Placework Designs for Libraries

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. Our design ethos supports a positive outcome for both people and the natural world. We help libraries plan for changing social, technological, and ecological requirements, while preserving their role as essential resources to our communities and institutions of learning.  

 Our portfolio of work includes numerous examples of library clients throughout our region. This experience has led to a broader understanding of some of the most common challenges facing libraries today, including lack of space, accessibility issues, budget limitations, and expanding demand for community programming. A recent concept design for the Town of Hampton, NH proposed a collocation of the Town’s Recreation and Library departments, allowing the departments to share resources and providing an efficient, transformative “third place” for local residents. 

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 cannot imagine a partner more compatible with libraries than Placework, or a partner better suited to bridge the gap between town values and library values. I believe that Placework truly understands the mission of libraries and sees exactly where it overlaps with their own.”


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].