TruexCullins

Our Team

The TruexCullins team consists of over 35 architects, designers, and admin staff with diverse backgrounds and skills.

Our studio structure fosters collaboration among our staff, bringing together team members with different areas of expertise. This rich combination of people and talents is what powers our firm. Together, we work to provide outstanding client service and creative design leadership.

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Peter Burns
Associate
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Peter Burns

Associate

AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Workplace and Education

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture, Cooper Union School of Architecture
Bachelor of Science, Interior Design, University of Connecticut

Registration:

Registered Architect in Vermont and New York

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Matt Bushey, AIA, LEED AP ID+C
Principal
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Matt Bushey, AIA, LEED AP ID+C

Principal

AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Workplace and Hospitality

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
Florence architecture studio, Syracuse University, Florence, Italy

Registration: 

Registered Architect in Vermont and Massachusetts

Affiliations:

AIA Vermont
President, 2022
Vice President, 2021
Board of Directors, 2020-present

Burlington Design Advisory Board
Chair, 2012 – 2022
Planning Commission Ordinance Committee
Historic Preservation Review Committee

LEED Accredited Professional, Interior Design + Construction
2006 – present


My pursuit of architecture grew from a desire to investigate and solve complex problems, while simultaneously creating beautiful works of art. As my architectural education and professional experience developed, I became increasingly interested in how the design of building interiors can positively affect how people live, work, and learn. Through the careful integration of light and form, finishes and furniture, we can shape interior spaces to not only meet the needs of its occupants, but to support a positive change in feeling and behavior.

The critical need for buildings to respond to the unique environmental demands of today presents tremendous opportunities, and it is our interior spaces where we often most directly benefit from a consciously designed healthy and sustainable building. True harmony in architecture occurs when the internal and external needs are both met, and the result is an integrated solution that is complete, wholesome, and beautiful.

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Josh Chafe, AIA, LEED AP
Associate
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Josh Chafe, AIA, LEED AP

Associate

AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Residential

Education:

Master of Architecture, Norwich University
Bachelor of Science, Architecture with Minor in Environmental Engineering, Norwich University

Registration:

NCARB

Affiliations:

AIA Vermont Board of Directors, 2010-present
AIA Vermont Emerging Professionals Network, Founder/Director, 2012

Norwich University Summer Design Academy
Co-founder, Lead instructor, 2015-present

LEED Accredited Professional

Recognition:

AIAVT Emerging Professionals Design Competition Winner, 2014, 2017, and 2019

Tom Cullins, AIA
Principal Emeritus

Tom Cullins, AIA

Principal Emeritus

Education:

Master of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University


For over forty years, my career in architecture has focused on creating physical environments that earnestly try to capture the spirit of a client’s program, are in harmony with the site, and go beyond the ordinary by creating designs that have a special character.

A sincere love of working with people–from clients, to our in-house architectural teams, to our consultants, allows me the joy of leading the creative process. The social, cultural and physical impact of planning and designing buildings in our cities, towns and landscapes demands our very best as designers–thoughtfulness, creativity, tenacity and leadership.

I wholeheartedly love the remarkable endeavor of design — the intensity and fun of working with clients, and ultimately, the lasting impact of this wonderful effort. My enthusiasm only continues to grow for my profession’s work of creating truly special places.

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Richard Deane, AIA
Principal
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Richard Deane, AIA

Principal

AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Workplace and Education

Education:

Master of Architecture, Syracuse University
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin College

Registration: 

NCARB; Registered Architect in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Wyoming, District of Columbia, Colorado

Affiliations:

Burlington Business Association, Board of Directors and Board Chair

AIA Vermont Board of Directors

City Counselor, City of Burlington, Vermont


It was the recollection of the joys of boyhood combined with a love of craft and a desire to build something tangible that drew me to architecture from my previous career – medicine. Can you remember that magical feeling of looking down from a newly built tree fortress? …or peering unseen from a secret garden hiding place? Those special places had the ability not only to transform the world around you—but for a moment, to transform whom you imagined you were. For me it is this transformative power of place—the ability to set the familiar world against a special backdrop and provide the framework to see the familiar from a new perspective – that is the hallmark of successful architecture. It is independent of project type, style, size or complexity. And it is the client, consultant and architect’s mutual pursuit of that ‘place making’ expressed in dialogue, discussion and debate – all the while keeping in mind the concrete objectives of program and cost – that is the challenge and joy of architecture.

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Kim Deetjen, ASID, NCIDQ
Principal
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Kim Deetjen, ASID, NCIDQ

Principal

AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Residential and Hospitality

Education:

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, Syracuse University

Registration: 

Certificate, National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)

Affiliations:

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Member, 1990-present

Recognition:

ASID New England Design Excellence Award, Professional Category, 2014
NEWH New England, Top Interior Design Firm, 2013


My life-long passion has always been interior design. From my early years, I followed my mother’s pursuit of the arts as a painter and was fascinated by my father’s technical prowess as a structural engineer, building bridges around New England. The ability to visualize space and effectively combine color and light together with form and function has always been my strong point. I surround myself with creative people who have nurtured my talent as an interior designer.

Interior design is an intricate weave of formal architectural practices with a careful, sensitive overlay of decoration. One must have a strong sense of the spatial possibilities, their organization, focal point, quality of light, balance of color and texture, and appropriate style of furnishings. I find never–ending satisfaction in the creative process and take an open and collaborative approach with my clients, encouraging their individual preferences and priorities. Working together, we are able to blend our passions to create dynamic spaces that reflect their vision, capture their personality, and embody their values and style. I strive to make a difference in their lives, creating warm, pleasing spaces which enhance the way we live, work and play.

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David Epstein, AIA, LEED AP
Managing Principal
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David Epstein, AIA, LEED AP

Managing Principal

AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Education and Workplace

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, College of Architecture and Urban Studies
University of Connecticut, College of Engineering, Honors Program

Registration: 

NCARB; Registered Architect in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Florida

Affiliations:

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
Chair, Board of Directors, 2022
Board of Directors, 2012-present

AIA Vermont President, 2005

Vermont Foodbank, Board of Trustees, 2001-2009

Shelburne Historic Preservation & Design Review Commission

LEED Accredited Professional

Speaking Engagements:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in School Design, ACX 2022: Modern Learning Environments: Schools, Universities & Workplaces, Vermont 2022

Planning Our Future: School Facilities Planning, Vermont Superintendents Association Conference, November 2019

21st Century Learning in 20th Century Buildings: Ways To Improve Your Current Classroom, Vermont Superintendents Association Conference, May 2015

Lead Presenter at International Facilities Management Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 2014. Talks on sustainability, security, and preconstruction planning.

Articles:

Digital Crayon Series


It wasn’t until college that I developed an interest in architecture. In my first art class, my professor was an architect who had a great passion for controversial works — his enthusiasm was infectious. One day I spoke with friends about my growing interest and how fascinating it would be to be an architect. They challenged me to pursue that course – and I am still challenged today.

I enjoy practicing an art that has profound social relevance and technological sophistication. Architecture represents a synthesis of competing forces and, at its best, inspires and challenges the way we live and think about our world.

Perhaps the biggest and best surprise about architecture is the highly collaborative nature of making places. As architects, we work at the crossroads of the owner, builder and consultants and our role in the process is not unlike conducting an orchestra. This interaction is most effective and rewarding part of creating great buildings.

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Cam Featherstonhaugh, CSI, AIA
Senior Associate
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Cam Featherstonhaugh, CSI, AIA

Senior Associate

AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Education and Workplace

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture, Norwich University

Registration:

Certificate in Daylight Design and Daylight Harvesting Systems, Lighting Research Center Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Certified Construction Document Technologist, Construction Specifications Institute

Affiliations:

AIA Vermont Board of Directors, 2009-2013
AIA Vermont Emerging Professionals Network, Founder/Director, 2009-2012

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
National Board of Directors, Board Chair,  2022-2023
National Board of Directors, Board Chair-elect,  2020-2021
National Board of Directors, 2016-2020
Northeast Region Board of Directors, 2014-2015
Vermont Chapter President, 2012-2013
Vermont Chapter Board of Directors, 2008-present

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Jessica Holdredge, Assoc. IIDA
Associate
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Jessica Holdredge, Assoc. IIDA

Associate

AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Hospitality

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, Endicott College
Danish Institute for Study Abroad Architecture Study Tours
Parsons: The New School Session I: Interior Design

Affiliation:

International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Member, 2012-present

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Jeremy Jorgenson
Associate
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Jeremy Jorgenson

Associate

AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Education and Hospitality

Education:

Master of Business Administration, Project Management, Norwich University
Bachelor of Science, Architecture, North Dakota State University
Bachelor of Arts, Visual Art, North Dakota State University

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Tom Karlhuber, AIA
Senior Associate
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Tom Karlhuber, AIA

Senior Associate

Areas of Practice:

Education and Workplace

Education:

Master of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Bachelor of Science, Architecture with Minor in Planning, University of Virginia

Registration:

NCARB; Registered Architect in Vermont and Massachusetts

Affiliations:

Shelburne Museum Barnstormers, Steering Committee
Shelburne Planning Commission, 2022-Present

Rolf Kielman, AIA, LEED AP
Principal

Rolf Kielman, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Residential and Hospitality

Education:

Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Art, Dartmouth College
Diploma In Furniture Design, Skolen For Brugkunst, Denmark

Registration:

NCARB; Registered Architect in Vermont

Affiliations: 

LEED Accredited Professional
52 Kids Foundation, Vermont Director
Fleming Museum, Board Of Advisors
Howard Center, Board Of Directors
Howard Center Curling Challenge, Founder And Committee Chair
Hinesburg Village Steering Committee, Board Of Directors
Committee On Temporary Shelter (Cots), Board Member
PechaKucha Vermont, Storyteller
King Street Youth Center, Mentor

Teaching Engagements:

University of Vermont, Art and Design
Norwich University, Guest Lecturer
Dartmouth College, Guest Lecturer
McGill University Guest Critic

Recognition:

AIA Vermont John Dale Thinker and Collaborator Award, 2021


My mother and father were both craft people. As a weaver and silversmith, they spent their lives crafting items of beauty and utility. My interest in art and architecture came through sculpture and this has spurred a sustained involvement in the craft of building design. Architecture is a child-like activity… creative, spontaneous but requiring great care and method.

I was born in Holland, immigrated to Canada as a youth, and with the exception of work and study abroad, have spent my adult life in Vermont. While studying in Holland and Scandinavia, I developed an interest in sustainable design and I learned how to express a people’s culture through design. New England has similar architectural traditions… build what is needed, let the craft of building be expressed, include a dose of understated whimsy.

I enjoy collaborating with groups of people and believe it is essential to the making of good buildings. Architecture is a fun-filled journey infused with delicious surprises. The excitement of realizing a beautiful and resource efficient building is an infectious pleasure for all.

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Keith Nelson, LEEP AP BD+C
Principal
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Keith Nelson, LEEP AP BD+C

Principal

AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Residential and Hospitality

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture, High Honors, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Affiliations:

LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction


My focus on engaging, appropriate and sustainable design is balanced with successful project management strategies and attention to detail. I find it important to be active in all aspects of the design process and utilize a community of resources to foster collaboration with Owners, design consultants, the construction trades, and the end users which maximize the creative process and build lasting working relationships that are beneficial to inspired solutions.

I approach projects and people with an open mind which facilitates a discourse that challenges convention and encourages innovation. My affinity for the natural world and influence by the arts and applied science is reflected in a desire to make good buildings that express our time and place within the built environment.

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Stephen Poston, AIA, CSI
Associate
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Stephen Poston, AIA, CSI

Associate

AREAS OF PRACTICE: 

Education

Registration:

Registered Architect in Vermont
Certified Construction Document Technologist, Construction Specifications Institute

Affiliations

Construction Specifications Institute – Vermont Chapter Board of Directors, 2022 – Present
Saint Albans Vermont Design Advisory Board, 2016-Present

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Zac Ray
Designer
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Zac Ray

Designer

Areas of Practice:

Residential

Education:

Bachelor of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, College of Architecture & Urban Studies, Magna Cum Laude

5th year exchange program : L’Accademia di architettura dell’Università della Svizzera italiana – Atelier Zumthor

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Nancy Ruben
Senior Interior Designer
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Nancy Ruben

Senior Interior Designer

Areas of Practice: 

Hospitality

Education:

Master of Fine Arts, Norwich University Painting Program, School of Visual Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute

Recognition:

Recipient of Ford Foundation grant for “Excellence in Painting”, grant selection committee chairman Carter Ratcliff

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Rosie Terella, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C, IIDA
Senior Interior Designer
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Rosie Terella, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C, IIDA

Senior Interior Designer

Areas of Practice: 

Hospitality and Workplace

Education:

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, Syracuse University

Registration:

Certificate, National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)

Affiliations:

LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction
International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Member

Join Our Team

Develop your career with TruexCullins! We are a 35-person architecture and interior design firm located on the waterfront in downtown Burlington, and we are always looking for bright, motivated individuals to join our creative team.

Career Openings at TruexCullins

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