Interview with John Priestley: Rewarding Design, Maine Home + Design, August, 2018

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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