We seek out clients who share our goals, who recognize that – regardless of budget – every project is an opportunity to add to the fabric of the city, town, or neighborhood and encourage the health of the community.
|Gilbane Development Company||Leyland Alliance LLC||Town of Barrington|
|The Community Builders||Cornish Associates||Smith Hill CDC|
|MassDevelopment||South County Habitat for Humanity||East Beach Companies LLC|
|Tiverton Public Library||Housing Authority of Newport||State of Rhode Island|
|Quest Montessori School||Town of Jamestown||The Related Companies|
|Church Community Housing Corporation||Churchill & Banks||NOW Communities|
|East Bay Community Development Corporation||The Peregrine Group||North Dartmouth Properties, Inc.|
|Norwalk Housing Authority||S.W.A.P., Inc.||Town of West Warwick|
|Chesapeake Development||Stellar Development Co.||Preservation of Affordable Housing|
|Women’s Development Corporation||Hanson Development Group||Port Ludlow Associates|
May 5, 2017
“Keeping History Above Water examines short-term, mid-term, and long-term solutions for low-lying neighborhoods that could be achieved through a combination of policy changes, design standards, sensitive architectural intervention, and innovative engineering. Using both The Point and a recently acquired historic house as case studies, the plan explores small- to large-scale interventions that harness civil engineering in the service of placemaking.”
January 11, 2017
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“The modern library is about so much more than books and the new Tiverton Public Library is the embodiment of that concept. The bright, 24,000 square-foot space makes room not only for the requisite stacks, but several community spaces, a cafe, children’s and teen libraries and exterior public courtyard spaces as well. “It is designed as the primary meeting place and neighborhood focal point for this growing community of 17,000 people,” Union Studio told our jury, which found the space to be a “very well-developed concept” with a fresh, approachable feel that brought together “traditional details with edgy layers.”
September 1, 2016
“By carefully working through these various and competing objectives, the architect was able to create a community that feels unusually attuned to its site. The cottages contribute to a vibrant, sociable neighborhood by presenting their best façade inward toward the neighboring homes, while the main living spaces are oriented to the water.”
September 1, 2016
“Heritage Sands consists of 63 modular vacation cottages that combine classic Cape Cod architecture, hurricane-code construction, energy-efficient systems, and the community fabric that has defined Cape Cod cottage colonies for almost a century. The Chapin model stands out for its smart use of space in a small footprint.”
June 21, 2016
“Designed by Union Studio Architects, the building is harmonious with the community and recalls the classic simplicity of the original Essex Library. The interior reflects a flexible, modern and data-rich 21st century community gathering place. The new library is located in a mixed-use neighborhood that includes homes, two schools, public ballfields and commercial enterprises.”
December 7, 2015
Heritage Sands was named “Best Residential Development in the Americas” at the final International Property Awards Summit in London on Dec. 7, 2015. Judged against a strict set of criteria, Heritage Sands competed against thousands of the best properties in the world to win the title of “Best in the Americas.” The International Property Awards are the world’s largest, most prestigious, and widely recognized property awards program. In total, this year the awards received 2000 entries from 110 countries. A panel of over 70 experts from across the globe, chaired by two active members of the House of Lords, judged entries based on innovation and sustainability.
October 9, 2015
Cape Cod’s first new oceanfront co-age community in more than 50 years was recognized for professional excellence by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB) at its annual gala Oct. 9, winning four coveted PRISM Awards. The awards recognize the finest projects and outstanding achievements of builders, developers, project owners, architects, land planners, interior designers, remodelers, and other professionals in the home building industry. Honored as a trailblazer in coastal co-age development, Heritage Sands took home awards for “Best Land Planning” (Gold), “Best Detached Home under 2,500 sf” (Gold), and “Best Multi-Unit for Sale Community: Detached Homes” (Silver).
Juror’s commented “This home packs a lot of punch in less than 2,000 sf. The colors and materials of this beautifully designed cottage home fits perfectly in its woodland surroundings…Carefully thought out main floor master plan flows incredibly well and feels very spacious. The white and grey color palette provides an elegant overall feel and the main living spaces provide excellent views of the water. This home delivers a ‘custom’ feel in a small package.”
Grow Smart RI cited the North Cove Landing residential neighborhood as “a great example of how a suburban community can encourage and support development of affordable rental homes, using a traditional village neighborhood design…The neighborhood makes good use of existing infrastructure and is conveniently located near stores, amenities, employment opportunities and mass transit.”
Presented at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 5th, 2014, the National Association of Home Builders’ Best in American Living Awards “spotlight the most creative and innovative builders, remodelers, architects, developers, land planners and interior designers in the nation.” Concord Riveralk, a clustered eco-community in West Concord, MA, was selected from all category entries of projects located across the country for one of NAHB’s highest honors: Community of the Year. According to the NAHB, “These winners showcase exceptional design characteristics and stood out among all of the entries this year.”
Riverwalk has been selected as the national “Project of the Year” while also receiving the “Platinum Award” in the New Community category at the 2014 Professional Builder Design Awards. Jurors commented that “each piece of this project is well thought out and appealing, from the shared spaces to the interior details.” Winners will be featured in the November 2014 issue of Professional Builder.
Recognized by Builder Magazine in their 2014 Builder’s Choice / Custom Home Design Awards as the national Project of the Year, jurors commented that “Few pocket neighborhoods hit their targets as swiftly—or succinctly—as Concord Riverwalk. Our judges elevated it to Project of the Year because it redevelops an empty suburban tract less than a mile from town and public transit, repurposes two existing historic houses, and creates an appealing, pedestrian-friendly community…Our jury praised the iconic cottage forms, whose low eave lines, second floors tucked under steep pitched roofs, and small front porches ‘feel like a Monopoly set.’ Riverwalk’s civic-minded density resonated with the municipality as a model that works without changing the proverbial tree-lined street and character of the town.”
The 2014 AIA New England Awards were juried by Susan Szenasy, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis Magazine, Joan Blumenfeld, Interior Design Leader at Perkins+Will, NY, Peter Wang, Principal at Gensler, NY, and Lance Jay Brown President of the AIA New York Chapter.
Presented at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 5th, 2014, the National Association of Home Builders’ Best in American Living Awards “spotlight the most creative and innovative builders, remodelers, architects, developers, land planners and interior designers in the nation.” Concord Riveralk, a clustered eco-community in West Concord, MA, was selected from projects across the country for the highest honor in the category of “green community.”
The Providence Preservation Society noted “Nestled between the Bridgham-Arch-Wilson Streets Historic District and the Trinity Square Historic District, SWAP, Inc.’s Trinity Place development transformed an abandoned property into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly commercial hub. Working very closely with Union Studio Architecture & Community Design, the project team used National Register of Historic Places documentation for the surrounding historic districts to determine what neighborhood characteristics should be included in the new development.
Trinity Place is located at the convergence of three diverse and architecturally significant city neighborhoods: West End, Upper South Providence and Elmwood. The three-building development includes a four-story building with ground-floor commercial units, a three-story apartment building, and 11 homeownership townhouses. In the site plan, Union Studio carefully organized the commercial component along Elmwood Avenue and the residential fabric along Arch and Bridgham Streets to be in keeping with the established uses and patterns of the area.”
On December 5th, 2013 the American Institute of Architects, Rhode Island Chapter selected Union Studio’s Master Plan for the Newburyport Waterfront as a Merit Award winner in the Urban Design/Urban Planning category. Juror’s commented “We thought that this project did a great job of telling its story through clear illustration, a quality that is crucial to ensuring if an urban plan is to come to fruition. It plays down the necessary existence of a waterfront parking lot and weaves the site into the town’s urban fabric. It deals strongly with the edge conditions, both street-side and along the waterfront, while creating through-views and gateway opportunities. The jury felt that ‘this is a project that should happen, and we hope this award will help it in that process.'”
Grow Smart RI notes, “The Sweetbriar community, developed by the East Bay Community Development Corporation, demonstrates the importance of good design in earning community support for affordable housing. The development consists of 23 freestanding buildings with 47 affordable rental units that are affordable to households earning 50% to 60% of area median income. Located on the site of the former West Barrington Middle School, Sweetbriar creates a very livable neighborhood for its residents and offers the convenience of public transit access to a variety of destinations, including a grocery store. Once a target of intense community opposition, Sweetbriar’s attractively designed and well cared for homes have won approval from many former nay-sayers.”
The American Institute of Architects’ Rhode Island Chapter honored Concord Riverwalk for the project’s focus on sustainable design. Jurors commented, “Less is truly more. Inspired by the Not So Big House philosophy, these homes exemplify an inspired way of life where quality, not quantity rule the day.”
“All three have won their share of design awards,” said Denise Dersin, Editor-in-Chief of Builder Magazine, “but those accolades are just a byproduct of what really counts—that they strive to deliver not only beautiful and timeless design, but also a better quality of life for their homes’ residents and positive additions to their communities at large.”
Winners of the Society for Marketing Services 35th Annual National Marketing Communications Awards were announced at SMPS’ 2012 “Build Business” conference in San Francisco, CA. Jurors commented that the rebrand from Donald Powers Architects to Union Studio was “intentional and well thought out” and that “attention was paid to every detail.” They also noted that “the tying of the new brand to the perceived firm culture is palpable.” Graphic Design: Bob Troutman, Highland Standard. Read more…
The Providence Preservation Society honored this extensive neighborhood revitalization project, noting “for nearly two years, the Smith Hill Community Development Corporation and Rhode Island Housing have been working to transform foreclosed and vacant properties into vibrant, safe, healthy homes that maintain the historic character of the Smith Hill neighborhood as part of ‘Visions II’.”
On December 16th, 2011 the American Planning Association, Massachusetts Chapter selected Concord Riverwalk for a planning award “honoring a specific project of unusually high merit.”
This award, received by the Town of East Greenwich, recognized Cottages on Greene as a “neighborhood plan, program, or design that demonstrates innovative planning principles and measures that create sustainable neighborhoods that have lasting value.”
Sandywoods Farm was selected for a national Multifamily Executive award by a jury consisting of the magazine’s editors, and industry leaders from multifamily organizations including the National Multi Housing Council, Simon Properties, Bozzuto Management Co., Woodfield Investments and KTGY Group. The “Best Re-Use of Land” category recognized three projects from across the U.S. that successfully repositioned land for multifamily use and/or a project developed with specific attention to environmental issues.
Every year, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) facilitates an awards program to recognize the very best in New Urbanist design. Winning projects are recognized for their excellence in fulfilling and advancing the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, which defines the essential qualities of walkable, sustainable places from the scale of the region down to the block and building.
Commentary: “The big takeaway here isn’t so much the site plan (which was designed around a preapproved road layout that couldn’t be changed), but rather the nine (and counting) ingenious little plans, each of which comes with a handful of elevation options. Small, economical, and smart, they are replicable prototypes that could fit in just about anywhere.”
Commentary: “…a unique, sustainable, development concept combining agricultural uses, the arts, open space preservation and housing choices.”
Awarded in the category “Best Single-Family Detached Home 1,801 to 2,400 sf.” The awards are based on submissions from builders, architects, developers, land planners, and interior designers from across the country, and the winners were selected by a national roster of judges.
The “Timmy Awards” honor outstanding real estate projects that involve rehabilitation of older, historic buildings using the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit, based on overall design and quality, interpretation and respect of historic elements, innovative approach to construction and use of building materials, impact on the community, financial and market success, and sustainability of the project.
Sandywoods Farm received an award from CNU New England during the chapter’s annual conference, held at the end of March in Lowell, Massachusetts. DPA used regional vernacular elements to design the 73-unit community, which is to include market-rate housing, artists’ affordable cooperative housing, common open space, and a small mixed-use crossroads where agricultural goods and artists’ products can be sold. The plan incorporates active agricultural land, much of it permanently protected.
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