Archiscape Blog

Patriquin Architects’ Favorite Local Designs

By Brian | June 28, 2021

As summer begins and the world starts to open up again, we thought it would be fun to ask our team what are some of their favorite local spots or designs throughout Connecticut. We hope this blog post will inspire people to get out there and explore new places! Aurora Within architecture and architecture school…

Tools of the Trade: Physical Model-Making

By Brian | June 26, 2021

There are many ways to help a client visualize the architectural design we’re developing for them, from initial hand-drawn sketches to highly precise CAD drawings. But because we all live in a three-dimensional world, there is nothing quite like a physical model to bring a design to life. And, of course, we all played with…

Passive House Accelerator Magazine – Retrofits 2021

By Karin | June 24, 2021

Our building renovation is featured in the Passive House Accelerator magazine! Check out the magazine and our article on page 52 here.    

Welcome to the Team, Aurora Perreault!

By Karin | June 1, 2021

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to our new summer intern, Aurora Perreault! Aurora is an architecture student at University of Hartford, is President of the NOMAS chapter there, and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+  community. Read our Q&A below to get to know Aurora and discover her insights on architecture,…

How We Make Structures More Resilient in Historic Preservation Projects

By Karin | May 18, 2021

At Patriquin Architects, we do a great deal of work on historic buildings, including many with historic significance to their surrounding area. In order to maximize the lifespan of these unique and interesting structures, and ensure that they are a vital part of the local historic fabric for decades to come, our first question in…

Hidden Historic Treasures: How to Find and Preserve Them

By Karin | May 10, 2021

As our work has shown many times through the years, when renovating an older building there is often an opportunity to find, salvage, and restore elements of historic or architectural significance. We’ve also learned that sometimes we have to choose which part of a building’s history should be preserved, and which areas should be modified…

Linden Street Elementary School Courtyard Vision

By Karin | April 27, 2021

As part of our office’s Community Outreach efforts, Jennifer Shea from our team has been collaborating with the Plainville Community Schools district by creating a connection with them and being a professional guide to some of their students. Previously, Jennifer had given their high school students a presentation on the architecture career path during their…

Need Excellent Thermal Performance? Try These Wall Assemblies

By Jeannette | April 26, 2021

Thermal performance—the degree of energy transfer between a building and its surroundings—is an important consideration for every construction or renovation project. Not surprisingly, exterior wall assemblies play a major role in achieving the desired performance. At Patriquin Architects, we’re continually exploring new wall options to meet specific project conditions. Whether or not a client is…

King’s Block Passive House Retrofit: What’s the Latest?

By Karin | April 19, 2021

Established in Europe more than 40 years ago, Passive House is a standard used in designing new buildings—or retrofitting existing ones—to be highly energy efficient. The standard requires that buildings be fully insulated and airtight, have high-performance windows, manage solar gain effectively, and utilize balanced recovery systems for heat and moisture, as well as a…

What Is Construction Sequencing and Why Is It Important?

By Karin | March 29, 2021

Not surprisingly, construction and renovation projects are easiest to complete when a structure is unoccupied. However, in some cases, it is desirable or even necessary to maintain partial occupancy throughout a project. In those instances, careful sequencing of construction activities, open lines of communication, and effective collaboration are essential. Construction Sequencing and Multifamily Properties Sequencing…