LCA is a small practice offering personalized architecture and interior design services. We have experience in residential, commercial and community based facilities with an emphasis on sustainable design. Our work in the Triangle and North Carolina includes libraries, restaurants, schools (K-12, Community College and University), places of worship and a variety of buildings that serve communities.
We are rooted in the modernist tradition of functional beauty, where design springs from its use and purpose. We are always mindful of the larger context, designing buildings that contribute to their surrounding environments, whether urban or rural.
Louis Cherry, Principal Architect, FAIA, LEED AP
Louis Cherry has been practicing architecture in North Carolina since 1983. Trained in literature (Duke University), art (East Carolina University), and architecture (North Carolina State University), Louis was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 2009 and is accredited as a LEED design professional (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design).
Cherry Huffman Architects, PA, was founded by Louis Cherry and partner Dan Huffman in 1992, and was selected as North Carolina's 2009 firm of the year by NC AIA. Louis has served on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, and was a founder of the Moore Square Museum Magnet Middle School community garden. Louis has taught periodically in the NCSU College of Design for over 20 years teaching design studios and professional practice. Louis Cherry Architecture is a small design practice focusing on modern residential, commercial and institutional design.
See the March 2017 WALTER Magazine profile of Louis Cherry
Bhavneet Birdi, Architectural Designer
Bhavneet was born in Hornchurch, England, a short train ride outside of London. Here, she followed in the footsteps of her aunt, a secondary school art teacher in Canterbury and became fascinated with the arts. The weekends and holidays were spent touring cities and museums throughout Europe.
Upon immigrating to the United States Bhavneet continued to pursue her interest in the arts. At each stage of her education she found a way to channel her creativity. First, through artwork, ceramics and theater in high school, then through a Bachelors of Interior Design at Florida State University and lastly in acquiring a Masters of Architecture degree at Virginia Tech.
These experiences led her to work at various architecture and interior design firms from Orlando, Florida to Alexandria, Virginia and finally finding a home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she joined Louis Cherry Architecture.
Alison Croop, Architectural Designer, LEED AP
Alison's path towards a career in architecture began at a young age when she helped her father build a tree fort in their backyard. The thrill of seeing her ideas become reality awoke a passion for design and building that she continued to nurture throughout her education. She received her Bacherlors in Architecture at Clemson University where she had the opportunity to study in Barcelona and New York City.
Taking a year off before graduate school, she moved to Raleigh where she fell in love with the rich history of modernist residential architecture in the Triangle area.
During her time at North Carolina State University, where she received her Masters of Architecture as well as the Energy & Technology Certification, she discovered a new passion for sustainability and became a LEED accredited professional. Before finding her place at Louis Cherry Architecture, she had also worked at another Raleigh firm primarily focused on large commercial projects.
Nick Owings, Architectural Designer
Nick is a native of Kansas. From an early age he had many opportunities to experience and understand the significance of architecture and place. He’d often spend Saturday mornings with his brother and grandfather exploring the grassy flint hills, farmlands and small rural towns of the Midwest. The agricultural vernacular buildings intrigued him. Especially by their complexity and beauty amongst the backdrop of the big sky country.
Nick’s early childhood influences would guide his educational path to an undergraduate degree in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture degree, both at the University of Kansas. In 2004, he completed his final thesis semester of graduate studies as a member of Studio804.
Studio804 is a non-profit, interdisciplinary studio where students design and build a project in a semester. This particular year, the students were tasked with designing and building a modular prefabricated residence in a factory setting while site and foundation work was prepared. The collaborative process was rich with critical thought and design-think, design-make ideology. From this process, Nick's pursuit of creating an architecture of reality and significance emerged.
After graduating, Nick packed up his pick-up truck and headed east to North Carolina. He settled in to the triangle area: a region known for its exceptional modern architecture. He began his early career with a local design build residential firm. Thirteen years later, now a member of Louis Cherry Architecture, his passion and wonder for remarkable architecture continues.
Jessica Knesnik, Architectural Designer
Jessica finds immense joy in the natural world and creating a space for humans to dwell and thrive in. Her early childhood experiences included spending countless hours in the woods building forts which fostered both her joy for nature and the built environment. To this day Jessica spends as much time as possible exploring and experiencing this beautiful world we live in. Every hike in the woods inspires her work on the drawing board.
Her curiosity about life and her constant desire to learn led her to pursue an education in architecture. She received a Bachelors in Architecture and Design from the University of Florida. She then attended a non-profit architecture internship program in Montana and then went on to practice at local firm in her home state of Florida. An opportunity to help teach undergraduate studios and acquire her Masters of Architecture led her to NC State here in Raleigh, where she has made her home and strong ties to the thriving creative community.
Jessica has found her place at Louis Cherry Architecture where she desires to be courageous in the field of design, pursing the creation of architecture that at its core is humanistic. Serving people through design is what propelled her education and career, a role she is grateful to be in.
Elizabeth Rhew, Architectural Designer
Elizabeth was born and raised in North Carolina. She developed a love for drawing at a young age, and this led to her receiving a studio art degree from UNC Chapel Hill. During her time there, she spent a summer abroad in Italy, promptly falling in love with its rich history of art and architecture.
She then went on to pursue a master’s in architecture at UNC Charlotte, where she developed a keen interest in natural lighting, materiality, and humanitarian design. She is intrigued by the overlap between art and architecture, a relationship she hopes to explore further in her career.
Her free time is spread thin over a variety of hobbies, including puzzles, hiking with her dog, and drawing on anything that sits still long enough.
Kal Fadem, Architectural Designer
As a native of Orlando, FL, Kal spent his formative years in a cultural and visual environment of more flash than substance. He recognized there was something disingenuous about growing up in the shadow of Disney World and Universal. Perhaps due in part to this lack of place he perceived, he surprised his mother at a young age when he told her that instead of a major league pitcher, he wanted to be an architect when he grew up.
At 13, his family relocated to Rutherfordton, NC in rural western North Carolina – a place nearly diametrically opposed to central Florida. He survived the culture shock by cultivating interests in skateboarding and art, a combination well-suited to a budding architect. He went on to earn a BFA in Studio Art from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010. After graduating, he traveled to Germany as an artist-in-residence at the gallery Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin. He then returned to live in Durham, NC where he parlayed his creative energies into woodworking and furniture design.
The pieces would finally come together when he was accepted into the Master of Architecture program at NC State’s College of Design in 2015. He is slated to graduate in December 2018.
Kal brings to Louis Cherry Architecture an appreciation for the uncompromisingly modern focus of the firm's work as well as the high level of quality. He comes equipped with a breadth of experiences, a versatile skill set as a designer, and an enthusiasm to come do the job he has worked toward his entire life.