Powerful Tools for the Design of Sustainable Early Childhood Centers

At Patriquin Architects, the sustainability of the buildings we design is a top priority. Working within budgetary constraints, site parameters, and specific client goals, we strive to incorporate sustainable strategies as much as possible.   In early childhood center projects, we’re even more careful about indoor air quality, natural daylighting, and views to the outdoors,…

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How We Create Great Designs for Early Childhood Education

Designing facilities that meet the unique needs of young children and the educators responsible for their care and teaching requires attention to a few key elements. For example, there should be plenty of informal learning spaces, certain elements of the design need to be scaled appropriately for children, and consideration needs to be given to…

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Learn About Helpful Funding Sources for Historic Building Renovations 

If you own a historic building and are considering improving it, you should keep in mind that there are funds available for the renovation, restoration, or rehabilitation of these types of structures. The Secretary of the Interior maintains separate “standards” documents for the different types of work performed on historic properties, but our team can…

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How to Create Successful Master Plans for Early Childhood Facilities

Master planning in any environment has its challenges. When it’s done within the broader context of an academic campus, a high degree of coordination with the institution’s existing plans, processes, and goals is essential.   Our firm recently undertook a project for a new facility called the Neighborhood Preschool on the campus of Wesleyan University.…

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How Traveling to a New Locale Can Inspire New Analytical Skills

It is important to travel – at a young age and throughout our lives. Travel can be local or can be distant, as long as the journey helps take us away from our daily patterns. Our family recently went to New Mexico (I have written about this locale before). From there, we drove to Breckenridge,…

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Patriquin Architects’ Favorite Local Designs

As summer begins and the world starts to open up again, we thought it would be fun to ask our team what are some of their favorite local spots or designs throughout Connecticut. We hope this blog post will inspire people to get out there and explore new places! Aurora Within architecture and architecture school…

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Tools of the Trade: Physical Model-Making

There are many ways to help a client visualize the architectural design we’re developing for them, from initial hand-drawn sketches to highly precise CAD drawings. But because we all live in a three-dimensional world, there is nothing quite like a physical model to bring a design to life. And, of course, we all played with…

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Welcome to the Team, Aurora Perreault!

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to our new summer intern, Aurora Perreault! Aurora is an architecture student at University of Hartford, is President of the NOMAS chapter there, and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+  community. Read our Q&A below to get to know Aurora and discover her insights on architecture,…

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