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How Your Architecture Firm Can Help with Community Engagement

Architecture Firm Building Community Engagement

In many cases, it takes more than an excellent design and quality construction for a new-build or renovation project to succeed. Sometimes success hinges on the owner’s ability to obtain funds or secure support from people who will benefit from or be affected by the project. In those instances, a project may require a community…

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Roìa Renovation: How We Highlighted Beautiful Hidden Features

One of our areas of expertise is the careful handling of historic structure rehabilitation projects. Designing spaces that have modern functionality and accessibility but also retain key features that help tell their story is no easy task. It requires research into the building’s history, exploratory demolition in many cases, and a knack for the best way…

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Exploratory Demolition: What Is It and What Does It Uncover?

When you’re talking about a building renovation and you hear the word “demolition,” you probably picture crews wielding crowbars and jackhammers with reckless abandon. Sometimes, however, the initial stage of a renovation project calls for a lighter touch. Exploratory demolition, or partial demolition, is used when there are elements in an existing building that need…

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How Top Trends are Affecting Architecture Today

It’s surprising when I stop and think about the fact that I began working as an architect more than 20 years ago. I’ve seen many changes in my two decades in this profession, including new areas of emphasis like sustainability, and new tools such as 3D printers. Yet it seems that the evolution of architecture…

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Travel and Inspiration: Insights from 7 Architectural Minds

Architecture is an interesting craft in that it relies heavily on both analytical and artistic skill. The former is honed by each project we undertake, and by meticulously checking and rechecking our work. When it comes to the creative side of what we do, nothing is more informative and enlightening than traveling to other parts…

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How Student Feedback Confirmed a School Building Design

If you want to know if a building’s design meets all the important criteria, ask the experts. In the case of a pre-kindergarten building, the experts are the children who play and learn in the space. So, that’s who we consulted on a school building project in southern Connecticut.     Greenwich Academy is an…

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Double Duty: How We Blended Education and Accommodations

One of the great thrills in architecture is when we’re able to create a design that leverages one structure for multiple purposes. We had that opportunity when we were asked to create a unique building for a local independent school. Greenwich Academy is a college preparatory day school for girls. The campus sits on nearly…

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Best of 2011

At the close of the year 2011, we want to thank you, our readers, for reading, for commenting, and hopefully, enjoying! We have compiled our top blogs of the year, based on interest from our newsletter readers and visitors to our site (with the help of our trusty ‘Mad Mimi’ and ‘Google Analytics’). TRAVELING ARCHITECT…

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Elements of Design: Healthcare Facilities

Photos: Architectural Record Healing spaces come in many varieties. We are highlighting 3 recently published examples of healthcare facilities from Warm Springs, Georgia to Portland, Oregon. SMALL (ISH) Designed by architects Stanley, Beaman & Sears, the exterior of The Blanchard Hall Outpatient Center reflects both technological advancements in rehabilitative medicine while remaining true to existing aspects…

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Healing Spaces

FuZion Medical Aesthetic Boutique | Patriquin Architects, New Haven Architectural Services

Here are three medical spaces we have designed, each with its specific setting, its specific needs, its specific solutions. TRITOWN FAMILY PRACTICE Located in a medical condo complex, this space was converted from a radiology group – including large equipment, changing rooms and limited waiting area – to a family practice, with traditional exam rooms…

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