Starting July 1, 2016, I will be principal and owner of my solo architecture practice, Peter d’Entremont, Architect. I have been a registered architect for over 40 years, concentrating for most of my career on single-family houses with a particular interest in small to medium-size house design and energy efficiency.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Architecture where I received the AIA medal for Highest Scholastic Achievement in my class. With my father, I received a US Department of Energy award for Passive Solar Design in the late 1970s. In the 70’s and 80’s I designed and constructed numerous residences and additions, many of them passive solar designs. In the early 1990s, after moving to Maine, I was a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency and Building Performance.
I’ve been building and designing since 1972. Upon graduation I decided to flesh out my academic training with some real world construction experience, starting by building a house for my wife and me. I didn’t set out to be a building contractor, but I wanted to know something of what the person building my design was going through. I figured that firsthand knowledge would make me a better architect, allowing me to bridge that gap between designer and builder, and between you and your builder. Although sometimes painful, these experiences have helped me learn to communicate more effectively with various building trades. It also helps me to avoid some of those embarrassing design blunders that architects sometimes make.