We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings in June of 2011. Today Bild Architecture celebrates our five year anniversary. Bild has completed commercial projects from a small public works garage to an ice arena. Residential projects from single family homes to multi-family condominiums and apartment buildings. Some of our most prized projects include the Marquis Lofts condominiums, Bedside Manor Alzheimer’s Care Facility, 109 Main Street Gorham and most recently our work with the Salvation Army. Our single most valued accomplishment over the past five years has been the relationships we have built with our clients.
Written by Eric Wittman
“If you follow your passion, you’ll never make a bad decision.”
This might just be the single best advice I’ve ever received and it’s been at the root of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It’s what led me to change course and study architecture, it helped me see the positive effects design can have on a community and it’s what led me Portland, Maine to work at bild architecture.
Junior year of college found me growing frustrated with my major. I had spent three years studying architectural engineering and with every triple integral I attempted to solve I realized this was not the major for me. During this same time, I had also become friends with a group of architecture students. I would listen intently as they described what “studio” was like and I grew envious about what they were studying and creating in their classes. It didn’t take long to realize my passion for buildings was in the design and not the engineering of them. Knowing full well it would add four more years of classes; I made the switch into Architecture and it was one of the best decisions of my life.
Fall of 2005, I was entering my fourth year of Architecture school, learning about good design and its positive effects on communities when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. My professor organized a group of students to help clean up and rebuild a house and museum in the lower ninth ward. Wanting to see firsthand how design can help a community and following my passion, I joined the group. The whole experience was incredibly humbling. I witnessed how bad design can ruin a community, especially when politics are involved. I met and became friends with people who had their homes, offices, churches and schools, the very things I was learning to design, swept away. As bad as this all was I also saw the compassion people can have for each other. People reaching out to care for strangers and help them put a roof over their head. We helped a family rebuild their house, which led to an entire community rebuilding. The decision to go to New Orleans created one of the most memorable and educational experiences in my life.
Following my passion is also what led me to Maine. My fiancée took a job in Portland and naturally I wanted to join her. As nervous as I was to leave my hometown, friends and family, I knew as long as I was following my passion to be with her, I’d be fine. That being said, I still needed to find a job. Thankfully I found bild architecture, a firm incredibly passionate about helping their community in a variety of ways. After talking with them, it was an easy decision to decide to work at the firm. I’m extremely excited to join the team at bild and look forward to making my new home a better place with the projects designed in this office.
Excitement builds for the arrival of Fork Food Labs in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood. Check out this MaineBiz Article.
This Portland Press Herald article recently covered Bild’s newest project at 273 Congress Street.
Bild has been hard at work on the East End Lofts, a condo conversion and retail space at the top of Portland’s historic India Street neighborhood. Bild is pleased to be working with Clean and Simple Living’s Kevin Dwyer and Scott Pearce, as well as Tom Landry and the team at Benchmark Residential and Investment Real Estate.
If you are interested in a Loft take a look at East End Lofts’ website.
Written By: Audra Wrigley
Responsibility has been a theme that has resonated with me throughout my career. Responsibility provides structure and organization in a world full of chaos. In terms of architecture, responsibility provides an ethical standard to which I feel that I must hold my designs. My moral responsibilities have manifested themselves many times in my career, but have never fully culminated in the way they have while working at Bild Architecture.
In simple terms, an architect is responsible for designing safe and healthy spaces for all occupants; however, occupant comfort often becomes an afterthought or gets value engineered out of a project all together. Although it is unrealistic to design a space that is comfortable for every single occupant who will use the space, I believe that it is still the responsibly of the designer to approach each design with a little extra empathy, compassion, and foresight for the end user. This belief began for me while I was developing my Master’s thesis titled “Healing through Architecture: Rethinking Mental Healthcare Environments”. My studies regarding the topic of occupant comfort and the impact that one’s built environment has on mood and healing are well matched with Bild’s work on life-long design projects catering to the elderly, as well as projects focusing on the mentally ill and disabled.
While architecture plays an integral role on an individual level, there is a growing global responsibility for architects. With the threat of climate change infringing on our planet, energy efficiency and resiliency are two factors that architects must understand and embrace. In order to better understand the delicate relationship between the architectural building envelope and the mechanical systems housed within, I decided to spend a year and a half working for an engineering firm before coming to Bild Architecture. This experience left me with a crucial, big-picture comprehension of the importance that architects will have in the future preservation of our resources and natural ecosystems reaching well beyond the confines of just the built environment.
Lastly, Architects are responsible on a community level. This realization came during college, where I focused my studies on urban planning, and was recently reinforced when I attended a local conference a couple of weeks ago, titled “The Challenge of Change: Are we Loving Portland to Death?”. Many topics such as land development, immigration, affordable housing, homeless populations, and political distrust were discussed, and while most of these issues cannot be fixed through design alone, architecture still has a significant impact when attempting to solve these issues. Architecture has the incredible ability to shape society through subtle nuances and subliminal messages, shaping how space, neighborhoods, or cities are utilized and perceived.
All of these responsibilities of varying scales: individual, global, and community, are the reason why I am working towards becoming a registered architect. I cannot think of a better place to apply my responsibilities than with Evan and Sasha at Bild Architecture. Together we will work towards providing thoughtful, ethical, and empathetic designs for future generations, the city of Portland, the state of Maine, and the world.
Bild is pleased to announce our receipt to the Small Business Administration’s 2015 Micro Enterprise of the Year for Maine and New England. We are honored to receive such an award. A big thank you goes out to June User and Jim Gove of Bangor Savings Bank for the nomination. The Bangor Daily News wrote a great article about Bild. Check it out Here.
These conceptual renderings provided by Bild will help our client, Neil Spillane, in fundraising efforts to make Forq Food Lab a reality. We LOVE the idea of a shared commercial kitchen and tasting room and what it could do to support Portland’s thriving food culture. Check out what Neil Spillane has to say about Forq.
Pecha Kucha Portland kicked off the 2015 year with a presentation series dedicated to “Design in your City.” Evan presented on the Marquis Lofts and how the public process played a role in the design evolution. Take a look at Evan’s 20X20 presentation here:
Bild Architecture is pleased to announce our newest project: The Marquis Lofts. This 6 unit condo complex sits high atop Portland’s desirable Munjoy Hill. The design is contemporary, featuring breathtaking views, and a chic modern interior layout. At just 900 sq. ft. these units align perfectly with homeowners who inspire to downsize and live more simply, while enjoying all of the wonderful activities Portland, Maine has to offer.
The Marquis Lofts, at 33 Lafayette Street Portland, Maine, are marketed by Benchmark Real Estate. Photos, prices, developer’s comments, and information on Portland Maine can be found in this informational brochure created by Benchmark.
Written By: Jesse Patkus
Dance floors and drafting tables: My journey into the field of Architecture
For years and years all I wanted to do was dance. For me, learning to dance was like a puzzle. A competitive puzzle. A way to express myself while fulfilling a need for physical activity. Bboyin, or “breakdancing” as it is commonly referred to, was the love of my life. From the time I was a teenager with professional aspirations, to the weekly open practice sessions that I continue to host for kids who share the same dreams that I once did, dance has been a constant. I spent countless hours on the dance floor in search of something. To be understood. To express an idea or an emotion and have others understand the idea and validate the feelings that drove it was intoxicating. For me dancing was about communication. It was about sharing parts of myself with others and learning everything I could about them. It was a language!
Fast forward ten years and I find myself on a different yet somehow familiar path. I have an opportunity to work at Bild Architecture while pursuing my degree in architecture from The University of Maine at Augusta. This opportunity has proven to be a wonderful experience. I have learned in a short amount of time that architecture is its own unique language. Architecture can have a profound impact on a community and the people who live in it. It can support activities that bring about positive change. And like dance, it can create an understanding of complex ideas.
While I admittedly still long for a time when I could dance with the reckless abandon that only youth can endure, I am extremely excited for the future and the passion I feel for architecture. I look forward to growing with Bild Architecture and learning to help others communicate their ideas through the built environment.