Priestley + Associates Architecture Projects: Featured Press


Interview with John Priestley: Rewarding Design

Maine Home + Design, August, 2018

Photography: Sean Thomas

John Priestley III, Architect, Rockport, Maine

Q. How do you approach a new project?

A. At its core, designing is simply problem solving. It’s a three-dimensional puzzle with an infinite number of possible solutions, factoring in cost, codes, structure, aesthetics, functionality, and history.

Q. Can you take us through your particular design process?

A. To narrow in on the best design solution, I put a lot of energy into programming. Before putting a line on paper—not a screen, thanks!—I get to know my clients and their inclinations well enough to represent their interests at all levels of the project. Let’s face it, the person who can hire an architect to design their house, say, is most often a successful, worldly, and interesting individual; it is typically a pleasure to collaborate with them.

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Sherman’s Point Perch

May 5, 2018

A finely crafted home that communes with the landscape on Camden’s Sherman’s Point.

Visitors to this cliff-top Camden home will notice a lovely give and take between the property’s dramatic Penobscot Bay views and its most prominent room. Wide bands of water and sky envelop the octagonal windowed living area, making you feel as though you’re perched in a sailor’s lookout. In turn, the glazing divides the seascape into a multi-paneled composition, sharpening your focus on snippets of white-capped waves and the artful slopes of islands looming on the horizon.

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September 25, 2017

Priestley + Associates Architecture has been chosen as a winner of the 2017 Red Diamond Achiever Award! Marvin Integrity windows and doors sponsors this contest. We are thrilled to be winners.

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Grit + Magic: Priestley + Associates Architecture Project Featured in Zest

March-April, 2017

The greatest challenge of this project was also its most rewarding aspect: the immense coordination of dozens of individuals—owners, consultants, craftspeople and design team—to create a carefully wrought, integrated and unique dwelling,” says John Priestley of Priestley + Associates Architecture.

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