Through active listening and advanced market sector knowledge, Vision 3 Architects combines creativity and strong technical execution to deliver thoughtful design solutions and form long-lasting relationships. We’ve made it our mission to create beautiful and functional spaces that serve our clients and achieve their visions.

We are responsive.

We provide principal involvement in every project.

We empower our employees to maximize their talents.

We collaborate with all team members to produce better results.

We promote sustainable qualities in all designs.

We optimize the use of technology for the benefit of our clients and their projects.

We design for our clients.















Our firm is devoted to creating a design studio environment that fosters creativity, collaboration, professional advancement, and fun.

CREATIVITY  We are a collection of enthusiastic architects and designers – each is creative. The scale of our studio is reflective of our design philosophy – to focus attention on every detail throughout a project, no matter how small.

COLLABORATION  We believe that our participatory atmosphere allows our studio to solve complex problems with innovative, pragmatic solutions. We encourage discussion, especially those that challenge convention.

PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT  We nurture the development of our team members’ individual abilities and aspirations through mentoring, continuing education, and support their involvement in professional organizations. We are as committed to our employees as we are to our clients.

FUN  We strive for balance. While we work hard, we also know how to have fun. We support team-building activities, organize social events, celebrate milestones and recognize achievements. We know that happy employees put forth our best work.

We firmly believe that people are the foundation to all of our projects.


“I have developed a trusting relationship with Vision 3 over the years through the development and design of several branch banks, and now with the completion of Coastway’s Corporate Headquarters. Vision 3 continually delivers exceptional service and with this project, provided us with designs incorporating the opportunity of future growth and additional tenant interests. Vision 3 enriches our workspace environment and corporate future.”


“Vision 3 has the ability to really get inside the client’s head, to figure out their needs, and turn around great ideas that not only meet the program and aesthetics, but are realistic in terms of the budget. They remain focused on the client and the client’s budget.

Shawmut has a long history working together with Vision 3. One of the aspects that attracts us to Vision 3, to use their services as a consumer as well as a partner in terms of design-build or construction, is their ability to look at things from a builder’s perspective. They are collaborative, responsive, and they definitely have a team approach. I think Vision 3 is capable of anything. It was not only a pleasure to have Vision 3 design our Providence office, but it was a pleasure for us to build it.”

Great design – great value. That sums up Vision 3 Architects.

Ron Simoneau, Director of Construction Operations, SHAWMUT DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

“Vision 3 visited the campus and spent time observing and experiencing the traffic during different times of the day, including peak hours. They truly listened to a mixed committee of people, such as, the Board Plan Manager, the Chef Manager, Senior Administration, and the students to understand their concerns and work together toward a solution. Even after Vision 3’s initial drawings, they still considered other options brought to their attention and had a real plug & play relationship. Vision 3 Architects was very easy to work with, flexible, helpful, and responded quickly when questions arose. From the start, we felt we could trust and collaborate with Vision 3’s design process and ability.”

Ingrid Bushwack, Director of Dining Services, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE

“Vision 3 Architects envisioned a way to keep the historical integrity of the Academy’s campus, while still providing a state-of-the-art space for the Arts.

Daniel Richard, Principal, SAINT RAPHAEL ACADEMY

“Vision 3 was very effective in identifying areas where different materials or design treatments could reduce cost while maintaining the vision that the tenant was looking for. The project involved an institutional tenant with many constituents and various visions for the project, and Vision 3 was able to marshal the tenant through the process and translate their needs into a design that would meet the overall requirements of the tenant while also meeting the schedule and budget needs of the project. Vision 3 was effective in managing the design process and the engineering/consultant team to quick resolution whenever questions arose, with little drama. They understood the challenges contractors face when dealing with actual conditions in the field, and worked collaboratively with the team versus questioning the issues that the contractor raised.”

Daniel McGrath, Vice President-Senior Asset Manager; Berkeley Investments, Inc. ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY, Downtown Providence Campus

“The New Cottage Micro-Community™” has its roots in our research based care model that uses environmental design as a platform from which we build the highest level of person centered care possible. It is carefully crafted from the ground up to create an enriching, culturally sensitive and safe assisted living environment. Vision 3 Architects incorporated this innovative model, making the facility an unparalleled Memory Care environment that is revolutionary in its design.

Akshay K. Talwar, CEO/Administrator, BRIARCLIFFE GARDENS

“Our new home reflects thoughtful planning geared toward the needs of our patients, families and staff. Our goals included creating a sustainable hospice environment that offers patients and family members comfort, peace and plenty of space for reflection and quiet time. With the creativity and guidance of Vision 3, we’ve achieved these goals and look forward to continuing our important role in the state’s health care scheme.”


“Their understanding of restaurant design is evident from their thorough construction drawings to the finished product. I feel that their ability to listen to our needs, and respond with quality design work, helped us achieve our construction, budget, and scheduling goals. Vision 3’s professional staff was an important part of our project team.”

Bruce Cartwright, Executive VP/CFO, LEGAL SEA FOODS






NACUFS The National Association of College & University Food Services
2017 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards; Gold Award, Residential Dining Concepts
University of Rhode Island, Butterfield Dining Hall

RI Monthly Magazine
2016 Design Awards; Silver Award, Commercial Renovation/New Construction
University of Rhode Island, Butterfield Dining Hall

Grow Smart Rhode Island
2016 Outstanding Smart Growth Project Award
Providence Community Health Centers, Prairie Avenue Health Center

2016 Design Awards; Honor Award, Interiors
Pet Food Experts, Corporate Offices

Armstrong World Industries’
2012 i2r (ideas 2 reality) National Design Competition
“Reality Winner”, Commercial Ceiling & Wall Systems
NaviNet, Corporate Offices

Real Estate & Construction Review’s
2009 Northeast Green Success Stories; Green Building of America Award
Child & Family

Real Estate & Construction Review’s
2009 New England Edition; Building of America
BankRI, Pawtucket

Real Estate & Construction Review’s
Northeast Green Success Stories; 2009 Green Building of America Award
Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of Rhode Island

The InterContinental Hotels Group
2007 Design Awards; Renovation Award
Holiday Inn, South Kingstown

Metal Architecture Magazine
2003 Design Awards; Honorable Mention, Metal Roofing
St. Mary Academy – Bay View, Athletic & Wellness Center

Metal Architecture Magazine
2002 Design Awards; Honorable Mention, Smooth Metal Wall Panels
Pawtucket Credit Union, Corporate Headquarters

RI Monthly Magazine
2002 Design Awards; Silver Award, Commercial Interior Design
Vision 3 Architects, Corporate Offices

RI Monthly Magazine
2001 Design Awards; Silver Award, Commercial Construction/Renovation
Pawtucket Day Child Development Center

RIHMFC National Affordable Housing
1989 Design Awards; First Place Single Family

2016 Design Awards; People’s Choice Runner Up
New England Treatment Access (NETA), Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Northampton, MA

RI Monthly Magazine
2015 Design Awards; Bronze Award, Commercial Interior Design
Saint Raphael Academy, The Joseph & Blanche Coutu Theater

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
2010 Illumination Awards; Energy and Environmental Award of Merit
FM Global, Corporate Headquarters

Real Estate & Construction Review’s
New England Edition Athletic Business
2009; Building of America, Architectural Showcase Project
Saint Raphael Academy, Alumni Hall Athletic & Wellness Center

Providence Business News
2009; Business Excellence Award
Vision 3 Architects

American School & University
2008 Design Awards; Outstanding Design, Educational Interiors
University of Rhode Island, Hope Commons Dining Hall

Consultants of the Year Award, 2004
Denny’s, Inc.

2003 Design Awards; Merit Award
Rhode Island College, Buildings 4, 5, and 10

International Masonry Institute
New England Regional 2002 Awards; Golden Trowel Award
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

School Construction News & Design Share
2002 Citation Award
Pawtucket Day Child Development Center

Metal Architecture Magazine
2002 Design Awards; Honorable Mention, Renovations/Reroofs
Pawtucket Day Child Development Center

Providence Preservation Society
1997 Award; Elderly Housing
The Governor

Chain Store Age Magazine
1996 Retail Store of the Year Award, Drug Store Category

1994 Design Awards; Honor Award, Interiors
University of Rhode Island, Ram’s Den

In the News

We’re proud to announce that Thundermist Health Center of Woonsocket received a national design award! Healthcare Design Magazine Annual Remodel/Renovation Competition, Budget-Friendly – Bronze Winner. A special thank you to a great client, Thundermist Health Center and design team, Creative Environment Corp., Consulting Engineers and Bowerman Associates Inc Healthcare Design Magazine December 2019 digital issue is now available here.

Paul Hauser has been promoted to Principal of Vision 3 Architects. Paul started his career at Vision 3 Architects as a summer intern in 2006 while attending Roger Williams University. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Architecture and nearly 14 years of dedication and commitment, Paul has grown professionally from an intern to a registered architect and now part owner of the firm.

Throughout Paul’s career, he has served as project manager on a number of exciting and groundbreaking projects including, the new Rhode Island Attorney General Customer Service Center and the first LEED certified healthcare project in the state of Rhode Island, HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center. Furthermore, Paul has been a part of the design and management of upwards of one million square feet of corporate office projects and has experience working in countless premier downtown Providence properties.

Paul currently serves as Vice President & President Elect (2020/President in 2021) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Rhode Island Board of Directors. He is Chairman of AIA Rhode Island, Annual Golf Tournament which raises money to support college scholarships for students pursuing a career in architecture. Vision 3 Architects is a nationally recognized architectural and interior design firm and ranked the largest architecture firm in the state of Rhode Island.

Jeff Caplan has been promoted to Associate of Vision 3 Architects. Jeff joined Vision 3 Architects in 2016 as a Senior Project Manager and has over 30 years of experience, having worked on a wide range of project types and sizes. Jeff’s strengths include his dedication to client services and inspired design grounded in his ability to successfully manage projects from conception to closeout. His broad background and strong work ethic have resulted in his development as a well-rounded professional. He serves as a resource and mentor to staff at all levels.

David Christie has been promoted to Project Architect of Vision 3 Architects. David joined Vision 3 Architects in 2016. He has advanced to his role as Project Architect on the Healthcare Team, working on a variety of healthcare related projects that include medical office buildings, imaging centers, surgical and dental suites, and community health centers. David is involved in all phases of project design, documentation and administration.

Stephanie Paolino has been promoted to Senior Associate of Vision 3 Architects. Stephanie joined Vision 3 Architects in 1999 as an Intern Architect, and has steadily grown with the firm advancing to Healthcare Team Leader. Stephanie’s unwavering commitment to the healthcare industry is deeply rooted in supporting patient needs. Over the course of her professional career Stephanie has provided comprehensive architectural design services for approximately 500,000 s.f. of healthcare facilities ranging from the renovation of medical office buildings to a new medical campus. Stephanie is dedicated to continuous learning and growth to better understand how design can have a beneficial impact on the business of healthcare while still providing supportive, welcoming, and functional spaces for patients.