Founded in 2019 by Jonathan Cavanagh and Michael Chieffalo, CACH is a design-driven architecture studio based in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Our practice is built around three core beliefs:
Fundamental to our work is a commitment to social and environmental sustainability. We believe that design can play an important role in mitigating and reversing the adverse effects of climate change. Whether through cutting-edge building science or thoughtful deployment of material resources, we are committed to pursuing projects that offer opportunities to expand our collective responsibility to produce a healthier planet.
As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability we are Passive House certified and a signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment.
Jonathan Cavanagh’s career has primarily focused on servicing high end residential projects and clients throughout the Boston Suburbs. Jonathan began his post collegiate training with Marcus Gleysteen, working on several large-scale projects in and around Weston, MA. Jonathan then joined Christopher Hall Architects, Inc. working out of Wellesley, and then Boston, for over 10 years. Jonathan was a partner at Christopher Hall Architects, Inc. beginning in 2016.
Jonathan has extensive experience working on large residences in towns around Boston. He is intimately familiar with large house planning requirements for Wellesley and Weston. He also has a broad network of general contractors and consultants who service this market.
Jonathan’s passion for architecture began at the age of 12 when is grandmother gave him a copy of Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.” A lifelong pursuant of the arts, his passion for drawing, furniture design, and computer graphics continue to form the foundation of his success as an architect. Travel also plays an important role in Jonathan’s aesthetic values—while earning his Bachelor of Architecture at Roger Williams University, he completed study abroad programs at Wroxton College in Oxfordshire England and the Czech Technical University in Prague. When he’s not designing or sketching something, Jonathan enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and their Rhodesian Ridgeback companions.
From an early age Mike has enjoyed the rich architectural history of New England and felt a deep commitment to the environment. With a B.Arch from Roger Williams University, Graduate degrees from Columbia University and Harvard University, and nearly 20 years of professional experience across diverse project types, Mike fosters his early passions through adaptive reuse projects and ecologically sensitive approaches to design. Believing that good design helps build strong communities, Mike also spent nearly 4 years as a Planning Commissioner in Norwalk, CT advocating for inclusive and sustainable community development at the urban scale.
Mike is licensed to practice architecture in Massachusetts; is NCARB certified; and, maintains a membership with the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects. He has also been previously licensed in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Approaching design as a set of concerns that requires academic research in addition to practical application, Mike actively publishes articles in international architecture and urbanism journals, and currently holds a faculty position as an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University.
Outside of practice and writing, Mike tries to maintain an active outdoor life; enjoys playing music; and, is enamored with the process of settling into his recently purchased antique home, built in 1780.