The Best Master Plans Leverage Member Input. Here’s Why.

Master planning is a complex process, particularly when planners and architects develop a plan covering multiple sites. At Patriquin Architects, we’ve found that it’s essential to engage staff, other site users, and visitors and get their input on how they envision the optimal environment. Collaborating with Connecticut Chapter of Girls Scouts of America Our team…

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Adaptive Reuse: How We Bring New Life to Historic Buildings

Patriquin Architects is located in Connecticut—a state with a large number of historic buildings that were constructed anywhere between the 1600s and the 1950s to serve as housing, manufacturing facilities, or other uses. Some of our favorite projects fall under the category of “adaptive reuse,” whereby we modernize a historic structure to suit a new…

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Renderings vs. Reality: How to Reconcile Vision and Viability

Being able to visualize how a new or remodeled space will look is essential to establishing the guiding vision for a design project and ultimately creating a design that meets the client’s needs. However, as every experienced architect knows, flexibility is key during the construction phase.   It is common for conditions to arise that…

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Celebrating 10 Years and a Diverse Design Portfolio

At Patriquin Architects, we’re celebrating our tenth anniversary as a firm! While we’re constantly grateful for our wonderful clients, it feels especially appropriate at this moment to reflect on the diverse design portfolio we’ve developed over the last decade, and to appreciate the stakeholders who have entrusted us with their projects. Collaborating with a Wide…

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Technology and Remote Collaboration: An Interview with Paolo Campos

Our team is now five months into working from home, and we have found ourselves able to adapt in surprising ways. We had a recent conversation with Paolo Campos, Associate Principal at Patriquin Architects, about changes to collaboration and technology use during remote work. See below for excerpts from the conversation, and video clip demonstrations…

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How to Visualize the Process of Architectural Design

Effective collaboration is the key to translating a design “problem” or “challenge” into a formalized plan for building or renovating a structure. In order for a project to meet all of its objectives, everyone involved must be able to visualize the design parameters, understand the design task at hand, and compare design solutions in terms…

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Historic New London CT School to Become Supportive Housing

Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore, CFO of The Connection, Inc (TCI), presided over a gathering yesterday to celebrate the beginning of construction on an affordable/supportive housing project in New London, Connecticut. The Diocese of Norwich designated TCI to develop the former St. Mary’s Star of the Sea parochial school into new housing. CSH was an early funder of…

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Breaking Ground on Housing in New London

New London – A groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday officially launched at $7.1 million project to rehab a former Catholic school into 20 units of affordable housing. Saint Mary Star of the Sea School, located at 16 Huntington St., was built in 1892. The K-8 school graduated its last class in 2012 with six students. Addressing a…

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St Mary school to be transformed into affordable housing

New London – St. Mary Star of the Sea School closed its doors at the end of the school year in 2012, a move that some considered traffic but necessary because of declining enrollment and mounting financial hurdles. Now, the former Roman Catholic elementary school that educated scores of students in grades 1 through 8…

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