The philosophy of Purple Cherry Architects is guided by a desire to create exceptional homes for our clients. From the initial client inquiry through to project completion, our design team is devoted to being creative servants.
Through active listening, we achieve a true understanding of our client’s needs and vision. Guiding the client step-by-step through the design process, we ensure a positive synergy in the client-architect relationship. Our design team’s sensitivity to lifestyle, scalability, and living patterns not only informs the design concept, but supports the values and characteristics unique to each client. We seek to understand not only the physical, but also the emotional relationship our client will have with a particular space or structure, and how that translates to design.
Demonstrating both flexibility and passion for creating environments that transcend visual beauty, our design strategies contribute to a sense of comfort and serenity in the home. Coupled with views, detailing and planning strategies, we create homes that are awe-inspiring.
“Simply incredible! Wonderful experience all around! Creative design, thoughtful solutions, assertive yet diplomatic municipal negotiations, efficient collaboration, and above all of that, a fun experience.”
-Private Waterfront Residence, Severn River
“Our experience with Purple Cherry Architects was one of the most efficient, satisfying, and ultimately rewarding, professional experiences of our lives.”
-Private Waterfront Residence, Aberdeen Creek
Established in Annapolis, Maryland in 1996— and grew to include newly expanded offices in Charlottesville, VA, Middleburg, VA and Greenbrier, WV — Purple Cherry Architects is a high-end residential architecture and interior design firm serving the Eastern United States. Guided by principal Cathy Purple Cherry, our firm specializes in custom, luxury residential projects featuring elegant architectural detail and beautiful spaces that excite and reflect our clients.
Our design team has extensive knowledge and experience with the intricacies of working on waterfront properties and critical areas. Moreover, as a LEED accredited professional, Cathy Purple Cherry has the knowledge and capability of integrating sustainable strategies into the design of clients’ homes at their request. Through its proven design philosophy and process, our firm has built an impressive portfolio of custom residences. We also support our residential project clients in the design of their commercial ventures as an extension of services and successful relationships.
Additionally, at the heart of the firm’s non-profit work is our Purposeful Architecture studio. Visit purposefularchitecture.com for more information.
Grounded in faith and driven by a passion for art and architectural design, Cathy Purple Cherry has been honing her craft since early childhood. Painting lessons at age five were a mere precursor for her later studies at the Corcoran School of Art, University of Colorado, Boulder, and University of Maryland. Since graduating with her architecture degree in 1989, Cathy has demonstrated time and again her innate ability to wed form and function.
Through her guidance as Principal and founder, Purple Cherry Architects has grown into a leading luxury custom residential architecture firm serving the Eastern United States.
Consistently praised by clients and colleagues for her leadership qualities and problem solving prowess, Cathy is able to quickly develop exceptional design solutions, “Cathy’s creativity and enthusiasm knows no bounds. She is thoughtful in her approach, considering lifestyle as much as aesthetics.” As a wife and mother of three, her eldest a special needs child, Cathy deeply understands the need to design dream homes that are not only beautiful, but that support the values and characteristics of clients. As a tremendously talented architect, visionary, and three-dimensional thinker, she is able to marry clients’ dreams with the reality of the built environment.
While she revels in the intricate design opportunities presented by high-end residential architecture, Cathy is equally passionate about her philanthropic efforts and her work serving the special needs community through the firm’s Purposeful Architecture studio. A true embodiment of a “creative servant”, Cathy Purple Cherry is unfailing in her efforts to positively impact those around her, “Her heart is huge, but is only out-shadowed by her amazing talent.”
“Cathy’s intuition, order, commitment, and passion has made this project a joy and I would highly recommend Purple Cherry Architects for anyone looking for the best of the best.”
-Private Waterfront Residence, Harness Creek
With a deep understanding of environmental design, coupled with over sixteen years’ experience, Alan Cook brings to each project a valuable interdisciplinary perspective. A graduate of Syracuse University School of Architecture, Alan has extensive experience with custom residential, historic preservation, office, and retail projects. He shares, “My passion for architecture comes from the satisfaction of problem-solving combined with the thrill of creating something beautiful and new.”
Ashley Marshall, a graduate of The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning, pursued architecture with the hope of making a positive impact on peoples’ lives. Concentrating her studies on the Sacred Space, she now specializes in the firm’s Purposeful, non-profit, and special needs projects. Ashley is living the dream, “I am changing the world one building at a time, and my passion for architecture grows every time I put my pen to paper.”
For nearly 30 years, Brian Bassindale’s primary focus has been high-end custom residential architecture. A graduate of the Washington University School of Architecture and the former President of the AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter, Brian thrives on, “Taking a great design concept and turning it into a set of expertly-crafted drawings that faithfully describe the myriad of ideas and details necessary to produce great buildings.”
With an architect father, and a childhood home often under construction, Doug Kuchta has long been intrigued by the technical aspects of how structures are built. A graduate from Morgan State University School of Architecture, Doug’s experience includes both commercial and residential projects. Always ready to roll up his sleeves, Doug explains, “When you can use architecture to overcome a challenging design situation and create something beautiful, purposeful, and balanced, it is amazing.”
“Good design and successful projects are the result of effective listening and solid collaboration”. He combines lessons learned from the University of Virginia School of Architecture and Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design with more than 10 years of experience in sketching, virtual reality, and BIM to translate clients’ visions into inclusive designs supported by comprehensive construction documents.
Alexandra Epstein grew up surrounded by family heirlooms and a flare for maximalism set by her mother, where “more is more” was never enough. A graduate of The Art Institute, her diverse portfolio showcases her ability to create spaces ranging from contemporary to traditional. Alex believes that “every space should be well curated and feel like home – long gone are the days where one should be afraid to walk into the room, and heaven forbid sit on any piece of furniture.”
Annie Kersey, a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, is well-versed in 3D software and is passionate about interior architecture and interior design, allowing her to make significant contributions to our design studio with a particular flair for details. What does Annie most look forward to when working on her projects? “Understanding the passion our clients bring to each project, and creating spaces that exceed their greatest expectations.”
Growing up in a neighborhood of various architectural styles, Carla has been fascinated with residential design from a young age. A graduate of The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning, and holding her Masters of Architecture from Boston Architectural College, Carla pursued architecture for her love of solving puzzles. “Architecture is one big puzzle, full of different details and when it is assembled it becomes a masterpiece.” Carla brings nearly 10 years to our team in both residential and commercial projects.
At a young age, Corey was introduced to sketching and painting, talents that allow him to create and illustrate unique spaces and ideas. Corey holds a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture at the Clemson University and is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Virginia. His constant pursuit of architectural excellence, combined with his commitment to high standards for documentation and design, serve as the foundation for his diverse skillset.
With over 35 years of experience as a manufacturer’s representative for building materials, Deb Simons is a well-seasoned industry professional. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Deb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology. Gifted with incredible organizational skills and compassion for seeing and creating order out of chaos, Deb is passionate about organizing all aspects of a business and has joined the team to support the firm’s quick expansion of its interior design team. Deb is a woman of deep faith and believes “having the ability to see through clutter and obstacles, you have the ability to see all the beauty God has gifted us in this world.”
Elizabeth, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s School of Building Arts, is motivated by the concept that the physical environment created by architecture holds intangible memories that impact people. Extensive travel and time spent at architectural savages with her mother taught her that good design can be discovered anywhere. The constant progression of the practice of architecture inspires Elizabeth to consciously and continuously learn and grow.
With over 21 years of experience in accounting and human resource management in the architectural field, Joanne Handler is a well-seasoned industry professional. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Joanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. Joanne believes that teamwork is what a firm’s strength is all about. “We’re all individuals that offer special talents to a team—however, we don’t need to work alone to shine. Teamwork makes it happen!”
Kalee earned a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her proficiency in designing for both the residential and hospitality spaces, coupled with her classical and contextual design experience, bring a unique perspective to the firm. Fittingly, one of Kalee’s favorite aspects of a project is detailed millwork and casework due to how the elements are able to successfully unite architecture and interior design.
A graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a LEED Green Associate, Kathryn is passionate about designing spaces that respect the natural environment and connect individuals to the surrounding landscape. Her passion lies in utilizing a keen eye for detail and strong representation skills to meet the unique needs of each client.
A graduate from Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design, Kellen has an advanced understanding of 2D and 3D architectural design software, as well as a keen interest in high-end custom residential architecture and designing for the special needs community. Ever since Kellen was a child, she always had a curious and creative mind on how buildings and objects are built and go together. She shares, “I love architecture because I believe that when every single design decision has a clear purpose and reason behind it, architecture can influence humans in ways they never imagined.”
Kirstie fell in love with interior and architectural design through her love of history and historic house tours growing up in Swedesboro, NJ as well as her college years in Savannah, GA. Holding a BFA in Interior Design with a minor in Architectural History, from Savannah College of Art and Design, Kirstie was exposed to all aspects of the design history and loves that every person has their own idea of what a beautiful interior is. “I love that my career allows me to be exposed to these unique ideas and visions, said Kirstie. “When beauty becomes reality, it truly moves me.”
Lauren brings nearly 20 years of marketing, communications, and business development experience across a range of industries to Purple Cherry Architects. A strategic writer with a keen understanding of data-driven marketing, Lauren leads the firm’s branding and identity efforts while building relationships with clients and industry colleagues. She believes that the most important aspect of her role is to “forge genuine connections with others, helping to establish relationships that result in the creation of extraordinary moments through thoughtful design”.
A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design’s School of Building Arts, Maria pursued a degree in architecture and architectural history. There she gained a passion for residential design and a love for details, having been surrounded by the historic homes in the city. Maria likes to enjoy the little things in life and relates that to architecture, saying, “It’s exciting to solve the smallest details and spaces and see how they fit together to create the overall home.”
From small scale model building at a young age, to furniture building later in life, most of Mitchell’s life has revolved around design. A graduate from Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design, he has a knowledgeable background in BIM and commercial architecture, but a true passion for custom residential with a keen eye for detail. He believes that, “the built environment plays an extremely crucial role in an individual’s well-being, and as an architect, I love being able to affect that in a positive way.”
Savannah was exposed to architecture at a young age by her grandfather, an architect who designed projects throughout her hometown. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Interior Design and an NCIDQ Certified professional, she strives to improve the human experience in every project she undertakes. Savannah’s passion lies in creating spaces that clients revel in and find effortless to use.
Taksit Dhanagom, a graduate of the Notre Dame School of Architecture, enjoys a holistic approach to architecture. As a prolific artist who revels in sketching, sculpture, and watercolors, he believes that because architecture is such a sublime art form, many individuals don’t realize its profound effect in our lives or on our behavior. Taksit’s passion lies in “designing enduring spaces that will inspire both clients and future generations to live well.”
A graduate of the New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Design, Tatiana is passionate about design that promotes a natural connection to materials, views, light, and nature. She enjoys studying Biophilic design and its applications in architecture, and finds it rewarding to implement design features that have a positive impact on everyday activities. Tatiana is driven to partner with clients so that their style and preferences are accurately reflected through the form and function of their home.
While pursuing a degree in Journalism and New Media at Towson University, Tori discovered a passion for writing and design. Today, this passion translates into compelling marketing content that engages audiences and beautifully presents the firm’s work. She shares, “My love for marketing is driven by the incredible talents of my colleagues – I love sharing their work with the world.”