The firm has been practicing architecture for over 35 years since its inception in 1975. The company was founded by Frederick J. Fernsler as a sole proprietor recently adding two partners, Adam R. Fernsler (2007) and Nathan J. Hutchinson (2011).  The firm has evolved by maintaining a high level of competence throughout the design process and construction.  The firm has performed in fifteen states and internationally.  Completed project types include Single-Family and Multi-Family Residential, Retail, Financial, Commercial Office, Industrial, Hospitality, Health Care and Religious Architecture.


Frederick Fernsler, AIA, NCARB


Frederick Fernsler has over 40 years of experience as a Registered Architect with 38 of those years as a Principal starting a firm in 1975.


Additionally Mr. Fernsler has spent significant time as Real Estate Developer and Owner. He has provided expanded services for international and domestic project management and specialized consulting from the first manned space flight to Mars to the manufacture of ice in the Arabian Desert.


The bulk of experience has occurred within a broad cross-section of conventional building types in 15 states.




Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Architecture

Architectural Engineering Graduate Program


Architectural Registrations

Pennsylvania, 1989

Indiana, 2000

Michigan, 2000

Ohio, 2004

Missouri, 2005

Georgia, 2006

South Carolina, 2006

North Carolina, 2007

Virginia, 2007

Alabama, 2008

West Virginia, 2008

Texas, 2009

Iowa, 2013

Oklahoma, 2013

Maine, 2014



American Institute of Architects


Pennsylvania Society of Architects


NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)


Adam Fernsler, PE, LEED AP

Vice President

Adam Fernsler has over 15 years of experience in the architectural and construction industry. Adam has a multi faceted background that includes design and management on many different building and construction projects including health care, multi-family housing, municipal and educational projects. Adam’s knowledge of energy conservation and the green building process is critical in providing client advice for the design of energy efficient buildings.


Adam was born and raised in the State College area, attended the Pennsylvania State University in Architectural Engineering at University Park and has practiced in State College since 1999 with his father and partner Fred Fernsler.




Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Architectural Engineering


Engineering Registration

Pennsylvania, 2004



American Institute of Architects


Pennsylvania Society of Architects


United States Green Building Council


ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Engineers)


NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)


ICC (International Code Council)


Nathan Hutchinson, AIA, NCARB

Director of Design

Nathan Hutchinson has over 19 years of experience as a design architect and project manager. He is a multifaceted designer and has worked successfully with clients on numerous building types and project sizes.


He has expertise in renovations and new construction of office buildings, healthcare facilities, educational, industrial and retail occupancies. He excels at delivering creative, cost effective, energy efficient design solutions on budget and schedule. Nathan manages teams of architects, drafters, engineers and consultants through the design process and delivery of project documents. He also offers many years of experience in construction administration.


Nathan grew up in the State College area and has practiced in State College since 2003, with Burt Hill Architects and John Lew Architecture prior to joining Fernsler Architecture in 2011. He also worked in San Francisco and Boston before returning to State College.




Boston Architectural College

Professional Bachelor of Architecture


Pennsylvania State University

Liberal Arts, Architecture and Fine Arts Coursework


Architectural Registrations

California, 2001

Pennsylvania, 2006



American Institute of Architects


NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)