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How to Design a Natural Playscape

By Karin | April 29, 2019

As children, the first lessons we learn are about the natural world around us. And those lessons are important, because they become the framework for much of the learning that follows. That’s one of the reasons nature themes are so prevalent in childcare and early education settings. This includes outdoor play areas, where it seems…

educational greenhouse at Slate School

Helping Young Minds Bloom with an Educational Greenhouse and Gardens

By Karin | April 29, 2019

Slate School is an independent elementary school in North Haven, CT. Its 25-acre parcel is a beautiful plot of land, with both open meadow lands and forest. When school leaders approached us to design the school building, they expressed their vision of capitalizing on this incredible setting and having nature play a central role in…

Designing an Industrial Building in a Historic Residential Neighborhood

Designing Industrial Buildings in a Historic Residential Neighborhood

By Karin | March 28, 2019 says that to master-plan an area is “to develop or improve (land, a community, a building complex, or the like) through a long-range plan that balances and harmonizes all elements.” Producing that “harmony” is no small feat under the best of circumstances. As we learned in one of our recent projects, creating harmony between…

How to Design Around an Industrial Process

How to Design Around an Industrial Process

By Karin | March 28, 2019

As an architectural design firm that enjoys taking on unique projects, we are continually challenged to come up with solutions that meet the needs of a diverse group of stakeholders, which can include property owners, residents, neighbors, tenants, government entities, and business owners/operators. In our Quinnipiac River Oyster Farm project, one of the key elements…

renovation multi-family senior housing

3 Challenges of Rehabilitating Aging Housing Units

By Karin | February 28, 2019

Building renovations are complex processes requiring many teams, lots of moving pieces, a great deal of careful thought, and a detailed plan. This is especially true when it comes to housing. However, these projects can be very worthwhile for property owners and residents. Renovation expertise will be increasingly in demand in the decades ahead. According…

multi family affordable housing renovation

How to Improve Accessibility in a Multi-Family Housing Renovation

By Karin | February 28, 2019

It goes without saying that people with disabilities should be able to access public buildings. But to ensure that right, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. It prohibits discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications against people who have physical or mental impairments that substantially limit “major life activities,”…

The Quinnipiac River Oyster Farm is granted a Certificate of Appropriateness by the New Haven Historic District Commission

Oyster Farm Expansion, Redesigned, Wins Support – New Haven Independent

By Karin | February 18, 2019

    It’s not every day that neighbors dispatch their lawyer before a city commission for the sole purpose of expressing joy at an outcome. That’s happened at the most recent meeting of the Historic District Commission at City Hall.

Capitalizing on the Power of Passive House Design at Our HQ

Capitalizing on the Power of Passive House Design at Our HQ

By Karin | January 31, 2019

At Patriquin Architects, we’re vocal advocates of — and certified in — passive house design. The “Passivhaus standard” was developed in the late 1980s by Bo Adamson of Lund University, Sweden and Wolfgang Feist of the Institut für Wohnen und Umwelt (Institute for Housing and the Environment) in Germany. Passive House USA adapted the German concept…

Fitwel and Our Office Renovation: Taking Great Strides for a Better Score

Fitwel and Our Office Renovation: Taking Great Strides for a Better Score

By Karin | January 30, 2019

People who work in an office environment spend a significant percentage of their life there. It’s certainly true for our team, which is one of the reasons we are proponents of the Fitwel System. Developed by the United States General Services Administration (GSA) based on research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),…

Trinity Baptist Church wins Zoning Approval from the City of New Haven

Church Expands on Superblock – New Haven Independent

By Karin | January 30, 2019

  A State Street church is spreading its wings just as it is about to get some new neighbors.