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Celebrate the Poetry of Place

East Side Studio Architects has offices in the famous old Wright Tavern in Concord Center.  We specialize in high-end residential, senior living, and hospitality.  Our award winning historic preservation often supports work in all of those spheres.

Julia Miner, AIA, also an accomplised narrative artist, loves to draw out your unique “story”, working closely with you to bring your dreams to life.  Our regional architecture uses local materials and methods, diminishing the carbon footprint and contributing to "The Poetry of Place™."   This evocative lyricism and energy in the built environment comes from generations of response to climate, materials, and culture.  Our clients' needs and desires, along with a myriad of details, get distilled into a beautiful and efficient art form, in a process similar to writing a good poem.

Featured Projects

Farmhouse Renovation & Addition

Maine carpenter Nathanial Cousins built this Civil War era addition to an early post and beam structure in the rear. Restoring the exterior meant peeling back layers added over the years - chain link, overgrown hemlocks and an ill conceived porch - to reveal the original farm house resting on ...


Adobe Restoration

EDWARD JONES HOUSE, Paradise Valley, AZ Arizona Governor's Award in Historic Preservation National Register of Historic Places In 1932 Edward L. Jones designed his Mediterranean/pueblo style house with an eye for monumentality and symmetry. Like his neighbors who were building adobe houses with bricks dug on site, he had a ...


Georgian Renovation

In a meeting of the 19th and 21st centuries, a sleeping porch that had been divided into a study and master bath has a new life with restored column capitals, new floor to ceiling steel windows, clever book shelves and a gas fireplace. A whimsical children's reading loft adjacent to ...



"We hired Julia to help with the renovation of our 1890 Georgian house after seeing the beautiful design of her own renovated farmhouse. Julia brought a larger vision for the master suite than we had imagined, restoring the integrity and symmetry of the large spaces that had been chopped up into small rooms, turning the sleeping porch into a library with a whimsical loft connecting to the children’s rooms above, and creating a light-filled closet and bath. She helped us to restore a dated three-season porch to the original outdoor porch, adding removable screens. We now spend long hours in this space that overlooks over our lawn and pool. Julia’s respect for the historic architecture while introducing modern elements, as well as her sensitivity to our needs as a family, created an outstanding result. We recommend her highly." - Tim Christenfield

"As an interior design and decorative paint business, Tin Bird Studio has enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with Julia Miner over the years, collaborating on projects for each others’ clients. My husband and I have also hired her firm for several of our own renovation projects. Julia is easy to work with, energetic, and has a great sense of design. I recommend her highly." - Jane Martin

"Julia served as the architect on our project from start to finish, and her thoughtful guidance throughout the entire process enabled us to realize our goal. …This project required both aesthetic vision and a sense of the feasible. Julia produced a full set of exterior drawings, which was very helpful in getting us past the rather strict Cambridge zoning board. Julia was also adept at addressing issues as they came up and in coming up with appropriate and value-adding solutions. She deserves praise for creating a strong contract and for ensuring that the contractors were held to it during the construction phase. Julia’s experience, aesthetic sensibilities, and communication skills made her a good match for the project, and we are thrilled with the final results." - Peter Nohrnberg

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