At CaVA, we believe in the humanistic values of architecture, and the power of architecture to enhance our experiences. We believe that poetry can be found as much in noble works of architecture as in common spaces and everyday materials. And we believe that the process of design deeply affects the product. That the process should be one of shared discovery, invention, and fun.
We are committed to a practice that us to work collaboratively with our clients, consultants, and the users to create memorable places. Maintaining partner-level involvement throughout each project is fundamental to the success of CaVA and its clients. The long list of repeat clients is evidence of the dedicated and personal level of service provided. We place the highest value on design, construction, and management, and also fundamentally understand that buildings are for the people they serve and the activities they house. Our practice specializes in updating and re-visioning spaces where people work and interact; making the most of today’s technology and approaches while emphasizing community and comfort with a seamless approach to architecture, systems, and furnishings. The best projects reflect the shared values of the clients, the users, and the design team.
We are LEED Accredited Professionals with experience in helping certify and design more than 20 LEED Certified projects. While CaVA is young, the leadership is very experienced and brings enthusiasm and gravitas to the table. CaVA is a certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise, a Small Business with Pennsylvania’s DGS. We are a proud and active member firm of the American Institute of Architects.
Charles Capaldi brings diverse skills and perspectives to clients with over thirty-five years of experience in design, project management and construction. His proficiency in practice and management is shown in the classes he teaches as adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Charles has a deep belief in the continuity of practice; from client dialogue and exploration, continuing through the integration of design, thoughtful construction and execution. From his days as Director of Design at GBQC, he has always had a strong interest in construction, technical development and respect for craft of in collaboration with good design.
In addition to his work on residential and multi-family projects, Charles has led many projects that have focused on the work-place developing environments that reflect and encourage culture and behaviors that define and contribute to communication and interaction. As a founding partner at B Five Studio, he led projects at the University City Science Center, National Board of Medical Examiners Headquarters, and One Bryant Park for the Durst Organization. He teaches courses on Practice as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University’s Westphal College.
It is with great enthusiasm with CaVA now that Charles is focusing his considerable talents on collaborative design projects focused on the interaction of the digital economy and creative work places. He is leading new renovations to his original work for the National Board of Medical Examiners and for the Philadelphia Media Network’s offices at Market East.
Charles holds an MARCH from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa). Charles is a LEED accredited professional and is accredited by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards where he has led workshops and serves as the IDP Coordinator at Penn and an IDP Mentor. He is a volunteer at the GESU School where he leads classes in architecture and, volunteers his time as an architectural expert on the upkeep of Historic Old Saint Joseph’s Church.
After a 30-year career with a world-renowned design firm working on a wide variety of distinguished institutional, cultural and commercial projects, Kelly Vresilovic joined with Charles Capaldi in 2015 to form CaVA Architects. Kelly’s people based design style has propelled her toward a career that focused on crafting well designed interior environments for people who now spend more that 90% of their time indoors. Pairing this talent with a deep concern for the environment and the excitement of repurposing our existing building stock, Kelly led the interior design and documentation for the highly acclaimed LEED Silver New College House at the University of Pennsylvania. She also served as the project manager for the tenant fit-out of the 928,000 gsf historic Philadelphia Main Post Office, a LEED GOLD, Class A office space for the GSA. CaVA projects include: e a creative workspace Re-Think for the Philadelphia Media Networks office’s at 8th and Market, a Schuylkill Yards Marketing Office for Brandywine Realty Trust (BRT), and master planning for the repurposing of two significant buildings the Navy Yard’s Historic Core. She also completed a very successful renovation of an existing building for the new home of Swarthmore College’s Development and Alumni Relations using repurposed furniture in a repurposed building. Other projects include a Co-Working Space for BRT, a Working Café for Samsung, and an office renovation for the David Yurman company in TriBeCa. She has led several projects at Loyola University in Baltimore, including Flannery O’Connor Residence Hall, the Sellinger School of Business, and an archeology museum at St. Mary’s College in Maryland.
Kelly received a BA in Architecture from the University of Washington and holds a MARCH from the University of Pennsylvania. Long active in sustainable design, she was a founding member of the AIA National Committee on the Environment; winning a USGBC Leadership Award in 2009. A frequent juror at many schools, Kelly is an Adjunct Instructor of Architecture at Drexel University and serves on the Board of Directors for the AIA Philadelphia and the Center for Architecture + Design. Kelly is an active member of The Carpenter’s Company of Philadelphia. Long active with mentoring young architects, Women in Architecture, and the Community Design Collaborative; Kelly’s passion lies in strengthening the bond between people, the environment, and architecture.
Originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Kelly graduated with a BArch from the Drexel University 2+4 Architecture program and is a licensed Architect. During her studies, she spent a year abroad in Copenhagen focusing on Urban Design which she continues to follow closely in her adopted city of Philadelphia. As a Project Architect with over 15 years of experience, she has worked closely with a variety of clients on projects ranging from a historic restoration of a community center to a 12 story new construction academic high rise for her alma mater. Across many of these projects, she has helped create spaces that bring people together: Community Centers, Student Centers & Country Clubs. Kelly also continues to be a guest critic in architecture studios at Drexel University. In 2014 she received Drexel’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
In addition to her professional projects, she is an advocate for urban biking and active member of the Friends of Madison Square Historic Garden Block Association. Her spare time is spent restoring her family’s historic rowhouse and chasing her two young sons around the Square.
Jake joined CaVA Architects in January of 2019. He is an architecture student at Drexel University’s Westphal School of Media Arts & Design. Currently in his fifth year of the 2 + 4 Architecture program, Jake is working full time in the profession while taking classes in the evening. In the Summer of 2018, he participated in the Architecture program’s study aboard trip to Berlin.
Jake is genuinely interested in the relationship between architecture, preservation, and urbanism. Having grown up just outside the City, he chose to attend university in the Philadelphia due to his love of the urban and metropolitan. He hopes to stay and live in the City, creating architecture that contributes to the rich and varied urban fabric that makes Philadelphia a World Heritage City and a great place to live, work, and play. When he’s not studying or working, Jake is an excellent photographer who also enjoys cooking and cycling.