Placework Designs for Education

Our mission is to create transformative design for the
benefit of people and planet.

Our Approach

Placework is a collaborative partner for designing innovative learning environments.  Whether transforming existing buildings or adding something new, we create inspiring experiences for students, faculty, and the entire extended community.

Our clients represent a diverse array of education environments, from early childhood development centers to universities. We work on projects of all scales providing preliminary planning, design, contract documents, and construction administration.

Placework’s relationship with the University System of New Hampshire spans more than ten years and 40 projects that include planning studies, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and renovation projects.  A recent project for Saint Anselm College involved the transformation of a former boiler plant into a flexible learning environment for the school’s Humanities Institute.  From an innovative early learning center to an experiential learning classroom for a public school district, our broad range of experience can bring new perspectives to your next project.

A Different Practice

Our team includes architects who hold LEED Accreditation, Living Future Accreditation (LFA) Regenerative Practitioner, and Certified Passive House Certification (CPHC).  We have developed an Action Plan for Climate + Care that guides our design work as well as our engagement with clients, communities, and our team.

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’ve found them to always be careful listeners, responding to widely varying needs and demands of different groups, while also bringing fresh ideas and suggestions that make people think a bit differently. Often this results in wonderful new design directions that exceed the original expectations.”


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].