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About Architectural Design Inc./AD Build LLC
Clients looking to create a home that captures their unique spirit, energy and heritage, choose Architectural Design, Inc.
Established in 1986 by Peter Haig AIA and John Ingwersen AIA, the firm’s two award-winning principal architects hold degrees from Harvard and MIT and bring to each project over 30 years experience working with top Boston firms and clients on Cape Cod, the Islands and beyond.
The firm’s portfolio includes over 500 projects ranging from new custom homes to major additions and renovations. As a testimony to the firm’s exceptionally personalized design process, the style of each home is as diverse as the backgrounds and personalities of each client. The principals work collaboratively, each bringing unique strengths to a team where the client is considered an integral member.
When the time comes to choose a builder, this spirit of teamwork stays strong. We are one of Cape Cod’s only Architectural firms to offer two contract options for building: clients can choose our in-house Design/Build firm and experience the advantages that come with a single source of accountability, enhanced teamwork, and potential cost and time savings, OR we facilitate bidding the job out.
Decades of knowledge about material quality, durability, and energy efficiency, partnered with full transparency about project cost, serve as valuables guide to clients making choices that will have a lasting impact.
Awards or Certifications:
Best of Boston Home 2019 - Custom Design/Build South
Best of Houzz - Design for 2016 and 2018
What is your background, education and training?
John Ingwersen, AIA,:
Master of Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Certificate of Architecture, The Boston Architectural Center
Koninklijke Akademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Visual Arts) The Netherlands
Peter Haig, AIA:
Master of Architecture - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture
Bachelor of Science in Art and Design - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Civil Engineering
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Our principal architects use a collaborative approach, working with each other and each client, which allows us to combine a full understanding of your vision and lifestyle with the highest quality design and materials. It is our goal to make the process with our clients both exciting and rewarding, and to far exceed your expectations, with the following principles as our guidelines:
Two principal architects dedicated to your project
Working together to capture your vision and collaborate with you
You – the client – an integral team member in an exceptionally personalized design process
Knowing every project is as unique as every client
Sensitivity to the spirit and energy you want for your home and helping you achieve it
Understanding that good design equals good living for generations to come
AD committed to help you choose the project delivery best for you
Client-controlled contractual process, for your consideration and comfort:
Contract with us to build
Or bid the job out and choose your own builder
No cutting corners or selection of sub-standard materials to drive down the price
With us as your builder, expect high quality craftsmanship that will stand the test of time
Start to finish, dedicated to every detail of your home
Designing, or designing and building, your project has our full attention
Our pledge of full transparency in all of our dealings
No hidden costs or surprises
What services are you most excited to offer?
We are excited to offer Design/Build services, because many of our clients appreciate the efficiency of having the entire process, from conception to completion, handled by the same team, that is committed to working together to achieve the best results, on time, and within budget.
What makes your business stand apart?
Our approach to every project—whether AD is designing, building, or both—includes the same commitment to a collaborative, creative, and satisfying process from beginning to end. We will never impose our design style on a client, but will listen carefully to the client to help them achieve a design that is uniquely their home. Our process is:
Encouraging a constant exchange of thoughts and ideas between client and designer
Dedicated to capture the spirit and functionality you are looking for in your home
Clients have called our designs “stunning and superbly functional”
Two principal architects bring different strengths, experience and perspectives to every project
Your lead architect remains consistent from start to finish
Cape Cod’s exclusive architectural firm with consistent hands-on experience with construction
Construction-friendly plans are accurate, detail oriented, and easy to build, minimizing delays and cost over-runs
Principal architect serves as construction and contractor contact and arbitrator (if necessary)
Excellent relationships with builders and construction crews
Able to serve as your builder—
Designing additions, renovations and new construction for both residential and commercial buildings
Style experience includes Contemporary, Traditional, Transitional, and Historical
What is the best reaction you’ve ever received from a client?
One client wrote: “Your understanding of our intentions and desires was almost intuitive from the very start of the design process and continued through final plans, builder selection, construction and completion”
How many years have you been in business?
Architectural Design Inc has been in business on Cape Cod since 1986 - 32 years
What do clients have to say about you?
“AD’s professionalism, creativity and attention to detail resulted in a stunningly beautiful and superbly functional home.”
“Experienced Cape and Islands architects with degrees from Harvard and MIT, and wide-ranging design experience, who were strongly recommended to us by former clients.”
“John and Peter are smart, creative, thoughtful and personable architects, who made this whole process so much more enjoyable than we could have imagined.”
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday from 9Am - 5 pm
What geographic areas do you serve?
Cape Cod, but we do take architectural design jobs farther afield - having designed second homes for clients in other locations.