Established in 1987, CetraRuddy is an award-winning global architecture, planning and interior design firm driven by design excellence and the creating of one-of-a-kind experiences. For three decades, the firm has led with a guiding principle that architecture and design must engage context and enrich the human spirit. The 100-person firm’s thought leadership stems from a shared passion and spirit of creating, as well as the firm’s diversity of backgrounds and cultures. CetraRuddy’s core beliefs begin with the idea that Architecture Is Home, always seeking out the story behind each building site, their deep historical context, and fresh opportunities to craft innovative solutions and lead clients on their journeys toward building a new legacy.

Founded by Principals John Cetra, FAIA and Nancy J. Ruddy, and led by a core group of distinguished principals, the firm works throughout the United States and abroad at varied scales and across typologies including multifamily housing, hospitality, education, cultural and commercial projects.


Design is a collaborative journey and our work is grounded in understanding the specific interests and concerns of our clients, as well as the unique identity and objective of each project.  We begin by listening and learning from our clients. The belief that design is an organic result of its context, clients, program and purpose drives our collaborative approach. This exploration creates unique projects that are an expression of the shared discovery between our clients and collaborators.

At CetraRuddy we find inspiration and trajectory in intellectually crafting unique and specific design solutions.  Our projects create memorable experience, community and a sense of place in all of the typologies we touch.  We craft skylines, create moments and speak to the poetry of humanity with empathy and generosity.


Our practice creates communities, architecture, and interior environments based on problem solving, analytic research, context and scale.  The resulting solutions embody integrity and authenticity while adding poetry and inspiration to the urban fabric and human experience.  Our work is always about “home” – whether we design a residence, retail experience, hospitality space, or learning environment. We strive to elevate the building typologies we touch by combining our craft, attention to details, and integration of humanity and scale to compositions of articulated geometric forms. These designs are united with advanced building engineering, sustainable technologies, and are responsive to the challenges of efficient time-sensitive construction.

Our process has allowed us to create long term strategic relationships with our clients on projects worldwide and across the residential, hospitality, education, cultural and commercial sectors.