About M & A

We are passionate about preserving the best of our region’s historic buildings and are fortunate to live in an area of our country rich with architectural heritage. Building our company, M&A Architectural Preservation, which combines our passion and expertise to preserve and restore New England’s finest historic institutional and commercial buildings, is a privilege and a great source of pride for us. We thrive on retaining the rich architectural history so others can learn from and enjoy their beauty for many years to come.

We specialize in the following areas of historic building architectural preservation and restoration:

We have earned state and national recognition for award-winning restoration projects and are renowned for our expertise in preservation carpentry including mastery in wood window and door restoration.

Forest Stewardship Council Certification LogoWe are proud to be FSC® certified (Forest Stewardship Council®) demonstrating our commitment to sustainability and maintaining chain of custody certification. Additionally we are SFI® certified, Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, reinforcing our commitment to being socially responsible.

Our People
Susan G. Muckle: President

Sue wears both the finance and business development hats for M&A, plus she still throws in a hand on project management if needed, although she has ceded her former role as a field superintendent.  Her easiest role is supervising her team, because they all do such a great job for M&A.  When forced to leave her desk and have some fun elsewhere, she can sometimes can be convinced to jump on a plane and head off to foreign ports for a week or two, clutching the phone and the computer of course. 

MBA, Nichols College; BA English Literature, Brown University.

Richard A. Muckle: Vice President, Preservation Technology

A master craftsman and a preservation professional, Rich is the center of M&A’s technical expertise.  He leads the company in adaptation of new technology for preserving historical structures and he is the lightning rod for our most challenging building restoration problems.  He has had a passion for preservation since he began restoring colonial homes on Providence’s East Side back in 1970.  When not engrossed in a restoration project, you may find him about 30 miles due east of Salem Harbor, enjoying a day of fishing.  He has been known to bring home cod for Thanksgiving dinner!

BA Philosophy, Brown University.

Charles E. Fitzgerald, Jr.: Field Superintendent

Chuck is the force behind M&A’s field presence, and his leadership can be seen both in our field operations and in our conservation shop, which has been completely revamped under his direction.  His many years of supervising complex millwork installations is a boon to M&A when it comes to meeting schedule and staying in budget on jobs large and small.  Outside the office, Chuck enjoys skiing, deep sea diving, and kayaking, biking and blacksmithing with his two boys. 

Environmental Engineering and Facilities Management, Wentworth Institute of Technology.

John M. Arnstein: General Foreman

Jack has been with M&A for more than 18 years, even since his carpentry apprenticeship, and he is not only a master carpenter but has the experience of supervising M&A’s more challenging preservation projects.  He is well-versed in preservation techniques and an expert in all aspects of window and door restoration.  On weekends and vacations, he enjoys skiing and camping with his wife and family, and he is deeply committed to fundraising for causes like childhood cancer.

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Construction Technology.

Robert Muckle - Assistant Project Manager
Robert Muckle: Assistant Project Manager

Perhaps Robb’s philosophical studies are the reason, but however he comes by it, he faces the puzzles of preservation and the crises of construction with equal fortitude. Once an apprentice carpenter here, he understands life in the field and knows to how communicate scope, submittals and change orders and keeps our crews up to speed. In his free time, he is very likely headed out to the golf course, from opening day until well into December.

MA, Philosophy, University of Leeds; BA, Philosophy, UMass Amherst

Client References

“Working with M&A is a collaborative partnership.  Sue and Rich bring expertise, craftsmanship and quality to the “hands on” work and deliver the product within the confines of contemporary project contract scenarios. The value added in informed problem solving serve the project team and the buildings themselves.” 

Pam Bailey, Project Executive, Bond Brothers

“One advantage of working with M&A is M&A has the ability to forecast complications that may not be fully addressed in construction documents well in advance of their arising as problems during the work’s unfolding on site. Their experience with sensitive building conservation over past decades makes it possible to manage project time and costs more simply because of fewer delays and less unforeseen labor. Workmanship stays at a very high standard from project to project.”

Henry Moss AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Bruner/Cott and Associates

“I have worked with M&A on several renovation projects since 2008.  Their highly-skilled team has consistently delivered superior quality in a safe and timely manner.  I would strongly recommend M & A for any historic restoration project requiring skill and dedication.” 

H. Neil Benner, LEED AP BD+C, Project Executive, Gilbane Building Company

“Of the many preservation professionals that I had the opportunity to work with and learn from, M&A is one of the premier contractors I know. The passion and commitment to excellence Sue and Rich bring to projects both small and large always results in the finest of workmanship (Rich Muckle is one of the finest joiners I have ever met).  Their projects always exceed original expectations, something I’ve witnessed first-hand for over thirty years in historic preservation. I have always, even during the most difficult undertakings, been pleased and proud to be associated with M&A’s final results. This experience leaves me with the hope to have the Muckles’ and their team involved in any of the preservation projects that I may be working on.” 

W. Lewis Barlow, IV, FAIA, FAPT, Senior Historical Architect (Retired), National Park Service, US/DOI

“I have had the great privilege of working closely with Sue and Rich Muckle for years on the restoration of many significant historic New England landmarks.   The quality of the M&A experience is threefold; the craftsmanship and use of traditional building techniques is excellent, the research into original details and offering period appropriate solutions goes above the normal expectation, and the management of the projects is done fairly, honestly and with a very high level of professionalism.  We look to Sue and Rich when we need a very high level finish product with a certainty of outcome and no surprises.”

Carl Jay, Director of Historic Preservation, Shawmut Design and Construction

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