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MLA has a longstanding tradition of expanding the boundaries of conventional architecture practice through theoretical interventions, small-scale investigations, and publications. These explorations allow us to approach design with fresh perspectives and push us to test the limits of form, process, and materials.

Studio North is a week-long intensive building workshop which offers ten college-age students interested in architecture the opportunity to imagine, develop, and construct design solutions. Each session investigates a specific use for the site and responds with the design and construction of a complete prototype structure. All projects share a vocabulary of two-by-four framing members, galvanized metal fasteners, translucent fiberglass, and materials gathered on site.

Contem.plate
Chilmark, MA


A Thoreau cabin for both tranquil repose and the appreciation of license plates.
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Boston Globe, June 2021
Vineyard Gazette, April 2021
Birch Pavilion
Norwich, VT


A chapel for solace, memory, intimate gatherings, and celebrations.
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Architecture Podium International Second Award, 2018
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Design Excellence, 2017
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Small Firm/Small Project, 2017
AIA Vermont Design Honor Award, 2017
Drevo and Stauby (Czech Republic), January 2014
Dwell, January 2014
Consumable Sugar Shack
Norwich, VT


A structure formed from timber walls that are deconstructed during sugaring season to be used as fuel for the making of maple syrup.
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Architecture Podium International Second Award, 2018
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Design Excellence, 2017
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Small Firm/Small Project, 2017
AIA Vermont Design Honor Award, 2017
Drevo and Stauby (Czech Republic),May 2015
Design New England, March/April 2015
Woodland Retreat
Norwich, VT


A 'glamping' campsite amidst towering white pine trees.
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Architecture Podium International Second Award, 2018
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Design Excellence, 2017
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Small Firm/Small Project, 2017
AIA Vermont Design Honor Award, 2017
Drevo and Stauby (Czech Republic),June 2016
Dwell, May 2016
Viewing Structure
Norwich, VT


A moveable room intended to funnel a specific view.
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Architecture Podium International Second Award, 2018
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Design Excellence, 2017
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Small Firm/Small Project, 2017
AIA Vermont Design Honor Award, 2017
Boston Home, September 5 2017
Made for Shade
Vineyard Haven, MA


The rolling structure provides sun protection and a place to rest for farm workers, gleaners and visiting school groups at The Island Grown Initiative on Martha's Vineyard.
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Vineyard Gazette, June 2022
Chicken Chapel
Norwich, VT


A home for a growing flock of barnyard fowl.
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Architecture Podium International Second Award, 2018
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Design Excellence, 2017
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Small Firm/Small Project, 2017
AIA Vermont Design Honor Award, 2017
Country Living, May 21 2017
Dwell, Summer 2014
Drevo and Stauby (Czech Republic), February 2012
Green Source, November 2011
├╝berLAND (Germany), October 2011
Dwell, September 2011
Tool Temple
Vineyard Haven, MA


A multi-purpose shed for tools, plant exchange and gatherings at Community Gardens, The Island Grown Initiative, Martha's Vineyard.

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MV Times, June 2023
Rolling Pigpen
Norwich, VT


An enclosure for pigs that moves throughout the field as the inhabitants both cultivate and fertilize the soil.
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Architecture Podium International Second Award, 2018
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Design Excellence, 2017
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Small Firm/Small Project, 2017
AIA Vermont Design Honor Award, 2017
Archetcetera, August 4, 2013
Architectural Record, July 2013
Pig Progress Magazine, October 31 2012
Residential Architect, September/October 2012
Shift Boston, September 19 2012
Mobile Sauna
Norwich, VT


A portable dressing room and sauna.
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Architecture Podium International Second Award, 2018
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Design Excellence, 2017
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award for Small Firm/Small Project, 2017
AIA Vermont Design Honor Award, 2017