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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…

Site Model for Copps Island Oysters Aquaculture

Creating a Site Model for a Waterfront Project

By Paolo | October 23, 2017

We’re currently working on a masterplan for an unusual, yet very interesting, project type— an oyster hatchery. The site is a long, narrow piece of land sloping down from Quinnipiac Avenue to the edge of the Quinnipiac River in Fair Haven. This particular neighborhood of New Haven has been listed with the National Register of Historic…

Sustainable classroom

Sustainable design for a new elementary school

By Karin | September 21, 2017

One of our current projects, which we couldn’t be more excited about, is designing a nature-based independent school, called Slate School, on former farmlands in North Haven, Connecticut. The school’s educational philosophy is centered around discovery, curiosity, and nature. We’re no strangers to design for early childhood education with nature as a core principle, with…

Nature-based school

Designing a nature-based school

By Karin | September 19, 2017

Recently, we have been asking ourselves how to design to support the educational philosophy of curiosity and nature-based learning for a new independent elementary school called Slate School. When designing for a school, in particular, it’s essential to strongly adhere to its core principles in order to create the best environment for learning. To this end,…


How to design apartments to wow millennials

By Karin | August 24, 2017

Who are the millennials? We hear the term used often, but what does it really mean? Originally named to designate those who would be graduating high school in 2000, the term now describes people born roughly between 1980 and 2000, which makes millennials today anywhere from 17 to 37 years old. This a large swath…

People in street

What makes a street come to life?

By Karin | August 22, 2017

We have been working on three buildings in historic Norwich, Connecticut, where masonry and stone-faced buildings line a brick-sidewalked street linking City Hall to Main Street. Buildings are 2 to 5 stories high on both sides, hinting at the once bustling city nicknamed the Rose of Connecticut. Historic buildings are difficult to maintain and building…

Traveling Architect – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

By Karin | July 18, 2017

A week away provides inspiration, needed rest and brings this traveler back to her ancestral roots… Lunenburg is a coastal town on the south shore of Nova Scotia, West of Halifax, located in Mahone Bay. Established in 1753, its architectural history has been respected, preserved and maintained. In 1995, Lunenburg was named a UNESCO World…