Through active listening and advanced market sector knowledge, Vision 3 Architects combines creativity and strong technical execution to deliver thoughtful design solutions and form long-lasting relationships. We’ve made it our mission to create beautiful and functional spaces that serve our clients and achieve their visions.
We are responsive.
We provide principal involvement in every project.
We empower our employees to maximize their talents.
We collaborate with all team members to produce better results.
We promote sustainable qualities in all designs.
We optimize the use of technology for the benefit of our clients and their projects.
We design for our clients.
Our firm is devoted to creating a design studio environment that fosters creativity, collaboration, professional advancement, and fun.
CREATIVITY We are a collection of enthusiastic architects and designers – each is creative. The scale of our studio is reflective of our design philosophy – to focus attention on every detail throughout a project, no matter how small.
COLLABORATION We believe that our participatory atmosphere allows our studio to solve complex problems with innovative, pragmatic solutions. We encourage discussion, especially those that challenge convention.
PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT We nurture the development of our team members’ individual abilities and aspirations through mentoring, continuing education, and support their involvement in professional organizations. We are as committed to our employees as we are to our clients.
FUN We strive for balance. While we work hard, we also know how to have fun. We support team-building activities, organize social events, celebrate milestones and recognize achievements. We know that happy employees put forth our best work.
We firmly believe that people are the foundation to all of our projects.
“I have developed a trusting relationship with Vision 3 over the years through the development and design of several branch banks, and now with the completion of Coastway’s Corporate Headquarters. Vision 3 continually delivers exceptional service and with this project, provided us with designs incorporating the opportunity of future growth and additional tenant interests. Vision 3 enriches our workspace environment and corporate future.”
Bill White, President & CEO, COASTWAY COMMUNITY BANK
“Vision 3 has the ability to really get inside the client’s head, to figure out their needs, and turn around great ideas that not only meet the program and aesthetics, but are realistic in terms of the budget. They remain focused on the client and the client’s budget.
Shawmut has a long history working together with Vision 3. One of the aspects that attracts us to Vision 3, to use their services as a consumer as well as a partner in terms of design-build or construction, is their ability to look at things from a builder’s perspective. They are collaborative, responsive, and they definitely have a team approach. I think Vision 3 is capable of anything. It was not only a pleasure to have Vision 3 design our Providence office, but it was a pleasure for us to build it.”
Great design – great value. That sums up Vision 3 Architects.
Ron Simoneau, Director of Construction Operations, SHAWMUT DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
“Vision 3 visited the campus and spent time observing and experiencing the traffic during different times of the day, including peak hours. They truly listened to a mixed committee of people, such as, the Board Plan Manager, the Chef Manager, Senior Administration, and the students to understand their concerns and work together toward a solution. Even after Vision 3’s initial drawings, they still considered other options brought to their attention and had a real plug & play relationship. Vision 3 Architects was very easy to work with, flexible, helpful, and responded quickly when questions arose. From the start, we felt we could trust and collaborate with Vision 3’s design process and ability.”
Ingrid Bushwack, Director of Dining Services, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
“Vision 3 Architects envisioned a way to keep the historical integrity of the Academy’s campus, while still providing a state-of-the-art space for the Arts.“
Daniel Richard, Principal, SAINT RAPHAEL ACADEMY
“Vision 3 was very effective in identifying areas where different materials or design treatments could reduce cost while maintaining the vision that the tenant was looking for. The project involved an institutional tenant with many constituents and various visions for the project, and Vision 3 was able to marshal the tenant through the process and translate their needs into a design that would meet the overall requirements of the tenant while also meeting the schedule and budget needs of the project. Vision 3 was effective in managing the design process and the engineering/consultant team to quick resolution whenever questions arose, with little drama. They understood the challenges contractors face when dealing with actual conditions in the field, and worked collaboratively with the team versus questioning the issues that the contractor raised.”
Daniel McGrath, Vice President-Senior Asset Manager; Berkeley Investments, Inc. ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY, Downtown Providence Campus
“The New Cottage Micro-Community™” has its roots in our research based care model that uses environmental design as a platform from which we build the highest level of person centered care possible. It is carefully crafted from the ground up to create an enriching, culturally sensitive and safe assisted living environment. Vision 3 Architects incorporated this innovative model, making the facility an unparalleled Memory Care environment that is revolutionary in its design.”
Akshay K. Talwar, CEO/Administrator, BRIARCLIFFE GARDENS
“Our new home reflects thoughtful planning geared toward the needs of our patients, families and staff. Our goals included creating a sustainable hospice environment that offers patients and family members comfort, peace and plenty of space for reflection and quiet time. With the creativity and guidance of Vision 3, we’ve achieved these goals and look forward to continuing our important role in the state’s health care scheme.”
Diana Franchitto, President & CEO, HOPE HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE OF RHODE ISLAND
“Their understanding of restaurant design is evident from their thorough construction drawings to the finished product. I feel that their ability to listen to our needs, and respond with quality design work, helped us achieve our construction, budget, and scheduling goals. Vision 3’s professional staff was an important part of our project team.”
Bruce Cartwright, Executive VP/CFO, LEGAL SEA FOODS
HEALTHCARE DESIGN MAGAZINE 2020 REMODEL/RENOVATION COMPETITION
GROW SMART RI, 2016 OUTSTANDING GROW SMART PROJECT AWARD
AIA RI DESIGN AWARDS, 2016 DESIGN AWARDS, HONOR AWARD, INTERIORS
RI MONTHLY, 2016 SILVER AWARD, COMMERCIAL, NEW CONSTRUCTION
2021 AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm
Healthcare Design Magazin 2020 Remodel/Renovation Competition, Budget Friendly; Bronze Award
NACUFS The National Association of College & University Food Services
2017 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards; Gold Award, Residential Dining Concepts
University of Rhode Island, Butterfield Dining Hall
RI Monthly Magazine
2016 Design Awards; Silver Award, Commercial Renovation/New Construction
University of Rhode Island, Butterfield Dining Hall
Grow Smart Rhode Island
2016 Outstanding Smart Growth Project Award
Providence Community Health Centers, Prairie Avenue Health Center
2016 Design Awards; Honor Award, Interiors
Pet Food Experts, Corporate Offices
2016 Design Awards; People’s Choice Runner Up
New England Treatment Access (NETA), Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Northampton, MA
RI Monthly Magazine
2015 Design Awards; Bronze Award, Commercial Interior Design
Saint Raphael Academy, The Joseph & Blanche Coutu Theater
Armstrong World Industries’
2012 i2r (ideas 2 reality) National Design Competition
“Reality Winner”, Commercial Ceiling & Wall Systems
NaviNet, Corporate Offices
In the News
Providence, Rhode Island – Vision 3 Architects, a full-service architecture and interior design firm is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2022. Founded in 1987 as a small architecture firm with a handful of employees, Vision 3 Architects was built on a mission to create beautiful and functional spaces that serve our clients and achieve their goals. Now, with 28 employees, the firm stays true to its roots through active listening and advanced market sector knowledge. Vision 3 Architects combines creativity and strong technical execution to deliver thoughtful design solutions and form long-lasting relationships.
“Vision 3 has the ability to really get inside the client’s head, to figure out their needs, and turn around great ideas that not only meet the program and aesthetics, but are realistic in terms of the budget. They remain focused on the client and the client’s budget.” – Ron Simoneau, Executive Vice PResident, Education, Shawmut Design and Construction.
In recent years, the firm has taken deliberate steps to promote new principals to carry on the success of the company. The last of the founding three principals retired in 2020 and the firm is now led by four partners: David Prengaman, Henry Cugno, Paul Hauser and Ryan Haggerty. Vision 3 Architects empowers their employees to maximize their talents, including the opportunity to one day become leaders in the firm. Locally based in Providence, Rhode Island the company is registered in RI, MA, CT, ME, NH, PA, OH and is eligible for reciprocity in most states throughout the country. Our practice is organized by industry: primarily, workplace, healthcare, education, and hospitality, with a dedicated studio of professionals associated with each. We provide principal involvement in every project.
Since our last update, we have hired four new employees. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the latest Vision 3 team members.
– Harrison Carney Harrison started at the Vision 3 team in July 2022 with a background in education, commercial and residential design, and is always taking opportunities to further his professional career and design knowledge in different types of projects. A recent graduate of the RWU School of Architecture master’s program, with a portfolio focused on community and socially beneficial projects, he joins Vision 3 looking to continue developing and contributing those ideals in the industry. Harrison seeks to understand, reflect, and design for the best of the client and community.
– Garrett McLaughlin also recently received his master’s degree at RWU and started at Vision 3 in mid-May. Garrett joins us as an Architectural Designer and looks forward to growing with Vision 3 as he plans to become a licensed Architect. Garrett is from the small town of Norway, Maine where he found an early passion for anything outdoors as well as the built world. Garrett’s architectural path began in Maine at a technical high school where he took classes in Engineering and Architectural Design. Later on in his high school and college years, he worked for a general contractor where he gained first- hand experience in the construction industry. Garrett has a passion for designs that better the life of building occupants and always aims to put them first in the design process.
– Eric Engle went to New England Institute of Technology and got a bachelor of science degree in Architectural/Building Engineering Technology. Eric grew up surrounded by the construction industry – and with his dad being a contractor, he’s frequented jobsites since the age of 5. He has an immense amount of hands-on experience in a wide array of trades, including: framing, finish carpentry, plumbing, HVAC excavation and more. After college Eric worked for a steel erection and fabrication company as an architectural metals detailer. After 12 years, Eric has made the jump to architecture and has joined Vision 3 as a Job Captain.
– Cate Vanasse is our newest interior designer. Cate joined the team at Vision 3 in April with a decade of experience, having worked on a variety of residential, commercial and hospitality projects. In addition to graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from New England institute of Technology, she has also spent time studying graphic design at RWU. With a combined passion for branding and interiors, Cate believes that these two disciplines work hand in hand, and should be a reflection of each other in order to create a holistic design. Her attention to detail and penchant for efficiency are evident on all projects she is involved in.
We are very excited to announce the recent promotion of Taylor Messier to Senior Job Captain. Taylor has been a part of the Healthcare Studio since joining Vision 3 in 2018. Her attention to detail and expanding knowledge of healthcare design make her an integral part of the team.
Linda Penaloza-Resch has been a valued member of the Vision 3 team for three years. Because of her dedication, eye for design and can-do attitude, she has been promoted to Job Captain. Please join us in congratulating Linda on this well-deserved promotion.
Providence Community Health Centers (PCHC) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 28th for its newest health center – PCHC Atwood. Vision 3 Architects is honored to have been a part of this very important project. We are a proud supporter of Providence Community Health Centers and their mission to keep our communities healthy, by providing access to quality medical and dental care. PCHC Atwood is designed to meet the daily health needs of residents from the culturally diverse neighborhoods of Olneyville, Hartford Park, Silver Lake, and surrounding areas. Once fully operational, PCHC Atwood will become the new medical home to 14,000 patients annually. This is in addition to the 60,000 people PCHC already cares for as the state’s largest health center. “This $15 million investment will help address disparities that negatively impact the health of thousands in this community,” said Merrill Thomas, President and CEO of PCHC.
Vision 3 Architects is proud to welcome our new Architectural Designer, Pedro Borda. Pedro was born in Colombia, has been living in the states for over 15 years, and currently calls providence home. He graduated from Roger Williams University with a Masters of Architecture degree in 2017. He has experience in industrial, institutional, hospitality and retail projects. Architecture is important to Pedro because he believes that architects have been given the responsibility, along with a moral obligation, to transform lives and communities for the better. He enjoys the process of designing architecture that exceeds client’s expectations.
Vision 3 Architects is proud to welcome our newest Interior Designer, Taylor Goodson. Taylor joined the team after relocating from Washington, DC where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design degree from George Washington University. His previous background in hospitality and commercial design led him to Vision 3 Architects and he looks forward to bringing his unique eye for design to the New England area. Taylor’s appreciation for material application and big design moments have been implemented in restaurants, bars, and commercial spaces across the country, and he is excited to bring his love of texture, color, and pattern into his future projects.
Vision 3 Architects was recently featured in the IIDA NE blog, The Designer Monologues. We featured our Private Investment Firm project for all of its design challenges and successes. The project is an example of using constraints as opportunities to develop unique design solutions. Our collaborative design process, centered on our client’s goals and input, resulted in an office space like no other in the city they can be proud to call home for years to come. Click the diagram to the left to see more about the project.
Vision 3 Architects is proud to welcome our new Architectural Designer, Dan Sadowniczyk. Dan graduated from Roger Williams University with a Master of Architecture degree in December 2019, joining Vision 3 soon after in August as an Architectural Designer. Dan’s interest in architecture came to fruition through his interest in art, design, and construction. His passion for design inspires him to become a registered architect which will elevate his ability to collaborate and design spaces that better support people and the environment.
For the second year in a row, Vision 3 Architects is honored to be recognized as an AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm. The program aims to identify firm initiatives that promote the advancement of Emerging Professionals through professional development and personal growth opportunities. Being only one of two Rhode Island firms selected, this designation showcases our commitment to mentoring staff and supporting the individual growth of our team members.