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The Firm


O’Hearne Associates has been in business in Northern Rhode Island since 1984.  We pride ourselves on listening and responding to our Clients’ needs.  We provide economically feasible, long lasting design solutions with the proper use and functions within the building being of prime concern.

We work as a small staff, all of whom are familiar with each project.  The person that you deal with actually designs, draws, and specifies all details involved with the project.  This individual is responsible for the project through design, contract documents, construction and the final completion of the project.  The maintaining of this structured and personal relationship requires careful project planning and scheduling on our part.

O’Hearne Associates maintains long term relationships with trusted consultants including civil engineering, landscape architecture, structural engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, and acoustics.

We specialize in several areas, including but not limited to, mixed-use buildings, affordable & market rate housing, historic preservation, adaptive re-use, contextual additions, as well as Smart Growth development for sites and neighborhoods.

O’Hearne Associates feels very confident in our good scheduling and balancing of personnel.  We are honest about our time frame and current commitments.


John O’Hearne, Owner and Principal Architect

John received a BFA, Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and has continued his education by taking several classes at the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and the Boston Architectural Center.  Prior to establishing O’Hearne Associates in 1984, John previously held the positions of chief design planner and federal grants administrator for the City of Woonsocket.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and has had affiliation with Grow Smart Rhode Island, Urban Land Institute, and the American Planning Association.  John became a registered architect in Rhode Island in 1982.  He is also registered in Massachusetts and Maine.

Kevin Beaulieu, LEED Architect

Joining O’Hearne Associates in 1995, Kevin is the Project Architect and Project Manager for the larger projects at the firm.  Kevin received his Bachelor of Architecture from Boston Architectural Center.  He is a LEED certified architect.

David Okerlund, Chief Design Consultant

David has received a BFA, Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design.  David is responsible for overall design quality for the firm, and he also manages specialty design projects.  He has been with the firm since 1984.

Jennifer O’Hearne, Business Manager

Jennifer joined O’Hearne Associates full-time in 2011.  She will focus on the business aspects of the firm, including managing contracts, accounting, and client satisfaction.  Jennifer graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, concentrating in management and communications.