We have built an idea-driven practice whose work is inspired by place, culture, and history.
We take an alchemical approach to architecture, striving to transform the ordinary into the exceptional, and employing common materials towards uncommon ends.
It is an architecture firmly rooted in the lessons of the modern movement but often clothed in contextual or cultural allusions. We use historical vernacular forms in search of meaningful symbols, imagery and experience. To fuse contradictions we perceive as intrinsic to the American context and psyche, we manipulate and implement a wide range of architectural vocabulary.
As a result, our work conforms to no labels. It is neither excessively academic nor relentlessly rational. Our images are intended to express a dreamlike yet familiar quality, where objects and scale may be slightly skewed and suggestively distorted. We combine conformist and subversive elements, engendering an interplay between order and upheaval. We endeavor to create primal, transcendent images that emerge from a collective consciousness, our shared mythical memories and recollections of our childhood. We do not confront the American landscape but rather build within it an architecture that acknowledges the complex connection of myths from which it has always been constructed.
Our architecture is grounded in both objective and subjective needs of our clients, giving birth to architectural concepts that celebrate the idiosyncratic potential of each project. Client dreams, memories, and fantasies provide the raw material from which each building concept is forged. We ultimately judge our work on the feelings it evokes.
Sustainability is a core value of our firm. We recycle, not just trash but buildings too!
The historic preservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings is a central focus of our practice. We have revitalized over a million square feet of previously abandoned buildings into uses such as museums, colleges, corporate headquarters, and homes. We take an alchemical approach to the revitalization of industrial buildings celebrating the raw character, textures and weathered patina of the original structure. We love the opportunity to breathe new life into derelict shells in ways that honor the history, and speak of renewal.
Our award winning design of a new wing of Stepping Stones Children’s Museum was the first LEED GOLD building in the region that has as its mission to teach sustainability to the next generation.
In 2015 we received top honors from The American Institute of Architects for the design of a zero energy home on the environmentally sensitive Connecticut coast that harnesses its energy from natural sources and has a very light footprint on the land.
To respond to the individual nature of each project we take a concept oriented approach to the design process.
The concept is distilled to its essence, just a few words, such that it can inform the design at all scales, from massing, to materials, to details. The consistency of the concept is evident in the finished product. It imbues even small details and simple materials with meaning, thus making the mundane memorable. The intended result is an architecture that is cohesive, innovative, contextual, in which the smallest details embrace and reinforce the underlying project goals. Cultural, site, and contextual influences are carefully considered in this search. Our goal is to endow our architecture with energy, meaning, emotion, and intention.
Bruce Beinfield FAIA, Founding Principal
Andrew Bartolotta AIA, Principal
Mark Goodwin AIA, Principal
Seelan Pather Leed AP, Principal
James Wassell, Director of Design
Cristian Gonzalez, Jr. Architect
Colin Grotheer, Associate
Vivie Lee LEED AP, Senior Consultant
Jonathan Velasquez, Jr. Architect
Carol Matyia Ross, Interior Stylist and Acquisitions