About Clohessy Harris & Kaiser, LLC

Our History

Clohessy Harris and Kaiser Architects was founded by Eamon Clohessy A.I.A. and James Harris A.I.A. who, having worked together for nearly fifteen years, opened this practice in 1987. Initially, our office concentrated primarily on the design of new commercial office buildings, but we soon expanded our design services to include Interior Design and Facilities Planning & Design.

In 1989, Richard Kaiser, A.I.A joined the firm to support the Interior Design segment of the practice, which grew significantly during the 1990s. It was at this time that the firm began to expand its design services further to encompass other building types such as data centers, medical, retail, industrial, ecclesiastic and residential projects, among others.

By 1995, the firm was enjoying a growing practice serving the corporate community in greater Hartford with projects ranging from personnel relocations to comprehensive design services for new corporate headquarter facilities.

Joining James Harris and Richard Kaiser on the senior leadership team and further supporting the firm’s philosophy of a team approach to the challenges of architecture, planning and interior design, Rodolfo Garcia, Steven Hine and Hugh Schweitzer were promoted to Partner in 2018 

Overview of the leadership team

Jim Harris, A.I.A has served as the Principal-in-Charge of many of CHK’s most prominent projects over the last 32 years.  Jim specializes in managing on-call contracts for large corporate clients.  He brings over 40 years of experience to the CHK on-call delivery system encompassing thousands of projects. Jim’s areas of expertise include the design of corporate office buildings, dining facilities, labs, and data centers, as well as the renovation and restoration of historical buildings.

Richard Kaiser, A.I.A has operated over the last 30 years as Principal-in-Charge of many of the firm’s prominent Architectural and Interior Design projects.  His areas of expertise include corporate office design, tenant fit-outs, corporate fitness and wellness centers, healthcare, and auto dealerships.  He also serves as the CHK partner-in-charge of numerous ecclesiastic projects, one of his favorite project types. 

Rodolfo Garcia, AIA, serves as lead designer for many of the firm’s largest clients, bringing over 30 years of professional experience at varying scales in municipal, educational and corporate projects.  

Steven Hine, AIA, LEED AP has more than 30 years of professional experience and is a State of Connecticut licensed Building Official.  Steve manages design teams delivering several million square feet of new and renovated space for some of the firm’s most complex projects.  

Hugh Schweitzer, AIA, LEED AP, with over 25 years of experience as a design architect, directs planning and design for the firm, authors numerous feasibility studies and manages multifaceted projects for a variety of respected corporate, institutional and educational clients.

Pratt & Whitney Headquarters and Engineering Building