About Our Firm
Who We Are
SSV Architects is an architecture and preservation firm that focuses on new construction with a traditional spirit, and the revitalization of contemporary and historic spaces – from 19th-century town halls and landmark churches to Modernist libraries and contemporary academic buildings. We act as passionate and vocal advocates for the buildings we touch, and integrate aesthetic considerations with the cultural, historic, and functional factors that enrich and inform our projects. With our guidance, clients create vibrant settings that link past and present — and endure for generations.
We believe that while spatial and physical relationships are essential dimensions of architecture, human relationships are more fundamental still. Each of our projects is a shared journey with our clients in which we work diligently to develop a detailed understanding of the project's unique needs. These productive relationships are founded on lively, far-ranging conversations that demonstrate our value and expertise from the earliest stages of a project.
Our team is distinguished by diverse individual backgrounds. We take pride in our associates’ eclectic interests and breadth of skills, which strengthen our practice. Each team member plays an essential role in the firm and contributes to a varied portfolio of client projects. Despite our specialized skills, we are truly one practice – united by a common passion for beautiful, useful spaces that have rich stories to tell.
Gerald J. Sullivan AIA, LEED AP
Gerry Sullivan has dedicated his career to serving institutional clients with strong cultural identities. He takes pride in the design and detailing of buildings based on the specific needs of their users and their desired architectural expression. As a designer and project manager, Gerry focuses on ensuring that members of the design team work toward a unified project that reflects the values of the client. His project experience includes academic and ecclesiastical buildings as well as recreational, housing, and civic structures.
Andrew J. Cannata AIA
Cannata has a varied portfolio which includes both large- and small-scale projects for ecclesiastical, academic, commercial and residential clientele. Throughout his career he has successfully endeavored to be proficient in both the design and technical aspects of his projects and as an adjunct professor enjoys passing this knowledge on to his students. Traditional and historic architecture is a specialty and he has been active in several influential historical societies and preservation groups where he has contributed to many architectural and zoning reviews.
Vincent Santaniello RA, LEED
Vincent is a registered architect in MA with twenty years practicing in Boston, as well as five years in Europe where he worked on the Meyer Children’s Hospital outside Florence, Italy, and the Royal Botanical Garden near the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.
Vincent received a B.Arch professional degree from Rhode Island School of Design and studied abroad in Vico Morcote, Switzerland. Vincent is also LEED certified. Designing and detailing collaboratively as well as independently, Vincent is able to coordinate construction documents while carefully assuring that the design intent is followed through in construction administration.
Outside of work you can find Vincent playing guitar. He has been involved with both youth baseball and hockey in Boston for over a decade.
Joseph M. Metrano
Joe has accumulated particular experience with traditional architecture and cultural landscapes, working on preservation and renovation projects at various treasured landmarks. A proponent of an interdisciplinary approach to design, Joe balances modern aesthetics with historical integrity in his work, as reflected in his detail-oriented research process. His focus on heritage in design extends to two major undergraduate research projects, both of centered on spatial planning at New England institutions of higher education. Joe is a skilled writer and designer, who also oversees bidding and the preparation of grant applications for our clients.
Matthew R. Wolfson
M.Arch graduate from Wentworth Institute of Technology where he focused heavily on the preservation and adaptive reuse of former industrial buildings. He is passionate about the historical context of the structures on which he works, always making sure to underscore their crucial roles in defining the architectural landscape and enriching the surrounding community. Matt is an adept drafter, spending much of his time preparing three-dimensional models and computer-assisted renderings.
Conor P. Keane
Conor is in an early pursuit of architecture after recently finishing his undergraduate education in Mathematics. He is invested in historic preservation, with particular interests in adaptive reuse and the sensitive integration of sustainable and net-zero systems. With several years’ experience using SketchUp, Conor is apt in the preparation of three-dimensional models, renderings, and (in his personal time) 3D printing projects. He plans to pursue a master of architecture (M.Arch) beginning Fall of 2023.