ABOUT US We have an unstoppable passion for architecture, and it is thrilling for us to have clients who are just as excited about the creative process. In three decades of work the comment that we value hearing the most is, “You changed my life,” and this is the result that we constantly strive to achieve. We believe that how you experience, live or work in the built environment has a profound impact on mind, body and community.
OUR SERVICES We offer the full range of architectural services from Discovery and Schematic Design through Construction Details. We can be a single source studio and offer Zoning and Site Research, direction for Conservation and Energy Compliance, Landscape and Interior Design, and all necessary interface with Building and Planning Departments. We have strong relationships in the design and construction communities, and are well respected, in fact sought after, for our collaboration skills.
OUR PROCESS We believe that architecture begins with a dialogue – at most basic this is a series of questions about a proposed project, site and budget. In our office, this initial dialogue has evolved into a crucial design tool – not note-taking, but an inspired and guided process of discovery. Clients have variously described this stage as “clarifying,” “game changing,” “assuring,” and “illuminating.” In all cases, it is during this dialogue that the first designs begin to emerge.
We understand that each building is an investment on many levels. Multidisciplinary training and years of experience have given us a unique vantage point from which to assess our clients’ best combination of function, aesthetics, sustainability and economics. And our inclusive team-building process intimately involves all of the stakeholders, including the construction team, from the beginning. Using outstanding communication tools, 3D models, and expert partners, our focus is to help you visualize and perfect your project while being supported by our respectful artistic direction.
INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE We believe that good design is both enduring and innovative. A contemporary addition or renovation need not obscure or diminish the original building. Instead, we aim to enhance the whole, write a new chapter within the larger story, and create a space that is greater than the sum of its parts. Sustainability is at the core of being both enduring and innovative. It has always been our mission to maximize the use of renewable resources and minimize environmental impact.
A licensed Architect with 30 years experience, Andrew Sidford is one of the top architects in the Boston area. His expertise ranges from historic renovations, to contemporary design, and from single-family homes to large-scale commercial and institutional projects. He founded his own architectural practice in 1992.
Earning a B.A. in Economics at Middlebury College before completing a Master of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Andrew built a foundation for his design philosophy which combines art, physics and investing. Awards earned early in Andrew’s career, such as a 2nd place in the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium Competition, forecasted the success of Andrew Sidford Architects.
Andrew’s architectural style brings together the best of contemporary design with historic and natural elements. His unique designs have garnered accolades and awards, and have been featured in Boston Globe Magazine, Design New England, Northshore Magazine, and numerous others.
Green design and LEED building is a strong component of his work. From the renovation of existing structures to the design of new construction, his philosophy has always been that good design is implicitly sustainable. In 2006, Andrew Sidford Architects became the first architectural firm to join 1% For the Planet, an international environmental group whose members pledge one percent of their profits to environmental causes.
This commitment to sustainability mirrors his commitment to his community where he has held several leadership roles including Vice Chairman of the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority, Board of Directors of the Northeast Family YMCA and Board of Directors of Advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Cindy Schartman brings a diverse background to the firm. She is a multi-disciplinary designer who earned a Master of Museum Studies at the George Washington University, a degree program which included study of Architecture at Catholic University. She has built a strong portfolio of work at museums, research institutions and architecture firms. Cindy has been with Andrew Sidford Architects since 2004.
Liz McCauley began her career in the corporate world, leaving her tenure in the telecommunications industry to raise her two children. She reentered the workplace in 2002, taking a position with an owners’ representation company in the construction industry. In 2010 she joined Andrew Sidford Architects as an Office Manager. Liz is responsible for the daily office systems management, ensuring that everything is operating effectively and efficiently. Her enthusiasm, organization, project management and communication skills benefit all of the firm’s clients.