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Next Phase Studios Architects is a collaborative design firm providing full design services for architecture and interiors. We work as an experienced, integrated team and use a dynamic, problem solving approach. As both individuals, and studio members, we strive for a very high level of expertise and effectiveness. This method leads to creative, sustainable, innovative design and well managed Project Delivery.

Our team structure allows us to execute a complex range of projects of a diverse type, budget, and size.  Next Phase Studios provides project leadership and actively engages a full team of professional engineers, construction & costs consultants, landscape and lighting designers, and required specialists to collaborate with the client & builder from concept through construction and occupation. At the core of this approach is a design process that fully involves the client and adds value in the realization of architecture and its place in the built environment.

The results of our work incorporate the diverse experiences and contributions by all the team members involved in the creative or design process.  This inclusive approach allows us to excel, for example, in the fields of Integrated Design, Sustainability and Building Performance. A creative process is always an integrated one within a Collaborative Team. In the context of our work, and brought into focus by each project, known principles and approaches are constantly questioned and interrogated through new methodologies and disciplined design.

In terms of architectural design, we prefer the unusual to the usual, or put another way, we tend to introduce the ‘usual’ in an unusual way. We see the experiential component of architecture, the composition of space and light, as being free and supportive of the social aspects.  This leads to what we call human friendly or ‘Humanistic’ Design. We believe that such an approach can introduce a certain lightness and simplicity to architecture resulting in well received projects.

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Recently completed and published::

Finalist; Top ten in Environments for Aging Fall 2013 Remodel & Renovate Issue - Competition: Jury Comments "Limited budget, but still achieved LEED Gold certification - Addition connecting new with existing was done in an interesting way, lots of light and connection to outdoors."

Winner of the 5th Annual Preservation Award in Newton, Massachusetts for the addition/renovation to a 1953 Paul Rudolph designed single-family home.

Greenfield Community College Greenhouse - An energy neutral greenhouse and science facility with extensive integrated renewable and solar energy systems as a teaching and research demonstration project. The highly insulated envelope and strategically glazed structure uses its form and shell to dramatically reduce energy consumption while balancing plant growth and performance.

Cambridge Housing Authority - Jefferson Park Apartments, Cambridge, MA.
Building envelope and roof upgrades, solar readiness and new energy efficient mechanical systems for seven buildings are currently under construction.

On the Drawing Board::

Restaurant: Locavore Restaurant - Fit-out and Design - Cambridge, MA

Residence: New Construction - Chestnut Hill, MA

Residence: New Construction - Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston Public Facilities Department (PFD) - Repairs and Renovations at Engine 5 & 54: East Boston/Long Island, Boston Harbor, MA

Engine 5 - Roof and Masonry Repairs - East Boston, MA

Engine 54 - Roof, Windows and Building Repairs - Long Island, MA

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) - House Doctor Program for Repairs and Renovations at Various Local Housing Authorities: Braintree/Plymouth/Whitman

Braintree Housing Authority - Roof and Building Envelope

Plymouth Housing Authority, Standish/Olmstead Family Development - ADA Conversion: Standish/Olmstead Family Development

Whitman Housing Authority - ADA Bathroom Renovations

Cambridge Housing Authority, Aberdeen Avenue - Renovation of Bathrooms, ADA & Finishes Upgrades

From the Construction Site::

Plymouth Housing Authority, Standish/Olmstead Family Development - Three bedroom residence duplex: ADA Conversion

Cambridge Housing Authority, Woodbridge Street - Victorian Congregate Housing for Adults with Special Needs (DMH): Renovation of Roof, Exterior Facade Restoration & Energy Efficiency Upgrades.


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[Selected Projects]: Brigham and Women's Primary Care Clinic, Jamaica Plain, MA + Greenfield Community College Greenhouse, Greenfield, MA + Mount Pleasant Home, Boston, MA + Harvard Allston Science Complex, Boston, MA + Buchheim Museum, Bernried, Germany + St. Benno High School, Dresden, Germany

[Additional Projects]: Putterham Branch Library, Brookline, MA + Solomon-Schector Day School, Newton, MA + CBR Institute for Biomedical Research, Boston, MA


[Selected Projects]: Hannaford Brothers Grocery Store, Augusta, ME + Guangzhou Convention Center, Guangzhou, China + Genzyme Center, Cambridge, MA + Highpoint Wind Turbine Study, Cambridge, MA + Office Layout & Furniture Design, Cambridge, MA

[Additional Projects]: Baushar Commercial Building, Oman + Sanofi Pharmaceutical, Cambridge, MA + Brigham and Women's Hospital, New Primary Care Clinic, Boston, MA + Green Street Office, Jamaica Plain, MA + MAG Motor Turbines, Worcester, MA + Robert Allen Contract Fabrics, Mansfield, MA + Broad St. Mill Complex, Hudson, MA + Mt. Pleasant Golf Course, Lowell, MA + Neustra Culinary Ventures Kitchen Incubator, Boston, MA


[Selected Projects]: Mount Pleasant Home, Boston, MA + Burroughs Street Condos, Jamaica Plain, MA + The Clarence, Mixed-use, Kingston, Ontario + Parkside Village, Jamaica Plain, MA + Nuestra Commidad Healthy Home, Roxbury, MA + Distillery Redevelopment, South Boston, MA

[Additional Projects]: Cambridge Housing Authority - Jefferson Park Apartments, Cambridge, MA + Dickinson Building, Fitchburg, MA + DND Housing, City of Boston + 227 Harvard Street, Boston, MA


[Selected Projects]: Gallery House, Chestnut Hill, MA + Chestnut Place, Jamaica Plain, MA + Spooner Road, Chestnut Hill, MA + John Andrews Loft, Jamaica Plain, MA + Sterns Street House, Cambridge, MA + Alveston Residence, Jamaica Plain, MA + Essex Road Residence, Chestnut Hill, MA + 26 Arbutus Residence + Arborview Residence + Deering Road, Modular Triple-Decker + Gatehouse Road Residence, Chestnut Hill, MA + Meadowbrook Residence, Wellesley, MA + Tom Nevers Head, Nantucket, MA + Ludlow Residence, Jamaica Plain, MA + Ahern Residence, Chestnut Hill, MA + Freeman Residence, Newton, MA + Framer Road Residence, Wellesley, MA

Complete Project List


[Selected Projects]: North Point: Parcel N, Boston, MA + Solar Village, Hadley, MA + BRA/E+ Book End House, Roslindale, MA + River Douglas Bridge, UK + New York City Bike Rack, NY + Harbor Island Pavilion, Boston, MA + Parachute Pavilion, Coney Island, NY + Sunrise Park, Charlottesville, VA + Golf Tower, Lima, Peru + CT Science Center, Hartford, CT + Radebeul Church, Dresden, Germany

Urban Projects ::

[Selected Projects]: Beijing Gui River Creative Zone + Harvard Allston Science Complex Planning, Boston, MA + De "Levenda Dam", Amsterdam, Netherlands + City Sculpture, Hannover, Germany

[Additional Projects]: Fenway Urban Village, Boston, MA


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Current Staff::

Rick Ames + Martin Werminghausen + Minqu Deng + Greg Smith + Keith Campbell + Andrew Todd Marcus + Christoph Gervais + DiAnn Mroszczak + Garrison Piers-Gamble + Amy Brassard


Behnisch Architekten
[Behnisch Architekten is a renowned architectural firm located in Stuttgart, Germany.]

Bartenbach LichtLabor
[Leading authority in daylighting and optimized artificial light for all aspects of the built environment]

Fore Solutions
Long-term integrated design and LEED consultancy led by Gunnar Hubbard]

[A progressive climate engineer providing innovative design services for award winning projects]

Michael Singer Studio
[Michael Singer, Artist and Environmental/Landscape Designer]


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Mount Pleasant Home, Jamaica Plain, MA::
Environments for Aging, Fall, 2013 Remodel & Renovation Issue, Page 46

Hannaford Supermarkets, Augusta, ME::
Building Stone Magazine, Fall, 2011 Pages 42-47

Interview with Rick Ames::
Green Building & Design Magazine, Nov/Dec, 2011 Page 20

Mount Pleasant Home - Jamaica Plain Gazette, July 22, 2011

Gallery House, Chestnut Hill, MA::
Boston Globe, Lifestyle, House & Home, October 31, 2010

Next Phase Studios designs a modern contemporary home in Chestnut Hill that connects to air, nature and daylight.

New York City Bike Rack Competition::
WNYC, New York, NY, October 01, 2008

Next Phase Studios' design entry, "Cable Rack" was selected as one of 10 finalists of the City Rack Design Competition. The design competition drew 200 participants from 24 states and 26 nations. Next Phase Studio's design prototype was exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

The Clarence Mixed-use Development::
Featured in Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture, by Kiel Moe, 2007
"The book presents 28 case studies that are robust examples of what too often and too easily is described as 'sustainable architecture.' As the book demonstrates, integrated design inevitably means a variety of things to various practices. However, regardless of their impetus, each practice develops productive confluences between energy strategies, construction, and architectural form.

Hannaford Supermarkets::
Maine Government News , ME, September 19, 2007

"AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci joined Augusta Mayor Roger Katz and Hannaford CEO Ron Hodge today to unveil a proposal for a new Platinum-certified LEED supermarket at the site of the former Cony High School. The store would be the first Platinum-certified LEED supermarket in the world and the first green supermarket in the State of Maine, according to Hannaford."

Genzyme Center::
Boston Globe - Editorial Section
Boston Globe - Real Estate Section

Boston Magazine

North Point - Parcel "N"::
Boston Globe - Business Section


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Address: Next Phase Studios, 344 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Telephone: 617.375.9300

Fax: 617.375.9398


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