CACH Architecture was founded in 2019 by Jonathan Cavanagh and Michael Chieffalo as an interdisciplinary, design-driven practice with sustainability at the center of our mission. We work closely with our clients as well as teams of consultants, contractors, artisans, and other stakeholders to produce architecture and urban design solutions that are engaging and enduring, while also meeting schedule and budget constraints. CACH Architecture firmly believes that clear communication across project teams is the key to the success of every project.
We believe that design can play an important role in mitigating and reversing the adverse effects of climate change. We are committed to pursuing projects that offer opportunities to produce a healthier planet. Underpinning our philosophy is a commitment to sustainability, resilience, and justice. For us, human and ecological health are deeply intertwined; one cannot have one without the other. Expanding our knowledge base to engage with building performance, community resiliency, material life cycles, and resource consumption is a driving force in our practice. As such, we are committed to pursuing projects that offer opportunities to expand our collective responsibility to produce a healthier planet.
Our practice holds memberships with the USGBC, Built Environment Plus, and International Living Future Institute. We are also an Architecture 2030 Challenge signatory, which aims to deliver all new buildings and major renovations as carbon-neutral by 2030. In further effort to support our mission of sustainable design, Jonathan is a Certified Passive House Consultant.
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.
Mike is motivated by unique solutions that emerge from synthesizing environmental, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of each project. His experience spans a broad range of project types and scales, and he is currently cultivating interests in adaptive reuse, housing, and community resiliency. Underpinning his approach to design are commitments to sustainability, resiliency, and social and environmental justice. For him, human and ecological health are deeply intertwined, with design acting as a medium through which people and environment are drawn together. In practice, he collaborates closely with clients, colleagues, teams of consultants, builders, artisans, scientists, and other stakeholders to produce design solutions that are engaging and enduring.
Approaching design as a set of issues that requires research in addition to application in practice, Mike actively publish articles in international architecture and urbanism journals, and currently hold a faculty position as an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University.
Mike is licensed to practice architecture in Massachusetts, Connecticut (inactive), and Rhode Island (inactive); is NCARB certified; and maintains memberships with the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects.
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.