Founding Partner

David B. Brawer, AIA,  LEED AP received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  He also received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He has been a registered architect in Pennsylvania since 1980 and is also registered in four other states.  He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is qualified as a LEED Accredited Professional by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).


Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, David came to Philadelphia to attend college and has spent his entire professional career in the city.  Throughout these past forty years,  he has been active in a wide range of local civic and religious organizations including the ACE Mentoring Program of Eastern Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation. 


He has served on the  Board of Directors of Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El (Wynnewood, PA) and Martins Run Retirement Community (Media, PA).  He is past Chairman of the Building & Grounds Committee for both institutions and has also been active in numerous long range planning studies, capital campaigns and building projects.


As a longtime resident of Narberth, PA, he is Vice-Chairman of the Narberth Planning Commission.  In that capacity, he has had a central role in the writing and implementation of the Borough's new form-based Zoning Code.




Michael I. Hauptman, AIA received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University, graduating magna cum laude with honors in Fine Arts and as a Louis Dembitz Brandeis Honorary Scholar. 

In 2009, Michael was appointed by Mayor Nutter to the Board of Directors of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation where he serves on the Planning Committee and the Design Review Committee which is overseeing the Master Plan for the central waterfront.

Michael is immediate past president of Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Center City Philadelphia. He chaired the Master Plan Task Force which oversaw the design and construction of the synagogue's $15 million addition, and he recently chaired the Senior Rabbi Search Task Force. He and his family have lived in Center City Philadelphia for over forty years where he is an Emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the Queen Village Neighbors Association. Michael chaired the Queen Village Zoning Committee for ten years and is active in Philadelphia urban affairs.  


Michael was responsible for co-authoring the design guidelines and leading the effort that made Queen Village Philadelphia's first Neighborhood Conservation District.

He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design and has conducted workshops for Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), Temple University Institute for Continuing Studies, the Jewish Community Centers Adult Studies Program, Women's Collaborative Rehabilitation Program, Design on the Delaware and several neighborhood civic associations.



Scott Larkin, AIA, LEED AP became a Partner in 2016 having been with Brawer & Hauptman since 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Philadelphia University and participated in the American University Rome Program.

​Scott leads Brawer & Hauptman's healthcare team and has been responsible for the design and documentation of our medical work ranging from small backfill projects to 50,000-square-foot health centers.  Scott's extensive knowledge of healthcare facility guidelines and current trends in evidence-based design along with his creativity in balancing user group needs with facility department concerns is the reason for our ability to retain many repeat clients.


Scott has completed a 30,000 square foot Wellness Center for Project HOME and a 52,000 square foot Karabots Primary Care Center for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Other current work includes several projects for Einstein, Trinity, Grand View and Main Line Health. 


Scott has participated in a number of pro bono projects for the Community Design Collaborative and is as a member of their Resource Development and Communications Committee. His work for the Lutheran Settlement House won an AIA Award for Design Excellence.

​Scott lives with his family in Abington, PA.

Senior Project Architect

Amanda Brahler joined Brawer & Hauptman to play a key role on our healthcare design team.


Amanda holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Boston Architectural College.

She spearheaded the construction administration of our Esperanza Health Center project, the adaptive reuse of a 30,000 square foot 1925 bank building as a comprehensive neighborhood primary care facility.  She is currently serving as Senior Project Architect on two projects for Grand View Health.

Amanda is active in the Holy Redeemer-sponsored community garden, is a participant in the Abington PTO and is involved in her daughter's Girl Scouts activities.

Amanda lives with her family in Abington, PA.

Senior Project Architect

Ruth Stadnik holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati.


Since joining Brawer & Hauptman in 2007, she has worked on a variety of projects including healthcare, educational and residential, many of which involved public funding.

Two of Ruth's recent projects are the renovation of four synagogues: Temple Israel of New Rochelle,  Temple Emanuel of Cherry Hill and Temple Emanuel Sinai in Worcester, MA  She is currently completing the construction administration for Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA.


Ruth's other completed projects include the renovation of the Scranton Jewish Community Center, space planning for Jewish Federation's main offices in Philadelphia and a planning study for Federation's Mandell Campus in Melrose Park.


Ruth has been an active participant in the ACE Mentoring Program where she has led a number of projects involving inner city high school students.

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