CetraRuddy Hires McFarland

Veteran architect returns to serve as principal and member of firm’s executive committee

Boutique Design
Brian McFarland | CetraRuddy Principal

Brian McFarland | CetraRuddy Principal


Industry veteran Brian McFarland has rejoined the architecture and design firm CetraRuddy as principal. In his new role McFarland will also serve as a member of the firm’s executive committee to help oversee strategic direction and guide business initiatives in new and existing markets.

“We are delighted to have Brian back at CetraRuddy in a leadership role,” says Nancy J. Ruddy, the firm’s founding principal, noting that McFarland was previously with the company from 2004 to 2013 as an associate principal. “He is a talented, thoughtful professional with a valuable combination of the exceptional design ability, technical expertise and process understanding that are so vital today for developing high-concept designs into memorable places.”

McFarland has 30 years of experience in the residential, hospitality, educational and institutional sectors as an architect and building project manager. In his previous role at CetraRuddy, he worked on such project as the adaptive reuse of Walker Tower and Stella Tower in New York into condominiums. He also served on a design team for the 18-story condominium at 200 East 79th Street in Manhattan, as well as the mixed-use residential complex Third Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to rejoining CetraRuddy, McFarland was principal at VOA (now Stantec), where he led the design and construction commencement of Virgin Hotels’ first Manhattan property expected to open in early 2018.

“We’re proud to have Brian McFarland back on our team, an architect I have known for 15 years and someone whose accomplishments speak for themselves,” says John Cetra, founding principal of CetraRuddy. “Brian shares CetraRuddy’s intimate knowledge of development challenges and our fundamental belief in thoughtful design solutions that respond to urban context in sensitive and innovative ways.”