Northern New England

D|A Celebrates 20 Years

Portsmouth, NH – DeStefano Architects (D|A) recently celebrated 20 years of architectural services and a tradition of design excellence. With a distinct history of expertise in architecture, design, and planning, the company is a recognized leader in sustainable building design throughout New England. While D|A has changed a great deal since 1995, the firm’s 20th anniversary is testimony to two important constants: great clients and great peers. D|A has been fortunate to have both in abundance.

The company founder, Lisa DeStefano, knew that recruiting and retaining the most talented and passionate team of professionals would result in excellent design and client service. This belief, coupled with a company culture that promotes collaboration, creativity, and innovation, has served as the foundation for D|A’s progressive thinking, design approach, and growth. Since 1995, the firm has developed expertise in residential, commercial, and civic projects, each with a philosophy of sustainability woven into them. At the core of any project is a vision to create environments that enrich the lives of those who use them. D|A goes above and beyond to build enduring relationships with employees, stakeholders, consultants, contractors, engineers, and city officials. It is these relationships that inform their expertise in the processes with planning boards, historic district commissions, and municipalities, with a notable success rate for permits and approvals.

DeStefano Architects is pleased to have been an important part of the region’s design history. The firm has been the recipient of over 25 awards by organizations such as the NHAIA, New Hampshire Homebuilders, New Hampshire Home, PLAN New Hampshire, and Portsmouth Advocates. D|A’s work has been featured in the New England Real Estate Journal, Construction Today, Coastal Home, New England Home, New Hampshire Home, and Maine Home and Design Magazine.

DeStefano Architects recently expanded its storefront in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and has become a bustling community hub. The firm is proud of a long-standing reputation of community involvement and outreach and encourages volunteerism by dedicating an average of 8% of the staff’s work week to service to the community. As D|A expands throughout New England, they will continue the tradition of giving back to the community that has supported the company for the past two decades.

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