CetraRuddy Brings on New Principal
Reflecting its continued growth across a wide range of market sectors, the award-winning architecture and interior design firm CetraRuddy has announced that Brian McFarland, AIA, NCARB, has rejoined the firm as Principal. An experienced architect and building project manager with a strong record in residential and hospitality works, McFarland will also serve as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee to help oversee strategic direction and guide its business initiatives in existing and new markets.
“We are delighted to have Brian back at CetraRuddy in a leadership role,” says Nancy J. Ruddy, Founding Principal of CetraRuddy, noting that McFarland was previously with the firm from 2004 to 2013 as an Associate Principal. “He is a talented, thoughtful professional with a valuable combination of exceptional design ability, technical expertise, and process understanding that are so vital today for developing high-concept designs into memorable places.”
With over 30 years of experience in a diverse range of building projects and firm operations, McFarland has gained recognition among peers and client groups as an accomplished and resourceful architect who brings a commitment to innovative, responsible design and technical excellence. Across project work in the residential, hospitality, educational, and institutional sectors, he has earned a reputation for problem-solving skills and effective approach to the complex and challenging issues of project delivery.
In his previous role at CetraRuddy, McFarland was instrumental in the successful execution of such notable projects as the adaptive reuse of Walker Tower and Stella Tower into condominiums. He also served on the design team for the 18-story condominium 200 East 79th Street in Manhattan, as well as the mixed-use residential complex Third Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to rejoining CetraRuddy, McFarland served as a principal at VOA (now Stantec), where he led the design and construction commencement of Virgin Hotels’ first Manhattan property. A native New Yorker, he holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute.
“We’re proud to have Brian McFarland back on our team, an architect I have known for 15 years and someone whose accomplishments speak for themselves,” says CetraRuddy founding principal John Cetra, FAIA. “Brian shares CetraRuddy’s intimate knowledge of development challenges and our fundamental belief in thoughtful design solutions that respond to urban context in sensitive and innovative ways.”
Added Cetra, “Brian’s involvement will help us continue to expand our footprint and increase our design leadership with the meaningful, market-leading projects that are the hallmark of our practice.”