Posts by Karin

What Goes Into the Design of a New Elementary School Campus?

WHAT GOES INTO THE DESIGN OF A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUS?

One of the most important characteristics for young students to possess is curiosity. For one elementary school in North Haven, CT, the notion of exploration is central to its mission: “Slate School cultivates creativity, fosters ingenuity, and inspires a deep passion for lifelong learning and discovery. Slate School’s priority is that each child’s innate and…

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From Design to Construction: How Slate School Was Built

FROM DESIGN TO CONSTRUCTION: HOW SLATE SCHOOL CAME TO BE

Every design and construction project is unique. How well the parties involved address a project’s particularities is a key element in its success. Our work at Slate School in North Haven, Connecticut, is a perfect example of how effective collaboration yields exceptional results. In particular, our interaction  with the construction team helped bring the client’s…

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Case Study: Iterative Design and the Ideal Church Addition

Iterative Design and the Perfect Church Addition

One of the most powerful and engaging approaches to developing plans for a construction project is what is known as “iterative design.” Wikipedia defines it as “a design methodology based on a cyclic process of prototyping, testing, analyzing, and refining a product or process. Based on the results of testing the most recent iteration of…

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The Top 3 Tools We Use for Site Analysis & Feasibility Studies

The Top 3 Tools We Use for Site Analysis Feasibility Studies

Will this site work for our project? What’s the maximum allowable size of our building? How will the interior space be subdivided? These are some of the questions that come immediately to mind for stakeholders who are considering a design and construction project. Needless to say, having accurate answers is crucial to deciding if or…

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A Tour of Passive House Buildings In and Around Boston

Passive House tour

The driving principle of passive house design is simple—to design the most energy efficient building possible, to the benefit of our planet and ourselves. I recently attended the 13th Annual North American Passive House Conference in Boston hosted by Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). On the final day of the conference, I was lucky enough…

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Passive House Design by the Numbers

Passive House sunrise

Whether it’s personal fitness, retirement savings, or protecting the environment, goal setting is a critical first step toward success. I recently attended the 13th Annual North American Passive House Conference in Boston where the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the goals of “passive house” design and construction in helping achieve those objectives were front…

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How Healthy Schools Support Happy Children

sustainable school design

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…

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The Best School Designs Connect Kids with Nature

The Best School Designs Connect Kids with Nature

“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…

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Traveling Architect: Postcards from Paris

Traveling Architect: Postcards from Paris

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.…

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