Story Category: News

Embracing Possibilism

“When we refuse to accept the status quo as inevitable and strive to bring about change, we can have a powerful effect in inspiring others to do the same” – Sarah Ichioka + Michael Pawlen This year’s fires, heat waves, floods, and storms have certainly brought a heightened understanding of the devastating effects of climate... Read more »

Designing for People

"Really, we are designing with people, not simply for them.” – Placework Project Manager Liz Nguyen   The heart of designing authentic places is understanding people. At Placework, our team spends a lot of time talking about and designing for building performance and environmental sustainability. But the core of our work is the health and... Read more »

Our First Anniversary

 As we look to the future, we’re thinking about improvement not only within Placework, but how we can drive positive change.   Celebrating B Corps Around the table at Placework we contemplate important questions daily. Bold inquiry is a part of our everyday life, because how can we envision a better future if we aren’t... Read more »

Living Future Accreditation

The course of study which Brian recently undertook is Living Future Accreditation, a professional credential that recognizes proficiency in the world’s most ambitious, advanced, and holistic sustainable design standards. It’s a big thought - a building is not just a mechanical thing, it is a living thing. There were many “aha!” moment’s for Principal Brian... Read more »


Placework co-founder Alyssa Murphy was recognized with AIA New Hampshire's highest honor at their annual awards event, as recently reported in the New England Real Estate Journal:   Kennsington, NH Alyssa Murphy, AIA, of Placework is the winner of the 2022 Clinton Sheerr Award for Excellence in New Hampshire Architecture. The prize was presented by the... Read more »


    This post was written by Maisie Sanderson, a junior at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. She served as the Architectural Intern for Placework during the summer of 2022. This fall I will be a junior in the Wentworth Institute of Technology’s B. S. Architecture program. Wentworth builds practical experience into the curriculum by… Read more »


Just is a nutrition label for socially just and equitable organizations – International Living Future Institute Placework is proud to share the news that we are now one of the 150+ organizations in the world to have received a Just 2.0 label. This voluntary disclosure tool asks organizations to review their practices “through a social... Read more »


Does Placework have the power to drive a global culture shift?  Not alone, surely.  But we have been encouraged lately by becoming part of a movement that does seek to transform the culture of business on a global scale.  Certified B Corporations work toward a future that supports a more just and equitable distribution of... Read more »


We were honored to receive a 2021 Merit Award from AIA New Hampshire for Excellence in Architecture Design for the Madbury Public Library, in Madbury, NH. This project is incredibly special to us as an example of how thoughtful community engagement can culminate in a sustainable building with lasting positive impact. We thank this year’s... Read more »


Alyssa recently published an article in Forum, the magazine of AIA New Hampshire.  To see the article, click here, or read the text as reprinted below. Annually, the embodied carbon of buildings is responsible for 11% of global GHG emissions. The Imperatives outlined by AIA in the 2025 Strategic Plan are bold, visionary, and require the... Read more »