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.
Charles and Kelly are committed to a practice that allows them to work collaboratively with clients, consultants and users to create memorable projects. 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. Charles and Kelly 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. The best projects reflect the shared values of the clients, the users and the design team.
Kelly and Charles are LEED Accredited Professionals with experience in helping certify and design more than 20 LEED Certified projects. CaVA is a certified Women Owned Business Enterprise and a 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. While CaVA is young, the leadership is very experienced and brings enthusiasm and gravitas to the table.
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 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. Recently completed are the interiors for the highly acclaimed LEED Silver New College House at the University of Pennsylvania, which she lead. Projects now underway are a creative workspaceRe-Think for the Philadelphia Media Networks offices at 8th and Market, co-working space in the FMC Tower, and planning for PIDC. 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 the North Broad Street Streetscape improvements with the Avenue of the Arts, 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 the Sellinger School of Business and Flannery O’Connor Residence Hall, and an archeology museum at St. Mary’s College in Maryland.
Kelly received a BA in Architecture from the University of Washington and 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. Kelly is an Adjunct Instructor of Architecture at Drexel University Department of Architecture in the new URBN Center and serves on the Board of Directors for the AIA Philadelphia and The Center for Architecture and Design. . Kelly is an active member of The Carpenter’s Company. Long active with mentoring young architects, Women in Architecture, and the Community Design Collaborative; Kelly’s passion lies in strengthening the bond between people, community, and architecture.