CHA's roots began when the firm's founder, Chris Hawley, designed and built his family's cabin near his hometown of Minot, ND, prior to his graduation from architecture at NDSU. The core beliefs used then - a passion for design, architecture as storytelling, it's all about the details, and North Dakota design excellence - eventually led to the defining beliefs that founded CHA in 2011 with Chris as a solo practitioner of architecture. Since then, the demand for our firm's custom architectural designs and ability to provide seamless design/build services resulted in the expansion to a staff of 11. 


Your benefit in working with CHA is that we are inherently good listeners as a result of our design background. Good listeners translate vision. We begin each project with a friendly, intimate dialogue. We feel this experience should be like telling your closest friend your dreams. You get the honest, constructive feedback you expect but with the bonus of our design expertise to help lead the way. This unique skill is how we begin architecture as storytelling. It is also one of the many factors in Chris' award as People's Choice for "Best Residential Architect" published by Design and Living Magazine, for the last three years in a row. 

Chris Hawley

Chris started CHA because of his passion for timeless design. As Principal-in-Charge, Design Lead and primary point of contact, Chris' job is to help guide the client and design team to a cohesive and inspiring end.

Principal Architect

Mike Dawson

Mike's experience working on various types of projects has made him an important player on the CHA team with a keen eye for design.​ In addition to design, Mike is responsible for supporting client relationships, material selection/coordination, and the production of project graphics.

Principal Designer

Wayne Schommer

Wayne's thorough understanding of the constructability of buildings, anticipation of construction sequence, and willingness to ask questions make him a huge asset to any project. He has 30 years of experience working in all phases of project development in residential and commercial architecture. 

Project Manager

Kendall Radke

Kendall has been working in the Fargo-Moorhead commercial architecture world since 2002.  He is excited to be a part of the CHA team.  His attention to detail is applied to all projects from start to finish.  Kendall is looking forward to working with clients on their upcoming residential or commercial project.

Project Manager

Sarah Hawley

Sarah handles the financials and operations for CHA. She brings her keen attention to detail to help CHA run smoothly.

Operations Manager

Rachel Marsh

Rachel is a Graduate architecture student at NDSU. She assists with design work, communicates with clients, and maintains the website. 

Architectural Support

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Jackson Strom

Jackson brings over 10 years of residential and commercial design experience to CHA, and is focused on providing each client with a positive and collaborative experience.  Jackson graduated from NDSU’s Master of Architecture program in 2009.  His passion for the profession keeps him deeply engaged in each new project.

Principal Designer

Shan Rajapakse

Shan translates designs into construction documents, which helps to ensure a smooth design-build process. His strong skills in graphic presentation are shown in every construction document that he produces. Shan obtained his Masters of Architecture at NDSU in 2013.

Project Support

David Berdal

David has more than 20 years of experience in high-end residential construction management. In order to ensure a smooth construction process, David estimates construction costs, oversees field operations and works with trades and suppliers. He has a Pre-Engineering degree from Bismark State, and a Construction Management degree from NDSU. 

Construction Manager

Alex Huber

Alex is a senior in Construction Management at North Dakota State University. At CHA, Alex works closely with David to apply what he learns in school. Alex brings his attention to detail and strong communication to every project.   

Construction Management Support

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