Company History

Our History

Dan Lyman Russell, a graduate of Syracuse University, and Robert M. Dawson, III, a graduate of M.I.T., founded the partnership of Russell and Dawson in September of 1965 in Hartford, Connecticut to provide a unique combination of total architecture and engineering professional design service. The office was located on Asylum Street in Hartford.

1965
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THE COMPANY WAS FOUNDED

Dan Lyman Russell, a graduate of Syracuse University, and Robert M. Dawson, III, a graduate of M.I.T., founded the partnership of Russell and Dawson in September of 1965 in Hartford, Connecticut to provide a unique combination of total architecture and engineering professional design service.

1969
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Total A & E Design Services For High-Rise Building

In 1969 the firm performed total architectural and engineering design for the high-rise building at 60 Washington Street and moved its offices to that location where it remained for 20 years.

1972
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First Hotel/Motel Project

The firm did provide A & E services for the King Inn Motel & Restaurant, Putnam, CT

1975
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Completed 500 Projects

Across sectors such as healthcare, residential, commercial by offering A & E services including feasibility study, inspection, planning, architectural and engineering.

2007
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Chirag B. Thaker Became President

In mid 2007, the firm became a Limited Liability Company, in anticipation of the partners’ eventual retirement. In October 2007, Chirag B. Thaker was named President of Russell and Dawson, LLC.

2011
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Russell And Dawson Acquired Florida Based Singer Architects

Don Singer formed Singer Architects in 1964 to offer architecture and planning services in Florida state.

2015
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We Completed 50 Years of Service

and designing of over 75 million SQFT of space through the execution of 9,000 projects.

2017
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Added Construction Services to Become Integrated A/E/C Firm

Added construction services to deliver better value, superior quality, and faster completion to clients in the Northeast states

2018
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Won Hartford Business Journal’s Family Business Award

under the category of “First Generation: 25-75 Full-time Employees”

2018
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Architectural Design for Broward County’s Judicial Complex Achieved LEED GOLD

Got LEED Gold certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Russell and Dawson provided full architectural design services for the full renovation of Broward County Judicial Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2019
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Featured among “Best Architects in Hartford” List

Got featured among the “Best Architects in Hartford, 2019“ by Expertise LLC based upon the criterion of reputation, credibility, experience, availability & professionalism

2020
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Featured among “Largest Minority-Owned Businesses” by HBJ

Ranked among the Largest Minority-Owned Businesses in Greater Hartford Area by Hartford Business Journal.