EASTON — Atelier 11 Architecture is celebrating 25 years in business.
With its team of designers and support staff, the firm has completed more than 300 buildings from Maryland and Virginia to Washington, D.C., Delaware, Vermont and Canada.
Atelier 11 was founded in 1994 by the husband-and-wife team of Jon Braithwaite and Lauren Dianich after working in Seattle, Wash., Annapolis, Wilmington, Del., and Salisbury. The couple had traveled extensively in Asia and Europe, and wanted to bring a more worldly outlook to local design.
From the beginning, their commitment to innovative and thoughtful design drove their firm’s growth in residential, commercial and adaptive reuse projects. Their custom residential work has ranged from a 600-square-foot two-story pied a terre in Easton’s historic district to numerous significant waterfront homes and estates.
They thrive on working with diverse clients, from nurses to artists, senators, entrepreneurs and CEOs. Atelier 11’s goal has been to create architecture that lifts the soul and creates ardent and enlivened spaces.
Commercial clients have included the Academy Art Museum, Talbot YMCA, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Talbot County government, Londonderry, Cooke’s Hope (over 36 buildings), Salisbury University, Rise Up Coffee and 14 university projects.
Incorporation of sustainable materials and products was second nature for the firm and led to its formation of the Sustainable Architecture Forum. This forum helped local architects and students share their knowledge of sustainable design before the LEED system existed. Its most notable LEED projects are the former McCords Building, the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, 10 Habitat for Humanity houses and the Evergreen Cove Holistic Learning Center, all of which implemented sustainably certified materials and methods. The firm implemented the first green roof on the Eastern Shore at the Brookletts Center.
Constructing its own studio on a dilapidated site in Easton was the beginning of what is now more than 17 restoration/renovation projects that have transformed that East End neighborhood. Projects include the first three new buildings built in this neighborhood in 20 years, which spurred on development in a formerly overlooked and underused part of town.
Numerous design awards over the past 25 years include four historic restoration projects, including the rehabilitation of the McDaniel House after a devastating fire, the Chez Lafitte renovation and the renovation of the historic Welch House. The firm also received the Talbot Small Business of the Year award in 2002, the Talbot Business Woman of the Year in 2013, the Habitat Business partner of the year in 2013 and Maryland Governor’s Awards in 1996, 2002 and 2013. The firm’s work has been showcased in six regional publications, and its book, “Eco-Logic,” was published in 2014.
Giving back to the community has been a high priority to Atelier 11. The firm has underwritten an average of 350 hours of pro-bono work each year, including design services to for 17 Habitat for Humanity homes, the George Murphy Pool, designs for Rotary projects, and work for Talbot Hospice and arts organizations. Its most recent community project has been the sponsorship of an annual free concert at Thompson Park, opposite its Maryland studio, and designing tiny houses for homeless veterans.
For more information, visit www.atelier11architecture.com.