NEW HAVEN, CT - Pirie Turlington Architects, LLC is now Pirie Associates Architects, LLC.
The firm’s name change and the evolution of its internal structure recognizes the promotion to Associate of seasoned Project Managers Brady Stone and Paul S. Butkus. The timing of the transition aligns with the firm’s 10th year of creating inspiring built environments that enhance the quality of people’s lives and work.
Pirie Associates is a design firm with a portfolio of residential, commercial, institutional, landscape and urban design work. Laura Pirie Turlington, who is now known as Laura Pirie, founded the firm in 2002 and remains its principal.
“For the past 10 years, our firm’s successes have been the result of the varied talents and deep experience each of us bring to projects,” says Pirie. “It is fitting that our firm’s name honors the collaborative way in which we work to craft inspiring and functional environments for our clients.”
Pirie, Stone, and Butkus come from diverse and complementary backgrounds, bringing architecture, construction, landscape, academia, community building and visioning insight, known as InVisioningOut, to the firm and its work. "Environments created by Pirie Associates are designed to encourage those who inhabit them to live more fully, work more authentically, and play more freely; all the while delighting in the process and the unique fit of the solutions," Pirie says. "Design starts with listening. Our firm is known for the way in which we engage clients in the design process as collaborating co-authors, ultimately creating places that are rooted in their aspirations and manifest their intentions.”
While many people approach architects with a particular solution in mind to address their needs, Pirie says the first step is peeling back the pre-conceived solutions and uncovering the needs and desires that good design can fulfill. “We work with our clients to dig beyond the surface to identify the deeper motivations behind the immediate project goals. In this way, we get to the core values, can wrap them together with the larger context of the project, and can derive the best-fit design response. Our clients are often astonished by what their vision is when they see it and feel it, and then later on, when they inhabit it for the first time,” Pirie says.
Pirie Associates brings a wide base of skills to every project, from the sciences of structure, engineering, and chemistry, to design and psychology. According to Stone, “A beautiful building that doesn't function well is no more the answer than a structure that functions but doesn't inspire.”
While working with clients, Pirie Associates shares the ways in which the environments, when done with this level of personalization, can enhance lives. "The result of this approach is that each environment created has its own look and feel, it is at once beautiful and functional, and uniquely suits the needs of its owners, sometimes in ways they didn't even expect,” Butkus says.
Recent commissions which embody these principles include two adaptive re-use projects for Connecticut Landmarks on their most-visited properties; a private hilltop residence - three bars for two collectors; and re-interpretative landscapes for Yale University.
The New Haven firm is a registered Women’s Business Enterprise, is licensed in CT, MA, and NY, and is NCARB certified to practice nationwide. For more information about Pirie Associates Architects, visit www.pirieassociates.com.