For over three decades, TMS Architects has been designing projects in New Hampshire, throughout New England and beyond. Our mission is to embrace our clients’ visions and translate them into buildings that are beautiful, functional and sensitive to their environment.

Our Team

  • William Soupcoff, AIA

    William Soupcoff, AIA, co-founded TMS Architects in 1984 and under his design supervision, TMS has been recognized for thirty-one years for their many award-winning and innovative projects throughout the New…

    William Soupcoff, AIA, co-founded TMS Architects in 1984 and under his design supervision, TMS has been recognized for thirty-one years for their many award-winning and innovative projects throughout the New England area and beyond. Bill remains actively involved in all phases of projects from inception through construction administration. One of his greatest talents as a designer is to understand his clients’ desires and translate them into bold reality. In recent years, he has worked closely with the banking industry, country clubs and restaurants while continuing his residential design work for many lakefront and oceanfront homes.

    He received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a registered architect in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration) certified.

  • Shannon Alther, AIA

    Shannon Alther, AIA, arrived at his present position as a principal in TMS Architects through a career that included construction work combined with years of academic pursuits. His early years…

    Shannon Alther, AIA, arrived at his present position as a principal in TMS Architects through a career that included construction work combined with years of academic pursuits. His early years as a crew supervisor for building projects, a painter and a hardwood grader taught him the crucial “nuts and bolts” of the building trades, while his academic work provided him with the necessary technical knowledge and historical perspective required for a successful architect. He was the project manager for the Restoration of The Wentworth By The Sea Hotel in New Castle, NH. This project involved the complex synthesis of a delicate historic renovation combined with the introduction of modern materials. He is currently involved in Regeneration Park in Portsmouth, NH; this near net-zero project is a very interesting reuse of an existing building into a sustainable and dynamic office/retail/restaurant space.

    Sustainable architecture and the use of “green” building materials is a high priority with Shannon and he recently was awarded for his efforts with a prestigious AIA New Hampshire Award of Excellence for a self-sustaining private residence in the White Mountains.

  • William Soupcoff, AIA, co-founded TMS Architects in 1984 and under his design supervision, TMS has been recognized for thirty-one years for their many award-winning and innovative projects throughout the New England area and beyond. Bill remains actively involved in all phases of projects from inception through construction administration. One of his greatest talents as a designer is to understand his clients’ desires and translate them into bold reality. In recent years, he has worked closely with the banking industry, country clubs and restaurants while continuing his residential design work for many lakefront and oceanfront homes.

    He received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a registered architect in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration) certified.

    Shannon Alther, AIA, arrived at his present position as a principal in TMS Architects through a career that included construction work combined with years of academic pursuits. His early years as a crew supervisor for building projects, a painter and a hardwood grader taught him the crucial “nuts and bolts” of the building trades, while his academic work provided him with the necessary technical knowledge and historical perspective required for a successful architect. He was the project manager for the Restoration of The Wentworth By The Sea Hotel in New Castle, NH. This project involved the complex synthesis of a delicate historic renovation combined with the introduction of modern materials. He is currently involved in Regeneration Park in Portsmouth, NH; this near net-zero project is a very interesting reuse of an existing building into a sustainable and dynamic office/retail/restaurant space.

    Sustainable architecture and the use of “green” building materials is a high priority with Shannon and he recently was awarded for his efforts with a prestigious AIA New Hampshire Award of Excellence for a self-sustaining private residence in the White Mountains.

  • Robert Carty, AIA

    TMS Architects welcomed Rob Carty, AIA, as a project architect in 2005 and he became a principal of the firm in 2007. A native New Yorker, Rob attended SUNY Buffalo…

    TMS Architects welcomed Rob Carty, AIA, as a project architect in 2005 and he became a principal of the firm in 2007. A native New Yorker, Rob attended SUNY Buffalo for his BPS in Architecture and the University of Colorado for his Master’s in Architecture degree. His move to Colorado was the result of two strong motivating factors; his love for the mountains and the outdoors and the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree in architecture. In addition to his work as an architect, Rob is a licensed pilot. He grew up around planes as both his parents were flight instructors and he received his commercial pilot license in 2004. He currently continues to fly for pleasure and as a member of the Civil Air Patrol.

    Rob has been instrumental in TMS’s mission to incorporate more sustainable architecture and materials into the firm’s designs. Additionally, he has been actively involved with the firm’s work in the banking industry including The Provident Bank and RiverBank as well as the firm’s residential work, recently completing the North Shore Ocean Front Renovation.

William Soupcoff, AIA, co-founded TMS Architects in 1984 and under his design supervision, TMS has been recognized for thirty-one years for their many award-winning and innovative projects throughout the New England area and beyond. Bill remains actively involved in all phases of projects from inception through construction administration. One of his greatest talents as a designer is to understand his clients’ desires and translate them into bold reality. In recent years, he has worked closely with the banking industry, country clubs and restaurants while continuing his residential design work for many lakefront and oceanfront homes.

He received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a registered architect in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration) certified.

Shannon Alther, AIA, arrived at his present position as a principal in TMS Architects through a career that included construction work combined with years of academic pursuits. His early years as a crew supervisor for building projects, a painter and a hardwood grader taught him the crucial “nuts and bolts” of the building trades, while his academic work provided him with the necessary technical knowledge and historical perspective required for a successful architect. He was the project manager for the Restoration of The Wentworth By The Sea Hotel in New Castle, NH. This project involved the complex synthesis of a delicate historic renovation combined with the introduction of modern materials. He is currently involved in Regeneration Park in Portsmouth, NH; this near net-zero project is a very interesting reuse of an existing building into a sustainable and dynamic office/retail/restaurant space.

Sustainable architecture and the use of “green” building materials is a high priority with Shannon and he recently was awarded for his efforts with a prestigious AIA New Hampshire Award of Excellence for a self-sustaining private residence in the White Mountains.

TMS Architects welcomed Rob Carty, AIA, as a project architect in 2005 and he became a principal of the firm in 2007. A native New Yorker, Rob attended SUNY Buffalo for his BPS in Architecture and the University of Colorado for his Master’s in Architecture degree. His move to Colorado was the result of two strong motivating factors; his love for the mountains and the outdoors and the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree in architecture. In addition to his work as an architect, Rob is a licensed pilot. He grew up around planes as both his parents were flight instructors and he received his commercial pilot license in 2004. He currently continues to fly for pleasure and as a member of the Civil Air Patrol.

Rob has been instrumental in TMS’s mission to incorporate more sustainable architecture and materials into the firm’s designs. Additionally, he has been actively involved with the firm’s work in the banking industry including The Provident Bank and RiverBank as well as the firm’s residential work, recently completing the North Shore Ocean Front Renovation.

  • Jason Bailey

    AIA, Project Architect
  • Timothy Giguere

    AIA, Project Architect
  • Lafe Covill

    Associate AIA, Project Manager
  • Retta Fitch

    Project Manager
  • Justin Knowlton

    Project Manager
  • Kraig Kurtenbach

    Project Manager
  • Sandra Levis

    Project Manager
  • Joshua White

    Project Manager
  • Cristina Marais

    Interior Designer, Project Manager
  • Stephanie Zepeda

    Interior Design Coordinator
  • Ellie Hayes

    Technical Support
  • Emily Graham

    Business Manager

Our Services

We work to create buildings that are infused with spirit and beauty, reflective of their heritage, sustainably built, and engineered with excellence.
 
TMS has developed a significant and diverse portfolio over the past decades with work in custom residential, finance, hospitality and corporate/commercial fields. Historic preservation is an important part of TMS’s work and the firm has been active in many prominent restorations including The Wentworth By The Sea Hotel, The Music Hall and Salem Country Club. We firmly believe that restorations and renovations of historically significant buildings and private homes help preserve the character and heritage of New England architecture.

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Awards

TMS Architects has received numerous awards for excellence of design since the firm was founded in 1984. The projects singled out for recognition have ranged from a National Trust for Historic Preservation Award for the firm’s work on the restoration of The Wentworth By The Sea Hotel to American Institute of Architects New Hampshire Chapter’s Award of Excellence for a 900 square foot Pastoral Retreat.

These awards represent a wide body of work over the last 28 years and fulfill the judging criteria established by the AIA: overall design excellence including clarity, creativity, appropriate functionality, sustainability, building performance and appropriateness with regard to the client’s program.

2016 New Hampshire Home Magazine:
Excellence in Interior Design: Family Room Reinvention
Excellence in Remodeling/Renovation Design: In Town Renovation
Excellence in Small Home Design: Beacon Hill Beauty
Honorable Mention: Maine Lakeside Cottage

2016 AIANH – Excellence in Architectural Design Awards:
Merit Award: Bottomline Technologies
Honorable Mention: Greathorse Clubhouse

2015 Prism Awards: Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston:
Gold Winner: Best Remodeling/Restoration – $750K – $1 Million
Gold Winner: Best Website Builder or Architect: Seaside Renovation
Gold Winner: Best Historical Renovation: The Barn House
Silver Winner: Best Detached Home 5,000 – 8,000 ft2

2014 AIANH – Excellence in Architectural Design Awards:
Merit Award: Lighthouse Cove Cottage

  • 2012 AIA NH Merit Award (In association with a Massachusetts architect) The Music Hall Loft
  • 2012 Plan NH Merit Award Regeneration Park
  • 2011 US Green Building Council New Hampshire Chapter LEED Gold Recognition Phillips Exeter Faculty Housing
  • 2011 Building New Hampshire 2011 Awards Regeneration Park
  • 2010 Clinton Sheerr Award for Excellence in NH Presented to John Merkle, AIA
  • 2010 AIA New Hampshire Special Mention Phillips Exeter Faculty Housing
  • 2009 AIA New England Peoples’ Choice Award “The Home I’d Most Like to Live In”
  • 2008 NH Preservation Alliance Portsmouth Music Hall
  • 2008 NH Preservation Alliance Louis C. De Rochemont House
  • 2008 NH Preservation Alliance Am. Independence Museum
  • 2008 AIA NH Excellence in Architecture Green Living
  • 2008 AIA NH Excellence in Architecture Cottage Revival
  • 2008 US Green Building Council LEED for Homes
  • 2007 National Trust for Historic Preservation Award Wentworth By The Sea Hotel
  • 2007 AIA NH People’s Choice Lakeside Manor
  • 2005 AIA NH People’s Choice Kiwi Grille
  • 2004 AIA NH Excellence in Architecture Me & Ollie’s Café
  • 2004 AIA NH People’s Choice Wentworth By The Sea Hotel
  • 2004 AIA NH Excellence in Architecture Wentworth By The Sea Hotel