Designing and constructing a home is a complex process. My goal is to make it less complicated while infusing your project with strong idea-driven modern design thinking. The process of designing a home isn’t about any one person or thing. It’s not about me, the architect, nor is it about a builder, a place, or a single idea. It’s about an innumerable collection of things – all centered about you. Architects are trained to analyze the myriad constraints facing you as you begin the home design process and formulate solutions that marry art + engineering into a cohesive whole. There are a great many architects that can probably solve your problem – why choose 30X40?
Careful listening, thoughtful analysis
Your project should reflect your priorities and accordingly my design process begins by listening – to you, to your site, to your existing home, your budget, your tastes and lifestyle. I catalog your habits and preferences, your likes and dislikes. Doing this means my design solutions are based on these factors, not my ego. I do ask that you care about design, that you’re open to new ideas and novel solutions. Discovering the right solution is what makes practicing architecture so rewarding for me. I enjoy the process of working through problems. Arriving with preconceptions – while normal – can subvert this natural process of discovery. An investment in new thinking and exploration of different ideas makes for a more enjoyable collaboration and ultimately, a more thoughtful home. Throughout design I nurture an open dialogue and design is always a part of our discussions.
Idea-driven design solutions
I believe that good design always begins with an idea. This reference point or narrative is something we’ll refer to throughout the design and construction process. A narrative brings the project to life and gives it a reason for being while informing our decision-making moving forward. This is what I bring to your project – idea driven design thinking – because this is how I work. 30X40’s projects are always reflective our individual client’s needs and desires, but also of larger architectural ideas. These are the ingredients in the recipe for architecture. Design is but one component, ensuring that our design is translated into built-form is another essential part of the process.
I view both design and construction as a collaborative process. Your project will be a reflection of this collaboration – between us, the builder, the subcontractors and all the trades we’ll call upon throughout design + construction. Collaborations establish ownership + investment in the project, which I’ve found always results in a better building and an easier, less stressful process for everyone. I care deeply about the design process and I’m invested in making the built-world an authentic and beautiful place, and recognize that it takes many people to make a work of architecture possible. I work with Contractors and Craftspeople who care about the creation of a well-built home as much as I do.
I’d welcome the opportunity to work with you + begin crafting the story of your project together… let’s talk…
I also offer architectural consulting services. If you’d just like informal feedback on an idea, help defining the scope of a project, or establishing a budget, defining the program, selecting materials or systems, performing a site or lot analysis, or you’d like an expert to weigh in on your design project at whatever stage you happen to be at. Use this page to book your appointment.
Thirty by Forty Design Workshop was established in June of 2013 in a home I designed overlooking Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. In 2016, we completed a LongStudio which complements the Longhouse and served as a full-scale model of our design principles and the latest building science. This is the home for 30X40.
My studio is centrally located on the island, close to Bar Harbor, Somesville, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont but practice throughout the United States. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island in 1996. Since then I’ve practiced architecture at a variety of scales throughout the Northeast. After completing my registration exams and receiving my license, I moved to Maine in 2001 with my wife where I was fortunate enough to find work with a firm whose focus on design and attention to detail allowed me to partner on award winning residential design projects (see my CV for publications and awards I’ve received along the way, you may already be familiar with some of my work).
I have a strong interest in modern, regionalist design, using local materials and familiar forms juxtaposed against modern, open floor plans and minimalist detailing. My work celebrates humble materials, subtle contrasts + finely crafted details.
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Best of Houzz 2015 – Design + Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2014 – Client Satisfaction
Honor Award North American Wood Design Awards 2013
Grand Award Custom Home + Builder’s Choice Design Awards 2013
Design Excellence Citation AIA New England Design Awards 2012
People’s Choice Award AIA New England 2012
Honor Award AIA Maine Design Awards 2012
Merit Award Residential + Garden Design Boston Society of Landscape Architects, 2011
Design Excellence Citation AIA New England Design Awards 2005
Roger Williams Thesis Merit Citation, 1996
AIA Merit Award, 1995
Architect + Entrepreneur Vol. 2 – ArchDaily Book Review, February 8, 2016
Less is More Fine Homebuilding, February 2016
Architect + Entrepreneur (Vol. 2) – 30X40 Design Workshop Press, December 2015
EntreArchitect Interview November 2015 – “Field Guide Series”
The New Small House Taunton Press – October 2015
EntreArchitect Interview October 2015 – “Field Guide Series”
Design Manifestos: Modelo Interview – October 2015 | 30X40 Design Workshop
Kitbashing Section Cut – September 2015
EntreArchitect Interview September 2015 – “Field Guide Series”
Archipreneur Interview June 2015
ArchDaily May 2015
Archipreneur May 2015
The Edge: Eric Reinholdt Novedge Blog
6 Critical Lessons EntreArchitect.com
Architect + Entrepreneur April 2015
The Unofficial Guide to Houzz.com, 30X40 Design Workshop Press, 2014
Design Workshop Architecture Columnist + Professional Contributor | Houzz.com (2013 – Present)
Small Salt Pond Cottage Cabin Life – May 2014
How To: Man Made DIY – April 2014
Easy Organizing Apartment Therapy – April 2014
Materialicious.com ‘Longhouse in Maine’ – April 2010
Houses of Maine, Princeton Architectural Press, 2013
Maine Home + Design December 2012
Residential Architect October/November 2012
Maine Home + Design ‘Design Distinction’ – June 2012
Design New England ‘Three Part Harmony’ – May/June 2012
Residential Architect ‘Prepackaged Modern Houses’ – July 2009
Design New England ‘Off the Rack Architecture’ – July/August 2009
Maine Home + Design ‘Traditional Heart, Modern Touch’ – November/December 2008
Maine Home + Design ‘Soft-Edge Modern’ – April 2007
Design New England ‘Modern in Maine’ – November/December 2006
The Face of Home, Jeremiah Eck, 2006
Portland Magazine ‘Blue Thrill’ – Summer 2006
Residential Architect ‘Settling In’ – July 2006