As principal of Architecture ▪ Design ▪ Alliance and managing partner of McQueenVerdi ▪ Group, Kevin McQueen is responsible for the organization and day-to-day operations of both companies. Since first honing his design sense as a high school student enamored by courses in architecture and drafting, he went on to earn degrees in construction technology from Norwalk Technical College and architecture from Ohio State University—developing, therein, a mastery of construction technology, creative practice, and historical context. Then, before founding his own firm and his second with Verdi, he spent more than a decade perfecting his command over every facet of the profession—leading several of the region’s largest firms in the areas of technology, code compliance, construction administration, and project management.
Today, in addition to managing two companies and their ever-evolving family of projects, McQueen continues to pursue professional development through membership with the American Institute of Architects, A.I.A. Connecticut; the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and the International Code Council. He also maintains registration in Connecticut as an interior designer and, of course, in both New York and Connecticut as a registered architect specializing in sustainability and residential and corporate design.
At the age of thirteen, Philip deVries began training in furniture design under the tutelage of his father, and just one year later he produced the drawings for his first residential building. Years later, after studying architecture at Cornell University and industrial design at the Philadelphia University of the Arts, he founded deVries Design and has since provided more than thirty years of design service to corporations of a national and international scale. Past and present clients include Union Carbide, Corning, Union National, The Hitchcock Chair Co., Pickard China, and Fostoria Glass—and deVries is perhaps best known for creating the first Frigidaire design studio for General Motors in Brazil while also leading the interior design of the company’s first Brazilian-born automobile. Meanwhile, his designs encompassing everything from computer components to New York commercial buildings and multi-million-dollar coastal estates have been featured in the pages of Furniture World, Furniture Today, Boston Magazine, Architectural Digest, and Country Life Magazine.
A facility design specialist with a career focused in healthcare and laboratory construction, Eric Fink is one of the industry’s foremost experts in scientific facilities architecture. Since studying industrial design, mechanical engineering, and architecture technology at Kalamazoo Valley College and the New York Institute of Technology, he has amassed more than two decades of technical design and development experience through work on some of the Northeast’s largest medical research entities including Columbia University, Princeton University, Cornell University, GlaxoSmithKline, Rockefeller University, Yeshiva University, AECOM, and the New York Department of Environmental Protection. Fink’s national design awards include two “Lab of the Year” designations from R&D Magazine and an A.I.A. Design Award, and he maintains additional certifications in occupational (OSHA), healthcare, and fire safety. Prior to joining A▪D▪A, Fink spent six years with an international consulting firm as a specialist in the programming, planning, and design of research and instructional laboratories; and a combined seventeen years as a healthcare and facilities planner for AHSC McLellan Copenhagen and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Stuart Garber’s résumé boasts decades of diverse experience as a licensed architect. He is A▪D▪A’s healthcare department leader, responsible for designing a vast array of medical and institutional facilities that range from office suites and classrooms to operating rooms and research laboratories. During his career he’s worked with some of the most renowned medical facilities in the area, including Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and Montefiore Hospital. Garber’s dedication to his projects is clear from inception through completion and his expertise in all phases of these ventures is vast. Garber has worked in and around the New York City Metropolitan area for most of his career where he has been the Project Manager on corporate financial projects that included financial office suites and trading floors for several Capital / Hedge Funds. His experience also includes the interior and exterior renovation of a multi-unit 14 story residential building on Fifth Avenue and the renovation of a single-family Brownstone in Gramercy Park. Clients acclaim his skills in creating, documenting, and implementing concise construction plans. He is a graduate of Syracuse University School of Architecture, currently an active member of the American Institute of Architects and holds his NCARB certification.
Vivian Ditisheim has over 20 years of experience in designing and managing high value commercial and residential projects. Born in NYC with a Swiss upbringing she has worked on projects in both the United States and Europe with a concentration of her more recent commercial experience being waterfront developments in the tri-state area. She has been the Project Architect and Project Manager for multimillion dollar commercial projects including the renovation of a gas station into a state-of-the-art restaurant in Brooklyn for the Owner of the River Cafe, the renovation of a condemned industrial building into a new home for Rockland Community College’s satellite campus, new corporate offices for Red Bull Energy Drink, new Fairway Markets throughout the Tri-State region, and a 196,000 SF bus depot & offices for Coach USA. Ditisheim’ s residential experience includes estates throughout Litchfield and Westchester Counties and most notably the restoration of a Marcel Breuer residence in Connecticut. At A▪D▪A, Vivian specializes in the design, construction documentation and management of residential and commercial projects in both Connecticut and New York. Clients continuously benefit from her diverse background, flexibility and skill set. She graduated from Barnard College with a major in art history, attended Parson’s School of Interior Design and obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from City College of NY.