Placework Designs for Education

Our mission is to create transformative design for the
benefit of people and planet.

Our Approach

Placework’s core values prioritize stewardship, curiosity, and co-creation.  We work with schools and universities to envision their future and align design with each institution’s unique priorities. Our design ethos supports a positive outcome for both people and the natural world.

Our campus projects include classrooms, labs, housing, administrative spaces, and athletics facilities. Placework has collaborated with the University of New Hampshire for over ten years, working on 40 projects that include planning studies, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and renovation projects.  A recent project for Saint Anselm College involved the transformation of a former boiler plant into to a flexible learning environment for the school’s Humanities Institute.

We Value Continuous Learning

Our team includes architects who hold LEED Accreditation, Living Future Accreditation (LFA) Regenerative Practitioner, and Certified Passive House Certification (CPHC).  We are guided by our Sustainability Action Plan which extends from our design to internal operations and engagement with our clients and community.

As a Certified B Corporation, we define goals, measure our impact, and work to continually improve practices that support social and environmental justice.

Opportunities to teach and learn from students also inform how we work.

“I’ve found them to always be careful listeners, responding to widely varying needs and demands of different groups, while also bringing fresh ideas and suggestions that make people think a bit differently. Often this results in wonderful new design directions that exceed the original expectations.”


About Us


Placework is an architecture studio located in Portsmouth, NH. Our mission is to create transformative design for the benefit of people and planet. As a Certified B Corporation, Placework has demonstrated the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. To learn more, visit our website at or reach out to us directly at [email protected].