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Priestley + Associates Architecture is a full service architectural practice. With emphasis on exceptional design, our firm’s portfolio encompasses institutional, commercial, rehabilitation, multi-family, and premier quality residential projects. Our work is represented liberally along the coast of Maine, the Boston metropolitan area, in numerous other states, and in publications. John Priestley has been a principal in practice since 1992.

Our office has developed a belief in a team approach, whereby the best projects are the result of client, architect, contractor, and consultants working together toward a common end. Each team member contributes unique interests and capabilities to the project. Each individual constructing the building is encouraged to demonstrate his or her craft. The architect in this arrangement is a facilitator as well as a designer; as such, a great deal of our time is devoted to communication.

The individuals of P+A have experience in designing a broad variety of structures, from large urban buildings to modest residential structures. We are an office of four, three of whom are architects, with affiliations connecting us to outside associates for working on larger projects. Our projects have won professional and municipal awards for design merit, but equally rewarding to us are the favorable comments they have received from individuals living in the community. Our portfolio demonstrates our affinity for New England’s regional styles, historically sensitive work, traditional forms and materials, and buildings that fit their context.

As designers, we advocate the use of time-tested materials combined with current building technologies for a given application; we feel this practice yields our clients the greatest return on their investment. During the design and detailing of a building, we strive for longevity both of the structure and of its aesthetic. We feel each project in our studio has an individual identity – site, program, budget, and especially the owner’s expectations. We frequently look to historical precedents for inspiration. To us, the most successful designs appear to have a timeless quality and connectedness to their surroundings.

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