What matters at Mc+C

Our size matters. When you work with McAuliffe + Carroll Architects, you work with McAuliffe and Carroll, architects. We are personally responsible, personably responsive, and relentlessly collaborative. One small firm and one big office, we are wired to pool our talents and experience and to work with our clients, not just for them.

Our mission matters. Look at some of our typical projects and you’ll see senior environments, educational buildings, and adaptive reuse. Look closer and you’ll see that nothing we do is typical. We enjoy working on a wide range of projects, each with its own issues and surprising design solutions. We are modernists grounded in the past, with a clear understanding of today’s and tomorrow’s needs. We embrace sustainability. Not every project is a “green project,” but all have shades of green woven in. We like to work in dense fabrics. By preserving urban spaces, we help preserve open spaces, too. Most of all, we delight in designing projects that help build—and rebuild—vibrant communities.

Your project matters. For Mc+C, architecture is equal parts listening and envisioning. We ask challenging questions about what you wish to accomplish and come up with creative answers that leapfrog over expectations, often in unexpected ways. And we’ll be your partners throughout, turning “your project” into “our project.”

What matters to you?


Having lived in diverse locales and worked on diverse projects from New York to Philadelphia, Jim McAuliffe understands the interconnectedness of the region’s large and small cities, historic towns, and remaining open space, and he is inspired by the role architecture can play in their preservation and renewal.

Jim received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1983 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he lived for almost two decades. He worked on a variety of projects in New York City, including landmark-designated structures. In 1991 he launched a solo practice and in 2008 joined with Rich to form McAuliffe + Carroll Architects.


After earning his degree from Temple University in 1990, Richard Carroll gained broad experience working in various New Jersey and Philadelphia firms. Upon earning his professional license in 1993, he created Carroll Architects which operated from 1996–2008 and formed the basis of McAuliffe + Carroll Architects. Much of his early work focused on projects promoting healthy and vibrant communities. That ethos continues to underpin his work today where he seeks to blend creative exploration with social and environmental responsibility.

Rich is a nationally recognized expert in the design and implementation of environments for frail seniors, specifically known as Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). This forward-thinking approach to healthcare is a progressive model that allows our elderly neighbors access to a full range of care while remaining active and visible members of the community. Rich regularly engages in evidence-based design research which he presents to various programs across the country.

Rich’s love of modern design takes shape in the renovations and gardens that he has designed and built for the home he shares with wife, three daughters, two dogs and one skinny cat. Like design, he also takes a holistic approach to life that blends his love of design with his various passions including beer brewing, travel, photography, mid-century modern furniture, bicycles and serving those in need. His commitment to serve also leads him to volunteer with Woodside Church, the Appalachia Service Project and the Community Design Collaborative in Philadelphia.


Intern architect Nisha Roy is excited to be working at McAuliffe + Carroll Architects. A 2009 graduate (Bachelor of Architecture) from the New Jersey Institute of Technology's College of Architecture and Design, Albert Dorman Honors College, she is not only gaining valuable experience on her path to licensure, but she is also enjoying following projects from beginning to end.

Prior to coming to Mc + C, Nisha worked at firms specializing in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. She was especially intrigued by the renovation of the Wilbur J. Cohen Building, in Washington, D.C., which preserved the building's historic exterior while recrafting the interior with completely open workspaces. She sees architecture as the blending of art and science to create aesthetically pleasing spaces that improve the quality of life for the client and community.

Nisha grew up in North Jersey but currently lives in Ewing with her architect-boyfriend Devon. Incredibly meticulous and pragmatic, they started building their own furniture from wood and metal when they could not find exactly what they wanted. Nisha prefers the clean lines of modern design. She is also an avid pianist and recently bought a baby grand—in lieu of a dining room table. In this case, passion trumped pragmatism.