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Wilderness Lodge – Maine Mass Timber Design Competition

As a "peak bagger" and frequent guest of the AMC huts in the White Mountains, I could not resist entering a design competition for a new Lodge in the Maine Wilderness, especially since one of the requirements was to utilize Mass Timber products.  FACD invited...

Just Big Enough – Green Housing for ALL – Competition Submission

Our firm loves entering competitions!  This is the first of 3 completed in a 12-month period in 2017/2018.  Competitions challenge us in ways that are quite different than our typical projects.  In this submission, we collaborated with Wright Builders, Powerhouse...

Ravens’ Roost Cohousing

Ravens' Roost Cohousing Community is the most unique cooperative housing project that we have worked on to date.  It includes an interior street to connect residents to the common house as well as many northern climate considerations to capture as much winter sun as...

Senior Cohousing in Brazil

Recently, I was tapped to be the keynote speaker for a one-day forum in Sao Paulo on housing for seniors! It helps to have a somewhat unique expertise – Cohousing.  While there may be one hundred and fifty or so built cohousing communities in the US, Brazil is just...

Sao Paulo Brazil

On a recent trip to Sao Paulo Brazil, a city of chronic traffic jams, I was introduced to old and new solutions that engage people in outdoor and indoor activity. Initially, I was shuffled by my host in his private car between meetings, a forum on senior housing (at...

The Elphie

As an architect, visiting a city like Hamburg, Germany requires very little pre-planning.  Simply walking the streets is a feast for me.  I knew I wanted to see the Elbphilharmonie, (the new Hamburg Philharmonic Hall), but I enjoyed the plaza underneath it more, and...

Fratelli’s Ristorante Italiano

Have you eaten at Fratelli’s Ristorante Italiano yet? Owners Joe Bowman and Brian Covel completely transformed a dismal basement commercial space into a beautiful, casual, fine dining destination. Fitch Architecture and Community Design enjoyed helping Joe and Brian...

Tiny House on the Move!

If you are going to help in the design of a tiny house, it is a good idea to stay involved through the initial drive (when the house is pulled off the construction site on its trailer) and possibly subsequent moves.   This past weekend,  I did just that!  My son's...

Indulging in my Cohousing Habit!

 (Photograph is Germantown Commons, Nashville, TN. Architecture by good friend Bryan Bowen) Being a "cohousing architect" Is especially rewarding during the bi-annual conference hosted by the Cohousing Association of The US (CohoUS). It's fun to share some of the...