Firm Overview

Christopher Williams Architects, LLC (CWA) is an award-winning design firm that offers full architectural services for new construction, renovation, restoration and interior architecture. As a firm that takes it’s cues from the master-builder tradition, we view ourselves as the project director and “responsible entity” that protects the whole while keeping all the parts moving in the right direction — we integrate a hands-on approach with 21st century technology in order to make the best buildings possible.

Founded in 1986 and based in New Haven, Connecticut, CWA’s staff includes 3 registered architects with over 30 years of experience each.


Representative project types

• Classrooms / Learning Environments
• Multi-Unit Residences / Dormitories
• Research Laboratories
• Theaters / Music Practice Spaces
• Athletic Facilities

• Offices
• Retail Spaces
• Dining Services / Restaurants
• Landscape / Site Improvements
• Infrastructure Upgrades

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Staff Bios

As CWA’s founding Principal, Chris is a hands-on leader who is involved in all aspects of the firm’s projects from conception through completion. As project director, he makes every effort to put the owner’s best interest at the forefront while maintaining the building’s integrity and keeping end-users interests at heart. Since its inception, he has overseen more than 500 projects that have included new construction, renovations and restorations for institutional, industrial, office, retail, restaurants and housing projects. Prior to CWA, Chris worked as a designer and project architect with Cesar Pelli and Associates (Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects) where he was an integral team member on a number of the firm’s high profile projects including The World Financial Center, The Plaza of the World Financial Center (New York City, NY) and the Pin Oak Office Complex (Houston, Texas).

Cornell University, Bachelor of Architecture




MARK H. POZZI, AIA, Project ArchitectMarkP webheadshot
Mark is an experienced architect and project manager whose career in architecture and construction spans more than 35 years. He brings extensive experience in all levels and phases of design and construction with an emphasis on educational, public, private and commercial projects.An effective communicator and collaborator, Mark has a proven track record of delivering projects on time and on budget. Well-versed in renovations and new construction, his approach is to identify and solve problems through analysis and understanding while making informed decisions based on the reasoning, common sense and intuition of an experienced professional.

Carnegie-Mellon University, Bachelor of Fine Arts





PORTIA WATSON ELMER, Architectural DesignerPortia
Portia brings more than eight years of experience in architectural design and on-site project management to the CWA team. Her wide range of project experience includes work on hotel towers, museums, universities, and private residences.  On such projects she has managed on-site coordination and extensive document review with contractors & consultants. With a background that also includes scenic design for theater productions, Portia enjoys supporting a collaborative process and brings a keen eye for detail to her work – likewise, she understands the rigor and demands of keeping projects on-deadline, on-budget and on-schedule; be it opening night or opening doors.

Yale University, Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design
Cornell University, Bachelor of Architecture





DANIEL HANISKO, ASSOCIATE AIA, Assistant Project ManagerDan-H-photo
Dan wears many hats within the organization at CWA. In addition to office management, he contributes to the preparation of construction documents and assists in all aspects of construction administration. Well versed in Revit and AutoCad design programs, Dan is also an integral team member on projects utilizing BIM.

University of Hartford, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology








JOE PICONE, Intern ArchitectAmy-W-photo
Joseph is a recent graduate of University of Hartford with a Master’s degree in Architecture. Since joining CWA, he has worked on a number of ongoing projects and is proving to be adept at 3D modeling and construction documentation.

University of Hartford, Masters of Architecture







Tim is a recent graduate from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture. Through courses in Environmental Science and Forestry, Tim has developed an interest in sustainable design in architecture as well as developing public space as a means to revitalize, and promote a sense of health and well being. Since joining CWA Tim has contributed to several projects in varying different roles and capacities, including presentation drawings, 3-D modeling, existing conditions surveys, planning studies and preparing construction documents.

Syracuse University, Bachelor of Architecture





KATHLEEN MARINO, Accounts ManagerKM for web b+w
Kathy has been the Accounts Manager of CWA since its inception as an LLC in 2001. During the course of her tenure she has been instrumental in managing the firm’s growth by overseeing and managing account activity. Though her primary responsibility is cash and accrual accounting, she also oversees the payroll department, comp audits, client proposals and various other moving targets.

Fairfield University, Accounting CEU