Michael is honored to be a member of the newly formed University of Maine at Augusta Bachelor of Architecture Advisory Board.

Join us at The Alamo Theater in Bucksport, Maine this Thursday, March 23, 2017. Michael is presenting "Collaboration, The Importance of Working as One" as part of the Design Norvmbega Lecture Series.

2016 Year in Review

 

Completed Projects

 

58 Fore Street Master Development Plan

Private Residence Winchester Mass

Construction Underway

 

Big Sky Residence Big Sky, Montana

Dormitory at Bigelow Lab Boothbay, Maine

Dunes House East Hampton, New York

Institute for Contemporary Art

at Virginia Commonwealth University

North Fork Residence East Marion, New York

Private Residence Bellport, New York

Private Residence Delaplane, Virginia

Private Residence Seal Harbor, Maine

Private Residence Telluride, Colorado

Private Residence Truckee, California

Jeff served on the jury for the 2017 New Hampshire Home Magazine Design Awards.

Michael joined the Board for the Portland Society for Architecture, a non-profit membership organization founded in 2006 to promote the progress and economic development of Greater Portland by encouraging innovation and vision in design and planning.

Jeff participated in the final architecture design reviews for the semester at the University of Maine Augusta.

Join Michael at the University of Colorado Boulder for the Environmental Design Lecture Series. He is presenting on Monday, November 14th. 

The Craft of Residential Landscapes through Personal Narratives, join Michael along with Shane Coen and Andrea Cochran on Monday, October 24th at the ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in New Orleans.

mbla, in collaboration with Canal 5 Studio, is studying various ways to improve this underused plaza in downtown Portland, Maine. The team explored opportunities for accommodating various events to better serve the diverse building occupants and draw more foot traffic from the street. The Portland Press Herald recently published this article elaborating on City support for the project. Construction is anticipated to be completed in 2017. 

Gretchen has joined the SPACE Gallery facade committee. SPACE will be soliciting proposals from artists/architects/designers to reimagine/redesign the gallery façade.

The finalists for the Congress Square Redesign project will speak at a public forum on Wednesday, May 4th at the Portland Museum of Art from 5:30 - 7:30pm. The event will be free and open to the public and will include a presentation from each finalist and a question and answer session.

mbla is a design consultant to the team of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, FBM and Ekistics, who are collaborating with the Armour Group to develop a masterplan and design studies for the Queen's Marque Waterfront Development in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Currently a parking lot, this prime waterfront site is being developed into a mixed-use district including a hotel, luxury residential units, office space, commercial space and public space. Read more on The Armour Group's website

mbla is part of the design team for the 

10 acre waterfront property at 58 ForeSt 

in Portland, Maine. Conceptual designs include plans to reinvigorate the historic core of the former Portland Company site and re-engage the waterfront. The team recently submitted a Master Development Plan to the City of Portland. The press release from CPB2 can be found here and the full application is available on the

City's website

mbla is immensely proud to have been a

member of John Ronan Architects’ team competing for the opportunity to design the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. Ronan’s team was one of seven finalists and among those who presented designs for the Jackson Park and the Washington Park sites to the Obama Foundation Board and to the President and Mrs. Obama.

On May 9th, ground was broken to begin construction in earnest for a new 32-bed residence for students and visiting scientists at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. It is expected that the new residence will be ready for occupancy in September 2017. 

House Over the Water, a residence in Surry, Maine designed by Elliott + Elliott Architecture, was awarded an AIA Maine 2016 Design Award. The awards reception is on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 5:30 at the Fort Andross Mill in Brunswick, Maine. 

michael served on the jury for the 2016 Boston Society of Landscape Architects Awards Program recognizing excellence in the diverse practices of landscape architecture. Check out the 23 selected projects on the BSLA website. Congratulations to the winners!

mbla is pleased to have been named one of the four finalist design teams by the City of Portland Planning & Urban Development Department for the Congress Square Redesign project. We are leading an all local, multidisciplinary team that includes Becker Engineering, Woodard & Curran, Wright-Ryan Construction and Carol Wishcamper Consulting.

Michael has joined the Building Committee at Wolfe's Neck Farm. This committee will help guide the planned changes to the farm proposed by the recent master planning effort. 

The Department of Landscape Architecture at The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is holding a charette to reflect on the 150 year history of the campus. Michael along with OLIN, Peter Walker and Partners, and site design group is leading a team of students to propose a flexible master plan for the coming fifty years in this charette titled IMAGINING THE ILLINOIS CAMPUS: 2017-2067

We recently completed preliminary design for the Telluride Forever Park. This public park is a gift to the community from the Telluride Foundation and will provide outdoor space for world-class sculpture as well as public gathering space. 

ARCHITALX announced their 2016 speaker series. Michael serves as an advisor to this non-profit volunteer organization fostering evocative and creative dialogue within the design community of Maine. Jeff and Amy serve as board members.

2015 Year in Review

 

Completed Projects

 

Lake Austin House Austin, Texas

Modern Texas Prefab Austin, Texas

Private Villa Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Peace  Corps Commemorative Foundation (competition)

 

Construction Underway

 

Big Sky Residence Big Sky, Montana

Dunes House East Hampton, New York

Institute for Contemporary Art

at Virginia Commonwealth University

North Fork Residence East Marion, New York

Private Residence Bellport, New York

Private Residence Winchester, Massachusetts

The Bigelow Laboratory Dormitory has received funding from the Harold Alfond Foundation and is scheduled to break ground in April. For more information,visit the Bigelow Laboratory news page

Michael is attending the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in Chicago, IL 

November 6-10, and acting as host for an educational session presented by several note firms on new park planning in Chicago.

Modern Texas Prefab is featured on designboom this week. Check it out!

Michael is visiting Telluride, CO on November 5th to begin design studies for a new, urban park.

 

 

 

 

mbla is pleased to welcome another new member to our team,

Tyler Holmquist.

 

He is a recent graduate

of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor Degree in

Landscape Architecture.

 

 

 

 

mbla welcomes the

newest member of our team,

Qianyu Li.

 

She is a recent graduate

of the University of Illinois with a Masters Degree in

Landscape Architecture.

Michael is attending Immersion Workshop as a visiting lecturer for the second year in a row. This year's studio will be held from August 1st-8th and will be led by architects Rick Joy, Peter Stutchbury and Richard Leplastrier.

Modern Texas Prefab residence, a collaboration with Aadmodt/Plumb Architects recently won a 2015 AIA Austin Design Award for excellence in design. Click the video above to hear jurors comments. 

Amy is attending the Woody Plant Conference on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. This conference has been held annually since 1996 to educate, prompt, and stimulate conversation about woody plants in our landscapes.

The Bently Heritage Distillery project officially broke ground this week in Minden, Nevada. Two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places will be restored as part of this world class estate distillery

 

 

 

 

mbla welcomes the

newest member of our team,

Amy Magida.

She is a licensed

landscape architect who

previously worked at OLIN,

in Philadelphia.

Michael is attending the ASLA Annual Meeting, this year held in Denver, CO, November 21-24. 

mbla has commenced work on a a new dormitory for the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science in East Boothbay with

Scott Simons Architects.

 

 

 

 

mbla extends

congratulations to 

Seth Kimball 

for his recent

professional registration as a 

Maine Licensed

Landscape Architect

mbla has joined 8 INC's design team for the Bently Heritage Distillery project in Minden, Nevada. 

mbla is pleased to recognize Seth Kimball as he celebrates 10 years with mbla. Seth has played an integral role designing and managing many projects over the years. We congratulate him on this milestone and invite everyone to do the same!

The conclusion of 2014 marked

20 Years of

Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture

 

mbla wishes everyone a happy and successful new year! 

Michael visited Immersion Workshop, a traveling architecture studio focused on contextually responsive design, who hosted a week long master class in Woodstock Vermont, led this year by architects Rick Joy, Marlon Blackwell and Tom Kundig. Michael presented an evening lecture of MBLA’s work and assisted student teams as they developed their design proposals. 

Virginia Commonwealth University has officially broken ground on the Institute for Contemporary Art. This project with Steven Holl Architects is featured this week on ArchDaily.

mbla teamed with Oudens Ello Architecture in a competitive design charette to develop a concept to maximize the full potential of a historic property in Maine - Woodlawn Museum, Gardens and Park. We are pleased to announce that our team has been selected to develop the master plan for the estate. Check it out in this week's addition of the Bangor Daily News.

Michael has been appointed by Portland Mayor Michael Brennan to the Congress Square Re-Design Study Group.

Sun Valley House, with Rick Joy Architects, has been featured as a Record House this month in Architectural Record.

We are pleased to announce that Jeff Pelletier has been named an Associate of the firm. Jeff has contributed a great deal to the success of the office over the past ten years and we look forward to his continued dedication and leadership in this new role.

New Project Announcements:

 

A waterfront residence on the North Fork of Long Island, with Olson Kundig Architects and RPMiller Design, and Schuchart/Dow contractors and project managers.

 

And, with Gluckman Mayner Architects, we've begun design development for a mixed-use project that includes nearly a dozen new buildings that will accommodate a range of activities: custom furniture fabrication and exhibition, guest lodging, entertainment, and a substantial private park. The project is located on the edge of Beijing, China.

mbla is assisting with a design studio at University of Maine Augusta for second year BA architecture students. Michael and Gretchen participated in preliminary desk crits and a mid-semester review focusing on the topic of site analysis as part of the architectural design process.

Michael is a guest speaker at the AIA Arkansas Convention on October 11th.

Jeff is attending two seminars at Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Climate Adapted Design: Buildings, Neighborhoods, and Rules and Climate Adapted Design: Regions, Infrastructure, and Finance.

Hodgdon Pond House won an AIA Maine COTE Design Award and was featured in this month's issue of Maine Home + Design.

Check out our Beach House project with Aamodt Plumb Architects on ArchDaily.

mbla is commencing work

on two new residential projects;

one in Southhampton and

a village house in East Hampton.

mbla is pleased and proud to recognize Jeff Pelletier and Gretchen Giumarro as they celebrate 10 years with the firm. Gretchen and Jeff have made substantial contributions to many of our projects and to the evolution of the firm. We congratulate them on this milestone and invite everyone to do the same!

 

 

 

 

mbla extends

congratulations to 

Ananda Kantner 

for her recent

professional registration as a 

Maine Licensed

Landscape Architect

mbla was part of the project team for Hamptons Beach House, a weekend house designed by Aamodt Plumb Architects. This project recently won the 2012 BSA Design Award for Design Excellence in Housing Design.

mbla is pleased to be part of the design team for Goose Rocks Beach House that won the 2012 AIA Maine Design Award.

Michael is presenting conceptual designs for a residential project as part of the Portland Society of Architecture's Drink 'N Crit event on January 14th at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine.

Michael visited the ruins of the old city of  ad-Dir'iyah, near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia while visiting clients there.

Telluride Residence, completed in 2010 with Anmahian Winton Architects, has been featured this month in Architectural Record.

mbla is commencing work on a number of new residential projects. Among them are; a private villa near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and a family summer house on Prince Edward Island.

Michael is presenting mbla's work for

Tahar Messadi's architecture studios,

ARCH 4016: Comprehensive Design Studio and ARCH 4154: Environmental Technology 2 and Building Systems, at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.

 

mbla has commenced work on several residential projects including a new home on Islesboro, Maine, an existing home in Winchester, Massachusetts and two residences in Northwest Arkansas. We have also become engaged as land planners and landscape architects for a boutique resort in upstate New York.

 

 

 

mbla welcomes

the newest member of our team, 

Ananda Kantner

mbla has become engaged in

the following new projects:

 

All Saints' Episcopal Church

Bentonville, Arkansas

Marlon Blackwell Architect

 

Pavilion at Eskenazi Health

Indianapolis, Indiana

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

 

Private Estate

Bridgehampton, New York

Gluckman Mayner Architects

Michael is visiting Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA to review students' work in Assistant Professor Michael Carroll's studio, and presenting mbla's work in a public lecture.

Michael is presenting mbla's Private Fishing Lodge project as part of the Portland Society of Architects' Drink 'N Crit event on March 12th at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine.

mbla is part of Rockwell Group's winning team to design an urban villa in Rio de Janeiro.

Michael is a juror for the final review of Shane Coen's landscape architecture studio: 'Modernizing MIT', at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Jeff is attending a conference at the

Museum of Modern Art,

New York:  Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation

Michael is attending a series of workshops and events at Build Boston.

Michael is attending a reception to celebrate the

 publication of DETROIT: 138 SQUARE MILES  

by Julia Reyes Taubman, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York.

Michael is presenting work done by mbla and participating in student reviews for Marlon Blackwell's architecture studio at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.

Michael is participating on the jury reviewing design proposals by students in Shane Coen's MLA Option Studio: Modernizing MIT, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Michael is presenting a range of projects and leading discussions on the process of collaborative design for Adjunct Professor Amy Hinkley's senior architecture seminar at the University of Maine at Augusta on October 6, 2011.

Michael is attending Ghost 13 an international architecture conference hosted by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia. The theme, 'Ideas in Things', addresses architecture as a commitment to place and offers a critique of the current separation of the academy and practice; the mind and the hand.

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