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Living Future Accreditation

The course of study which Brian recently undertook is Living Future Accreditation, a professional credential that recognizes proficiency in the world’s most ambitious, advanced, and holistic sustainable design standards. It’s a big thought - a building is not just a mechanical thing, it is a living thing. There were many “aha!” moment’s for Principal Brian... Read more »

PODCAST INSPIRATION

“We know for certain is that when we refuse to accept the status quo as inevitable and strive to bring about change, we can have a powerful effect in inspiring others to do the same.” – Sarah Ichioka + Michael Pawlyn Do you turn to podcasts to be riveted by true crime, learn new things,... Read more »

CLINTON SHEERR AWARD

Placework co-founder Alyssa Murphy was recognized with AIA New Hampshire's highest honor at their annual awards event, as recently reported in the New England Real Estate Journal:   Kennsington, NH Alyssa Murphy, AIA, of Placework is the winner of the 2022 Clinton Sheerr Award for Excellence in New Hampshire Architecture. The prize was presented by the... Read more »

A FIRST INTERNSHIP

    This post was written by Maisie Sanderson, a junior at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. She served as the Architectural Intern for Placework during the summer of 2022. This fall I will be a junior in the Wentworth Institute of Technology’s B. S. Architecture program. Wentworth builds practical experience into the curriculum by… Read more »

DESIGN JUSTICE

“Justice can be an outcome; it can also be an intentional process that leads to an intended outcome” -AIA Justice in the Built Environment     The past several weeks our team has been gathering weekly to talk about how the concept of justice intersects with our work. The basis of our discussion was a... Read more »

MUNICIPAL CLIMATE ACTION PLANS

A good climate action plan is not just a laundry list of regulations; it should help cities and towns advance the goals for development, health, equity, resiliency, and job creation while preparing for the impacts of climate change. Many NH seacoast municipalities are currently developing Climate Action Plans. In Portsmouth, a group of residents that... Read more »

ON THE ROAD TO B CORP

Does Placework have the power to drive a global culture shift?  Not alone, surely.  But we have been encouraged lately by becoming part of a movement that does seek to transform the culture of business on a global scale.  Certified B Corporations work toward a future that supports a more just and equitable distribution of... Read more »

AIANH MERIT AWARD

We were honored to receive a 2021 Merit Award from AIA New Hampshire for Excellence in Architecture Design for the Madbury Public Library, in Madbury, NH. This project is incredibly special to us as an example of how thoughtful community engagement can culminate in a sustainable building with lasting positive impact. We thank this year’s... Read more »

THE CARBON IMPERATIVE

Alyssa recently published an article in Forum, the magazine of AIA New Hampshire.  To see the article, click here, or read the text as reprinted below. Annually, the embodied carbon of buildings is responsible for 11% of global GHG emissions. The Imperatives outlined by AIA in the 2025 Strategic Plan are bold, visionary, and require the... Read more »

A NEW VISION

Last month the US Senate passed H.R. 3684 - Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the “INVEST in America Act.”  As architects that advocate for progressive planning that supports environmental and equitable communities, we see this bill – which will hopefully soon become law - as a major step forward.  It is progress... Read more »