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We're a small design firm in Amherst, MA with a focus on sustainability, ecology and social responsibility.
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TIA Architects provides architectural services for projects of all sizes: renovations and additions, new homes, commercial buildings, and sustainable communities. We also provide generic designs as prototypes. These designs can be customized for individuals according to site conditions, owner needs and budget. In addition to the projects that have been realized, we have developed a variety of noteworthy project proposals.
Our firm also works in conjunction with our non-profit, Nacul Center for Ecological Architecture, Inc., to provide architectural services for other non-profits committed to socially and environmentally responsible work. Architectural interns under staff supervision work on the projects on a volunteer basis. In these cases, TIA receives reduced compensation for completion of construction drawings.
For every project we incorporate the Principles of Ecological Architecture which the non-profit Nacul Center for Ecological Architecture Inc. researches and promotes.
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Imagine: instead of having to pay several thousand dollars a year for oil or gas (non-renewable fossil fuels) and pay the electric company, the electric company pays you. At TIA Architects, we have designed a house that will produce more energy than it needs to sustain itself. It stays warm in winter, cool in summer, and produces its own hot water and electricity on-site.Read more »
Winner of a 1986 Historic Preservation Award in Northampton, Massachusetts, the Gas Works project consisted primarily of a renovation of the “roundhouse” and its annex. The building now boasts a Main Street address, thanks to architect Tullio Inglese who added a bridge connecting the upper level of the Roundhouse to a small park on Main Street, making it more accessible to the public. The materials used to build the bridge were all recycled.Read more »
In the 1990s, Tullio Inglese was asked to investigate the structural integrity of an old mill in Montague, Massachusetts, and to prepare architectural drawings of the existing buildings. The drawings, together with schematic overlays indicating how the spaces could best be used, were the basis by which the developer acquired a construction loan from the local bank.Read more »
Once known as Wesley Chapel, the Nacul Center stands testament to the fact that reusing buildings preserves the historic fabric of a town while breathing new life into old structures. Architect Tullio Inglese and his wife Judith rescued the building from demolition in 1972, purchasing it to serve as their home and studio. Mr. Inglese eventually converted the building into office and studio space, with an art gallery on the lower level.Read more »
The architect dubbed it “the ark,” because he thought the roof, if flipped upside down, would resemble the hull of Noah’s vessel. But Andrea Stone thinks of her Northampton house as a well-insulated circus tent. Eric Goldscheider reports for The Boston Globe.Read more »