Francis Cauffman Promotes Next Generation of Leaders

Award-winning architecture firm Francis Cauffman has promoted five members of its staff who have demonstrated excellence in design and an exceptional commitment to clients. The new senior associates are Charles Hemphill, Denise Thompson, and Bin Weng. Denis Kovalich is a new associate. Craig Barbieri is the new Director of Design Technology.

“These exceptional leaders are propelling innovation at Francis Cauffman: they bring fresh vision, design, and sensitivity to all of the firm’s projects. Each one is a highly valued team member and a trusted advisor to their clients. We’re very pleased to recognize them for their commitment to Francis Cauffman and to our clients, who value their guidance and appreciate their forward-thinking approach to design,” said James Crispino, AIA, NCARB, President and Design Principal of Francis Cauffman.


Charles (Chip) Hemphill, AIA, CDT, NCARB, is an architect who joined Francis Cauffman in 2006. He has become a leader within the firm in developing and incorporating current BIM processes into project design and construction. He brings a mix of strong digital modeling and rendering skills and the technical knowledge to ensure that the built work is true to the original design intent. Notable projects include the Atlantic Sports Health Institute, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Denise Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, joined Francis Cauffman in 2003 and was promoted to associate in 2010. She has a focus on healthcare design and sustainability, and has been a champion of Francis Cauffman’s integration of sustainability initiatives since joining the firm. Denise is the 2016 President of AIA Philadelphia, and was the 2013 recipient of AIA Philadelphia’s Young Architect Award. Her notable projects include the Critical Care Building at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, which won the American Society for Healthcare Engineering’s 2010 Vista Award.

Bin Weng, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, is a multi-faceted architect with more than 14 years of experience leading design teams to program, design, and execute complex, program-intensive buildings. Throughout his career, he has developed a focus in healthcare, science and technology, and higher education projects, which include Mount Sinai Heart Hospital, New York University Langone Medical Center, and New York Hotel Trades Council’s Brooklyn Health Center.


Denis Kovalich, NCIDQ, LEED AP, IIDA, joined Francis Cauffman in 2015. He is an interior designer and project manager who has experience in corporate, government, healthcare, and residential projects. Denis is focused on providing client satisfaction on projects of any size, delivering visually appealing work spaces that are comfortable, functional, and delivered on time and on budget. He has particular expertise in sustainable design as it relates to interior finishes and furniture.


Craig Barbieri, who joined Francis Cauffman in 2015, has been promoted to Director of Design Technology. He has broad expertise in BIM/VDC and identifies, directs, and implements Francis Cauffman’s use of technologies to enhance its design practice. With 15 years of experience with BIM in practice, management, and leadership, he has managed substantial advancements in the use of design technology, as well as the cultural and process related changes that followed the adoption of a wide array of digital design technologies.


Francis Cauffman, an award-winning architecture firm with offices in New York and Philadelphia, has supported its clients since 1954 with innovative architecture, planning, and interior design services. The practice is recognized for being on the leading edge of new investigations in healthcare, academic research and teaching, corporate research, and corporate and advanced technology. Francis Cauffman has a staff of 110 architects, planners, and interior designers and is active in 20 states and three countries. Francis Cauffman’s clients include Biotrial, GlaxoSmithKline, Fox Rothschild LP, New York University, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, the Robert Wood Johnson Health System, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.