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Guilford to vote on affordable housing project

By Karin | February 5, 2020

GUILFORD — Residents next week will vote on whether to transfer a downtown parcel of land to NeighborWorks New Horizons, a nonprofit that would oversee development of affordable housing units on the site. Full article here. Published on February 5, 2020 by Meghan Friedman  

What is Modern Vernacular Architecture?

By Karin | January 29, 2020

Merriam-Webster defines the word “vernacular” as “using a language or dialect native to a region or country rather than a literary, cultured, or foreign language.”  Applying that term to our profession, the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (Paul Oliver, 1997) defines “vernacular architecture” as: “…comprising the dwellings and all other buildings of the…

The General’s Residences – A New Model for Multi-Family Living

By Karin | December 18, 2019

A local builder and developer approached us to develop a conceptual design for a 9-unit, market-rate multi-family housing project in nearby Madison, CT. His vision was to preserve and restore an existing historic home (the “General’s Residence“) on the property, while building 6 new detached single-family units, and two 4-car garages with apartment units above.…

Patriquin Architects’ Favorites: Our “Best of the Best” for 2019

By Karin | December 16, 2019

As we approach the end of 2019, we’re happy to say — with deep gratitude to our incredible clients — that it has been a very busy year! From our first days in the office in January to now, our team has been consistently engaged in some really fun and challenging projects. And as someone…

2019 Chrysalis Award Winner

By Karin | December 9, 2019

We won the 2019 Chrysalis Award! The Chrysalis Award (formerly the Emerging Firm Award) is a peer recognition program spotlighting an AIA Connecticut member firm that has been in practice no less than 2 years and no more than 15 years and is gaining recognition in the general design community through a body of built…

Diversity and Architecture: Benefits of Employment Equity

By Karin | November 27, 2019

Diversity—whether in the population of a country or the employees of a company—makes entities and organizations better. This is very clear in architecture firms, where having a variety of perspectives and inputs on projects invariably leads to better designs.

Architecture Firm Building Community Engagement

How Your Architecture Firm Can Help with Community Engagement

By Karin | November 25, 2019

In many cases, it takes more than an excellent design and quality construction for a new-build or renovation project to succeed. Sometimes success hinges on the owner’s ability to obtain funds or secure support from people who will benefit from or be affected by the project. In those instances, a project may require a community…

CTGBC Names The Slate School Best in Show

By Brian | November 15, 2019

  New Haven, CT – On October 3, Patriquin Architects accepted the Connecticut Green Building Council’s 2019 Atelier Ten Award of Excellence, or “Best in Show,” for the Slate School in New Haven. This award, along with others from the Connecticut Building Congress, CREW CT, and Engineering News Record New England, recognized Slate School as…

Roìa Renovation: How We Highlighted Beautiful Hidden Features

By Karin | October 30, 2019

One of our areas of expertise is the careful handling of historic structure rehabilitation projects. Designing spaces that have modern functionality and accessibility but also retain key features that help tell their story is no easy task. It requires research into the building’s history, exploratory demolition in many cases, and a knack for the best way…

Exploratory Demolition: What Is It and What Does It Uncover?

By Karin | October 29, 2019

When you’re talking about a building renovation and you hear the word “demolition,” you probably picture crews wielding crowbars and jackhammers with reckless abandon. Sometimes, however, the initial stage of a renovation project calls for a lighter touch. Exploratory demolition, or partial demolition, is used when there are elements in an existing building that need…

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