Maker Space Tour with RSU #39

Leland Caron, principal of Caribou Middle School, at AS220 in Providence, RI, last week as part of our tour of maker spaces, innovation centers, and project-based learning environments. Alan Kuniholm and Chelsea Lipham of PDT and a team from RSU #39 spent the better part of two days visiting schools and talking to educators about…

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Maureen Moran Celebrates 30 years at PDT Architects

PDT celebrated Maureen Moran’s 30th anniversary with the firm on March 17. Maureen, a graduate of Husson University, started her career in 1987 as an administrative assistant and now holds the title of office manager. Co-founder David Webster reminisced they were so impressed with Maureen’s word processing skills at the interview, they hired her right…

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Jordan Stickles Designs His Future

Nineteen-year-old Jordan Stickles, PDT’s winter intern and a sophomore at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, has the enviable distinction of knowing exactly what he wants to do and who he wants to work for. While many interns come to PDT to sample the profession, looking for direction, Jordan has been pursuing a very specific…

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Wood Works Seminar on Mass Timber Construction

Keegan Carmichael and David Webster attended the WoodWorks Seminar on Mass Timber Construction on December 6 and filed this report: Mass timber is best applied as a competitor to concrete construction.  Timber is lighter, offers carbon reductions, and can be erected faster than concrete. The typical weight of mass timber is 34 pounds per linear foot…

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Preparing for an Urban Age: Alex Krieger lecture, October 25, 2016

On Tuesday night at the Portland High School auditorium, Alex Krieger discussed the migration habits of civilizations from cramped urban predefined centers to spacious undeveloped suburbs . . . and back. Krieger is an urban planner with NBBJ, though his work involving city trends, population migration, and local cultures seems more anthropological. A brief history…

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PDT volunteers with the ACE Mentor program

Alyssa Phanitdasack, Matt Pitzer, Keegan Carmichael, and Adam McKinnon of PDT Architects are volunteering with the ACE Mentor Program, an after-school program for high school students interested in the architecture, construction, and engineering fields. The students are exposed to the ACE fields and professions through entertaining and educational activities and firsthand tours of construction sites….

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Getting Down to Business on Climate

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted “Getting Down to Business on Climate: A panel discussion with Senator Angus King” on Friday, June 6 in Portland. Senator King could not predict the outcome of what he expected to be “a helluva fight” in the Senate over new…

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Getting to know you, Brian Curley

Brian Curley, Principal. Birthplace: Syracuse, NY. Years at PDT: 18. Why did you become an architect? I see patterns. In college, I was very interested in languages. Language is all about systems. Words are patterns. Architecture is about systems. A building is a system of codes and patterns. I love the structure of it.

Getting to know you, Shane Dunn

Shane Dunn, Architectural Designer. Birthplace: Augusta, Maine. Years at PDT: 2-1/2. What is the first experience you had that led you to becoming an architect? When I was in high school, a guest speaker came and talked about architecture. I was interested in art, math, and science, and architecture seemed like a good combination of all three.

Getting to know you, Aaron Klein

Aaron Klein, Architectural Designer. Birthplace: Minot, ND. Years at PDT: 7. What is the first experience you had that led you to becoming an architect? I had a summer job in middle school in a cabinetry shop, unless you want to go back further to playing with legos. What is the biggest misconception about architects? That we make a lot of money, and that we don’t understand how to build things.

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