Remmert Huygens, FAIA (1932-2008), founding partner of our originating firm, is the connecting thread in our firm’s history. He first teamed with Alan Chapman, who then connected him with The Architects Collaborative (TAC) colleague Anthony Tappé, which led to almost two decades of prolific work as Huygens and Tappé. A talented architect in his own right, Tony’s phenomenal marketing ability complemented Rem’s creative inspiration, pairing two very different, but important strengths. By natural progression, the firm’s leadership transitioned to Frank DiMella and Peter Shaffer, who apprenticed under Rem and Tony as young architects and drew upon their experience to widely expand the firm’s practice. In 2011, Ed Hodges, Randy Kreie, and Diane Dooley, the second generation of architects who spent their early careers working with Rem, Frank, and Peter, took over leadership of the firm. Rem’s influence is still evident in the firm’s work, and the long continuity of leadership with a consistent architectural background is an important key to the firm’s success. He is also the founder of the blog artandinterior.co. It is our hope that this blog will convey an understanding of the legacy of the firm and document the seminal projects that formed the foundation for our current practice.
Whether your interest is in the people, the buildings, or the firm history, we encourage you to subscribe to the blog through email or RSS feed for weekly updates. We hope you will be inspired to comment, connect with colleagues, or just discover something new. Our first post “Founding a Firm” , is the story of how Alan Chapman and Rem Huygens secured the commission for The Rivers School project in Weston, MA and launched the beginning of the firm.
Over the next few weeks we will explore a wide range of projects, including Rem’s own house and how two architects are renovating it, a recital hall for a school of music, a complete college campus that evolved on a former farm, the design of a ski resort, and the story of the Rainforest Pavilion at the Franklin Park Zoo.
With the rapid speed of business, evolving leadership and the demands of the industry, we typically have little time to gain perspective on our past portfolio. As we embark on this notable anniversary we hope that you find this introspective journey into our firm’s history as intriguing and energizing as we do.
Look forward to reading and learning!
looking forward to the past and looking to the past toward the future!
Neat idea – looking forward to following along and learning about the history of the firm!
I love this sort of thing and look forward to the weekly installments
I look forward to following the blog and learning more about the firms fifty fabulous years! Congratulations on a great launch to a great idea.
I look forward to reading more on this subject!!!
Looking forward to 50 weeks of great reading and discovery.
Looking forward to the 50 weeks ahead!!
What an interesting and original way to share with others the evolution of this company and its very talented team. I’m looking forward to understanding the many significant projects accomplished and the designs employed to realize them. I prefer this serried, interactive approach to the traditional method that usually often boils down (and out) many interesting details and questions, but produces an attractive tome for the table that won’t be picked up much. Well done!
In reading Ed’s narrative about the Huygens House, I recall that although Rem lived alone, he was an extremely social individual. Rem hosted many gatherings at his house for his wide network of friends and colleagues. Over the years he had become an accomplished cook and the food and drink at Rem’s parties were always memorable. The house was a perfect venue for those occasions as the “one room”” nature of the space (the only room with a door was the bathroom) made everyone feel that they were always in the center of the event