of the changes happening so quickly, I felt nervous, anxious, eager, and excited, all at the same time. When classes started, the reality of my decision had set in. Of course the upper classmen were intimidating with their daunting stories of all-nighters and critiques, and the intense work load began immediately, but I still felt up to the challenge. I was motivated to see if architecture was for me.
At Roger Williams, the first year of studio is solely hand drafting, computers are not considered until the second year introduction class. This is different from most of the programs I looked at when deciding where I should attend college, but I felt it was the right path to take. The studio professors repeated over and over again how the fundamentals of hand drawing where essential prior to progressing to computer drafting programs, I have come to agree with them. After spending my first year figuring out how to use a Mayline ruler and attempting to master the art of line weights, I earned an appreciation of hand drafting, as well as an understanding of how detailed line work create the buildings around us.
With only one year of education and no computer drafting knowledge under my belt, I wondered how I would contribute to an architecture firm like Edward Rowse Architects besides being relegated to making copies and getting coffees. Little did I know that with only that year to fall back on, I’d still have enough basic knowledge in the field to be a productive member of the firm. I am taking my general knowledge about buildings and drafting and developing it further than I thought possible, and it’s only been three weeks. I have started to pick up AutoCAD as well as Photoshop (with many questions along the way of course), all building upon what I learned in my first year at Roger Williams.
Working at Edward Rowse Architects as an intern for the summer has been a wonderful learning experience so far. While it can be intimidating and challenging at times, this summer is going to help further my education and put me in a better place for the upcoming school year.
There has been some discussion lately about the American Institute of Architects Code of Ethics. Our code of ethics is not as clearly defined as some other professions and some people have decided that the AIA should be more clear about our duties to the profession. One of the biggest front runners for this debate is concerning the design of prisons.
Currently the conversation sits at the crossroads of whether or not architects should participate in the design of prisons. The pro-participation side sees prisons as no different as any other commission. A prison is a building type just like a restaurant, school, and sports stadium. A prison has its own design challenges and every day new technologies are being invented to be incorporated into prison design to make them safer and more secure. The anti-participation side compares an architect’s role in the design of prisons to that of a doctor being a part of lethal injections, which is all but forbid by the American Medical Association.
Our firm has designed several prisons and we have no plans to stop submitting proposals for such work. Our firm takes pride in our prison design. We feel it is our obligation to bring even the toughest building type to life. Just like a skyscraper is an opportunity to showcase the wealth of a financial institution a prison is an opportunity to showcase the strength and security of a city, state, or country.
The goal of our prison design is focused on safety and security. Our primary objective is to protect the prison staff, the inmates they secure and the surrounding population. Our design process is definitely derived from form follows function. We do extensive interviews with the new users and study how their prison will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This allows us to deliver a design solution that incorporates effective operations management and the latest technologies in secure electronics.
If the AIA wants to make the Code of Ethics more specific they should consider the ethics of turning down the design of these facilities. If Architects are not allowed to bid for this project type who will the responsibility be passed onto? As architects we should feel obligated to tackle these challenges head on and perhaps the final result may not be the next Guggenheim but for us at Edward Rowse Architects, a strong solution that exceeds clients expectations affirms our beliefs in what we do.
The Co-Op program at Wentworth is one of the main reasons I chose the school. The opportunity to gain nearly 9 months of work experience in the field of architecture before graduation is incredible. When you hear about how you can get a head start of almost 1000 hours on your I.D.P. requirements before you graduate and be that much closer to getting your license, you instantly realize what a great program the required Co-Ops at Wentworth really are. What I didn’t realize until I started my first Co-Op just a few weeks ago was how much I would be learning during this time period.
Everybody expects to learn in school, I mean, that is what we pay ungodly amounts of money for right? But I’ve learned so much more about professional practice and construction documents in two weeks of my job here at Edward Rowse Architects then I have in the first three years of my education at Wentworth. Co-Op not only offers the advantages I talked about earlier, but it is also a crucial part of the education process. I am only a few weeks into my first Co-Op and I couldn’t imagine going to a school that didn’t require them.
It is a little strange at times being the intern in the office. It takes some getting used to having to ask questions all the time and its weird being a college kid working with professionals and doing your best not to screw up and get in their way. The people I work with have been great at teaching me and being understanding when I mess up from time to time or occasionally just have absolutely no clue what I’m doing. (Ask my boss about my roof penetration detail drawings…)
Co-Op is hard, educational, a little odd at first, but without a doubt it will be one of the best experiences of my educational career.
Starting next year tuition will no longer be free at The Cooper Union. It is very sad that a school with such a rich history can no longer uphold its original promise by Peter Cooper in 1859. It was his dream to give every student the opportunity to have a world class education no matter their upbringing. That dream is now gone.
But if we take a step back and look at The Cooper Union in a much larger context we see the ripple effect that has extended far beyond the school and into the profession as a whole. In the new age of collaboration the bright shining star with the prestigious degree is just like every other graduate with student loans and fighting for a spot at a firm. Since the Great Recession successful architecture firms have become centered around a gathering of hardworking individuals that succeed because of a combined effort. While we gawk at the works of Thom Mayne, Norman Foster and Frank Gehry, it is their staff that deserves the applause for the all nighters they pulled to bring these magnificent buildings to life. Today the architects are still the leaders but buildings have become so complex their creation requires the group effort of architects, engineers, and contractors. Of course no project is smooth sailing but as the profession drifts away from the “architect as king” ideology, everyone is able to focus on grouping up and being more innovative and efficient than ever before.
So as the Copper Union joins the ranks of every other architecture school, how will they look to the future? Will they still try to be the poster boy for the top end of the profession? Or will they humble themselves and teach their student the power of collaboration? At Edward Rowse Architects, we love The Cooper Union and will gladly welcome them to the community.
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