“I am always more interested in what I am about to do than what I have already done.”

Rachel Carson

Placework Moves Organizations Forward

Although we are experts in building design, we also produce planning studies and strategies for better resource management, adapting to growth or change, or to inform decisions about future projects. Our clients share our commitment to the triple bottom line – environmental, social, and financial – and trust us to help them through decision-making processes that will affect their organizations for years to come.

We Do More Than Design Buildings

Whether you’re ready to embark on a building project or looking to make an effective plan for physical resources in the long term, Placework will meet you where you are.


We work with municipalities, schools, and private institutions to help them align physical space with their unique strategic goals. We help our clients to develop project budgets, timelines and support them in identifying sources of funding.

This work may include:

  • Campus master planning
  • Existing conditions assessment
  • Defining a building program
  • Interior space planning
  • Developing conceptual plans and renderings to articulate a vision and support fund-raising
  • Creating project phasing plans to create a roadmap toward completion over time

Architectural Design

We provide full architectural services, from pre-design and planning through construction administration.  Our approach to design is based on the human experience; we create places that foster community connections and individual engagement.  We work with our clients to define a vision, develop the design through the choice of responsible materials and systems, and create thorough, accurate documents that support a smooth construction process.  We work closely with construction managers and contractors to ensure the realization of our clients’ vision.

We provide life-cycle analysis and energy modelling for all of our projects and support third-party certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (LEED), International Living Future Institute, and other programs.

We Work Collaboratively

We believe in the power of design to address problems. To truly understand our clients’ challenges, we engage by questioning and listening first, sharing our knowledge and inspirations, and then collaboratively moving toward an elegant solution. Strong partnerships with engineers, landscape architects, builders, and project-specific consultants allow us to assemble teams uniquely suited to each project and leverage cross-disciplinary expertise.