We’re pleased to congratulate the latest giveaway winner in our Vectorworks: From Sketch to BIM project, Daniel H. Cantwell, founding partner of DHC Design. Cantwell was entered to win a Wacom Intuos5 pen tablet by visiting our virtual booth at the 2013 AIA National Convention and Design Expo.
About the Winner
Cantwell says his design philosophy is “to build: beautifully, economically and sustainably.” As an architect, he feels a responsibility for the buildings he creates. “In this world of expanding populations and ever scarcer resources, I take this charge seriously,” he says. “This does not mean a building should be reduced to mere rectangle with a roof. The responsibility is to design elegantly and build to last. This takes experience, skill, knowledge, and the right tools.”
His approach to a design concept begins with the client and the considerations regarding the project, the program, and the budget. “Matching expectations with constraints is one of the key things a responsible architect does,” says Cantwell. “This quality plus diplomacy will make it a great project for everyone.”
Although he was trained in hand drafting, Cantwell says he now uses software for every phase of the design process. “I will always love to sketch, collage, and paint, but for commercial design and information gathering, the computer is the most valuable tool in the office,” he says.
Cantwell founded DHC Design in 2001, and the firm has done residential and commercial work in Boston and New York. One of the firm’s recent projects is a competition entry for the renovation of the Newport Rhode Island Visitors’ Gateway.
“The competition program was to generate ideas for the reuse of the city’s drab, under-utilized transportation hub and tourist information center,” says Cantwell. “I created dramatic day/night visualizations to communicate my design intent.”
His design included retail space and visitor information areas, as well as innovations to improve both parking and public transportation in the city, with a proposal for future commuter rail transit as part of the plan and budget.
“The solution consisted of a total reworking of the interior of the existing building,” he explains. “On the exterior, a series of screens were proposed to recall the industrial maritime history of this section of Newport, Rhode Island. This design creates a strong architectural presence during daytime and a visible beacon at night for the combined transportation hub and Visitor Information Center.”