Wilson Architects is a Boston based architectural firm that collaborates with clients to strengthen connections between people and spaces. Our mission is to enrich the human experience through design. We enjoy planning and designing for complex programs, providing robust solutions that accommodate a wide variety of uses, and seeing these projects happily occupied. We bring together the people, skill, and commitment to achieve this purpose.


Philosophy

We embrace three components in the successful design of sustainable buildings and spaces that foster human interactions and collaborations: campus, community, and consensus.

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Campus

Buildings are engaged in a dialogue with the past, present and future of a campus. We are guided by strong principles of campus planning when siting and massing buildings. Each building is part of a rich ensemble of built form and pedestrian spaces.

University of Massachusetts Amherst UMass Life Science Laboratories

Community

Our buildings create a strong sense of community. Understanding the subtleties of human interaction allows us to shape spaces that foster collaboration and collegiality. Using transparency and openness our buildings come alive with activity.

Consensus

Consensus

Our projects involve all stakeholders in a sustained consensus-building process. This is a critical skill in settings where every voice matters and a creative, lasting solution is expected.


Sustainable Commitment

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A new era of evidence based design has ushered in projects with verifiable outcomes. We work closely with our clients to carefully account for water, material, and energy impacts in our projects.

Sustainable design is woven throughout our philosophy of campus, community, and consensus. Our projects are an expression of our clients’ cultural values and the unique qualities of their specific place. We are dedicated to advancing learning, scientific exploration, and innovative products through transformative buildings. We design to enhance creativity, to support experimentation, to improve occupant experience and wellness, and to reduce our collective impact on the environment. Sustainable design enriches the human experience within, beside and beyond our buildings.

Wilson Architects is committed to advancing energy efficiency and reducing the impact of climate change. We have signed the AIA 2030 Commitment and are reporting our results to the 2030 Design Data Exchange. Wilson Architects’ projects are more efficient than the average of reported projects in the AIA 2030 Challenge. We attribute our success to our approach, custom-tailoring design strategies to each project’s specific needs, with a focus on reducing the operating energy profile of each building.

Wilson Architects has a strong portfolio of LEED projects. In 2015/2016, 75% of our projects (by GSF) were LEED registered and tracking “silver or better” achievement. Another 15% were “designed to” exceed LEED Silver. WA has 7 LEED Gold certified projects, several more rated Silver, and even more under design and construction.

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