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Placemaking begins with the creation of a dynamic center that supports a diversity of uses, activities, and exchanges. It is envisioned as a place where people freely and openly congregate to enjoy a moment together. This communal gathering space is not qualified by a narrow nor simple definition and it is not limited to private or civic property, or even exterior as opposed to interior use. Perhaps, the most appropriate categorization for the quality of this space is “Public Realm”.  We will explore the origins and characteristics that create a successful public realm through the imagery of 2+U in Seattle, Washington. 

The Architecture Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor program seeks first to give all students an entry point into the art and science of the construction world. The chance to work directly with industry professionals gives students a unique opportunity to approach a real-world design problem and the tools to use it to explore potential careers in the AEC Industry. 


We are excited to welcome to the Pickard Chilton team Sofia Zavala, Yuhao Wu, Mary Le, Madison Seip and Dhyan Sharma. We invite you to read the following perspectives on their personal design interests, first impressions and experiences working in our New Haven studio.

The thoughtful integration of art creates an additive and experiential quality to our built environment.   A great work of art is emotive and memorable - establishing a meaningful connection between individual and place. 


The Art of Collaboration, authored by Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA presents the foundational tenets of Pickard Chilton that underpin our unique practice model to share with the public, architecture students, and the profession. In the following article published in Common Edge on August 12, 2021, Crosbie explains the origins of the book, the seven themes which frame the narrative, and the successful projects that have been realized as the result of these collaborative relationships.

Samarth Vachhrajani is a 5th year Architecture student returning to Iowa State University College of Design this fall. He shares his experience as a summer intern at Pickard Chilton.