FDBS is a comprehensive creative consulting firm that explores a variety of design topics pertaining to the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Sustainability and Historic Preservation. The studio also acts as an owner’s representative in matters of Construction Management, Urban Design and Zoning relief. Overall, the firm’s goal is to provide clients with innovative design solutions, exceptional graphic imagery and hands-on project management.


Chris Fagan established Fagan Design Build Studio Inc, to provide architectural design services. Over the past 12+ years the company has grown to accommodate a dynamic network of design, engineering and construction professionals. In that time, Fagan Design Build Studio has been fortunate to work with a diverse array of clients ranging from individual property owners to larger design firms and real estate developers. The firm is based in Newport, Rhode Island but it frequently takes on a variety of national and international projects.


FDBS specializes in the design and construction management of high-end custom homes. The designs strive to express the best aspects of coastal New England architecture, utilizing a mix of traditional forms with modern minimalist detailing. This architecture has been described as a mix of traditional residential shingle style and modern farmhouse, creating a graphic language that is both innovative and timeless. In every project the design of the home is hand crafted to the unique program needs and personality of the client.


FDBS has worked on numerous successful renovation projects, revitalizing older homes into dynamic new spaces for modern living. The firm specifically works with homeowners to articulate a design approach that will provide the most benefit in terms of both space and investment.


FDBS takes great pride in working to preserve and restore historic buildings. Specifically, Chris Fagan has a great deal of experience with historic preservation. He started his career interning at the Preservation Society of Newport County. He then went on to work for 3 years in preservation architecture at Newport Collaborative Architects. Over the past 15 years, Chris has facilitated the development of multiple historic tax credit projects writing numerous National Parks Services historic nomination papers. This process has added multiple properties to the National Register of Historic Properties. Chris served on the both Newport Historic District Commission for over 5 years and the Doris Duke Preservation Award committee for 2 years. Most recently, in 2019, Fagan Design Build Studio won a Doris Duke Preservation Award for its restoration of the stone barn carriage house 23 Hammersmith Farm Road in Newport.


FDBS frequently works with commercial clients to design custom spaces and buildings. Past projects include designs for restaurants, bars, grocery stores, function centers, hotels, offices, retail spaces, a Shell rapid lube, and a Pearl carwash, retail dispensaries, commercial grow facilities, agricultural buildings and a favorite brewery. In every case, FDBS works to develop a unique design and a dynamic program that will meet the individual client's needs and budget.



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Fagan Design Build Studio Inc is based in Newport Rhode Island, founded by Newport native Chris Fagan. The Fagan family has a long history in Newport, specifically in the field of construction. Chris’s Great-Great-Grandfather, PJ Fagan established the business in the late 1800s after moving to Newport from Ireland. Before he arrived in Newport, he spent several years working on the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Since then, the family has operated various incarnations of the Fagan construction business in Newport. Fagan Design Build Studio is the most recent of these endeavors.


Chris recently purchased and fully restored a traditional Newport cottage. The home was originally constructed in 1901. Only during the renovation, it was revealed that the home was, in fact, built by Chris’s Great-Great-Grandfather PJ Fagan.



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