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Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
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Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Transforming an ordinary downtown building into a vibrant destination for families Read more

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back on track back on track

While the economy is starting to rebound, architects need to strategize when it comes to jump-starting their stalled projects. Read more

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wheatland farms log cabin, waterford, va. wheatland farms log cabin, waterford, va.

The jury liked that this sensitive addition to a nearly 200-year-old cabin "grew organically around the original structure." And they felt a contemporary glass catwalk gave the design "that extra oomph." Read more

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How Did Architects Fare During the Downturn? How Did Architects Fare During the Downturn?

In the aftermath of the economic crash, the 10 firms featured in residential architect's January/February 2009 cover story, "Word on the Street," struggled mightily. See how they're doing now. Read more

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chuck swartz, aia, leed ap, and beth reader, aia chuck swartz, aia, leed ap, and beth reader, aia

Reader & Swartz Architects was founded during a recession. “Beth got laid off and I had the brilliant idea of quitting and starting our own firm,” says Chuck Swartz, AIA, LEED AP. Read more

something old, something new
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something old, something new

Architect Griz Dwight, AIA, was doing an adaptive reuse project in the Washington,... Read more

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reader & swartz architects

When Reader & Swartz Architects decided to find new digs for its eight-person staff, it wanted a building that could be a catalyst for redevelopment in an overlooked area of Winchester, Va. Read more

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stud skeleton library, winchester, va. stud skeleton library, winchester, va.

Too many books. That's what prompted this husband-and-wife team of architects to design an inventive shelving arrangement based on the stud system of their late '60s tract house. Read more

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house ocho, carmel, calif. house ocho, carmel, calif.

This simple, elegant staircase plugged into an adjacent retaining wall may seem like an easy detail to pull off, but the opposite is true. Read more

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2004 architects' choice

No one wants to take a chance on a product untested in the real world—not when your clients' good opinion and safety is riding on your spec list. Read more

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