Our Mission : Design for the Next 100 Years

C&H Architects can trace it’s start to 1989 when it was formed by Bruce Coldham with the goal of providing Architecture responsive to a changing resource landscape, climate, and the need for sustainable design. Today, the firm has developed into a diverse skill set of leadership and experience in its four partners. Thomas Hartman, Elizabeth Morgan, Garth Schwellenbach, and Jesse Selman integrate thoughtful and resilient place-making into each project. Process & results driven, with a culture of collaboration, C&H delivers passion for beauty and joyful spaces that perform and work.

As changing building codes continue to improve standards for energy performance, our office has maintained its credentials as a leader in sustainable building through our commitment to creative problem solving and relentless attention to detail. Our deep understanding of complex building systems enables us to effectively integrate the elements that create a high-performance enclosure. C&H consistently finds solutions for difficult building science problems. We pride ourselves on our insistence that the results be elegant as well as innovative. 

A durable building must be efficient and resilient, with the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of its users over time. C&H applies the full strength of our experience and expertise to careful programming and building planning, and integrates this process into the design of high quality spaces to promote comfortable, healthy living and working environments. 

Whether the project is a Deep Energy Retrofit of an existing home, or New Construction on a college campus, we listen to our clients’ needs and make sure they are met in the spaces we create. Our diverse client profile includes non-profit committees, college boards, retiring couples, and growing families, among others. We are proud of the feedback we’ve received over the years – that working on a project with us is fun as well as productive. The best testament to our success is our high number of repeat clients and word-of-mouth referrals.

From our first meeting on a new project through the final blower door test, we are committed to high performance standards. Designing buildings and systems that are sustainable (for both the people who use them and the environment) is not an add-on to our service or a department at our firm; it’s the core of our practice. We practice throughout New England and New York, and strive to establish longstanding relationships of mutual trust with our clients and colleagues.

We design buildings that are loved in the region where we live.
At C&H Architects, we design for the next hundred years.