Watershed Studio architecture LLC (formerly Design-Build Studio) was founded by Daniel Johnson in 1994 after receiving his Masters of Architecture degree from MIT. The founding mission of the studio was to provide sustainable architecture that is integrated with its context, celebrates the landscape, and makes materials, space and light tangible.

A founding principle of Watershed Studio is a commitment to improving the quality of the built environment through design excellence and community engagement. A rigorous approach to research, analysis and teaching is employed to achieve design recognized for excellence with awards from Vermont AIA. Current community engagement includes firm members being chair of a town planning commission, sitting on organization boards, and involvement in AIA from the member level through presidency of the Vermont Chapter.

Watershed works on a variety of scales and a variety of projects, including institutional, religious, educational, office and clinical, performing arts and waterfront. Members of the studio enjoy collaboration with international architectural firms as much as with talented local tradesmen and have significant construction experience as part of their collective knowledge. It is a Watershed priority to dedicate time in the process to be on-site with clients and contractors to elucidate components of the landscape, context, and construction process.

Collaboration is encouraged as exemplified by the studio’s participation in a 5 firm initiative to research and design 20 – 50 units of affordable green modular housing in VT. Other projects include: the adaptive reuse of a 12,500 SF 1920’s automobile dealership as office/retail, studios, theater production, light industrial space, a Dental Clinic and office building. Institutional work includes: Dartmouth College Waterfront ADA accessibility study coupled with Ledyard Canoe Club Program and Facility assessment, Dartmouth Organic Farm Greenhouse design and construction and the adaptive reuse of a 40,000 SF bakery commercial bakery building in VT. Residential projects include a 950 SF sustainable house in VT, waterfront houses throughout New England, a 1300 sf Net Zero house in MA, a Straw Bale residence and studio in NM and a 17,000 SF residence in NH

The studio is engaged in academic work at several levels from teaching at Yestermorrow Design Build School and Norwich University to being the recipient of a research grant to study the landscapes of the Finish architect Alvar Aalto. This grant continues graduate school research into the relationship between the landscape and the building section. Watershed also has a strong internship program and is currently leading a high school mentoring and design initiative.

The firm’s sustainable experience ranges from collaboration on a LEED Platinum building, residential projects with the highest Energy Star rating (5 Star Plus) to currently completing a Net Zero house (pending verification).

Our practice as well as our efforts on sustainable projects centers on reuse, recycling and use of durable, natural, local or low embodied energy materials.

You can also find more information about our firm at our website: http://www.watershedstudio.us

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