GMI Architects is a unique staff of ten individuals who comprise two studio locations in Somerville, MA and Bristol, RI. Our office culture strongly encourages professional development and outside leadership activities while respecting the work/life balance of each employee. We pride ourselves on collaborating as a single office, both on design projects and socially as a team.Gary Graham, FAIA, Principal
Gary Graham co-founded Graham/Meus Inc. Architects in 1980 to provide pre-architectural, architecture, and interior design services for healthcare, institutional, commercial and residential clients. He is currently the President and CEO of Graham/Meus Incorporated and Director of Graham/Meus Design Strategies. Prior to forming Graham/Meus, Mr. Graham was an Associate with Payette Associates, Inc., Boston, MA from 1970-80; Designer, Hirsch and Cassetti Architects, Elmira, NY, 1969- 70; and Peace Corps Architect, Cali, Columbia, 1968-69.
Gary Graham is an architect, planner and institutional facilitator whose solutions evolve from the functional, cultural, and physical context unique to each situation. His approach engages an informed, enlightened, and involved community of users in the design process. His projects have been recognized with state, regional, and national Design Awards and publications in the national architectural press.
He is a leader in the movement to redefine the therapeutic environment. He is a designer, a lecturer, and a mental health advocate, who educates clinicians, administrators, and the public to the importance of the physical environment to individuals with behavioral problems. His energy and skill has resulted in the design of our nation’s most forward-looking specialized medical facilities.
As a facilitator he has the unique ability to forge consensus out of chaos and fellowship out of conflict. His process leadership has been the catalyst that resolved community opposition; developed design and project guidelines; resolved interdisciplinary territorial conflicts; and provided a voice for patients in the design process.
Sarah Kennedy, LEED AP, joined GMI Architects in 2015 as a Project Designer. She is also an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University, her alma mater, teaching Design Studio, Intro to Computer Applications, and Computer Applications showcasing the Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD and REVIT.
Prior to joining GMI, Sarah worked for six years as a Project Manager at KITE Architects and Connor Architecture. While with KITE Architects and Connor Architecture, Sarah was responsible for project management and design of many hospitality and retail spaces.
Sarah brings thorough knowledge of REVIT, proven interior design skills, and vast experience in creating construction documents.
Bachelor of Architecture – Roger Williams University
Tom Sherman joined GMI in 2016 as an Architectural Designer and Assistant Project Manager. Prior to joining our team, he was the Lead Designer and Project Manager at a local design/build firm in Bristol, RI. He worked on projects ranging from small additions to high-end, waterfront residential properties.
Roger Williams University
Carolyn Tacelli joined GMI in 2011. Prior to joining GMI, Carolyn worked for 15 years as the Finance Director for Vision 3 of Providence, RI, one of the largest firms in Rhode Island.
Carolyn is presently the Director of Finance for GMI.
Bachelor of Science-Accounting
Damara Sisti Toohey, AIA, joined GMI Architects in 2014 and is an Associate Designer and Project Coordinator. While with GMI, Damara manages and coordinates many healthcare and commercial projects while working closely with clients to select finishes and fixtures. She also is responsible for overseeing our RWU graduate assistant.
Before joining GMI Architects, Damara worked for three years as a Junior Architect and Assistant Project Manager on small scale residential projects with a focus on green building while at Oyster Works: Architecture, Design and Project Management. Also skilled in energy modeling and graphic design, Damara brings a unique set of skills to GMI.
Master of Architecture/Bachelor of Science in Architecture Dual Degree – Roger Williams University
American Institute of Architects
Professional AffiliatesPaul Castellone, AIA, LEED AP
Paul Castellone, Architect
Greg Spiess, AIA, LEED AP
Greg Spiess enjoys a wide-ranging experience in the architectural profession and related fields from planning to construction. As a NCARB Registered Architect he has been responsible for award-winning work on both coasts of the United States and abroad. His early career included work in the Middle East, master planning the University of Baluchistan, multifamily housing, hospitals, hotels and the urban design of two new towns. Later, in Southern California he led the firm Spiess/Wheeler Partners, on projects of housing, mixed-use office and retail ventures, community development and the AIA Honor Award for the Ticketing Centers of the XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Relocating to Rhode Island in 1994, he has worked with noted firms in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, coordinating such projects as the recently completed Interlink intermodal expansion of TF Green Airport, with Jacobs Engineering, the Leviton Annex School, Putnam Place Business Incubator in Fitchburg MA, Plymouth County Courthouse Accessibility Improvements, with Maguire Group, the award-winning University of Virginia Tennis Center, and the Fitness Center of the Jewish Community Center in Providence, with GMI. Experienced in building analysis and feasibility studies, preparing reports in Planning, Historical, Building Code and Energy Auditing, he is an individual who can also present quick studies, often with freehand, photo and CADD, utilizing visual thinking techniques to effectively communicate with design teams, clients and community groups.
As past President-Elect of the American Institute of Architects New England and 2009 President of the AIA Rhode Island Chapter, he has led efforts in Disaster Response and as part of the Sustainable Cities Committee of the US Green Building Council RI, where he presented case studies of Neighborhood Development to town planners and developers at Grow Smart Rhode Island’s POWER OF PLACE SUMMIT.