Alex Scott Porter Architecture + Design PLLC
is a design intensive studio founded in 2001 in order to create nuanced, natural spaces. We believe in relaxed, lived-in modernism.
HOMES are the firm’s life-blood. We have a sustained interest in how people really live, and create houses and apartments that can adapt and change as they grow. Our work is grounded in a sense of place, in sympathy and support of the lifestyle of our clients.
We seek out collaboration with local artists and craftspeople to find the unconventional solution. This practice has led to a fluency in re-using and re-purposing materials and processes. Our space-planning expertise is enhanced by a sophisticated palette of material finishes. We value skillful detailing and finishing, and are fluent in juxtaposing the reclaimed, newly fabricated, rough and refined in support of this aesthetic. This flows naturally with our interest in sustainable building — as we find beauty in the eccentricities of new technology and we appreciate materials that look better with age. It is the firm’s belief that the most sustainable houses are those that age with a natural beauty and serve their functional and aesthetic goals over the long-haul.
Alex Scott Porter is an licensed architect with a diverse background in architecture, fine arts and design-build construction.
She earned her Masters of Architecture from Columbia where she won the Excellence in Design Award. Prior, she studied at Yale’s School of Architecture, received a BA, cum laude, from U. Penn, and studied painting and drawing at SACI in Italy. She has taught design at Columbia and Barnard Colleges and has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute.
Her interest in houses began way before she got any formal training. Alex’s parents’ favorite Sunday outing was to look at houses for sale. By 9 she was drawing floor plans of those houses to explore how she would change and add to them . Old buildings were an obsession in the Porter household, so much so that she lived in a Brooklyn brownstone, a Maine farmhouse with no plumbing, a Nantucket whaling cottage, a 16th century stone farmhouse in France and a former sewing factory — all before she was 18.
Prior to founding ASP A+D, Alex worked at a design-build firm that reclaimed antique farm buildings, as well as a variety of architectural and interiors firms in New York City, including Ennead Architects (Formerly The Polshek Partnership). She was a project Architect for Francois De Menil, Architect.
Alex also recently became a Certified Passive House Consultant.
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