The Partners

WE ARE AN EXPERIENCED TEAM OF DESIGNERS WITH DIVERSE, COMPLIMENTARY SKILLS.

Arcus Design Group – Architects, Inc. was formed in 1987 by principals Jeffrey G. Balch, AIA, LEED AP; Carl E. Holden, AIA, LEED AP; and Christian H. McQuail, AIA, LEED AP. They sought a stronger connection to the architectural projects, clients, and end-users for which they were designing. The firm’s name was chosen from the Latin word arcus, defined as the strongest or most triumphal in a series of arches. The founding partners feel the term exemplifies the spirit of their collaborative practice and strength of their commitment to their clients. In 2000, Paul J. Salvaggio, AIA, LEED AP, was named the fourth principal leading residential design.

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Carl E. Holden

AIA, LEED® AP

Carl's technology-oriented project experience has helped start-ups and established leaders in the pharma, biotech, and medical device industries design and build with strategic success. Carl analyzes and organizes projects to extract their essence, offering focus and prioritization for meaningful, long-term efficiency. Carl holds a B.S. in Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the AIA, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers. He volunteers as a technical advisor with Good Works and sits on the advisory board of the Garrett-Williamson Foundation.

 

 

Christian H. McQuail

AIA, LEED® AP

Chris balances management acumen with comprehensive design experience to benefit Arcus and its clients. He excels in project management, and has the vision and patience to see large-scale and complex projects from initial planning to final construction. His longstanding passion for nature encourages a sense of environmental stewardship and responsive design. Chris holds a B.S. in Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the AIA, International Code Council, Exton Chamber of Commerce, Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, and the PA Uniform Construction Code Review & Advisory Council.

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Jeffrey G. Balch

AIA, LEED® AP

Focusing on interiors and planning work has brought Jeff into emerging markets in corporate, healthcare, and technology industries. He puts clients and consultants at ease with his open communication style and emphasis on collaborative design. Jeff's omnipresent concern for constructability means his projects are both well-designed and well-built. Jeff holds a B.S. in Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the AIA and the Chester County International Building Codes Variance Review Board. He is an active supporter and volunteer with Young Life of Chester County.

 

 

Paul J. Salvaggio

AIA, LEED® AP

As principal in charge of residential work, Paul brings creativity, levity, and a sense of humor to his colleagues and clients. Paul can sketch and write upside down – so those sitting across a table can read – and his ability to build trust and camaraderie quickly is aligned with the deeply-personal nature of residential design. Paul holds a B.Arch and B.S. in Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the AIA, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Homebuilders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties, Avalon (NJ) Chamber of Commerce. He is also an adjunct professor at Drexel University.

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