Over 35 Years of Experience
We are a small firm with big ideas and a singular focus: designing spaces that meet or exceed your expectations.
Design Alliance provides architectural/ interior design services to a wide array of client types. The firm strives to give its clients a level of personalized and professional service that distinguishes it from other architectural offices. We have clients that range from homeowners to radiology corporations to industrial manufacturers.
Design Alliance aligns itself with other design disciplines to provide clients a full range of services. The firm’s principal architect, Joe Campanella, frequently collaborates with other designers and design firms in areas that include interior design, recreational architecture, assisted living architecture, religious architecture, sustainable design, and graphic design. Through these design alliances, the firm is able to provide clients a full range of services not usually available from small architectural firms.
Mr. Campanella has been practicing architecture for the past 35 years. In January 2000, he established Design Alliance, LLC, whose clients include the Town of West Hartford, Enterprise Holdings, Habitat for Humanity, Jefferson X-Ray, United Tool & Die Co., Dunkin’ Donuts, and numerous residential clients.
Reflecting his commitment to and knowledge of sustainable/green design, Mr. Campanella met all the qualifications to become credentialed as a LEED-certified professional in Design, Building and Construction (LEED AP DB+C). He is one of the original members of the West Hartford Clean Energy Task Force, which was responsible for writing the West Hartford Comprehensive Energy Plan (recognized as an innovative model for other communities to follow), and he presently serves as a Commissioner on the West Hartford Clean Energy Commission (successor to the Clean Energy Task Force). His design for a detached, affordable, sustainable, single-family home for a family of five was a 2013 finalist in Providence Habitat for Humanity “Carbon Challenge.”
From 1990 to 2000, Mr. Campanella was president of JPC Architecture, a small architectural practice in West Hartford. His clients included Trinity College, Town of Wethersfield (Charles Wright Elem. School), Springfield Food Service Corp., and Brooke Horse Riding Arena.
Prior to establishing his own firm in 1990, he was president and chief executive officer of BC Design Associates, Inc., a Hartford-based architectural and interior design firm. BC Design clients included Chelsea Groton Savings Bank, Dean Witter Reynolds, First Albany Corporation, Richard Gordon Interests, and Union Trust.
Mr. Campanella practiced architecture in the Washington, D.C. area prior to relocating to Connecticut in 1988. He held positions of increasing responsibility in a variety of architectural and interior design firms serving commercial, retail, corporate, government, and residential clients. Projects for which he had responsibility include work for the U.S. Department of State, the Library of Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency, GTE Telenet, and Wang Laboratories.
Syracuse University Bachelor of Architecture, 1981
Courses at Harvard University’s
Graduate School of Design
with concentration in Sustainable Design
New Hampshire, New York,
Rhode Island, Vermont,
Virginia, District of Columbia
The American Institute of Architects
Connecticut Society of Architects
National Council of Architectural
The U.S. Green Building Council
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Building Officials and Code