DeStefano Architects wins award


PORTSMOUTH — DeStefano Architects was recently honored with the Visualizing Density "Urban Infill" award for its design of the residential condominiums at Haymarket Square on the corner of State and Middle streets in downtown Portsmouth.

The award for outstanding compact design was given by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority and Plan NH as part of their Vibrant Villages New Hampshire initiative.

Lisa DeStefano, principal architect, and Adam Wagner, director of operations for DeStefano Architects, attended the June 27 award ceremony and reception in Concord.

As New Hampshire continues to grow, the concept of density, or compact design, is becoming more important. This type of development helps protect greenways and other open space; has less expensive and more resilient infrastructure; and fosters walk-ability, social connections and more, according to DeStefano.

The Haymarket Square project was noted for creating a streetscape in harmony with the neighborhood, reinforcing the pedestrian experience by hugging buildings along the sidewalk and allowing for planting beds and raised entry stoops. The design also included tucking cars into the rear of the property behind a landscaped screen.

Since its inception, DeStefano Architects has produced design projects varying in size and complexity throughout New England. Located in downtown Portsmouth, DeStefano Architects said it frequently uses compact design techniques from past projects in everyday design and planning for future expansion.

According to DeStefano Architects, the firm is dedicated to creating spaces that function with efficiency and improve quality of life, and the idea of looking back in order to move forward is crucial in the company's day-to-day contribution to the city.

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