Frank Shirley was educated at the University of Cincinnati, receiving his degree in architecture in 1989. He began his career as a designer at Moshe Safdie & Associates, working on large-scale civic and institutional projects. Later, at Design Associates Inc. as the project manager, Frank led the restoration of the Corbin-Norton residence on Martha’s Vineyard, which received the Boston Society of Architects’ award for “Excellence in Architecture.” He was also the project architect for homes featured on the PBS television series, This Old House. In 2000, he launched Frank Shirley Architects in Cambridge, MA. In 2007 Frank won the Traditional Building Challenge–a competition among architects nationwide to design a single family home in the spirit of its Cape Cod setting. In addition, Frank Shirley Architects received the 2012 Bulfinch Award for residential restoration, renovation or addition under 5,000sf, Boston magazine 2011 Best of Boston® Home Award for restorations, 2008 Best of Boston® Home Award for historic renovations and Dream Home Awards 2010 Silver Award for the historic renovation of the year. Frank is also a serious architectural photographer. Fifteen of his photographs have been chosen for the calendars published by the American Institute of Architects.
In 2007, Frank’s book, New Rooms for Old Houses: Beautiful Additions for the Traditional Home, was published under the imprimatur of the National Trust for Historic Preservation by Taunton Press and distributed by Random House. This beautiful volume systematically presents Frank’s approach to the issues owners encounter when adding to their historical homes.
Before joining Frank Shirley Architects in 2014, Ryan worked at Design Associates Inc for six years where he collaborated with an array of clients, contractors and interior designers to create detailed and well-crafted residential homes. His experience ranges from small porch additions to large 12,000 SF multi-building estates and from Colonial and Victorian eras to new construction residences with clean lines and modern details. Prior to Design Associates Inc, Ryan worked with Catlin Architecture and Goody Clancy where his projects included the new Bath House at Nahant Beach Reservation, the Belmont Senior Center, as well as the new undercroft meeting space & gift shop at H.H. Richardson’s Trinity Church in Boston. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The Boston Architectural College and is currently preparing for his architectural licensing exams.
Outside of architecture, Ryan enjoys time outdoors, cooking, gardening, working on his turn of the century home, and spending time with his friends and family.
Jonathan studied at Northeastern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and went on to complete his Master of Architecture in 2014. Before joining Frank Shirley Architects, Jonathan worked at Maryann Thompson Architects in Cambridge, MA, focusing on both residential and institutional projects, including new residences and renovations to historically sensitive homes. His experience working on institutional projects ranges from a religious retreat center to a private K-12 school master plan.
When not in the office Jonathan enjoys skiing, boating, golfing, biking and is a novice furniture craftsman.