Who we are

Who we are

WE ARE A BOUTIQUE FIRM in Northern New England catering to people looking for high quality buildings with great space, in beautiful places. We value relationships and the skills of people.  We love new materials, great writing, and music that moves us.  We look at simple things from all angles, to see them new. We are experts in finding patterns in challenging programs, and giving them beauty.  We are inventors because everyone is unique. We use light like a paint brush to bring warmth to our spaces, and amplify the colors of materials and their textures. We are technical and understand that details matter.  We are organizers, because it takes a team of people to make high performance buildings that last. We are writers, using the prose of Architecture to enhance your story.

EDUCATION. Lehigh University- Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Architecture. University of Washington- Master of Architecture

RESIDENCE LOCATIONS. We all are influenced by the people and places in our lives. Residing in different regions of the U.S. has impacted the design of our buildings to both take advantage of, and buffer the effects of climate, topography and culture in our daily acts. Here is a simple chronology of those travels: Saratoga Springs, NY start. Bethlehem, PA 1989-1993. Baltimore, MD 1993-1994. Seattle, WA 1994-1997. Raleigh, NC 1997-2002. Maine 2002-present.

FIRM.  I have worked in other firms in Baltimore, Maryland, and Raleigh, North Carolina before beginning my own residential design firm in Maine in 2002 as a sole proprietor. We transitioned to Delano Architecture, LLC in 2015 and have added Eric Philbrook, as an Associate in 2016 to improve our process for achieving higher quality design.  We are always looking for interesting people with challenging projects in beautiful places to make great space.  Our goal with each project is to create living environments that enhance the client’s enjoyment of the natural world. We do that with a careful understanding of the surrounding site, a careful tracking of the sun through each season, a deep understanding of the owner’s “wish list” for the project, and a strict choreography of the materials of buildings.

As of January 2014, I was hired as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Maine in Augusta, where I teach a fifth level design studio every Spring in their BArch program.

Inspiration

Without light, all color is lost. Without smell, our palette for enjoying food is dulled.  When we are cold, the romance of an evening is lost.

The following disciplines are other mediums of art. Each of them relates closely to Architecture and works in concert with it, to give us a greater understanding and enjoyment of the world.

  • Photography: great photographs capture the spirit of their subject, harnessing shadow, composition, texture, luminosity, contrast and focus, to alter a simple scene into something powerful.
  • Poetry is the craft of placing words together to articulate beauty or distill the essence of an idea. Every word has a flavor in meaning, tempo, and annunciation. It is the sum of each of these flavors that helps boost our appreciation of ordinary things to an improved understanding. 
  • Craft: There are many people who can put a building together. There are far fewer, however that are true craftsmen. When you witness someone with a passion for shaping the materials of their trade, and an open mindedness for exploring it beyond where they’ve been, it may be time to just take a seat… and watch.
  • Painting: The painter, Cezanne is famous for painting the world with emotion, rather than straight realism. He is a master of his craft. Yet, he felt it a better use of his medium to convey the underlying emotion or mood of his subjects. This style of painting calls upon an incredible skill of observation and representation to extract the spirit from his subjects and then to distill that spirit in paint.
  • Music: The layering of distinct sounds or rhythms, carefully organized to form a composition, is the process for creating music. When all the layers combine with symphonic results, the resulting music becomes a single piece, far greater in effect than the individual layers. Moreover, the effect of this piece has the power to move our spirit, inserting a mood or flavor into an otherwise bland situation.