Richard Swann received a Masters of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. A member of the American Institute of Architects, he is licensed in both Connecticut and New York, certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and a member of the Institute of Classical Architectural and Art.
Our practice is almost entirely residential; while many examples in the portfolio are new construction, renovation or remodeling constitutes as much as half of our work. We’ve done work from Scarsdale, through Westchester, into Fairfield County and occasionally further afield. In addition to classic single-family residential work, we’ve done everything from market-spec condominiums in New Canaan to high-end multi-family projects on Shippan Point in Stamford, but many projects these days are so-called townhomes close to town centers.
Our design philosophy is inspired by local precedent. As students of vernacular design, we often employ the sheltering informal shingle-style for water-front homes—cedar-shingled roofs sweeping down over porches or verandas—or, where more generous parcels are available—we love the balanced elegance of Georgian Colonials. Many commissions are additions or renovations, where the goal is to make the resulting composition to feel natural, or organic, as if it was always intended to be that way; and this often involves playing off the original architectural style.
That said, in almost all of our projects, we work with our clients to create light-filled, open floorplans that “breathe”, consistent with modern life-styles—the kitchen is often the heart of the house—and these interiors are often “transitional”: clean design, airy and comfortable.