Meet the Wentworth Team
Bruce J. Wentworth, President
Wentworth, Inc. was founded by Bruce J. Wentworth, AIA, a noted remodeling architect who has worked in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area for over twenty years. He has built hundreds of his own designs, ranging from modest bungalows to large-scale luxury residences.
Passionate about historic architecture, Wentworth has also handled numerous historic renovations. He recently put his survey of residential architectural styles in the DC metro area online so that interested viewers can research and identify their own home’s period and style, or those of other houses that interest them.
Wentworth’s approach—sensitive remodeling with integrated aesthetics—has led to his work, and that of his creative team, to be featured in House Beautiful, American Bungalow, The New York Times, and on HGTV. His dedication to the fields of residential design and construction is expressed through his extensive writings and featured projects in Architecture DC, Washingtonian, Luxury Homes, and other publications. He continues to receive recognition from his industry with project awards from National Association of Remodeling Industry, Qualified Remodeler, Professional Remodeler, and Remodeling Magazine.
Wentworth is a graduate of the School of Architecture—University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a licensed home-improvement contractor in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. He and his wife Eryl are active participants in Washington’s design and preservation communities. They live in an ever-changing 1920s home near the Washington National Cathedral.
Wentworth is also a proud supporter of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
Steven Barnard, Production Manager
Steven Barnard, Wentworth, Inc.’s Production Manager, provides the Wentworth, Inc. team with excellent craftsmanship and disciplined leadership. Mr. Barnard manages each Wentworth project with professionalism, thoughtfully overseeing our lead carpenters and construction team ensure every project runs on schedule and within budget. In addition to his leadership and management, Mr. Barnard’s exceptional woodworking skills and attention to detail are often featured in our client’s homes. For over 12 years, Mr. Barnard has overseen every Wentworth project, from the largest to the smallest, many of which have been honored with the industry’s highest design awards.
Mr. Barnard attributes his success as a Production Manager to his 10 years in the Marine Corps where he traveled the world, honed his organizational and teaching skills, and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his term of duty, he proudly served the operations of Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Among his many awards and citations, Steven’s highest commendation was the Navy Achievement Medal.
Mr. Barnard resides in an ever-improving 1920s Tudor-style home in the historic Foxhall Village area of NW, Washington, DC. He enjoys doing custom woodworking, woodturning, and metalwork in his free time. Steven is one of the early members of the Foxhall Artists Collective.
Michael Merschat, Design Studio Manager
Michael Merschat, Wentworth, Inc.’s Design Studio Manager, brings over a decade of residential design experience in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area to our architecture team. With a portfolio of architectural styles ranging from traditional to modern, Mr. Merschat works closely with clients to incorporate the right design aesthetics and custom architectural features into each project.
Mr. Merschat is originally from Asheville, NC and is a graduate of the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He and his family currently live in Kensington, MD.
In his free time, Mr. Merschat enjoys volunteering with the AIA, supporting the Washington Rugby Football Club, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
Peter Ernst, Project Architect
Having spent most of his life in Connecticut, Peter comes to DC with 30 years experience as an architect—15 of them in his own practice as a sole proprietor establishing a body of work including renovations, additions, and new construction of a wide variety of homes.
After attending college in St. Louis and earning a BA from Washington University, he then got a graduate degree in architecture from Yale.
Peter enjoys swimming, reading, restaurants, and spending time with his wife, daughter, son-in-law, and new grandson.
Teri McHardy, Architectural Designer
Teri knew from an early age that she wanted to be an architect. As a kid, she would spend most of her time in the summers building intricate structures from her Lego set that her parents got her instead of playing on the beautiful beaches of The Bahamas, where she is from.
When the time came to choose a school to study architecture, Teri wanted to be able to apply all the things she loves to do while honing her artistic abilities. Her passion for art led her to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where she got a Master of Architecture.
Teri has been with Wentworth Studio since 2016. She assists the team with design layouts, AutoCAD drawings, and 3D modeling.
Brian VanFleet, Interior Designer and Purchasing Agent
Brian VanFleet is a Washington, DC-based interior designer where he has practiced for two decades. He believes in a design philosophy that emphasizes clean lines, warmth, and texture. His artistic point-of-view and collaborative approach to design allow him to create designs that are not only beautiful but also easy to live in.
Brian enjoys the rich culture of the Federal City and loves nothing more than an afternoon at the galleries or evening taking in great regional theatre. Occasionally, he can be found in a kayak on the Potomac.
Brian holds an MFA in Interior Design from The George Washington University.