The HMR Architects team is an ensemble of skilled, knowledgeable, and keenly dedicated individuals who together provide highly regarded architectural services to their clients. Founding partner, Philetus H. Holt, and principals Robert W. Russell and Eric Holtermann, have fostered and attracted staff members who together maintain the ideals of the original firm while utilizing appropriate advances in the fields of architecture and technology. They take pride not only in their work but in the relationships they have built with their clients.
Robert W. Russell, AIA
Bob joined Holt & Morgan Architects in 1981 and became a Principal of HMR Architects in 1993. Over his 30 plus years of practice he has completed a wide variety of projects including libraries and civic and academic buildings. He enjoys working in a wide variety of architectural styles as appropriate to the surrounding built environment.
Bob’s projects have won numerous awards, including citations from the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office. In 2007, his design for Additions to the Morristown & Morris Township Library earned the “Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture” from New Jersey’s chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was subsequently included in New Jersey Monthly’s list of most significant architectural projects of that decade.
For many years he has served on the board of Architects Housing and is a board founder of Millstone Basin Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. In his spare time he enjoys working on carpentry projects, kayaking, and traveling.
Eric J. Holtermann, AIA
Eric joined HMR Architects in 1999, and has been a Principal since 2003. Throughout his career, he has worked on both new and historic projects, with a particular interest in the appropriate use of old buildings and sensitive integration of new design in historic settings. Prior to joining HMR Architects, Eric was a Senior Associate at Platt Byard Dovell Architects in New York City, where his projects included the Cooper Union Foundation Building and the Chanel Building. At HMR, he has concentrated on municipal, institutional, and residential work, often within historic contexts. Recent projects include the Mount Tabor Historic District, South Orange Village Hall, Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, and new housing at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
While studying at the University of North Carolina, where he graduated with his Bachelor’s and Bachelor in Architecture, Eric was awarded a travelling fellowship to study traditional Japanese architecture. Subsequently, in addition to his architectural pursuits, he travelled as an itinerant bicycle tour guide in China and Tibet, an experience that helped shape who he is and his practice today.
In 2011, Eric led a successful effort to draft a Historic Preservation Ordinance for the Borough of Pennington. He is currently Chair of the Pennington Historic Preservation Commission and also serves on the Board of the Historic Rockingham Association. Eric lives in an old house in Pennington with his wife, daughter, and too many dogs.
Since joining HMR in 2008, Kurt has brought his extensive knowledge of historic building materials, and restoration techniques to the firm. He received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he is working on the New Education Center at the National Historic Landmark home of Gustav Stickley, which will be a key new component in the operations at Craftsman Farms. Other projects Kurt is spearheading are the rehabilitation of the Van Dyke Farmhouse and the Onderdonk-Meuly House in Middlesex County, the Portico Restoration at Hoboken City Hall and the reconstruction of the Voorhees Dutch Barn at the Jacobus Vanderveer Site in Bedminster. Kurt continues to cultivate many repeat clients which is an indication of his consummate professionalism. Kurt was promoted to Associate in 2018. He lives in Carversville, Pennsylvania with his wife, Marnie, and two daughters, Anna (12) and May (10).
Brian has been with HMR since he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002. After a semester studying in Rome, Italy, Brian graduated with honors and received his Bachelor of Architecture as well as a Bachelor of Science in Building Science. Between semesters while at Rensselaer, Brian worked as a carpenter to supplement his architectural education. At HMR, he has utilized his passion for historic rehabilitation, managing projects ranging from preservation to new construction. Brian is currently managing the Additions and Renovations to College Hall at Montclair State University. Recent projects include the Food Service Renovations at Simons Hall at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Renovation of 4 Mercer Street for Princeton University. In all of his work, he enjoys developing collaborative and enduring client relationships. Brian was promoted to Associate in 2018. He lives with his wife, Suzie, and three children in Hamilton, New Jersey.
Lisa graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1991, followed by a Bachelor of Architecture in 1992. While studying in Providence and later interning in Alexandria, Virginia, she developed an interest in adaptive use of historic properties. She spent two summers interning at the Art Commission and at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. After graduation, she worked at Li/Saltzman Architects and Ford Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, firms that both specialize in historic preservation. Lisa joined HMR Architects in 2005, where she is involved in preparation of Historic Structure Reports, Preservation Plans, construction documents, and construction administration. Lisa shares her love of music with her husband, Jerry and spends her free time coordinating Girl Scout events and Lego Robotics with her two daughters.
Carolyn Chaiko, AIA
Carolyn is a licensed architect with over 25 years of experience, including residential, historic preservation, and municipal. Having had the opportunity through her career to work on a wide variety of project sizes and types, Carolyn is adept at handling unique and unusual projects. Through her extensive career, she feels fortunate to have built long term relationships with her clients lasting over many years and multiple projects. At HMR, Carolyn serves as a designer and project manager. Recent work includes the restoration of the historic Krueger Scott Mansion and renovations at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Carolyn is active on the New Hope Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HARB). During her tenure, she helped write the Design Guidelines for the New Hope Historic District. Prior to her role on the HARB she was the recipient of a New Hope HARB award for excellence in Historic Preservation.
After completion of her Masters of Architecture, Carolyn spent the first ten years of her career at HMR Architects. Carolyn spent subsequent years working part time as a sole practitioner and consultant in order to focus on raising her children. With kids grown, she is thrilled to be a part of the HMR team again. Carolyn lives in Pennington with her husband and in her spare time enjoys yoga, gardening, and travel.
Julie Kroon, LEED AP
Julie joined HMR Architects in 2013. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech—where she benefited from a semester abroad in Switzerland—and went on to receive a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. While at HMR and at previous architecture firms, Julie has gained experience with both new and existing buildings, surveying and preparing existing conditions assessments, construction documents, preservation plans, feasibility studies, 3-D computer modeling, and graphic presentations. Her architectural interests include adaptive re-use, space programming, and abandoned or ruined structures. She is currently taking her architect registration exams and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring new places.
Kyrie graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with interdisciplinary honors in Architecture (B.Arch) and Art History (B.A. Art History). After studying abroad in Rome for a semester, she entered the architectural field with a love for historic reinvention and revitalization. Her previous work at DAS Architecture and Beyer Blinder Belle provided Kyrie with experience in multifamily residential, adaptive reuse and commercial design. Since starting at HMR in 2016, she has been able to focus on her passion for adaptive reuse and historic renovation, with projects including the renovations at the Institute for Advanced Study. When not working or studying for her licensure exams, Kyrie can be found playing video games, going to the gym, or exploring her new home of New Jersey.
Sam received a Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation and graduated with Academic Distinction from Southeast Missouri State University in 2013. He went on to receive a Master of Science in Historic Preservation and was awarded the Charles E. Peterson Award from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. He then moved to New York City and worked at the conservation firm, Integrated Conservation Resources, followed by the preservation-focused architecture firm, Architecture Restoration Conservation. Sam joined HMR Architects in summer of 2018 and is involved in preparing conditions assessments, Historic Structure Reports, construction documents, and construction administration. Sam’s architectural interests include material conservation and historic building technology, especially brick and terra cotta. Sam is a conservationist at heart, both of architecture and nature, and loves spending time outdoors, most especially hiking.
Suzanne joined HMR Architects in 1995 as the firm’s Business Manager. She received her BA in Art History from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Suzanne is responsible for the daily financial operations of HMR, including payroll, billing, and monthly and quarterly taxes. Additionally, she works closely with the firm’s accountant, oversees IT procedures, and handles personnel. Prior to HMR, she worked at Michael Graves and Associates as Mr. Graves’ personal assistant. When she is not working, Suzanne enjoys early morning trips to the gym, experimenting with new recipes, reading, and spending time with her two daughters, Leah and Rachel.
Maheen is a graduate of Rider University with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. She has gained considerable design and communication experience from her year-long advertising/marketing internship at B-Fair Tutoring, where she worked with the Company Director editing company documents, redesigning the website, creating promotional materials, and sending out e-mail blasts. Since joining HMR Architects in April 2016, Maheen is responsible for all administrative and marketing duties which include managing all social media accounts, creating marketing materials, updating HMR’s website and compiling project proposals. In her spare time, Maheen loves reading, free writing, going to the movies, and being around her family and friends.