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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…

Designing New in a Historic District

By Karin | March 28, 2018

We’re excited to be working on the design of a multi-use building in Fair Haven Heights (right across the river from our office!), to include apartments, retail, and restaurant space. The project, Heights on the River, is located on what used to be a bustling block on the east side of the bridge that spans…

Creating a Streetscape for a Vibrant Neighborhood

By Karin | March 7, 2018

What was once a vibrant gateway to Fair Haven Heights in New Haven is now a largely empty lot with only the brick ‘Grand Vin’ building as testimony to its storied past. For Heights on the River, one of our current projects, we are creating a new streetscape, with retail and restaurant activity at street level…

Heights on the River - Patriquin Architects

Heights on the River – New Haven Independent

By Karin | February 9, 2018

A city developer plans to create a mini-neighborhood of middle-income apartments and local stores done in the architectural style of the historical oystering village along the East Grand Avenue side of the Quinnipiac River — an idea a previous builder tried and failed to carry out. The builders, Juan Salas-Romer and Noel Petra of NHR…

Best of 2017

Our Top Picks of 2017!

By Karin | December 20, 2017

2017 was a banner year for us here at Patriquin Architects. We welcomed two new team members, took on projects that spanned the depth of our expertise, got Fitwel-certified, found inspiration from our Traveling Architect series, and launched our new site analysis and feasibility service. To wrap up this incredible year, we are excited to…

Old Montreal Lights

Traveling Architect—Old Montreal at Night

By Karin | November 30, 2017

A recent weekend trip to Montreal provides an inspiring look at lighting design. Interior and exterior lighting can transform a space or structure like nothing else. Lighting can create an atmosphere of warmth, introduce drama to the unremarkable, help foster a feeling or emotion, or even tell a story. And when you pair phenomenal lighting…

Welcome to the Team, Thomas Beech!

By Karin | November 27, 2017

Thomas Beech joined our team this month as an Architectural Designer, and we want to give him a warm welcome! Hailing from Medford, Oregon, Thomas moved to Connecticut a year and a half ago and is loving the Northeast. Tom brings experience with Building Information Modelling, advanced rendering techniques, and sustainable design practices. Prior to joining…

Building design for an oyster hatchery in a historic neighborhood

Designing an Oyster Farm in Historic Fair Haven, Connecticut

By Karin | October 25, 2017

One of the aspects we love about architecture is that no two of our projects are alike. From adaptive reuse apartments to sustainably designed schools, each of our projects has its unique qualities. But…how often do we get to design an oyster farm?! When the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came up to develop a master plan for…