Watershed Studio architecture LLC (formerly Design-Build Studio) was founded by Daniel Johnson in 1994 after receiving his Masters of Architecture degree from MIT. The founding mission of the studio was to provide sustainable architecture that is integrated with its context, celebrates the landscape, and makes materials, space and light tangible.
A founding principle of Watershed Studio is a commitment to improving the quality of the built environment through design excellence and community engagement. A rigorous approach to research, analysis and teaching is employed to achieve design recognized for excellence with awards from Vermont AIA. Current community engagement includes firm members being chair of a town planning commission, sitting on organization boards, and involvement in AIA from the member level through presidency of the Vermont Chapter.
Watershed works on a variety of scales and a variety of projects, including institutional, religious, educational, office and clinical, performing arts and waterfront. Members of the studio enjoy collaboration with international architectural firms as much as with talented local tradesmen and have significant construction experience as part of their collective knowledge. It is a Watershed priority to dedicate time in the process to be on-site with clients and contractors to elucidate components of the landscape, context, and construction process.
Collaboration is encouraged as exemplified by the studioís participation in a 5 firm initiative to research and design 20 Ė 50 units of affordable green modular housing in VT. Other projects include: the adaptive reuse of a 12,500 SF 1920ís automobile dealership as office/retail, studios, theater production, light industrial space, a Dental Clinic and office building. Institutional work includes: Dartmouth College Waterfront ADA accessibility study coupled with Ledyard Canoe Club Program and Facility assessment, Dartmouth Organic Farm Greenhouse design and construction and the adaptive reuse of a 40,000 SF bakery commercial bakery building in VT. Residential projects include a 950 SF sustainable house in VT, waterfront houses throughout New England, a 1300 sf Net Zero house in MA, a Straw Bale residence and studio in NM and a 17,000 SF residence in NH
The studio is engaged in academic work at several levels from teaching at Yestermorrow Design Build School and Norwich University to being the recipient of a research grant to study the landscapes of the Finish architect Alvar Aalto. This grant continues graduate school research into the relationship between the landscape and the building section. Watershed also has a strong internship program and is currently leading a high school mentoring and design initiative.
The firmís sustainable experience ranges from collaboration on a LEED Platinum building, residential projects with the highest Energy Star rating (5 Star Plus) to currently completing a Net Zero house (pending verification).
Our practice as well as our efforts on sustainable projects centers on reuse, recycling and use of durable, natural, local or low embodied energy materials.
Daniel B. Johnson, Founding Principal, AIA
Registered Architect: Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Daniel contributes 25 years of design and construction experience in commercial, institutional, and residential projects to Watershed Studio Architecture LLC. His pro- jects feature strong relationships between the natural and the built environments. Daniel spent 2 years working with Jersey Devil De- sign/Build. He also worked with the German firm Behnisch, Behnisch and Partner (German Treasury Complex and Genzyme Center in Boston, LEED Platinum) and Michael Singer (national and in- ternational projects). Currently, Daniel is Principal-in-charge of a range of projects including an adaptive reuse of a 12,500 SF 1920ís building, adapting and designing organic farm buildings, waterfront ADA access, and several sustainable residences throughout New England. He is Adjunct Pro- fessor of Architecture at Norwich University, and is a member of the faculty at Yestermorrow Design/ Build School. Daniel is currently Chair of the Planning Commission in Norwich, VT and Secretary/ Treasurer of AIA VT.
Jennifer has been working at Watershed Studio Architecture since May 2010 as an Intern Architect. She graduated from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Architecture. Since graduation, she has been working towards licensure.
Outside of work, Jennifer has been active in the New Hampshire Young Architects Forum, a component of the American Institute of Architects. She has participated in several design competitions through the YAF, including winning 3rd place as part of a team in 2008. She also has been involved with several volunteer projects, including currently mentoring a high school student from Rivendell Academy as he explores the profession of architecture. While at Watershed, Jennifer has worked on residential projects and the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction.
Emily has been interning at Watershed Studio since the fall of 2010. She graduated from Dartmouth College in June 2010 with a major in Studio Art concentrating in Architecture and a minor in Engineering Sciences. Her work experiences include internships with the Dartmouth Studio Art Department and Livingston Slone, Inc. Architecture in Anchorage, Alaska. Past projects include a mixed-use net-zero energy and water community development for Centerra, site review and 10-yr. landscape schematic design for the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, and co-ed housing options for the Sustainable Living Center.