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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 […]

Tree House Brewing’s new facility is taking form, rising from the forested hillside in Charlton, MA. With the aid of a 12-ton crane, the primary steel frame is going up quickly on a clean, well-managed site just south of the Mass Turnpike, seen in this drone shot  from yesterday – November 1, 2016.

Bill and Joan have been abroad, enjoying themselves amidst the grand scenery and ancient traditions of Scotland. Above, St. Andrew’s Cathedral on the River Ness, which links the Beauly and Moray Firths with the famous Loch Ness. Exploring Bill’s ancestral roots necessarily requires a bit of work-related research into the local brew, in this case […]

The Charlton, MA site chosen for Tree House Brewing‘s new production facility and visitor’s center, as it looked on our first visit in November 2015. With The Alchemist ready to throw open the doors on their new brewery in Stowe, VT, Austin Design is delighted to announce that we are well underway with planning for […]

UMASS DESIGN BUILDING TOUR When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 Where: UMASS Amherst Campus Center, followed by tour of Design Building LUs: 2.5 HSW (must attend tour) Members of the team for the Design Building at UMASS, an 87,500-sf mass timber project currently under construction, will share insights regarding the design process and lessons learned to […]

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 […]

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 […]

  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 steel skeleton for The Alchemist’s new craft brewery facility in Stowe, Vermont begins to take shape.   Photo via Ruggco, Inc.

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 […]

  Breweries aren’t the only type of  libation-oriented enterprise which you can (happily) find sprouting up all over New England. Another upstart category on the local food and drink production scene is craft distilleries. The region now boasts over 50 different spirits makers,  with the Green Mountain State leading the way: there are 15 members […]

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 […]

Bill Austin presents the conceptual building design for The Alchemist new brewery and retail center at the Stowe DRB hearing, last Tuesday (06.17.14) at the Stowe Town Hall. Last Tuesday, Austin Design staff Bill Austin, Peter Webster, and Rich Holschuh made the 165-mile trek due northward to Stowe, Vermont. As the architects for The Alchemist […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]