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Passive House Certification and Our Historic Building

Passive house is a rigorous design standard for energy efficient new or retrofitted buildings. First established in Europe in the late 1980s, the Passive House standard calls for buildings that: Have a continuous insulation envelope with no thermal bridging Are very airtight, with no unintended transfer of air between inside spaces and outside Have high-performance…

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Why Are Architectural Sections Important to Projects?

Every architectural drawing has a purpose. It may explain proportions, show dimensions, or provide details about materials. In this way, an architectural drawing tells a story. And as with any story, the artistry in how it’s told is a major factor in how effective it is. That’s why we put tremendous effort into the drawings…

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How Our Culture and Character Have Led to 10 Successful Years

When looking for an architecture firm, clients always ask about the organization’s work experience and portfolio. Yet the firm’s culture and character is an oft-ignored but equally important aspect in their choice. Inquiries that aren’t explored as often but that can be just as important include: Is there good team chemistry? Do team members “pull…

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Friends Center for Children tour with Solar Youth

Solar Youth field trip to the Friends Center for Children

We hosted Solar Youth to explore the sustainable design features at the Friends Center for Children today. We started at the Friends Center with a walk up the wooden ramp, to the playground areas. We then explored the interior of the building and discussed the many ideas and decisions that go into creating a building…

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Earth Day at Hamden Hall

Karin was invited to review and critique the Earth Day sustainability projects at Hamden Hall Country Day School, an independant school for preschool to grade 12 students, along with architect Peter Coombs from Essex. The assigned project was a school campus with various buildings to be designed and modeled within a few days, incorporating various…

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A Grand Opening at ROÌA!

We are proud to have been a part of an ambitious renovation and restoration project for a brand new restaurant in downtown New Haven, CT. On March 27, 2013, Roìa opened its doors to the public with a choreographed kick-off event that included tastings of the delectables, a jazz ensemble and a ribbon cutting with…

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Washington Walking Tour: Art in the Federal Triangle

Last week, a couple of us from the office  took a train to the AIA Convention, which this year was hosted in Washington, DC. Two and a half days filled with lectures, classes and an architectural materials expo began, for me, with a walking tour of the Federal Triangle.  Armed with a Metro Pass, a…

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Washington’s Early Plans

Three plans: Pierre l’Enfant’s vision for Washington, 1791; the McMillan Commission Plan of 1901; The Federal Triangle (superimposed on McMillan plan) While visiting Washington for the AIA Convention 2012, a group of us toured the Federal Triangle. I became intrigued with the early plans for Washington, and how these were used in the planning of…

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New York High Line

For a very different perspective of Manhattan’s West Side, walk the High Line, a linear park elevated 20 to 30 feet above street level, where freight trains used to run through manufacturing neighborhoods. Currently running from Gansevoort Street in the West Village to 30th Street, it will continue West and North in a loop to the…

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Happy New Year!

Quebec City, 2010. Photo, Angelo Accomando. As 2010 comes to a close we want to thank you for your support. May 2011 bring you balance and harmony, vision and clarity, inspiration and integrity. /   “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an…

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