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 ADi staff designer Helaina Balcanoff has been spearheading our collaboration with Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity on this worthy project. Article by Joshua Solomon, in the Greenfield Recorder, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. After building several homes in Montague the past few years, Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity will begin building its first home in Greenfield in […]

Link to the post by the @HermitageClub on Twitter. This looks very familiar. Austin Design is working on redesigns for new townhome construction by Cameo Builders at Powderhorn Village, at the base of Haystack Mountain, home of The Hermitage Club in Wilmington, Vermont.    

Several ADi staff attended the Conference in White River Junction, VT on Thursday, June 8, 2017.  Organizers have said they had 330 attendees from over 60 communities and 5 states participate this year. Skip to :33 for the Keynote address if you’d like! Video by CATV 8/10 in the Upper Valley.

ADi’s Helaina Balcanoff has been the designer (and more) for a new Habitat home on Smith Street in Greenfield, MA. Way to go Helaina! The Greenfield Recorder ran a story today, excerpted below. Full story here. If you’ve ever dreamed of building your own energy-efficient home but haven’t been able to get financing, a local […]

Editor of the Reformer: In response to a quote published in “Wilmington home still too big for neighbor,” May 8 — “I don’t think that it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever designed or seen but I think it meets the requirements of what they were trying to do.” Architecture, for me, is not something […]

“The term “charette” evolved from a pre-1900 exercise at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France. Architectural students were given a design problem to solve within an allotted time. When that time was up, the students would rush their drawings from the studio to the Ecole in a cart called a charrette. Students often jumped […]

    Several Austin Design staff members joined the Western Massachusetts AIA chapter for a tour of the brand-new UMASS Amherst Design Building on Friday, Feb. 3rd. The 87,200-sf mass timber building, one of the first of its kind in Massachusetts – indeed, among American universities overall – was designed by Leers Weinzapfel and opens […]

It’s official and it’s delightful. It is with great pleasure that Austin Design announces we have opened a new office for our architectural firm in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. You can now find us at 167 Main Street, Suite 302. in addition to our existing headquarters in Colrain, Massachusetts. Of course, there’s method to our madness […]

  It has been a long time since I last wrote about The Idea of Home.  Somehow it is easier to puzzle it out in my head than on paper, so this is an attempt to get back to it: For me, life is very much related to architecture and the mysteries I tackle on […]

This essay by Patrick Kitzmiller, staff designer at Austin Design, kicks off an occasional series featuring the voices and viewpoints here at ADi. As a young architecture student I dreamt of designing homes. They are the first structures that come to mind as we grow, because they are as essential and as a part of […]

The early morning pleasures of walking into the office of a western Massachusetts architectural firm. Mid-October, Colrain, MA.

Wilmington, Vermont: the newly completed Base Lodge at The Hermitage Club, on the slopes of Haystack Mountain. Austin Design has been active in the scenic Deerfield Valley of southern Vermont for a long time. ADi’s architecture and design for a broad variety of applications can be found in this active and flourishing region, from Wilmington […]

Well, we’ve officially connected a few pre-existing dots: Austin Design plus the American Institute of Architects plus Vermont. Of course, ADi has long had an active residential and commercial architecture presence in southern Vermont, now expanding into northern reaches with The Alchemist Brewery. Founder Bill Austin has held an VT architect’s license (#1873) in the Green […]

This kinda sums up the Heady experience. We can vouch for it… Austin Design is very pleased to announce that we have recently partnered with Jen and John Kimmich of The Alchemist, brewers of the world-famous Heady Topper, as architects for their new brewery and retail facility. Coming hard on the heels of our recent […]

OK, it’s time to ruthlessly blend some metaphors. In one or two paragraphs, we’re going to connect our architectural firm and its clients, social responsibility, marketing, social media, and the meaning of life. Tight-lipped Yankees from Massachusetts and Vermont, we are not; well, sometimes. Keep in mind these musings are conceptual only and not suitable […]

The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial by Maya Lin (1982) in Washington, DC Bryan Louisell and Peter Webster from Austin Design travelled to Smith College in Northampton, MA last Tuesday evening to hear Maya Lin deliver the 11th Annual Miller Lecture in Art and Art History. It was a bit of a homecoming for Lin on several counts: […]

Guiding principles can be timely as well as timeless: doing more with less, integrating for efficiency,  embracing appropriate innovation. It’s good to keep one’s finger on the pulse and read the winds of change. Novelty may pass or mature into relevancy – one of these these transitioning technologies has been 3D printing. With the advent […]

Austin Design has just added two more three-dimensional Sketchfab models to our architectural firm’s website: a compact cabin and a full-sized residence. We’re quite pleased to be able to add this brand-new sharing and visualizing resource to our toolbox. Sketchfab’s interactive viewer is a valuable addition to our ability to communicate with our clients and […]

Inspiration is where you find it and Houzz has got it in spades. This fast-growing website is the leading online resource for visually-driven searches in the architectural and interior design fields. It’s like Pinterest on a single-minded mission: it all revolves around building, remodeling, and decorating a home. Reaching beyond Massachusetts, Vermont, and New England […]

From sketches to Sketchfab, architecture has come a long way, and Austin Design is on that ride. In addition to the requisite two-dimensional drawings and blueprints, architects have been long been using models to demonstrate concepts to clients (and themselves) in a visually comprehensible manner. Even the ancient Egyptian pyramid designers used models to show […]

A recent post on the Seattle-based Build LLC blog seems tailor-made to mesh with our own recent initiatives here at Austin Design Inc. (ADi): to consciously embrace and enhance our place on the web. As architects working in Massachusetts, Vermont, and further afield, we find ourselves grounded in the traditions and disciplines of New England, […]

If you build it, they will come. Colrain, Massachusetts notwithstanding, the place to be is the place where everyone can find you – online. Austin Design Inc. has spent the last several months in development of a completely new website – not a renovation or rebuild, but all-new construction from the ground up. The only […]