Brian Longenecker | Project Architect
Brian has been with R. A. Hoffman Architects since its inception in 1996. Prior to that, Brian had 15 years of experience working with other architectural firms and 5 years of experience as a carpenter. Brian received his Bachelors of Science in Architecture and studied Urban Planning as a graduate student at Penn State University.
In addition to volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, Brian volunteers his time as a maintenance worker at Milagro House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Brian sat on the Zoning Review Committee for New Providence Township in Lancaster County for 3 years. He has been president of the Parks and Recreation Committee of New Providence Township in Lancaster County since 2015.
Brian is a loving father to 2 daughters and an ever evolving cast of cats and dogs. In his free time Brian enjoys biking, hiking, woodworking, carpentry, reading and playing volleyball.
James Tolle | Project Designer
James has been with the firm since its inception in 1996. Prior to joining R.A. Hoffman Architects he spent six years as a project manager of a firm in Pennsylvania where he led many award winning residential projects. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Iowa State University.
James has spent over 20 years working for firms in Iowa, Illinois, and Pennsylvania and has accumulated extensive experience in the design of a wide range of projects. With a primary focus in Residential design (single and multifamily housing), he has produced a wide array of award winning projects from custom homes to whole communities.
James also has a keen interest in the area of new home technologies ranging from Smart Home design to audio/video applications and home theater design. He attends various seminars on Intelligent Homes and pursues new home technologies as a personal hobby as well. In addition to architecture, his other passion is dog rescuing - he volunteers his time at Main Line Animal Rescue.
Doug Rotondo | Project Designer
Doug has been with R. A. Hoffman Architects since 2004. His experience at the firm has included a variety of residential commissions of all sizes—additions, renovations, custom houses, garages, and outbuildings. He has also worked on some of the firm’s commercial and institutional projects. No matter the scope or budget, he strives for thoroughness in every final set of drawings, keeping the client’s goals and needs in mind. One of the most challenging, yet rewarding projects he has worked on to-date is the physical relocation, renovation, and addition to a c. 1750 farmhouse on a preserved property in the Wissahickon Valley of eastern Montgomery County.
He is a graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. During his schooling, he participated in a semester study abroad program in Rome, Italy and the International Masonry Institute’s Masonry Camp at Swans Island, Maine.
Doug has an interest in old architecture, especially rural vernacular structures and landscapes of southeastern Pennsylvania. He is Secretary of the Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania and enjoys architectural and landscape photography. Previously, he has served on the Worcester Township Planning Commission and as a Director of the Worcester Historical Society. In 2010, Doug was fortunate to have a casual meeting and lunch with world-renowned architect Robert Venturi, FAIA (1925-2018) at his office in Philadelphia.
Frank Swarner | Project Designer
Frank joined the company in September 1999 as a draftsman to help with the increasing demand for Residential Architectural Design. Before joining R. A. Hoffman Architects, Inc. Frank was working in the Residential Construction field and also spent time in the offices at Parsons Energy and Chemical Corp. He received a Bachelors Degree in Architectural Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, MA) in 1998.
Since joining R. A. Hoffman Architects, Inc. Frank has enjoyed working on a broad range of projects, from custom homes, farmhouses, barns, renovations, pool houses, and outbuildings along with additions and renovations for new and old homes. Frank also wears a few other hats for the company and goes out of his way to take care of basic building maintenance for our office inside and out.
Frank likes to play golf and is an avid Fly Fisherman. He is a licensed fishing guide in the state of New York and has been tying his own flies for himself and friends for over thirty years. Frank has been featured in Charlie Meck’s book, “Pennsylvania Trout Streams and Their Hatches” and tied flies for Michaels Radencich’s book, “Classic Salmon Flies.” He is the President of Brandywine Trout and Conservation Club and very active with other local Non-Profit Organizations such as West Chester Fish & Game Club, Valley Forge Trout Unlimited, Slate Run Sportsmen's Association, plus many others. He enjoys volunteering time to teach kids to fish, lends a hand working on Stream Improvement Projects, and helps pick up trash during Stream Cleaning Projects and Adopt-a-Highway Roadway Cleaning.
Rita Holts | Office Administrator
Rita has been with us since 1996. Prior to that, she was with another architectural firm as an Office Administrator for thirty-three and a half years, until the owner’s retirement. She also spent fourteen and a half years with a banking institution as Secretary/Assistant to the Vice President of General Banking. To keep up with technology, she has taken computer classes at Delaware County Community College.
Rita has a total of over sixty years’ experience in Office Administration. In the past, she has been active in community service as a member and past Treasurer of the original Radnor Fire Company Auxiliary. She also assisted her late husband with his horse training business in Standardbred Racing for over twenty years. Her other passions are her crafts, cats, and watching baseball and football.
Shannon Lee | Graphic Designer
Shannon graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2011. Outside of work, Shannon enjoys pottery, gardening, boxing, playing guitar, and reading.