Jan 11, 2024


by Carol Rickard-Brideau

Little Names Four New Partners

Electing new partners is a significant moment for any company. It’s an opportunity to elevate brilliant voices and broaden leadership talent while infusing the organization with renewed energy and a vision that drives innovation, spurs growth, and steers the company toward long-term success.

Little is proud to announce four new partners in our firm: Don Baus, Philip Donovan, Ashley Hall, and Eric Schoenagel. Each embodies a trailblazer spirit—possessing an innovative mindset and leading by challenging the status quo, introducing novel ideas, and paving the way for others.

This promotion brings the firm’s total number of partners to 26. Meet our newest partners.

Don Baus

Don has played a pivotal role in the success of our Charleston office. From the moment Don joined Little, it was clear that his calm, gentle demeanor was stretched over a constitution of steel, with his commitment to establishing a high-performing Charleston office reflected in the projects we won right out of the gate. His leadership shines through in his ability to foster followership, attracting exceptional clients and office members with his integrity, strong work ethic, and collaborative nature.

Don embodies a potent entrepreneurial spirit marked by humility and tenacity, earning praise from clients for his calm yet determined approach. As a proven rainmaker, he has cultivated strong client relationships and a stellar regional reputation. The Charleston office members appreciate him for fostering a vibrant culture that integrates their input and embraces a servant leadership approach.

Philip Donovan

Philip Donovan, a founding member of the Regen CoLab, boasts a  pioneering spirit and extensive experience in net-zero design. Recognized for his unwavering dedication to promoting net-zero and regenerative outcomes, Philip is one of our firm’s most prolific thought leaders, regularly speaking at national conferences on these subjects. His hands-on involvement in net-zero projects, including Little’s first venture into net-zero design, provides the firm with a foundation in best practices while positioning him as a leader in demonstrating regeneration through tangible projects and outcomes.

Philip’s unique ability to translate complex ideas into simple, pragmatic examples empowers clients to save energy, conserve water, and create healthier, more equitable environments. His passion and collaborative approach with clients are frequently acknowledged, with one noting, “Philip has a unique philosophy, one that strives to incorporate sustainability and regenerative design principles into every project he’s a part of. There is no doubt he is one of the most forward-thinking architects in central Florida.”

Ashley Hall

Prominent in both our industry and the community, Ashley Hall leverages an extensive network of contacts, clients, and industry connections to bring valuable visibility to our firm. Ashley plays a vital role in shaping our company culture, demonstrating selfless dedication to her team and clients’ success. As a unique blend of studio principal and exceptional design talent, she embodies servant leadership with unwavering integrity. Recognized within the AEC industry, Ashley leads with openness, curiosity, and enthusiasm, contributing to the advancement of design thought leadership. Respected both within and outside the firm, she brings a steely determination to deliver top-notch work to clients while calmly addressing challenges and treating everyone with care.

Beyond professional strengths, Ashley leads by example, emphasizing purpose, grace, and humility. Clients commend her as a consummate professional who consistently delivers innovative and effective design solutions. She is an outstanding leader, rainmaker, and ambassador for Little, dedicated to elevating the firm’s work for clients.

Eric Schoenagel

Eric Schoenagel brings a fresh perspective to Little by introducing new viewpoints and ideas that challenge convention and encourage innovative thinking. As the firm’s first technical principal, Eric set the standard for technical excellence, the execution of design intent, and client service.

His impact extends beyond putting drawings together and managing our most complex projects. Eric actively challenges the status quo to enhance the firm’s effectiveness and efficiency. Over his 25 years at Little, Eric has been instrumental in numerous initiatives, including serving as a key member of the team that created our Integrative Project Framework and co-leading the standards task force in 2016, which led to the original project framework and new Revit standards. that established the original project framework and new Revit standards in 2016.

Eric’s mentorship and advocacy for technical excellence and outstanding client service have resulted in unprecedented repeat client work. After winning the fourth project for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the client attributed their trust in Eric’s experience and leadership as key factors in the firm’s success, stating, “We simply trust him to have our best interest in mind.”

Please join me in congratulating our new partners. They are an indication of just how far we’ve come—and how far we’re going.


Carol Rickard-Brideau

Carol is a self-proclaimed foodie, is endlessly curious about how design affects humans, both psychologically and physically, and has a thing for gardens. She is also an architect and Chief Executive Officer at Little. Follow her on Twitter @WineDarkC.

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