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Karen Welsh, R.A., AIA
Karen Welsh, R.A., AIAPresident, UpStreet Architects, Inc.
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Since 1994, Karen has led the firms of UpStreet Architects, Inc. and its predecessor firm Welsh + Harley Architects, providing complete architectural planning, design and contract administration services. She balances aesthetic and programmatic aspects while meeting the requirements of developers, contractors, financing agencies, government programs and their oversight. She is a registered architect in PA, WV, TN, OH and MD and has NCARB certification, which facilitates reciprocal registration in other states.

Karen is focused on ensuring client satisfaction by implementing strategies for communication, project management, quality control and quality assurance. She has worked hard to develop strong relationships with repeat clients, consultants and financing agencies. The developments and buildings she designs are a mix of new construction, Historic Preservation and adaptive reuse. Special attention is paid to the project’s integration with the community, energy efficiency and constructability.

Karen is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National and PA Chapters, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, The Pennsylvania Builders Association, National Association of Home Builders, Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, Women in Housing and Finance PA, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities, Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and the Cambria Regional Chamber.

Code development and adoption is another passion. Her volunteer service includes participation on the Multi-Family Housing Task Force for the development of the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard in 2008 and 2012, to ensure a rural/suburban viewpoint was represented. From 2011-2015, she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council, which adopts the building codes in Pennsylvania, and represented commercial architects. She continues to work with PBA and the American Institute of Architects in PA on legislative issues relating to building code adoption and especially the impacts on existing buildings, rural communities and economic development.

Currently she serves on the Industry Advisory Council for the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center.

Thomas R. Harley, R.A., AIA
Thomas R. Harley, R.A., AIASecretary, UpStreet Architects, Inc.; Principal, Thomas R. Harley Architects, LLC
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Tom has designed a wide variety of projects and building types throughout Western Pennsylvania and Indiana County. He also has a special interest and expertise in the area of historic preservation, rehabilitation and reuse. Tom has focused on creating synergy by integrating commercial and residential units into existing communities reinforcing and strengthening them for the greater good.

At both UpStreet Architects and Thomas R. Harley Architects, Tom is known for his excitement about each new project, his keen sense of space and a holistic view of the building and how it knits into the community. He is guided by the belief that buildings should enhance people’s lives.

Tom received his BA from North Dakota State and a Master of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon in 1979. He started his independent practice in 1984 and then formed UpStreet Architects with Karen Welsh in 1997. He is a member of NCARB as a Registered Architect in PA, IN, OH, VA and NY.

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Pennsylvania Society of Architects and its Pittsburgh Chapter, and the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA). Locally he has led Downtown Indiana, and was a Board member of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce. As an active member in the Indiana PA Optimist Organization, and especially active in its Little League Program as well as serving as Tournament Director for girls fastpitch tournaments in Indiana County. He is a retired high school softball coach and is currently serving on the local school board.

Gregory J. Watt, R.A.
Gregory J. Watt, R.A.Senior Project Architect
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Greg has been in the architectural field for over 41 years obtaining his professional license in 1989. He has a thorough understanding of construction details and the specification process. He is experienced in architectural, mechanical, and civil engineering contract document preparation. Greg’s responsibilities within the firm include, but are not limited to, contract document preparation, building design, contract administration, specification writing and code research, and has provided the full line of standard architectural services; preliminary design, interior design, and project administration.
Peter Neff, R.A.
Peter Neff, R.A.Project Architect
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Pete joined UpStreet Architects in 2013. He is project manager and lead architect on various housing designs. His expertise includes his excellent hand drawing skills as well as computer modeling. Pete’s architectural experience began in 1994 working in a small architecture firm in southwestern Pennsylvania. After finishing a 2-year degree in architectural drafting & design, the desire to expand his knowledge led him to travel west, where a unique design atmosphere and new sustainable technologies helped to shape his formal education at the University of Arizona. Since graduating in May 2005 and before joining UpStreet, Pete completed several housing, office, restaurant and retail projects. Since 2000, Pete has developed his photography passion into a growing portfolio of published architectural images. Pete states that Architectural Photography is a complimentary and natural connection to design work that allows a deep exploration of the finished spaces far after the project is completed.

Barbara Hauge, P.L.A., ASLA, GIP
Barbara Hauge, P.L.A., ASLA, GIPLandscape Architect, ISA Certified Arborist PD-2662A, Green Infrastructure Professional
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Barb joined UpStreet Architects in 2007. Her landscape designs include public and private residential landscapes, commercial designs as well as education and play spaces. Her expertise includes native planting designs, tree and plant selection, rain gardens and marketing. Barb is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), PA-DE Chapter on their Communications Committee and is a member of the Indiana and Evergreen Garden Clubs, and International Society of Arboriculture. She serves on the boards of the Allegheny Arboretum and C&I Trail Council. She has taught programs for the New York Botanical Garden as well as Phipps Conservatory and continues to lecture on landscape and gardening topics for garden clubs, parks groups, local libraries, and garden related organizations.

In addition to degrees in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Barb is also an ISA certified arborist and is certified with the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. Before joining UpStreet Architects, she designed residential landscapes with Susan Cohen Landscape Architect in Riverside, CT, and public and institutional landscapes at Peter Gisolfi Associates in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Local community groups have recognized her community leadership including being awarded The Peggy Clark Grassroots Environmental Leadership Award by the League of Women Voters of Indiana County.

Jessica Riffer
Jessica RifferSenior Designer/Studio Manager
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Jessica joined UpStreet Architects in 1995 as a Summer Intern and continued to work summers and breaks throughout college. After graduating from Penn State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Architecture, she joined the UpStreet team full-time as an Intern Architect then transitioned to Senior Project Manager. Her commitment to quality and precision can be seen in her architectural drawings, attention to details, construction administration and the architectural specifications that she manages for the office. She has served on the Historical Architectural Review Board in Saltsburg, PA and continues to volunteer in her children’s many school activities. Jessica has completed the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ Intern Development Program and is preparing to take her professional registration exams.

Mark Funyak
Mark FunyakSenior Project Coordinator
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Mark joined UpStreet in 2018 with extensive experience as a General Construction and Facility Manager for commercial and government projects nationwide. His background also includes technical engineering management experience specializing in commercial construction, Department of Defense (DoD) facilities management, and GSA contract management. For more than 20 years, Mark worked in business management, architectural design, cost estimating and project management for over $400 million in commercial and industrial building construction covering more than 10 US states and Canada. Industry experiences include: government, industrial, classified SCIF facilities, educational, recreational facilities, office, tool and die, medical operations, manufacturing, pre-engineered steel structures, retail, and custom residential. Mark’s educational background includes a BS in education and MS studies in Engineering Management from Robert Morris University.

Barry V. Beatty, LEED AP
Barry V. Beatty, LEED APSenior Project Coordinator
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Since 2002, Barry has worked for UpStreet Architects as the Project Manager for various commercial & multi-family housing projects including PHFA funded developments. His expertise ranges from application stage through the design, construction, and warranty phases. He has extensive experience with funding application submissions; specification writing; construction document development; accessibility/code compliance; interior finishes; permit acquisition; HERS-energy star ratings; environmental assessments; geotechnical engineer contract; project coordination; Capital Needs Assessment implementation; HUD, PHFA, & WVHDF requirements; Enterprise Green Community coordination; construction & warranty administration; and close out processes. Barry’s inclusive team approach produces innovative and successful projects that meet the owner’s goals with a strong focus on the end user.

Barry holds a dual B.S. degree in Geology and Civil Engineering from University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He is an LEED Accredited Professional managing, submitting and obtaining USGBC LEED Construction for projects for Upstreet. Prior to coming to UpStreet Barry was a Department Head at Dewberry & Davis Architectures/Engineers in Baltimore. He brought 17 years of experience in construction/architectural project management & inspection, geology/ hydrogeology, environmental & site engineering design, geotechnical evaluations to the firm.

John B. Shaffer, Jr.
John B. Shaffer, Jr.Senior Project Manager
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John joined UpStreet Architects, Inc. after working for a number of years with General Contractors and as a Code Official & Zoning Officer. He has worked on a wide variety of projects involving all stages of commercial, industrial and residential construction. He holds the following ICC certifications: Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner; Building Inspector; Commercial Building Inspector; Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector; and Residential Building Inspector. In addition to being cognizant of the details needed to acquire all necessary State and Municipal permits, John commonly interacts with developers, builders, local government, and authority officials in a variety of interesting endeavors. John has also held state certifications as an Asbestos Inspector and confined spaces safety. In 2010 he was recognized by Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Central PA Chapter with the Excellence in Construction Merit Award for Opera House Senior Apartments, Best Residential Project.

Ronald W. Wirick (George)
Ronald W. Wirick (George)Senior Project Manager
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George joined UpStreet Architects, Inc. in January 2016 as a Project Manager with over 38 years of experience in Building Construction, Field Supervision and Contract Administration. He has worked on a wide variety of projects including residential, industrial, commercial, athletic fields, churches, colleges, hospital, multi-family housing, and schools. His expertise is as the owner’s advocate during building and site construction. Highly organized and detail oriented, his skills ensure successful construction in keeping with the project vision.

Paige Kendrick
Paige KendrickIntern Architect
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Paige joined UpStreet full-time as an intern architect in 2017 after three years as an intern. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University with minors in Architectural History, Environmental Inquiry, and International Studies including a semester of architectural study in Rome, Italy. Her interests are in residential design where she strives to create diverse, functional spaces. Paige is in the process of completing the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ Architectural Experience Program for taking her professional registration exams. Her strengths include architectural design, application of accessibility and building codes, attention to detail, 3-D rendering, and project coordination.

Timothy L. Morris
Timothy L. MorrisDrafting Manager
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Tim has worked on a broad assortment of architectural, construction, and planning projects since the late 1980s. He has a thorough understanding of the construction process, architectural drafting and detailing as well as building codes, project management and IT management. Tim is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree in Geography and Regional Planning. As a student, he received the Departmental Academic Award for superior scholarship and professional interest. Tim remains up to date by participating in seminars and educational programs related to the profession. At UpStreet Architects, his detailed knowledge and experience of how systems work is an asset serving the team and clients from concept to completion. When Tim is not at the office, he enjoys an active lifestyle with his family.

Ben J. Gagan
Ben J. GaganSenior Drafter/CAD Manager
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Ben joined UpStreet Architects, Inc. in 2018. His previous work in CAD drafting, program customization and technology support was with Frank Dachille Architects, P.C. and H.F. Lenz. Ben’s keen attention to detail and problem solving skills are key support for our architectural projects. The above assets combined with his 3D visualization skill set make Ben a valued member of our team.

John Pershing
John PershingSenior Drafter
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John joined UpStreet Architects in 1995. He is experienced in project management as well as in the preparation of construction documents for commercial and residential structures. He holds the following ICC Certifications: 1 & 2 Family General; 1 & 2 Family Plumbing; and 1 & 2 Family Mechanical. He earned an associate degree in Architectural Drafting and Design from Triangle Tech in Dubois, Pennsylvania.

Samuel Hollopeter
Samuel HollopeterSenior Drafter
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Sam joined UpStreet Architects, Inc. as an intern drafter in 1998 during his junior year at Indiana Senior High School. He works on the preparation of construction documents for commercial and residential structures. He studied computer aided drafting and design at the Indiana County Technology Center, and is adept at working with both Macintosh and Windows based platforms, VectorWorks, and SketchUp software.

Sam graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College with an Associates Degree in Production Industries Technology.

Mark Bates
Mark BatesDrafter
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Mark joined UpStreet Architects in 2000 with extensive experience in the areas of architecture, zoning and code enforcement. He has worked as zoning and code officer for Richland Township in Johnstown, Pennsylvania as well as the Code Enforcement Official for Cambria-Somerset Council of Governments in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Bates earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition, Mark has worked as a tenant coordinator and in architectural design and development for Crown American and Zamias Developers both of Johnstown. He has also completed courses and seminars in computer related design, code enforcement, zoning, housing rehabilitation, fire prevention and municipal planning.

Rob Parker
Rob ParkerDrafter
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Rob joined UpStreet Architects, Inc. in 2014. He works on the preparation of construction documents for commercial and residential structures. He has fifteen years previous experience with commercial, retail, and institutional projects and five years experience as a project manager. He studied Computer Aided Drafting and Design at ITT Technical Institute and has excellent skills with VectorWorks and AutoCAD software.

Rob graduated with honors from ITT Technical Institute with an Associates Degree in CAD Drafting. In the United States Marine Corps, Rob served 4 years of active duty in supply requisitions at stations in Okinawa, Japan and Quantico, VA. During his service he earned a good conduct medal and twice received meritorious mast in recognition of outstanding job performance. He was honorably discharged earning the rank of Corporal.

James Grube
James GrubeDrafter

Jim joined UpStreet in 2019 with more than 20 years experience in surveying and preparing CAD drawings. Jim brings a wealth of knowledge in civil engineering, surveying, structural and architectural drafting. Jim earned his Mining Engineering degree from Penn State University and has worked in the mining field as well as a subcontractor drafting plans for engineers. He has a keen attention to details and has a holistic approach to the detailing because of his wealth of experience..

Sue Jablunovsky
Sue JablunovskyAdministrative Assistant
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Sue has been with UpStreet twice during her career. Most recently joining us in 2018. She has experience in office management in the medical, insurance and architecture fields. In 2011 she received her Specialized Business Degree from Cambria Rowe Business College.

Karen Fenner
Karen FennerArchitectural Intern (currently studying)
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Karen joined UpStreet Architects in the summer of 2020 as an architectural intern. She is from State College and recently completed her third year at Pennsylvania State University in the Bachelor of Architecture program. As a student also pursuing a minor in Architectural History, she is especially interested in historic preservation and adaptive reuse.