AIA, LEED AP
University of California at Berkeley (MArch)
University of Illinois
AIA, LEED AP
Rhode Island School of Design (BArch)
Rhode Island School of Design
AIA, LEED AP
Harvard University (MArch)
University of Texas at Austin
ARQ architects, founded by partners Lucinda Schlaffer and Paul Bonacci in 1985, engages in projects for humane societies throughout the United States, building upon the ground-breaking success of Maddie's Pet Adoption Center at the San Francisco SPCA. Based in Kittery, Maine with an additional office in Baltimore, Maryland, ARQ is committed to advancing animal care design and serving the needs of groups promoting the welfare of companion animals. Dynamic relationships, forged over a decade of collaboration with national humane societies, have enabled ARQ to consider progressive design solutions that enrich the lives, rather than simply sustain the lives, of companion animals. We have completed or are currently undertaking work on new prototype facilities to address the needs of rural shelters and small-scale adoption centers as well as developing a new model for veterinary care design. As a firm, we use design as a tool for problem-solving and for creating more vital, enriching places. Sustainable design strategies are a critical component of that process and are integrated into all aspects of our work. Ecological and resource-efficient design principles that produce more sustainable buildings also help to create healthier, more dynamic and satisfying places for both animals and humans alike. ARQ architects is a member of the US Green Building Council and all our architects and design staff are LEED™ AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professionals). ARQ received the first LEED rating (Silver) for an animal shelter in the United States for the Tompkins County SPCA in 2004. In 2009, with the Potter League for Animals in Middletown, Rhode Island, ARQ again established a new sustainable benchmark, receiving the first Gold level rating for an animal shelter.
Paul Bonacci graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and Lucinda Schlaffer from University of California at Berkeley in 1979. They are active members in AIA ecology/ technology professional interest groups and ADPSR (Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility) and hold licenses in California, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and Maine.
Jay Orr holds licenses in DC and Maryland.
ARQ's work has been featured for design and acoustic excellence in Pro-Sound magazine, Architectural Record, and Interiors Magazine, and GreenBuilding and Design. Partners and Associates have lectured at national conferences on animal care including Tufts Animal Expo, Marin Humane Cat Care Conference, SAWA and No-kill Conferences.