Ralph Bennett, FAIA, LEED AP
In 1977, Ralph Bennett opened the Maryland office of a Cambridge firm specializing in assisted multi-family housing, designing several large projects in Maryland and Virginia. He continued that practice until 1989, when colleagues Larry Frank and Brian McCarthy joined him to form Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc. As the firm's president, he serves commercial developers, custom residential clients and participates generally in the work of the office. Ralph is an emeritus professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland, where he continues to teach part time. He was Commissioner and Chair of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County. He is Vice Chair of the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County and President of Purple Line NOW. He became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2009, continuing an interest in sustainable design which began in Cambridge in the 1970's.
Laurence Frank, AIA
Larry Frank is a founding partner of Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects. Recently Larry has focused on residential projects of all types including custom homes, renovation and additions, affordable housing, special needs housing, and is the key partner in the firm’s neo-traditional Town Architect work. Many of Larry's projects have received state or local design awards.
Larry has been an adjunct studio instructor and a guest juror for student reviews for the past 20 years at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Larry has served as president of Potomac Valley AIA and as president of AIA Maryland. He has also served as president of his neighborhood civic association and his congregation, Kehila Chadasha. He continues to serve as a director of AIA Maryland and a trustee of Kehila Chadasha.
Brian McCarthy is a founding partner of Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects. As a principal at Bennett Frank McCarthy, Brian has guided dozens of projects from their inception through construction. His involvement ranges from schematic design, design development to construction documents and construction administration.
Brian's focus has been on residential design, ranging from single family homes to assisted living facilities for the elderly. A new custom home in Bethesda, Maryland was published in Architectural Digest in April 2001 and Brian's six assisted living projects have been recognized by a total of nine national awards.
Shawn Buehler, AIA
Shawn Buehler joined Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects in 1999 and became a partner in 2010. He has been actively involved in a variety of project types, including single-family additions and new homes, multi-family affordable housing, elderly housing, and community planning for housing on military bases. Currently, Shawn's focus is on single-family projects, ranging in scale from simple porch additions to custom new homes, guiding projects from their inception through construction.
Shawn has served as a guest critic and has taught a graduate design studio at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and has participated as a guest critic on two Study Abroad programs through the school.
Shawn is the chair of the building committee at St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill.
Susan Darcey joined Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects in 1999. While Susan's projects are primarily single-family residential additions, she has also participated in the firm's seniors' housing projects and group homes for those with special needs. Susan has served on the Kentlands Historical Trust for nine years.
Lynn Khuu, LEED AP
Lynn Khuu joined Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects in 2008. Her interest in sustainable design has influenced her involvement in a variety of activities to promote environmentally conscious practices and motivated her to become LEED accredited.
Lynn recently participated in the 2011 Solar Decathlon, an international competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar powered homes. She worked alongside the University of Maryland team to design and construct WaterShed, a house inspired by the natural ecosystem. WaterShed placed first in the competition and has earned local and statewide recognition including a proclamation from the Governor and AIA Design Awards.
Magalys was first introduced to the firm in 2009 as a high school intern and joined us full-time after graduating from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Architecture in 2013. Magalys recently participated in the North Beach Design Competition where she won First Prize for her design to protect and enhance the town of North Beach, Maryland and its shorelines form the effects of sea level rise and natural disaster.
Paula Fuenzalida, LEED GA
Paula joined Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects in 2014 after graduating from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Architecture. After receiving her LEED GA, her interest in sustainable design and South America influenced her research project on Chile's new LEED certified skyscrapers in Santiago. Her father's own renovation work throughout the D.C. area has influenced her interests in renovation work and historical preservation at the residential scale.
Scott joined Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects in 2014 after graduating from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Architecture, a minor in Project Management, and a University Honors Citation. He is currently completing his Master of Architecture degree at the University of Michigan, and works remotely for the firm from Ann Arbor. At Michigan, Scott serves as an editor of the annual student produced journal of architecture, Dimensions.
Kyle joined Bennett Frank McCarthy In 2016 after graduating from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Architecture. During the summer of 2016 he had the opportunity to research and develop a schematic design of a home constructed primarily out of shipping containers for a fabricator at the University of Maryland. This experience, in addition to his volunteer work with habitat for humanity, has propelled his interest towards affordable housing and residential architecture.