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“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 […]

 The compound ringing the courtyard of Austin Design’s recently completed Miller-Sealy residence in Portland, Oregon, snugly shelters its occupants from last week’s big storm.

Progress photos from Tree House Brewing’s new facility, just getting out of the ground in Charlton, MA – taken in mid-October by Tom Chalmers. The access road is laid out and the foundation nearly complete. The concrete crew is pulling out this week and the primary steel frame begins to arrive onsite next week.

Photographer Michael Penney made a visit to the Northampton Brewery awhile back and we are visually the richer for it. The Brewery has been a long-time client of Austin Design, of course – we’ve done four extensive projects for owner and founder Janet Egelston there over the years. Michael has an ongoing personal photographic project […]

Just add snow. The Hermitage Club Base Lodge, as photographed by Jim Westphalen last winter, with a flurry of flakes courtesy of Adobe.

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

Austin Design’s Patrick Kitzmiller was in South Portland last week for a bar mitzvah and brought back a glowing report of the synagogue which hosted the ceremony. Congregation Bet Ha’am‘s temple just off Main Street has caught the eye of the architectural community and recently made a Huffington Post list as one of 50 “stunning” synagogues […]

Just in: a couple of shots from the interiors at the Blacksmith Shop cottage, part of an ongoing, multi-faceted arts campus project in Guilford, Vermont. Although diminutive in size, these spaces articulate themselves both evocatively and definitively.  #architecture #vermont Photos by client.

 Progress shot from Royal Oak, MD: masonry completed, siding nearly done, cedar roof shingles nearing the ridge!

Drama in Stowe, Vermont: the roof framing takes shape through the morning fog last week.

 The main mass of this farmhouse in Royal Oak, MD on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake was built in 1880. ADi’s Tom Chalmers designed a major renovation update several years ago; this photo shows the residence as it neared substantial completion of that assignment.  Last year, Tom was approached by the owners once again, […]

This just in: some stunning aerial shots of the steel frame for The Alchemist’s new brewery on Cottage Club Road in Stowe, Vermont. These shots were taken by Over and Above Aerial Photography and posted by them on their Facebook page – all credit due!    

A view from the south mowing of the architecturally repurposed blacksmith shop/cottage as it shapes up in July, 2015. Part of a larger arts-oriented project in Guilford, VT, the farm’s collection of utilitarian buildings are finding new creative life in this glorious rural Vermont setting.

A new client, a new setting. Like a jewel… Photo: Google Daniel Lanigan’s Lord Hobo Brewing Company opened this past week. Photo: Boston Herald Tom Chalmers checked on progress for Laconia Street residences in Lexington, MA. Photo: Tom Chalmers Small photo, big plans. Last but not least, Peter pulled home 2 tons of Airstreamed aluminum to […]

Architect Tom Chalmers just returned from checking on construction progress at the Laconia Street project in Lexington, Massachusetts. Consisting of four units in three structures, Austin Design worked with the builder/developers, Bill Eycleshymer and Mike Walsh, to create models that would suit the neighborhood and be affordable to prospective buyers. The homes being built are two […]

 A farmstead’s blacksmith shop finds new life as a high-performance tiny home in Guilford, Vermont. Every now and then, a design/build project comes along which is a special delight. In its concept, its scale, its methodology, and its setting, the reincarnation of this Guilford, Vermont blacksmith shop into a high-efficiency compact home certainly qualifies! With […]

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 […]

Austin Design recently commissioned Jim Westphalen of Westphalen Photography to shoot our recently completed Base Lodge for The Hermitage Club in Wilmington, Vermont’s Deerfield Valley. Jim is an accomplished veteran, with over 25 years behind the lens capturing architectural interiors and exteriors, landscapes, and much more, both for commercial clients and for editorial assignments. A […]

The stunningly-restored interior of the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro, Vermont, host venue for the Strolling of the Heifer’s Slow Living Summit plenary sessions. Austin Design is fortunate to be practicing architecture in a naturally beautiful and artistically-diverse area, right here in western Massachusetts and southern Vermont. Last week, Brattleboro hosted the 13th Annual 2014 edition […]

Austin Design is creating an addition for a highly individualistic family residence in Colrain, Massachusetts; working with our colleague Joan Rockwell of Joan S. Rockwell & Associates, we’re adding a new kitchen, sunroom sitting area, and an adjoining patio. As part of the architectural specifying process, we made a scouting trip this week, to Ashfield […]