Joseph F. Hatem, Jr., AIA, NCARB (Joe)
Principal in Charge

Mr. Hatem is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Architecture with a strong background in educational and commercial building design. As Principal in Charge, Joe has extensive planning and design experience with K-12, university and office project types. He prides himself on being a hands-on member of the team by being accessible to and serving as a client’s primary point of contact. His responsibilities include marketing, design, coordination of work with consultants and clients, supervising and developing work through in-house staff, and assisting in securing approvals from local, state, and federal agencies. Joe is also the Business Manager for the firm.

Stephen L. Nelson, AIA, NCARB (Steve)
Coordinating Principal 

Mr. Nelson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Architecture with a strong background in building design and constructability. As a Coordinating Principal, Steve serves primarily as the firm’s prime designer and quality assurance professional. He draws upon a comprehensive understanding of how buildings are put together to ensure each project meets the highest standard of quality and constructability.

James M. Hodges, AIA, NCARB (Jim)
Principal

Mr. Hodges is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Architecture with a strong background in building design and computer management. As a Principal with the firm, Jim is responsible for marketing, design, project coordinating, and computer management. Through the use of state-of-the-art building information modeling software he is able to efficiently implement and produce architectural projects. The 3-D software allows the client to better visualize the project during design and helps with consultant coordination.

Paul R. Garafola, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Principal

Mr. Garafola is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Architecture holding both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He has a strong background in industrial building planning and design. As a Principal with the firm, Paul’s responsibilities include management, client relations and contracts, design, coordination of work with consultants and clients, and production of construction documents and construction administration. He provides innovative design solutions to complex manufacturing processes through his comprehensive background in industrial architecture.