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Team and Ella

Team and Ella

 

The Mackin team is well known for their beautiful historic-to-modern homes that amplify natural light, capture majestic views, and cultivate the landscape, but most of all are designed for their clients’ life and lifestyle.

Ralph Mackin

Ralph Mackin

Principal / Lead Architect

In 1992, Ralph established Mackin Architects, a firm composed of experienced professionals dedicated to the design and development of structures with historical references yet modernized for the way we live today.

This passion for historic architecture started during Ralph’s childhood. He grew up in the rural areas of New York and New England. The diversity of historic architectural styles in those regions intrigued him, so he pursued his passion by majoring in architecture at Catholic University of America. After graduation, Ralph apprenticed with local architects, and worked for a residential contractor to better understand all the techniques of the trade.  

As principal of the firm, Ralph is deeply involved in all aspects of each project. He has a hands-on approach and visits the construction sites regularly not only to supervise the development, but to touch base with his clients.

In his spare time, Ralph can be found spending time with his wife, three children, and a Labrador Retriever, Ella. The whole family loves boating and fly-fishing. Ralph also composes music, and paints with watercolors. He and his family live in Connecticut, in a home he designed and built specifically for his family.

Bridgette Shaffer

Bridgette Shaffer

Director of Finance and Administration

Bridgette joined Mackin Architects in 2014. She oversees the firm’s financial management, human resources, strategic planning, and administration, ensuring that the inner workings of the firm run smoothly.

She spent many years working in private capital and family office wealth management industries. Bridgette has a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as Certified Financial Planner designation from Boston University.

Bridgette enjoys water and snow skiing, organic gardening, and yoga. She loves fishing with her husband and spends as much time as she can with their three children.

Tom Milano

Tom Milano

Senior Project Manager

Tom has been with Mackin Architects since 1999. His skills and career have grown with the company. As the lead project executive, Tom works directly with clients from project inception through completion. He is responsible for total project coordination and is the primary liaison between the firm and the field, including managing contractors and ensuring protocols are met, so the project runs on budget and on schedule.

Mackin Architects’ projects have taken Tom from estates on the eastern end of Long Island, to coastal residences on Cape Cod, to a sprawling horse farm in Columbia County.

Prior to joining Mackin Architects, Tom sharpened his skills in New York City. He graduated with honors from the New York Institute of Technology.

Tom is a licensed architect in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

An avid woodworker, Tom spends his weekends restoring a historic farmhouse with his wife. They live in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, with their two rescue dogs.

Christopher Creighton

Christopher Creighton

Project Manager

Chris has been an integral part of Mackin Architects project team since 2014. He assists with design, drawing production, and construction administration, working on a plethora of projects large and small, and at different site locations.

Prior to joining Mackin Architects, Chris worked at firms throughout Westchester, New York, and Connecticut’s Fairfield Counties. Chris graduated from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. He is a licensed architect in New York and Connecticut and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

An avid sports fan, Chris spends his free time enjoying a ball game, or watching his two children enjoy their respective sports. He lives in New Fairfield, Connecticut

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