CLARK + GREEN INC. is committed to meaningful architectural design. Since 1988, it has applied its design principles to a variety of building types. In addition to residential work, the firm has executed major commercial, institutional and municipal projects. These include the adaptive reuse of an historic building into a mixed-use, six-screen cinema and the conversion of an athletic field house into a multi-use theater complex. The firm relies on strong relationships with consultants supporting the special needs of each project. Collaboration enables Clark & Green to integrate quality design with complex engineering requirements.
MISSION + PHILOSOPHY + APPROACH
Our mission is to create environments that engage the senses, inspire imagination, and provide clarity and a sense of place. Commitment to conceptual logic underlies design that educates, informs and instills a heightened sense of awareness.
Successful design is both an artistic and technical expression responding to client needs within the context of budget, site constraints and regulatory requirements. It is the incorporation of current technologies tempered by a commitment to sustainable materials and systems harnessed by a design concept. This approach applies to all projects no matter what their scale or import.
A clear understanding of program and site are critical to initiate the design process. A dialogue is organized around client objectives and responses to design concepts. The process is an iterative progression leading to a resolved and optimum design solution. A set of design criteria is essential for client and architect to dispassionately and effectively evaluate, select and refine concepts, ideas and schemes.
CLIENT + COLLABORATION + PROCESS
Multiple concepts are presented. Through dialogue and sketches, architect and client develop an evaluation process which leads to an agreed-upon design direction. This is refined throughout the process. Multiple possibilities are generated. Final decision-making is deferred until all information has been gathered and evaluated.
Hand-sketches, computer-drawn plans, sections, elevations, and 3-D renderings and models are presented. This combination maintains the flexibility, looseness and creativity of hand drawing, while applying the computer appropriately to support communication and ensure accuracy, building a data base for further design phases.
INSTITUTIONAL + PUBLIC SECTOR PROJECT EXPERIENCE
Clark & Green’s practice includes work in the municipal, state and not-for-profit institutional realm. It is characterized by collaboration with building committees, owners’ project managers and construction managers. Our office has experience with numerous public sector and institutional projects throughout Massachusetts and New York State. The office works with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation on numerous projects around the State.
C + G team
Prior to moving to the Berkshires, Jennifer specialized in corporate interiors, office standards and systems furniture for a large New Jersey architectural firm. In 1999, with her children in college or embarking on their own career, she decided the moment was right for a change. Wanting a rural environment in which she could take a walk in the woods or stroll into town for a cup of coffee, she found the perfect spot in Great Barrington.
A few months after making the move, she found a position at Clark & Green. With her corporate interiors, she made an easy transition to residential interior design. Her sensitivity and skill in selecting colors, fabrics, and fixtures along with her organizational skills have made her an invaluable asset in residential and commercial projects. Along with filling a critical role in the project design process and implementation, she manages the day to day operations of the office.
stephan green, aia leed ap
Arriving in the early 1970’s, when his car broke down on the Massachusetts Turnpike, Stephan worked as a carpenter for three years in Berkshire County. He gave up his carpentry tools to study architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. After working in NYC Stephan returned to the Berkshires in 1988 to establish Clark & Green. Initially focusing on residential design, Stephan expanded the office’s work to include a variety of commercial building types. These projects required an broader understanding of design and construction that enhanced his residential design skills. These projects include an award winning transformation of an historic building into the multiplex Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield and the conversion of an athletic field house into the 32,000 square foot multi-use Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre complex in Lenox and the award winning Great Barrington Fire Station.
Stephan is a longstanding member of the West Stockbridge Zoning Board of Appeals, serves as Chairman of the Design Advisory Committee of Great Barrington and is a Board Member of the Berkshire Community Land Trust.
Originally from North Carolina Glenn began his college as an art student before transferring to the School of Architecture at Cooper Union in NYC. During this time he spent a year traveling and working in Europe and the Middle East. This experience intensified his appreciation of the built environment and its impact on the individual human experience and its relationship to history, philosophy, and artistic traditions.
Glenn’s drawings and models have been exhibited and published in books, magazines and periodicals. They include representations of a wide range of projects - private residences, apartment buildings, museums, churches and synagogues, commercial offices, university buildings, schools, city plans, stained glass windows, a mural and an award winning short animated film.
His early professional life was spent in NYC, the world’s greatest laboratory for architecture. Glenn joined Clark + Green in 2000 to be part of its strong commitment to design excellence and its connection to a local community. His role as designer and project manager requires sensitivity to the importance of local history and traditions while celebrating the variety and innovation of individuals and cultural institutions unique to the Berkshires.
He relishes walking to work and to downtown Great Barrington with his wife and two children.
scott henderson, aia leed ap
Scott joined Clark + Green, Inc. in 2010, bringing 15+ years of experience on residential, commercial and institutional projects, working with firms in Boston and NYC. Scott relocated to Italy in 2004 and spent four years working in Florence focusing on high end residential projects and yacht design and construction. Scott enjoys the complexities of large scale projects, the intricacies of small ones and working through the design challenges that each presents. Through collaboration and experience Scott has been able to foster strong relationships with both consultants and other design professionals, which have proved beneficial to our clients and their projects. Scott’s strong interest in energy efficient design, materials and methods is enhanced by the ongoing local dialogue and regional educational programs the construction industry provides.
While working in Boston, Scott became a 2002 finalist for the Rotch Travelling Scholarship and from 2000-2003 taught a course called ‘Graphic Communication’, focusing on architectural free hand drawing, at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Currently he lives in Lenox with his wife, two daughters and dog.
steve mcalister, ra
Steve McAlister has practiced architecture continually since 1977, in Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Connecticut and Massachusetts. His work in New Orleans included several years with August Perez, which was the New Orleans partner firm of Charles Moore. This diversity of background gave him experience with both large and small projects, as well as with new and existing buildings. Of particular note is his background with historic structures and historic districts, including the French Quarter, the Hartford region, Boston and Cambridge, among others.
He is a strong proponent of the idea that being a generalist is an advantage over narrow specialization in the practice of architecture, leading to the introduction of new ideas into established notions of building type and their design. His body of work is primarily in the commercial, institutional and nonprofit sectors, and his projects involving new and historic buildings have received AIA and other design awards at the city, state and multi-state regional level.
Steve is former chairman of the Planning Board of Tolland, MA and current treasurer of Berkshire South Regional Community Center.
Rebecca has been working in architecture since graduating from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a degree in Architectural Engineering Technology in 2006. Upon graduation, she moved to Providence, RI where she worked at two small firms gaining experience on projects ranging from affordable & high end residential to educational, religious & industrial facilities. Through those projects she carried out all phases of design, documentation and construction administration, working closely with clients, consultants and co-workers. She joined the team at Clark + Green in 2012.
Outside of work, Rebecca has also brought her architectural background in to personal projects as well. In 2009 she was able to participate with her husband in a collaborative art project where they designed and built a model of a football stadium. In 2011 they worked together again to design and build a teardrop trailer that they then used to travel across the country before setting back in the Berkshires where they both grew up. They now are working on renovating their home in Egremont where they live on her husband’s family dairy farm with their dog.