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How Healthy Schools Support Happy Children

By Karin | August 30, 2018

Our team of architects and designers handles a wide range of projects, including work on new construction, historic buildings, alterations and renovations, and site analysis and feasibility studies. And, we enjoy every new challenge we take on. But one area that is especially gratifying is designing school buildings and additions that meet the highest environmental…

The Best School Designs Connect Kids with Nature

The Best School Designs Connect Kids with Nature

By Karin | August 30, 2018

“Outside is for play; inside is for learning.” Thankfully, that outdated approach to education has gone by the wayside. Teachers and administrators today understand that providing more exposure to the natural world not only helps kids develop a stronger connection with the environment, it energizes their studies in all areas. Rather than counting the minutes…

Traveling Architect: Postcards from Paris

Traveling Architect: Postcards from Paris

By Karin | July 25, 2018

For me, Paris is more than just one of the world’s great cities — it’s a source of endless architectural design inspiration. I have been fortunate to spend a significant amount of time there as an architectural student, living with my parents when they were on sabbatical, and visiting friends I’ve made through the years.…

Greenwich Academy: A Case Study in Interactive Design

By Karin | June 27, 2018

One of the best things about being an architecture firm that has had success in a wide range of institutional, commercial, and residential settings is the variety of projects that we get to tackle. Having done their research, clients feel comfortable trusting our firm with the design of structures that don’t fit neatly into any…

Greenwich Academy front

How to Work with Architectural Review Boards

By Karin | June 27, 2018

Founded in 1827, Greenwich Academy provides college preparatory education for girls at a day school on a 39-acre campus in Greenwich, CT. When the school decided to build a new multi-use facility with classrooms on the ground floor and a faculty apartment on the second floor, the school’s leadership chose Patriquin Architects to create the…

site analysis and feasibility study

4 Powerful Benefits of a Site Analysis and Feasibility Study

By Karin | May 30, 2018

Property that you own, or are considering purchasing, is a valuable asset. But, unlike some assets that have a fixed value, your property’s worth is based in large part on how you develop it. Make the right choices on what you build there and how you build it, and you may see its value soar.…

commercial property paperwork

What Paperwork Do You Need for Your Commercial Property Development?

By Karin | May 30, 2018

Commercial property development projects are exciting. Watching your vision for a building come to life step by step is very gratifying. However, one step that isn’t especially enjoyable is completing the paperwork that is required before your project can truly get underway. Fortunately, you don’t have to tackle all forms and applications on your own.…

Patriquin Architects,New Haven, CT | An example of passive house architecture

Why Passive House Design is So Powerful

By Karin | April 25, 2018

The idea of “sustainability” covers a wide range of disciplines and practices. One area that I feel can have a tremendous impact on the environment is making our homes, office buildings, and other structures highly energy efficient. The passive house concept involves designing buildings that incorporate super-efficient envelopes and mechanical systems that can pass a…

Patriquin Architects, New Haven, CT Healthy working environment

How to Promote a Healthy Working Environment

By Karin | April 25, 2018

We are a firm that places a high value on designing buildings and spaces that promote and support healthy living. To put more of a framework around what has always been one of our guiding principles, Karin became an ambassador of The Fitwel System last year. The Fitwel System is described by the organization behind…

Max Ballardo, Design Associate, Patriquin Architects

Welcome to the team, Max Ballardo!

By Karin | April 23, 2018

Max recently joined our team as our new Design Associate. As an avid multilingual traveler he has visited many countries to explore the world of architecture and to satisfy his cultural curiosity. He is passionate about historic rehabilitation as a type of ‘recycled architecture’. He worked as a licensed contractor for over two years before…