BELIEVING: COLLABORATING FOR CARE

In any thriving organization, there are always things going on that are motivated by the passions of the employees that may not become wholly evident to management until they reach a critical mass [...]

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ARTFUL RE-PURPOSE, EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

MCMULLEN MUSEUM OF ART, BOSTON COLLEGE 2016 INTRODUCTION Those of you that are regular readers will know that one of themes that came through in the blog in my history of the firm was [...]

WHAT PARENTING A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD TAUGHT ME ABOUT MANAGEMENT

In my architectural education and experience, there was a minimal amount of management training on the way to running a firm. You have to observe and gradually learn these skills on [...]

USING PERCEPTION TO CREATE VALUE IN YOUR HOUSING PROJECTS

I took a perception class in college thinking that understanding how people saw things could be useful in architecture. The class turned out to be a lot about how the eye [...]

DELIVERING QUALITY DESIGN THROUGH DESIGN/BUILD

We know that good design is not limited by the project delivery system; it has been delivered under many different scenarios including Design/Bid/Build, CM, CM at Risk, Bridging and Design/Build. Quality [...]

MISUNDERSTOOD MODERNISM

THE MAURAN HOUSE, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND 1974 A week ago Sunday, The Boston Globe real estate section Address, featured as “Home of the Week” the Mauran House, an early house designed [...]

WHEN ZERO IS THE GOAL

NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND STUDENT SERVICES BUILDING, DANVERS, MA 2012 Designing buildings which generate renewable energy equal to the amount being consumed by the building is an example [...]

THE BUSINESS OF DYING

LAKEWOOD MAUSOLEUM, LAKEWOOD CEMETERY, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 2008 “Ed, are you interested in a project to design a mausoleum?” asks Craig Halvorson, the noted landscape architect. “You know, Craig, we have never [...]

EICHLER HIGH-RISE?

THE ELEMENT, DALLAS, TEXAS 2005-2008 Those of you who know something about architecture will recognize that this week’s title represents something of a challenging dichotomy.  Joseph Eichler was a developer of [...]

ARCHITECTURE WITH CARE

THE LEONARD FLORENCE CENTER FOR LIVING, CHELSEA, MA 2005-2010 In preparing this week’s blog post, my partner, Diane Dooley, forwarded me a recent article from The Atlantic entitled “Building Better Nursing Homes”.  [...]

DESIGN/BUILD/DELIVER

THE GABLES, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, DURHAM, NH 2004-2006 While still in high school, I started a residential design/build business with two shop teachers. I would design projects during the [...]

“BRING ME SOMETHING I HAVEN’T SEEN BEFORE”

LOFT 23, CAMBRIDGE, MA 2003-2005 With those words, Ron Ratner, President of the Forest City Residential Group got up and left a conceptual design meeting that we were having about this [...]

LAW AND ARCHITECTURAL ORDER

PEABODY & BROWN/NIXON PEABODY, BOSTON, MA 2004 If you have been following this blog regularly, you have probably learned that relationships are pretty important to the success of a practice. This [...]

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HOUSE OF CORRECTION

STONELEIGH CONDOMINIUMS, DEDHAM, MA 1999-2003 Regular readers of the blog might be lead to believe by this week’s title that I am going to tell you that DiMella Shaffer has yet [...]

THE BEST JOB WE DIDN’T GET

EDGEHILL BY MARRIOTT, STAMFORD, CT 1994-1998 When times get tough, you often convince yourself to chase projects that you are not well suited for or any job that is out there [...]

REFRESHING AT THE WATER’S EDGE

THE WATER’S EDGE, WESTBROOK, CONNECTICUT 1984-1990 An unobstructed ocean view, private beach access, and a convenient location were all critical amenities in a plan to convert an aging waterfront resort into [...]

A COUPLE OF MULLIGANS

IPSWICH COUNTRY CLUB, IPSWICH, MA 1986 In golf, a mulligan is a shot that is replayed from the location of the previous stroke without penalty, due to an errant shot made on the previous attempt. [...]

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

TERADYNE CONNECTION SYSTEMS, NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE 1979 By the late seventies, computers were increasing their role in all aspects of the economy. Companies in and serving the tech industry were growing. [...]

DOMESTIC HOSPITALITY

HOTEL PEVERO, COSTA SMERALDA, SARDINIA 1973-1979 The vision to purchase 35 miles of uninhabited coastline in Sardinia and develop a sustainable resort in the early 1960s belonged to the Aga Khan [...]

WHITE PLANES, BIG ROOFS, BLUE WATER

THREE HOUSES BY THE WATER: THE BAILEY HOUSE, THE ALEXANDER HOUSE & THE TREGURTHA HOUSE As previous posts have illustrated, the scope and diversity of the firm's work grew as partners [...]

FROM A to ZOO

FRANKLIN PARK ZOO, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 1972-1989 Often, when asked to describe the breadth of the firm’s work, I will use a project type relevant to the person inquiring and bracket the other end with the [...]

“REDUCING THE CHATTER”

THE VILLAGE AT LOON MOUNTAIN, Loon Mountain, New Hampshire 1973-1987 In 1966, snow skiing started on Loon Mountain, the brainchild of Sherman Adams, President Eisenhower’s Chief of Staff who was famous [...]

“HOW PLEASANT IT IS FOR BROTHERS TO DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY”

WILDE LAKE INTERFAITH CENTER, COLUMBIA, MD 1970 This project is one that I did not know a lot about before starting research for the blog.  Frank DiMella suggested that I take [...]

A TOWN FOR LEARNING

NEW HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE, MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE 1970-1981 It is hard to imagine that an eight year old architecture firm would be given the chance to design a whole college campus from [...]

FROM DORMITORY TO RESIDENCE HALL

LINSLEY HALL, FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY, FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS 1970 I met with Glenn Cochrane, Associate Dean of Students, Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct at Framingham State University in mid-December 2014. [...]

MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TOGETHER

ADDITION TO THE LONGY SCHOOL OF MUSIC, CAMBRIDGE, MA 1965-1970 Those of us who work on higher education campuses know that it is very rare for a 1960’s-era building to actually [...]

PART WRIGHT, PART SWISS FARMHOUSE, PART BAUHAUS

HUYGENS HOUSE, WAYLAND, MA 1962 As we learned last week from Alan Chapman’s account of The Rivers School, the commission was won on the condition that Alan and Rem move to [...]

INTRODUCTION

Remmert Huygens, FAIA (1932-2008), founding partner of our originating firm, is the connecting thread in our firm’s history.  He first teamed with Alan Chapman, who then connected him with The Architects Collaborative (TAC) colleague Anthony Tappé, which [...]

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