Leadership

A team of forward-thinking industry leaders united in collaboration and the pursuit of breakthrough ideas.

Firm Leadership

Phil Kuttner Partner & Chief Executive Officer

Phil Kuttner

Partner & Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

As Chief Executive Officer, Phil collaborates with our leaders to create an evolving, ambitious vision for Little that motivates our people and creates a competitive advantage for our clients. He is responsible for maintaining a culture of empowered people who are enthusiastic collaborators and who are great at using their imaginations. He also ensures that people at Little are deeply involved in volunteer leadership and pro bono activity in our communities, and that we are using our talents as designers to do our part in creating a better future for people. 

Phil is active in the AIA CEO Large Firm Round Table and has served as an AIA Charlotte Board member. His current and past community leadership includes President of the Catawba Lands Conservancy, Board Member and Chairman of the Mecklenburg County United Way campaign and Chairman of the AEC Division of the Arts & Science Council. 

A 30-year veteran of the practice, Phil earned his Bachelor of Science in Design and Master of Architecture from Clemson University. He has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, including the AIA National Convention and INC Magazine’s CEO Symposium, and has served on multiple AIA Design Award juries.

John Komisin Partner, President & Chief Operating Officer

John Komisin

Partner, President & Chief Operating Officer
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

As President & Chief Operating Officer, John is responsible for practice management and overall operations for Little’s six offices across the US and in China. He partners with design professionals throughout the firm to assure that we are delivering superior design solutions and client service across our international platform, resulting in measurable improvement for our clients.

During his 40-year career John has provided design services nationally and internationally, specializing in office and mixed-use projects, as well as corporate workplace environments for developers, corporations, governments and institutional investors. A LEED Accredited Professional, he is a vocal advocate for sustainable design and green building principles and on energy policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University, and studied at the University of Florence in Italy.

Tom Balke Partner & Schools Studio Principal

Tom Balke

Partner & Schools Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Tom leads a team of architects, programmers, planners and designers dedicated to the design of pre-K through 12th grade learning environments. As a Studio Principal in the Community Practice, he and his team focus on projects in the traditional public, public charter, private and faith-based school markets.

Throughout his 28 years in school design and construction, Tom has honed his expertise in programming schools, and in site and building master planning. Clients he has partnered with include Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Jacobs, Invest Collegiate, Charlotte Latin School, Hammond School, Surry County Schools and the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.

Tom continues to further his knowledge of educational design, serving as an adjunct professor at UNC Charlotte and being a presenter at CEFPI, School Building Expo, NAIS, NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools and NC Public Charter School Association conferences.

Tom received his Bachelor of Arts in architecture from the University of North Carolina at charlotte and his Master of architecture from Washington University.

Bruce Barteldt Partner & Retail Global Practice Leader

Bruce Barteldt

Partner & Retail Global Practice Leader
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

As leader of Little’s Retail Practice, Bruce blends strategic management responsibility with creative talents that span from ideation through implementation. Motivated by a future orientation, he charts the strategy for the entire Retail Practice group and all that this responsibility encompasses.

Bruce specializes in strategic planning, brand vision and conceptualization and business diversification planning. He is a recognized thought leader whose ideas about trends and phenomena affecting customer experience and design thinking are published in industry leading publications.

The 30 year veteran is frequently a featured presenter at national and international industry conferences, and he has served as a judge for retail design award programs. Bruce is a member of the DDI editorial board and serves on the Association for Retail Environments Board of Directors. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Robert Bishop Partner & Durham Office President

Robert Bishop

Partner & Durham Office President
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

As president of Little’s Durham, NC office, Robert focuses his energy on earning client trust, fostering design excellence, creating a shared vision and mentoring the extraordinarily talented individuals in his office. He firmly believes that design matters most when it creates greater opportunities and enhances life for people in the communities we serve.

Robert is a regular contributor to the industry through speaking and writing on the subjects of enhancing the collegiate student life experience, student recruitment and retention, and the benefits of creating public-private partnerships for schools and municipalities. He sits on the board of numerous non-profit organizations where he has helped projects become reality through the implementation of creative funding strategies. 

A 31 year veteran in the field of architectural practice, Robert received his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

Kate Bitterwolf-Hyde National Director of Human Resources

Kate Bitterwolf-Hyde

National Director of Human Resources
Accreditation
PHR

An impassioned advocate for employee growth, Kate seeks opportunities to ensure that every member of Little enjoys the most rewarding career possible during his or her tenure with the firm. Her leadership as National Director of Human Resources is based on a belief that every person offers unique value and has unlimited potential, and she uses that principle as a foundation upon which to build the activities she and her team develop and implement.

Kate has over 20 years of Human Resources experience. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Idaho.

Terry Bradshaw Chief Financial Officer

Terry Bradshaw

Chief Financial Officer
Accreditation
CPA

As Chief Financial Officer, Terry leads Little’s Accounting and Finance team as well as several operational and administrative functions within the firm. His focus on delivering “Best in Class” financial management through innovative solutions is the foundation for his activities and for those on the teams he manages.

Terry’s 20 year professional career includes a diverse background in both Public Accounting and the Real Estate Industry. A registered CPA, Terry’s current professional affiliations include the American Institute of CPAs, the North Carolina Association of CPAs and he is an advisory member of the Real Estate Roundtable Tax Policy Committee.

Terry earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University.

Thomas Carlson-Reddig Partner & Community Global Practice Leader

Thomas Carlson-Reddig

Partner & Community Global Practice Leader
Accreditation
AIA, LEED AP

A 29 year veteran in the design of award-winning projects, Tom’s focus as Global Community Practice Leader is on the strategic direction, management and growth of the firm's Higher Education, Civic, Schools and Justice studios across all offices.

Fueled by the desire to exceed client expectations, Tom strives to bring something fresh to every project. He and his team base their design approach on the user’s perspective, with the goal of creating memorable and meaningful environments that enhance people’s lives.

Tom is a design review committee member for the Center for Architecture in Raleigh, a member of the Charlotte Educational Committee and a design juror for three AIA chapters. He has taught extensively at UNC Charlotte’s College of Architecture, where he continues to serve as a juror and advisor.

In addition to authoring two books, Tom has written articles on education design for various journals and been a presenter at CEFPI. He earned his Masters of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Ruth Cline Partner & Interiors Studio Principal

Ruth Cline

Partner & Interiors Studio Principal
Accreditation
IIDA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C

Inspiring design excellence and cultivating strong relationships are among Ruth’s top priorities as a Studio Principal in our Workplace Practice. She and her team of highly talented architects and interior designers are passionate about designing creating innovative interior environments that enhance the lives of the people who occupy them and exceed client expectations. 

Ruth believes that more is learned by listening than by speaking, and couples that knowledge with insights gained through research and exploration to further elevate the design solutions created for clients like Duke Energy, Premier, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, BB&T, VF Corporation, Delhaize America and Mecklenburg County.  

Ruth serves the next generation of designers through her active involvement with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) as a mentor, lecturer and educator. Throughout her 30 year career she has spoken at a variety of industry conferences and events, including those sponsored by NeoCon, NeoCon East, IFMA, CREW, IIDA and AIA. Ruth received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Appalachian State University.

Michael Coates Partner & Director of Design

Michael Coates

Partner & Director of Design
Accreditation
AIA

Michael, a Director of Design at Little, believes that knowledge is gained more readily through listening than by speaking. This philosophy drives his leadership approach – one of active listening, deep probing and intense collaboration to create innovative design solutions uniquely driven by the client’s needs.

A versatile architect with a balance of design and technical expertise, Michael is adept at coordinating all aspects of project design, from concept design, design development, construction document production and construction administration.

Michael has won numerous design awards throughout his 19 year career and been published in numerous publications. He is a visiting critic at the College of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and North Carolina State University. Michael earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Ping Cui Beijing Office President

Ping Cui

Beijing Office President

President of Little’s China office, Ping (Maggie) is passionate about leveraging the full creativity of every project team member. By partnering with design professionals across the firm, Maggie is committed to superior results that exceed client expectations across market segments which include mixed-use, education, hospitality and high-rise projects.

Maggie has over 22 years of experience as both a designer and a developer and frequently serves as a consultant on challenges related to development. She received her Master of Science in Statistics from The University of Toledo and a Bachelor of Urban Planning from Shandong Institute of Architecture.

Tomas Jiménez-Eliaeson Partner & Director of Design

Tomas Jiménez-Eliaeson

Partner & Director of Design
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB LEED AP BD+C

Tomas, a Design Director within Little’s Community Practice, leads a team of architects and designers dedicated to civic and educational design who thrive on creating design solutions that enable clients to be even better at what they do.

Rooted in his belief that research, innovation, sustainable responsibility and design are the glue that holds everything together, Tomas continually seeks opportunities to make things better, more efficient and more innovative. His emphasis is on urban design, building design, building technology and the design process, from conceptual design to construction administration.

A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, Tomas has won numerous design and competition awards throughout his 17 year career and been published for his thought leadership regarding the future of learning. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Houston, his Master of Architecture in Design/Urban Design from the University of Texas at Austin, and studied at the Center d’Etude d’architecture et d’Urbanisme in Saintes, France.

Nancy Everhart Partner & Service Retail Studio Principal

Nancy Everhart

Partner & Service Retail Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, CDT, LEED AP BD+C

Nancy is a seasoned Studio Principal in our Retail Practice who specializes in the design of service retail environments. Recognizing that the absence of having a product to communicate what they’re about means that service retailers must rely heavily on their store environment to project their brand, she listens intently and probes deeply to ensure a full understanding of their needs then crafts dynamic teams to create extraordinary design solutions to meet those needs.

In addition to fostering a collaborative culture in which people can excel, Nancy is actively engaged within the industry. She has been published regionally and nationally on topics related to service retail and sustainability, and is a member of the Association for Retail Environments.

Nancy, a 27 year veteran of the profession, received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte.

Jim Hair Partner & Orlando Office President

Jim Hair

Partner & Orlando Office President
Accreditation
NCIDQ, LEED AP

As leader of Little’s Orlando office, Jim is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the Workplace, Healthcare, Retail and Community market sectors in the Florida market. In addition to nurturing existing client relationships and building new ones, he is deeply invested in hiring, developing and mentoring the best talent possible to ensure the delivery of extraordinary design solutions.

Jim firmly believes that the intersection of expertise and collaboration between diverse talent is how breakthrough ideas are born. He puts his passion for enhancing people’s lives through the delivery of sustainably responsible design solutions in to practice for clients like Crescent Communities, Florida Hospital, Adventist Health System, Connextions and CFE Federal Credit Union.

A 24 year veteran in the profession, Jim is a member of IIDA, CREW and CoreNet and serves as a board member for A Gift for Teaching. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the International Academy of Design in Tampa, Florida.

Susan Hensey Partner & CAFM & Occupancy Strategies Studio Principal

Susan Hensey

Partner & CAFM & Occupancy Strategies Studio Principal
Accreditation
FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Susan leads the CAFM & Occupancy Strategies team, a multi-disciplinary space management and facility planning studio of Little that helps clients optimize the performance of their real estate assets both today and in anticipation of the future.

Using computer aided facilities management (CAFM) and strategic planning methodologies, she and her team create strategic facility plans that integrate an organization’s real estate strategies with its business vision, enabling them to demonstrate measurable improvements in real estate asset performance.

A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Susan leverages her extensive experience in the field of architecture from being project based into that of consultancy. She frequently shares her knowledge at national industry conferences, including IFMA World Workplace, CoreNet and Tradeline, and is an active member of the AIA Contracts Document Committee.

Susan is a 30 year veteran of the profession. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Kansas State University and studied at the University of Copenhagen.

Tina Howell Director of Marketing & Business Development

Tina Howell

Director of Marketing & Business Development

In her role as Director of Marketing and Business Development, Tina is responsible for firm-wide marketing strategy and planning, brand management, public relations, direct marketing, social media and other external communications, business development planning and implementation, and proposal development.

Tina is surrounded by talented, creative professionals who collaborate intensely and enthusiastically to deliver unmatched marketing and business development expertise to the firm. A strong advocate for work/life balance, she empowers her team to pursue their professional goals while nurturing their personal interests.

A member of the American Marketing Association and the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) Council, Tina has served as a guest lecturer on the topic of marketing and business development for the College of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Daniel Montaño Partner & Creative Director

Daniel Montaño

Partner & Creative Director
Accreditation
LEED AP, CDT

A Studio Principal within Little's Retail Practice, Daniel applies his 17 years of experience in the orchestration of research, strategy, branding architecture, interiors and graphic communication to the resolution of the multi-faceted challenges facing today's retailers. He engages with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver integrated creative solutions that build brand equity, connect with consumers and improve the bottom line.

Daniel believes that the best and often simplest idea comes from an in-depth understanding of the variables that influence the opportunity at hand. Listening first, he then collaborates with project team members to balance fact-based research with creative intuition and develop compelling solutions for our clients.

In addition to speaking at national and international industry conferences, projects Daniel has led have appeared in trade publications and been recognized with various design awards. He serves on the International Advisory Board for NC State University's College of Textiles and the Industry Advisory Board for VM+SD magazine. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

Tim Morrison Partner & Supermarkets Studio Principal

Tim Morrison

Partner & Supermarkets Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

During the course of his 30 year career, Tim has become a recognized expert in supermarket design and construction. As Supermarkets Studio Principal within Little’s Retail Practice, he oversees some of the most creative design solutions for this building type and ensures large scale program delivery for national clients. 

Tim’s commitment to design excellence, coupled with his prior experience working for a major supermarket chain, has clarified the requirements of his team from the client’s point of view. He understands the architect’s role of designing a unique solution to a flagship store or organizing the talents necessary to deliver takeovers, remodels, new store prototypes and one-offs. 

Working with many of the most respected supermarket innovators and successful chains in the country has made Tim a sought after knowledge resource for his specialized perspective. His contributions have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Supermarket News and Progressive Grocer, and he was recognized as Retail Construction magazine’s Retail Designer of the Year in 2008.

Tim received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Eddie Portis Partner & Office Studio Principal

Eddie Portis

Partner & Office Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, CDT, LEED BD+C

In his role as Studio Principal within Little’s Workplace Practice, Eddie crafts and organizes large teams to develop complex projects. He guides the establishment of the studio members’ collective beliefs, which are focused on being client driven, sustainably intelligent and on designing buildings that are built to last.

Eddie is committed to delivering projects that directly reflect client goals and objectives, and finds motivation in the appreciation of satisfied clients. Understanding that project execution is equally as important as project design, he ensures the continuity of key members within each project team to maintain consistency and ensure quality delivery.

Among the clients Eddie has worked with during his 17 year career are Crescent Communities, Adventist Health System, Founders Federal Credit Union, Florida Hospital and The Inspiration Networks. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  

Carol Rickard-Brideau Partner & Workplace Global Practice Leader

Carol Rickard-Brideau

Partner & Workplace Global Practice Leader
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, provisional WELL AP

Carol is the Global Leader for Little's Workplace Practice, responsible for quality growth in each of Little's workplace studios and offices while elevating the firm's international reputation in thought leadership, innovation and breakthrough ideas.

With over 33 years in practice, Carol is a leader for the firm in the intersection between architecture and human neurobiology and the WELL Building Standard. She has a passion for salutogenic design and its impact on human wellness, happiness and productivity.

A guest critic and lecturer at design schools, Carol has been published both nationally and internationally and is frequently a featured presenter at national conferences on Workplace.  She received her Bachelor degree from The Catholic University of America, her Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and is a LEED and provisional WELL Accredited Professional. 

Jeff Roark Partner & Corporate Retail Studio Principal

Jeff Roark

Partner & Corporate Retail Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, LEED AP BD+C

The team Jeff leads as a Studio Principal within Little’s Retail Practice concentrates on national / international volume building programs, with an emphasis on the use of technology and improved processes to streamline the execution of multi-unit rollouts. A LEED Accredited Professional, Jeff also partners with a variety of Little’s retail clients to advance sustainable design strategies within their programs.

Jeff, a quick study with a passion for client service, understands his clients’ business drivers and goals and possesses the sense of urgency required to successfully meet those needs – from design through implementation.

Jeff serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Commercial Construction & Renovation (CCR) magazine and on the Board of Trustees for the Clemson Architectural Foundation (CAF).  He speaks frequently at retail industry events, including ICSC CenterBuild and the CCR Summit.

A 31 year veteran in the profession, Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science in Design from Clemson University. He also studied at the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy.

Doug Robidoux Partner & LA Office President

Doug Robidoux

Partner & LA Office President
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

In his role as president of Little’s Los Angeles Office, Doug oversees the strategic direction of the office, develops existing market sector strategies and works with leaders to create new ones, mentors staff and nurtures the firm’s vision and culture within the office.

Doug’s passion for the fusion of design excellence and implementation technology drives him and his team to explore multiple design solutions to address each client’s goals. This philosophy prompts the creation of diverse and highly integrated teams, whose collaboration fuels breakthrough thinking and results in superior results that exceed client expectations.

In addition to speaking at industry conferences, Doug has contributed to articles in Banking Strategies, Sources + Design magazine and the Orange County Business Journal. He actively supports a variety of charitable organizations and foundations, including the Vons Foundation, The Timothy R. Hatch Foundation, The Crystal Cove Alliance, Smart & Final Charity and the Aids Project Los Angeles. Doug received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.

Jim Thompson Partner & Director of Design

Jim Thompson

Partner & Director of Design
Accreditation
AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C

Jim, a Director of Design in Little’s Workplace Practice, specializes in shaping remarkable workplace environments that positively impact people and have a measurable return on investment for our clients. His philosophy, borne from open-minded thinking, team participation and collaboration, is akin to an academic approach where the process of design is visible and the sharing of knowledge is evident.

An award-winning designer with 20 years of experience, Jim has been the senior designer on much of the firm’s leading workplace projects in the United States and China. He has served as a guest critic, juror, design mentor and teacher, and is on the Advisory Board of two design schools. Jim has been published in numerous national publications and is frequently a featured presenter at national conferences. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  

Charles Todd Partner & DC Office President

Charles Todd

Partner & DC Office President
Accreditation
AIA

Charles has worked on numerous justice, civic and educational buildings during his 18 year career, with a specialization in the programming, assessment and functional evaluation of facility design. As a Studio Principal in the Community Practice, he cultivates a design approach in which listening and critical thinking result in the delivery of environments that are creative, durable and distinctive.

Charles is unrelenting in his quest to deliver unmatched customer service and to create functional designs that meet the operational and business needs of each client. Wake County Government, Campbell University, Wake County Public School System, District of Columbia, Henderson Collegiate and the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh are among the clients he has partnered with.

Charles is a Professional Practice Team Leader/Juror at NC State University and a member of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice. He received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

John Walker Partner & Critical Facilities Practice Leader

John Walker

Partner & Critical Facilities Practice Leader
Accreditation
AIA, CCCA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

With 17 of his 27 years of experience focused solely on critical facilities, John specializes in guiding multi-disciplinary project teams through the functional and operational issues associated with the design of these complex technology facilities.

As the leader of Little’s Critical Facilities team, John fosters the collaborative design process he believes is essential to the successful development of critical facilities. He balances the challenges of this building type accommodation of technology and supporting infrastructure, protection of systems from risks to uptime and provision for operation and maintenance throughout the life cycle – with the best use of the owner’s budget and schedule resources.

Some of the clients John has worked with are Wells Fargo, Capital One, BB&T, SAS Institute, Time Warner Cable and Duke Energy. He is an active member of the 7X24 Exchange and the Carolinas 7X24 Exchange chapter. John received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Jim Williams Partner & National Director of Design

Jim Williams

Partner & National Director of Design
Accreditation
AIA, LEED AP BD+C

As Little’s National Director of Design, Jim leads the integration of our design methodology and sustainable platform to uncover the hidden opportunities of every project. He is a fervent advocate of a collaborative, team approach to creative problem solving, focused on designing environments that enhance peoples’ lives.

Jim is involved with design decisions throughout the entire firm, and most recently has worked with Queens University of Charlotte, LinkedIn, Belk and Surry Community College. He continues to be a driving force behind Little’s adoption of the 2030 Challenge, which is a national initiative that sets incremental energy reduction targets toward carbon neutrality by 2030.

Jim is the current AIA Charlotte President and an AIA NC Board Member, and has served as an inaugural Board Member for USGBC Charlotte and ULI Board Member and Technical Assistance Panel Chairman. He has also been a Studio Professor for the UNC Charlotte School of architecture Masters Design program Professor.

A 29 year veteran, Jim received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Kansas.

Community Practice Leadership

Thomas Carlson-Reddig Partner & Community Global Practice Leader

Thomas Carlson-Reddig

Partner & Community Global Practice Leader
Accreditation
AIA, LEED AP

A 29 year veteran in the design of award-winning projects, Tom’s focus as Global Community Practice Leader is on the strategic direction, management and growth of the firm's Higher Education, Civic, Schools and Justice studios across all offices.

Fueled by the desire to exceed client expectations, Tom strives to bring something fresh to every project. He and his team base their design approach on the user’s perspective, with the goal of creating memorable and meaningful environments that enhance people’s lives.

Tom is a design review committee member for the Center for Architecture in Raleigh, a member of the Charlotte Educational Committee and a design juror for three AIA chapters. He has taught extensively at UNC Charlotte’s College of Architecture, where he continues to serve as a juror and advisor.

In addition to authoring two books, Tom has written articles on education design for various journals and been a presenter at CEFPI. He earned his Masters of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Tom Balke Partner & Schools Studio Principal

Tom Balke

Partner & Schools Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Tom leads a team of architects, programmers, planners and designers dedicated to the design of pre-K through 12th grade learning environments. As a Studio Principal in the Community Practice, he and his team focus on projects in the traditional public, public charter, private and faith-based school markets.

Throughout his 28 years in school design and construction, Tom has honed his expertise in programming schools, and in site and building master planning. Clients he has partnered with include Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Jacobs, Invest Collegiate, Charlotte Latin School, Hammond School, Surry County Schools and the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.

Tom continues to further his knowledge of educational design, serving as an adjunct professor at UNC Charlotte and being a presenter at CEFPI, School Building Expo, NAIS, NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools and NC Public Charter School Association conferences.

Tom received his Bachelor of Arts in architecture from the University of North Carolina at charlotte and his Master of architecture from Washington University.

Michael Coates Partner & Director of Design

Michael Coates

Partner & Director of Design
Accreditation
AIA

Michael, a Director of Design at Little, believes that knowledge is gained more readily through listening than by speaking. This philosophy drives his leadership approach – one of active listening, deep probing and intense collaboration to create innovative design solutions uniquely driven by the client’s needs.

A versatile architect with a balance of design and technical expertise, Michael is adept at coordinating all aspects of project design, from concept design, design development, construction document production and construction administration.

Michael has won numerous design awards throughout his 19 year career and been published in numerous publications. He is a visiting critic at the College of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and North Carolina State University. Michael earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Shannon Crane Civic & Justice Studio Principal

Shannon Crane

Civic & Justice Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP

As a Studio Principal in Little’s Community Practice, Shannon is responsible for the marketing, project pursuit, studio management, project development and overall client satisfaction for civic and justice projects, as well as the professional development of her team.

With over 19 years of experience in the design and construction of civic, educational and justice facilities, she seeks opportunities in every project to deliver on Little’s brand promise of ‘results beyond architecture’. Shannon is passionate about sustainable building design and creating comprehensive solutions for her clients.

She earned her Masters of Architecture from North Carolina State University.

Tomas Jiménez-Eliaeson Partner & Director of Design

Tomas Jiménez-Eliaeson

Partner & Director of Design
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB LEED AP BD+C

Tomas, a Design Director within Little’s Community Practice, leads a team of architects and designers dedicated to civic and educational design who thrive on creating design solutions that enable clients to be even better at what they do.

Rooted in his belief that research, innovation, sustainable responsibility and design are the glue that holds everything together, Tomas continually seeks opportunities to make things better, more efficient and more innovative. His emphasis is on urban design, building design, building technology and the design process, from conceptual design to construction administration.

A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, Tomas has won numerous design and competition awards throughout his 17 year career and been published for his thought leadership regarding the future of learning. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Houston, his Master of Architecture in Design/Urban Design from the University of Texas at Austin, and studied at the Center d’Etude d’architecture et d’Urbanisme in Saintes, France.

Leigh Anne Jones Higher Education Studio Principal

Leigh Anne Jones

Higher Education Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Leigh Anne’s depth of experience in a variety of project types is one of the benefits her clients enjoy. As a Higher Education Studio Principal, her higher education project experience includes labs, libraries, classrooms, athletic facilities, performing art centers, student centers and landscape improvements.

With over 25 years of experience, Leigh Anne shares a passion for achieving project success by working with diverse user groups to create outstanding solutions. Her portfolio includes clients such as Cornell University, John Hopkins University, California Institute of Technology and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Leigh Anne received her Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University.

Rob Klinedinst Higher Education Studio Principal

Rob Klinedinst

Higher Education Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Rob is a seasoned architect who has in-depth knowledge of planning and design of higher education facilities. He leads a team that shares his client-centered philosophy, which is built on trust and an unwavering commitment to excellence through the delivery of outstanding client service and the creation of innovative and unique design solutions.

Rob has served as an adjunct professor at Pennsylvania School of Art and Design and been an advisory member for Central Maine Community College, University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College and the Poland, Maine Economic Development Committee . He has spoken and written on topics concerning student housing, campus planning and design, STEM learning environments and sustainable design.

He has 23 years of experience, and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and his Masters of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.

Shannon Rydell Higher Education Studio Principal

Shannon Rydell

Higher Education Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

Shannon offers nearly 20 years of dedicated career experience to the field of education design. As a Studio Principal in the Community Practice, he is chiefly responsible for building and maintaining relationships with higher education clients, and for managing teams of designers and architects on a day to day basis. Known by his clients and peers as a strong collaborator and great listener, Shannon believes that building consensus is the key to any truly innovative design solution.

Shannon brings a passion for higher education research and design, and regularly speaks about these topics on a regional and national platform through organizations such as the Society of College & University Planners. He has also served as a guest lecturer, juror, and adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities within the region. Shannon received his Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his Bachelors of Architecture from North Carolina State University.

Jay Tittle Schools Studio Principal

Jay Tittle

Schools Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA

Jay is a hands-on leader with over 30 years of experience working on numerous educational, institutional and civic projects. An adept and strategic problem solver, Jay successfully works with diverse community groups to develop great design solutions that are delivered through effective communication and coordination.

Jay is a specialist in designing education facilities in the state of California and deals daily with the Division of State Architect (DSA), California Department of Education (CDE), Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) and local jurisdictions in order to obtain project approvals. He also has vast knowledge of state laws, Title 24 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from California State Polytechnic University.

Consulting Specialties Leadership

Phil Kuttner Partner & Chief Executive Officer

Phil Kuttner

Partner & Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

As Chief Executive Officer, Phil collaborates with our leaders to create an evolving, ambitious vision for Little that motivates our people and creates a competitive advantage for our clients. He is responsible for maintaining a culture of empowered people who are enthusiastic collaborators and who are great at using their imaginations. He also ensures that people at Little are deeply involved in volunteer leadership and pro bono activity in our communities, and that we are using our talents as designers to do our part in creating a better future for people. 

Phil is active in the AIA CEO Large Firm Round Table and has served as an AIA Charlotte Board member. His current and past community leadership includes President of the Catawba Lands Conservancy, Board Member and Chairman of the Mecklenburg County United Way campaign and Chairman of the AEC Division of the Arts & Science Council. 

A 30-year veteran of the practice, Phil earned his Bachelor of Science in Design and Master of Architecture from Clemson University. He has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, including the AIA National Convention and INC Magazine’s CEO Symposium, and has served on multiple AIA Design Award juries.

Vickie Breemes Director of Advanced Building Technologies

Vickie Breemes

Director of Advanced Building Technologies
Accreditation
CSI, CCS, LEED AP BD+C

Vickie directs the talented professionals on Little’s Advanced Building Technologies team, whose sole focus is furthering the firm’s progress in the areas of technical quality, sustainability and professional development.

A passionate advocate for “doing the right thing” to preserve our planet, Vickie filters her daily responsibilities through that lens to ensure each decision she makes and every action the team takes supports this goal. She believes that viewing sustainability in its simplest form will stimulate knowledge sharing and spark breakthrough thinking, resulting in superior results and creating a better future for people.

Vickie is actively involved with advancing Little’s adoption of the 2030 Challenge. She is a member of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable Sustainable Design Leaders and has held various leadership positions within the USGBC’s Charlotte chapter. Vickie received her degree from The Boyd School in Pittsburgh and has 17 years of experience.

Santiago Crespo Director of Branded Graphics

Santiago Crespo

Director of Branded Graphics

Santiago, Little’s Director of Branded Graphics, leads a nimble team of talented designers who devote their efforts to crafting memorable experiences that demonstrate the values and promise of our clients’ brands. He understands that, because all mediums (environmental, digital, collateral, web, mobile and social) collide in today’s built environment, a well-choreographed experience will compel the end user to engage and transact with the brand with increasing depth and breadth.

Santiago has been published and spoken about brand design in various venues, and is a member of both the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD). Among the companies he has worked with are The Home Depot, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Florida Hospital, Concentra, Target, Kodak, McDonalds, Blockbuster, OfficeMax, Smithsonian, Tweeter, and Rubio’s.

Santiago earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts from Kent State University and is an Adjunct Faculty Professor at Winthrop University. He has 19 years of experience in the profession.

Dan Gill Mechanical Engineering Studio Principal

Dan Gill

Mechanical Engineering Studio Principal
Accreditation
PE

As Little’s Mechanical Engineering Studio Principal, Dan has the privilege of being involved in the earliest stages of a project and leading its mechanical design throughout the entire process. He is a firm believer that listening intensely and gaining a solid understanding of a client’s business and processes is absolutely critical to the success of any project.

Dan owned his own mechanical engineering firm for 13 of his 19 years in the profession. This time of ownership shaped his philosophy toward enhancing a client’s business, and ultimately their bottom line, through the innovative integration of engineering tools. His involvement in forensic engineering afforded Dan the opportunity to view construction issues, solve them within a defined project framework, identify potential sources of future issues and proactively develop plans to minimize them.

Dan remains connected to new technologies through his membership in ASHRAE and the Association of Energy Engineers, and is continually furthering his knowledge of how they and other resources can be applied to benefit of clients. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from NC State University.

David Powlen National Land Development Services Studio Principal

David Powlen

National Land Development Services Studio Principal
Accreditation
RLA, LEED AP BD+C

In his role as Studio Principal of Little’s Land Development Studio, David partners with clients to create innovative design solutions that enhance people’s lives and the natural environments within which we live. He and his team seek opportunities in the uniqueness of each project to form experiences that enliven our surroundings and exceed client expectations.

David’s 25 years of experience includes public and private projects, ranging from urban streetscapes to corporate campuses, for clients like Food Lion, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Grubb Properties, Charlotte Latin School and the Ronald McDonald House. He received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University.

Stephen Robey Electrical Engineering Studio Principal

Stephen Robey

Electrical Engineering Studio Principal
Accreditation
P.E.

Steve, Studio Principal of Little’s Electrical Engineering Studio, guides a team of seasoned electrical engineers in the design of functional, cost effective and energy efficient solutions for clients. With experience across a vast array of market sectors, both nationally and internationally, he ensures a collaborative approach to electrical design that capitalizes on the collective intelligence of his entire team.

Steve also believes strongly in listening intently and probing deeply to ensure a full understanding of clients needs. His portfolio includes clients such as VA Medical Center, Waldorf Le Meridien Hotel and US Marine Special Operations Command.

With more than 26 years managing and designing multi-disciplinary projects, Steve received his BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from South Bank University in London.

Jeff Roman National Director of Engineering

Jeff Roman

National Director of Engineering
Accreditation
PE, LEED AP

In his role as Little’s National Director of Engineering, Jeff leads our Mechanical, Electrical, and Structural Engineering teams across the country.  A strong believer that collaboration between all professions delivers the best designs for our clients, he challenges the status quo to uncover innovative and sustainable solutions that have a measurable impact on people’s lives.

During his 15 years in the industry, Jeff has worked with North American Properties, Champion Development Corporation, Songy Partners Realty, Florida Gulf Coast University, and numerous cities and counties.

Jeff has delivered presentations on Low Impact Development, Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Leadership, and has contributed to articles in Fortune and PE Magazine. He actively promotes his profession and STEM through community volunteerism and involvement in local education.

Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Bo Sun Director of Design

Bo Sun

Director of Design
Accreditation
RLA, AICP, CDT, LEED AP BD+C

As a Director of Design with 20 years of experience, Bo’s emphasis is on helping clients achieve strategic development goals through superior design and planning. He leads creative design efforts on projects ranging from single use site plans to large scale mixed-use community plans.

Bo is actively engaged in firm’s pursuit of work in China and has won numerous design awards and competitions. Bo received his Master of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University.

Coby Watts Director of Digital Media

Coby Watts

Director of Digital Media

The digital artists Coby leads create 3d visualization and interactive media to tell the story of a project and help clients clearly understand the designs, concepts and ideas behind it. A passion for quality, commitment to excellent service and ongoing quest for innovation drive Coby and his team to deliver compelling solutions that exceed expectations.

Clients that Little’s Digital Media Group has worked with include the City of Charlotte, Lucky Brand Jeans, Wake County Public Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Crescent Communities, SAS Institute, Winston-Salem State University, Pine Lake Preparatory Charter School, The Catholic University of America and UNC Charlotte.

Coby received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from Western Carolina University and has 19 years of experience.

Dan Wray Structural Engineering Studio Principal

Dan Wray

Structural Engineering Studio Principal
Accreditation
P.E., LEED AP, CDT

As Little’s Structural Engineering Studio Principal, Dan leads the team in the delivery of unique and creative structural engineering solutions for our clients. He is passionate about partnering with Little's architectural studios to achieve our clients’ visions with clear communication, seamless coordination between disciplines and superior attention to detail.

Throughout his 20 year career, Dan has worked with a variety of clients including, Duke Energy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the US Air Force and Delhaize America. He is actively involved in industry organizations such as the American Institute of Steel Construction and serves as Vice President of the Structural Engineers Association of North Carolina.

Dan earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Healthcare Practice Leadership

Roger Wilkerson National Healthcare Studio Principal

Roger Wilkerson

National Healthcare Studio Principal

Roger draws upon his 27 years of experience in management, with an emphasis on healthcare architecture, to oversee the operations, business development and business administration of Little's healthcare team.

He is a passionate believer that working in the healthcare industry allows us to have a positive impact on people’s lives and values the lasting relationships he has cultivated with clients such as Cone Health, Northern Hospital of Surry County, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Onslow Memorial Hospital, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Blue Ridge Healthcare System.

Roger has a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management from Clemson University.

Georgia Cameron Healthcare Studio Principal

Georgia Cameron

Healthcare Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA

Georgia’s approach to healthcare is centered on the patient experience while exceeding expectations of healthcare providers. With nearly 20 years of experience, Georgia has worked on a variety of healthcare facilities including Heart & Vascular, Comprehensive Cancer, Emergency and Women’s Centers.

In addition to providing strong leadership and guidance to her team, Georgia has been actively involved in the professional community. She is the past president for AIA Charlotte, worked with the AIA Center for Civic Leadership and was an editor and contributor to the AIA publication “Living your Life as a Leader.”

Georgia received her Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University.

Keith Fleming National Director of Healthcare Planning & Design

Keith Fleming

National Director of Healthcare Planning & Design
Accreditation
AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Keith has more than 25 years of national and international experience in healthcare facility planning, development, design and project management for community hospitals, systems and academic medical centers.

After receiving his Master of Architecture from Texas A&M University, Keith started his career as a draftsman on a variety of healthcare projects in and around New York City. He has since served major healthcare clients such as Conway Medical Center, Cone Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Nash General Hospital and Northern Hospital of Surry County.

Valerie Miller Healthcare Studio Principal

Valerie Miller

Healthcare Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, LEED AP BD+C, ACHA

In addition to her 12 years of experience in the planning and design of healthcare facilities, Valerie has a sincere passion for positively impacting the patient experience. As a Studio Principal, she works with a team that shares not only her commitment to the patient experience but also to a client-centered philosophy, which is built on trust and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Valerie has extensive experience with hospital projects, freestanding emergency rooms, care centers and pharmacies. She is actively involved in the American College of Healthcare Architects and speaks at and participates in national conferences and committees that advance healthcare design and education.

Valerie received her Master of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Retail Practice Leadership

Bruce Barteldt Partner & Retail Global Practice Leader

Bruce Barteldt

Partner & Retail Global Practice Leader
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

As leader of Little’s Retail Practice, Bruce blends strategic management responsibility with creative talents that span from ideation through implementation. Motivated by a future orientation, he charts the strategy for the entire Retail Practice group and all that this responsibility encompasses.

Bruce specializes in strategic planning, brand vision and conceptualization and business diversification planning. He is a recognized thought leader whose ideas about trends and phenomena affecting customer experience and design thinking are published in industry leading publications.

The 30 year veteran is frequently a featured presenter at national and international industry conferences, and he has served as a judge for retail design award programs. Bruce is a member of the DDI editorial board and serves on the Association for Retail Environments Board of Directors. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

DaMarlon Carter Service Retail Studio Leader

DaMarlon Carter

Service Retail Studio Leader

As a Studio Leader in Little’s Retail Practice, DaMarlon brings more than 15 years of solutions driven, design focused results. He balances a technical approach while creating extraordinary design solutions for an array of retail clients. Those partners, some of which DaMarlon has enjoyed a 10+ year relationship, include Comerica Bank, Bank of America and Lucky Brand Jeans.

DaMarlon has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Nancy Everhart Partner & Service Retail Studio Principal

Nancy Everhart

Partner & Service Retail Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, CDT, LEED AP BD+C

Nancy is a seasoned Studio Principal in our Retail Practice who specializes in the design of service retail environments. Recognizing that the absence of having a product to communicate what they’re about means that service retailers must rely heavily on their store environment to project their brand, she listens intently and probes deeply to ensure a full understanding of their needs then crafts dynamic teams to create extraordinary design solutions to meet those needs.

In addition to fostering a collaborative culture in which people can excel, Nancy is actively engaged within the industry. She has been published regionally and nationally on topics related to service retail and sustainability, and is a member of the Association for Retail Environments.

Nancy, a 27 year veteran of the profession, received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte.

James Farnell Creative Director

James Farnell

Creative Director
Accreditation
RDI, LEED Green Associate

James is an award-winning retail designer with over 20 years of experience working with multi-disciplinary design teams in the creation of world-class, integrated environments that enhance people’s lives. His expertise lies in building a brand experience through the delivery of innovative and meaningful retail solutions which consider every touch point of the branded consumer journey.

As a Retail Director of Design, James manages the design quality and efficient delivery of a diverse range of retail projects, both new and remodels. His approach is driven by his clients’ business goals and a deep knowledge of not just the person, but the product and the place in which it’s used.

In addition to being published nationally and internationally, James is frequently a presenter at industry conferences around the world. He is a member of the Retail Design Institute's International Board of Directors and serves as President of the Institute’s Southern California Chapter.

James received his Diploma Art and Design from Harrogate College of Art & Design in London, England, and his BA Hons Furniture and Product Design from Kingston University in London.

Henry Kwon Supermarkets Studio Principal

Henry Kwon

Supermarkets Studio Principal
Accreditation
LEED AP BD+C

A Retail Studio Principal at Little and 30 year veteran of retail design, Henry leads a team of experts whose design solutions deliver the best shopping environments and most efficient store operations for our clients. Most recently, he has managed adaptive reuse or rebranding projects for more than a dozen national and regional grocers and retail rollout clients, all of which require a thorough understanding of store operations, consumer behavior and shopping trends.

Henry created the “Zero+1” philosophy, through which he and his team offer additional solutions beyond the imagination. This approach guides architects’ and engineers’ efforts to deliver results beyond the client’s goal for schedule, budget and quality.

Henry received his Master in Architectural Engineering from the University of Chunnam in South Korea. He is a Planning Committee member of ICSC Hispanic Market Initiatives San Diego Region.

Jason Loucks Marketplace Studio Principal

Jason Loucks

Marketplace Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB

During the course of his 18 year career, Jason has worked tirelessly to promote innovation through his team and the relationships he has with his clients. As Marketplace Studio Principal within Little’s Retail Practice, he concentrates on supermarket shell/prototype, developer led neighborhood grocery projects and supermarkets integrated into mixed-use developments.

Jason is passionate about ensuring clients and their visions are actively included in every phase of a project so that the design intent and quality of construction is fully executed. His portfolio includes clients such as The Fresh Market, Food Lion, The Baby Grocery Store and Whole Foods.

Jason received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Daniel Montaño Partner & Creative Director

Daniel Montaño

Partner & Creative Director
Accreditation
LEED AP, CDT

A Studio Principal within Little's Retail Practice, Daniel applies his 17 years of experience in the orchestration of research, strategy, branding architecture, interiors and graphic communication to the resolution of the multi-faceted challenges facing today's retailers. He engages with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver integrated creative solutions that build brand equity, connect with consumers and improve the bottom line.

Daniel believes that the best and often simplest idea comes from an in-depth understanding of the variables that influence the opportunity at hand. Listening first, he then collaborates with project team members to balance fact-based research with creative intuition and develop compelling solutions for our clients.

In addition to speaking at national and international industry conferences, projects Daniel has led have appeared in trade publications and been recognized with various design awards. He serves on the International Advisory Board for NC State University's College of Textiles and the Industry Advisory Board for VM+SD magazine. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

Tim Morrison Partner & Supermarkets Studio Principal

Tim Morrison

Partner & Supermarkets Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

During the course of his 30 year career, Tim has become a recognized expert in supermarket design and construction. As Supermarkets Studio Principal within Little’s Retail Practice, he oversees some of the most creative design solutions for this building type and ensures large scale program delivery for national clients. 

Tim’s commitment to design excellence, coupled with his prior experience working for a major supermarket chain, has clarified the requirements of his team from the client’s point of view. He understands the architect’s role of designing a unique solution to a flagship store or organizing the talents necessary to deliver takeovers, remodels, new store prototypes and one-offs. 

Working with many of the most respected supermarket innovators and successful chains in the country has made Tim a sought after knowledge resource for his specialized perspective. His contributions have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Supermarket News and Progressive Grocer, and he was recognized as Retail Construction magazine’s Retail Designer of the Year in 2008.

Tim received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Jeff Roark Partner & Corporate Retail Studio Principal

Jeff Roark

Partner & Corporate Retail Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, LEED AP BD+C

The team Jeff leads as a Studio Principal within Little’s Retail Practice concentrates on national / international volume building programs, with an emphasis on the use of technology and improved processes to streamline the execution of multi-unit rollouts. A LEED Accredited Professional, Jeff also partners with a variety of Little’s retail clients to advance sustainable design strategies within their programs.

Jeff, a quick study with a passion for client service, understands his clients’ business drivers and goals and possesses the sense of urgency required to successfully meet those needs – from design through implementation.

Jeff serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Commercial Construction & Renovation (CCR) magazine and on the Board of Trustees for the Clemson Architectural Foundation (CAF).  He speaks frequently at retail industry events, including ICSC CenterBuild and the CCR Summit.

A 31 year veteran in the profession, Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science in Design from Clemson University. He also studied at the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy.

Y.E. Smith Director of Design

Y.E. Smith

Director of Design
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB

With more than 30 years of practicing architecture, Y.E has led teams in the creation of remarkable architecture internationally, receiving numerous awards from leading industry organizations. As a Director of Design at Little, he leads and implements the design strategy for complex mixed-use, workplace, retail based commercial developments, housing, civic and institutional environments.

Y.E.’s passion and pursuit for design excellence is rooted in gaining a thorough comprehension of the client’s program and proforma, context, user and the ways man-made and nature-made worlds coexist. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Arizona State University and received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design, History and Theory from the Florence, Italy graduate program at Syracuse University.

Workplace Practice Leadership

Carol Rickard-Brideau Partner & Workplace Global Practice Leader

Carol Rickard-Brideau

Partner & Workplace Global Practice Leader
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, provisional WELL AP

Carol is the Global Leader for Little's Workplace Practice, responsible for quality growth in each of Little's workplace studios and offices while elevating the firm's international reputation in thought leadership, innovation and breakthrough ideas.

With over 33 years in practice, Carol is a leader for the firm in the intersection between architecture and human neurobiology and the WELL Building Standard. She has a passion for salutogenic design and its impact on human wellness, happiness and productivity.

A guest critic and lecturer at design schools, Carol has been published both nationally and internationally and is frequently a featured presenter at national conferences on Workplace.  She received her Bachelor degree from The Catholic University of America, her Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and is a LEED and provisional WELL Accredited Professional. 

Todd Benner Interiors Studio Principal

Todd Benner

Interiors Studio Principal

As a Studio Leader in Little’s Workplace Practice, Todd ensures that our interior architecture clients receive the full force of the firm’s creativity and innovation. With more than 18 years of experience across a vast array of market sectors, both nationally and internationally, he is able to apply many crossover strategies to respond to our ever converging marketplace.

Todd believes that a beautiful design is not only aesthetically pleasing and captivating, but truly reflective of and aligned with a client’s cultural make-up, functional needs and aspirational goals. To achieve such beauty, he understands that, as designers, we must become an extension of each client and focus on achieving their goals as if they were our own.

Todd is actively engaged in the Carolinas Chapter of CoreNet Global. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University. Todd has also studied at SCI-Arch in Vico Morcote, Switzerland and participated in international graduate studies at Kent State University in Florence, Italy.

Scott Brideau Workplace Studio Principal

Scott Brideau

Workplace Studio Principal
Accreditation
LEED AP O+M

A seasoned Studio Principal in our Workplace Practice, Scott applies his 28 years of experience in the delivery of workplace design solutions to a diverse range of clients and projects. He fuses his understanding of a company’s DNA with his knowledge of best practices and emerging trends in workplace design to create breakthrough solutions that enhance organizational work patterns and enable the peak performance of individuals and teams.

Scott’s commitment to sustainable solutions extends well beyond LEED. He is current chair of the Community Outreach Committee for CoreNet Global’s Mid Atlantic Chapter and a member of the Sustainability Knowledge Community. Scott served on Arlington (VA) County’s Task Force and Advisory Board for the County’s Community Energy and Sustainability Plan for three years, and for the past two years on the Urban Land Institute’s Sustainability Programs Committee. He is currently serving on the County's Community Energy Plan Implementation Review Committee

Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Catholic University of America and completed coursework toward his Masters of Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Ruth Cline Partner & Interiors Studio Principal

Ruth Cline

Partner & Interiors Studio Principal
Accreditation
IIDA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C

Inspiring design excellence and cultivating strong relationships are among Ruth’s top priorities as a Studio Principal in our Workplace Practice. She and her team of highly talented architects and interior designers are passionate about designing creating innovative interior environments that enhance the lives of the people who occupy them and exceed client expectations. 

Ruth believes that more is learned by listening than by speaking, and couples that knowledge with insights gained through research and exploration to further elevate the design solutions created for clients like Duke Energy, Premier, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, BB&T, VF Corporation, Delhaize America and Mecklenburg County.  

Ruth serves the next generation of designers through her active involvement with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) as a mentor, lecturer and educator. Throughout her 30 year career she has spoken at a variety of industry conferences and events, including those sponsored by NeoCon, NeoCon East, IFMA, CREW, IIDA and AIA. Ruth received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Appalachian State University.

Michael Coates Partner & Director of Design

Michael Coates

Partner & Director of Design
Accreditation
AIA

Michael, a Director of Design at Little, believes that knowledge is gained more readily through listening than by speaking. This philosophy drives his leadership approach – one of active listening, deep probing and intense collaboration to create innovative design solutions uniquely driven by the client’s needs.

A versatile architect with a balance of design and technical expertise, Michael is adept at coordinating all aspects of project design, from concept design, design development, construction document production and construction administration.

Michael has won numerous design awards throughout his 19 year career and been published in numerous publications. He is a visiting critic at the College of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and North Carolina State University. Michael earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Francesca Franchi Director of Design

Francesca Franchi

Director of Design
Accreditation
AIA, LEED GA

In her role as Director of Design, Francesca directs and implements the design strategy for a variety of workplace projects types and coordinates their development with multiple disciplines. She has led teams in the creation of award-winning architecture internationally and is fueled by the desire to consistently exceed client expectations.

Francesca has a passion for mentoring and instilling a collaborative design process. Participating as a member or leader of multi-disciplinary teams, she uncovers opportunities and creates unique design solutions that adhere to the financial success and design intent of each project.

Throughout her more than 25 years practicing architecture, Francesca has accumulated a wealth of architectural design experience over a broad range of sites, project types, strategies and design challenges. She earned her Masters of Architecture from Cornell University.

Susan Hensey Partner & CAFM & Occupancy Strategies Studio Principal

Susan Hensey

Partner & CAFM & Occupancy Strategies Studio Principal
Accreditation
FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Susan leads the CAFM & Occupancy Strategies team, a multi-disciplinary space management and facility planning studio of Little that helps clients optimize the performance of their real estate assets both today and in anticipation of the future.

Using computer aided facilities management (CAFM) and strategic planning methodologies, she and her team create strategic facility plans that integrate an organization’s real estate strategies with its business vision, enabling them to demonstrate measurable improvements in real estate asset performance.

A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Susan leverages her extensive experience in the field of architecture from being project based into that of consultancy. She frequently shares her knowledge at national industry conferences, including IFMA World Workplace, CoreNet and Tradeline, and is an active member of the AIA Contracts Document Committee.

Susan is a 30 year veteran of the profession. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Kansas State University and studied at the University of Copenhagen.

Luis Hernandez Director of Design

Luis Hernandez

Director of Design
Accreditation
IIDA

Luis, a Director of Design in Little’s Workplace Practice, is fueled by a desire to create environments that enhance the lives of people who inhabit them and that exceed the expectations of our clients. His hands-on involvement in projects affords Luis the opportunity to mentor those he works with while ensuring excellence in design quality and delivery. 

Luis enjoys professional fulfillment when clients like Altria, Philip Morris, USAA, BCBS of Florida, Capital Food Bank and Unity Health Care trust him and his team with multiple projects based on satisfaction with prior performance.

During his 34 year career, Luis has been a guest lecturer and served as a juror on the university level both nationally and internationally. He is co-chair of the development committee for IIDA Mid Atlantic Chapter. Luis earned his Bachelor of Interior Design from Louisiana State University.

Eddie Portis Partner & Office Studio Principal

Eddie Portis

Partner & Office Studio Principal
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB, CDT, LEED BD+C

In his role as Studio Principal within Little’s Workplace Practice, Eddie crafts and organizes large teams to develop complex projects. He guides the establishment of the studio members’ collective beliefs, which are focused on being client driven, sustainably intelligent and on designing buildings that are built to last.

Eddie is committed to delivering projects that directly reflect client goals and objectives, and finds motivation in the appreciation of satisfied clients. Understanding that project execution is equally as important as project design, he ensures the continuity of key members within each project team to maintain consistency and ensure quality delivery.

Among the clients Eddie has worked with during his 17 year career are Crescent Communities, Adventist Health System, Founders Federal Credit Union, Florida Hospital and The Inspiration Networks. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  

Y.E. Smith Director of Design

Y.E. Smith

Director of Design
Accreditation
AIA, NCARB

With more than 30 years of practicing architecture, Y.E has led teams in the creation of remarkable architecture internationally, receiving numerous awards from leading industry organizations. As a Director of Design at Little, he leads and implements the design strategy for complex mixed-use, workplace, retail based commercial developments, housing, civic and institutional environments.

Y.E.’s passion and pursuit for design excellence is rooted in gaining a thorough comprehension of the client’s program and proforma, context, user and the ways man-made and nature-made worlds coexist. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Arizona State University and received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design, History and Theory from the Florence, Italy graduate program at Syracuse University.

Jim Thompson Partner & Director of Design

Jim Thompson

Partner & Director of Design
Accreditation
AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C

Jim, a Director of Design in Little’s Workplace Practice, specializes in shaping remarkable workplace environments that positively impact people and have a measurable return on investment for our clients. His philosophy, borne from open-minded thinking, team participation and collaboration, is akin to an academic approach where the process of design is visible and the sharing of knowledge is evident.

An award-winning designer with 20 years of experience, Jim has been the senior designer on much of the firm’s leading workplace projects in the United States and China. He has served as a guest critic, juror, design mentor and teacher, and is on the Advisory Board of two design schools. Jim has been published in numerous national publications and is frequently a featured presenter at national conferences. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  

John Walker Partner & Critical Facilities Practice Leader

John Walker

Partner & Critical Facilities Practice Leader
Accreditation
AIA, CCCA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

With 17 of his 27 years of experience focused solely on critical facilities, John specializes in guiding multi-disciplinary project teams through the functional and operational issues associated with the design of these complex technology facilities.

As the leader of Little’s Critical Facilities team, John fosters the collaborative design process he believes is essential to the successful development of critical facilities. He balances the challenges of this building type accommodation of technology and supporting infrastructure, protection of systems from risks to uptime and provision for operation and maintenance throughout the life cycle – with the best use of the owner’s budget and schedule resources.

Some of the clients John has worked with are Wells Fargo, Capital One, BB&T, SAS Institute, Time Warner Cable and Duke Energy. He is an active member of the 7X24 Exchange and the Carolinas 7X24 Exchange chapter. John received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Chad Wentz Workplace Studio Principal

Chad Wentz

Workplace Studio Principal
Accreditation
IIDA, NCIDQ

Chad’s passion is positioning the firm’s research and thought leadership into inspirational and creative workplace solutions. As a Studio Principal with more than 17 years of architecture and interior design experience, Chad works to carefully understand what matters most for his team and his clients.

Using his vivid imagination and strong sense of business acumen, he provides fiscally responsible, savvy design solutions. Chad’s portfolio includes clients such as American Express, Bank of America, Merill Lynch and Orbitz.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Kent State University.