Architectural design concepts are similar at most scales. We start by being good listeners, not biased towards a particular style, but open to finding the most appropriate solution for each client’s situation. We stress good bones over fashionable facades, comfort and efficiency over grandeur, and the effect that our buildings have on the people who use them every day over the impressions they may make on a few occasions.

We work to create simple, well-proportioned, coherent spaces that appeal to the senses as well as the psyche. We take into account all the qualities that make a good building: the way it responds to its site; the way its spaces work together; the ways it captures views and light; the way traffic, heat, water and waste flow through it; how its details and materials affect those who use it. We believe that the way a building looks in ten years is more important than whether it is on the cutting edge today, and that good design applied to an ordinary program with a modest budget will yield a result greater than the sum of its parts.

Our recent projects include a big-box retail plaza reuse as a healthcare center; several renovations to house recovery centers; several condo projects, both new construction and renovation, on the East End of Portland; a new house on Thompson Lake; continued work for Hyde School in Bath; and medical, office, and warehouse fit outs.

We continue responsibly steward the Maine environment with our attention to environmental and energy issues. Starting during the oil embargo of the 1970’s, we designed well-insulated passive solar and wood-heated houses and the original active solar-heated headquarters for the Maine Audubon Society in Falmouth.

Forty years later, the objectives are the same and the methods are similar, but there are more tools available. The measure of a good building now includes information on all the materials and construction methods that go into it as well as its energy features. Recent projects include a house heated with geothermal energy; two super-insulated houses designed with ICF (insulated concrete form) technology; and a medical office that sought LEED certification for Commercial Interiors.

Designed by Whipple|Callender Architects