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    Long considered the preeminent architectural firm on Nantucket Island, Design Associates began exporting its refined expertise throughout New England with the establishment of the firm’s second office in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1983.
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    Whether new construction, historic restoration, or renovation/adaptive reuse, Design Associates’ approach frees each client and project from dogmatic formulas and lets architectural design excellence thrive. Practical, workable, and buildable alternatives are set forth in response to client input at every step of project development.  Design Associates’ guidance and understanding lead to the best use solutions.

    Long considered the preeminent architectural firm on Nantucket Island, Design Associates began exporting its refined expertise throughout New England with the establishment of the firm’s second office in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1983. Clients include private real estate owners and developers, municipalities and institutions who seek out Design Associates both for its demonstrated sensitivity to New England’s historic fabric and this energetic team’s ability to create new buildings worthy of future preservation.

    Hundreds of well-designed, custom single-family homes, hotels, inns, and country clubs, restaurants, recreational facilities, day-care centers, and many other institutional, commercial, and mixed-use projects are the firm’s distinctive, classic New England style–a signature which deftly balances history, architecture, and modern context. In recognition of Design Associates’ creativity and technical competency, since 1980 the firm has provided architectural services and consulting for “This Old House”, a nationally syndicated production of WGBH-TV/Boston.

    The firm’s work has also been published in Historic Preservation, Cape Cod Home and Garden, Cape Cod Life, House and Garden, House Beautiful, Boston Magazine, Home, Traditional Home, Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, Nantucket Journal, This Old House Magazine and included in books such as The Timber Frame House, Nantucket Gardens & Houses, This Old House Kitchens, This Old House Bathrooms and Shingle Style Houses, Past and Present.

    Chris Dallmus, president and principal

    Since 1981, Christopher Dallmus has been a partner of Design Associates of Nantucket and Cambridge, Massachusetts. His over thirty year career as an architect is punctuated by community service, as well as many highly visible commercial and residential projects, ranging from private custom residences and mixed-use commercial- residential complexes, to hotels and museums.

    His extensive expertise in historic preservation, land use planning, and adaptive reuse anchors an extensive portfolio of new construction and rehabilitation/restoration building projects. Working with an elite group of clients throughout New England, Christopher Dallmus demonstrates an on-going sensitivity to problem solving, technical proficiency, and a clear vision of architecture at the turn of the century.Mr. Dallmus has led Design Associates’ success outside Nantucket and heads the firm’s Cambridge-based office, which opened in 1983. Under his leadership, the firm is making its mark by perpetuating the classic beauty of traditional New England architecture in structures created for today’s uses.

    Widely known as the architects for twelve of WGBH-TV/Boston’s “This Old House” projects, the work of Design Associates has been featured in magazines such as Preservation, Boston Magazine, House Beautiful, Home, This Old House, Cape Cod & Islands Home, Elle Decor and House & Garden. On Nantucket, Christopher Dallmus has been visibly involved in the Open Land Fund as the Design Associates’ principal-in-charge for the design of environmentally sensitive residential development sites, and successfully involved and gained full support of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation.

    Before joining Design Associates, Christopher Dallmus worked with RTKL Associates, an architecture and planning firm in Baltimore. While with this firm Mr. Dallmus worked on numerous large retail, commercial, high-rise office, and urban design projects. Christopher Dallmus received a Bachelor of Design in Architecture at the University of Florida in 1975, and completed study at the Preservation Institute in Nantucket in 1979.

    Dallmus served on the board of Nantucket Preservation Trust from 2002 through 2008, and has returned to the board in 2009, with his broad knowledge of preservation and historic buildings. He presently sits on the Town of Acton Design Advisory Board, a group of architects, planners and landscape architects seeking to promote small scale, pedestrian-friendly development. He holds architectural registrations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Colorado, and through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

    He has served on the Acton Historic District Commission from 1991through 1994. He has been a Guest Lecturer at the Preservation Institute:Nantucket on the subject of restorative design, procedures, and techniques.

    Dallmus is a frequent contributor to This Old House Magazine, commenting on various residential design topics. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Design Center of Baltimore, and the Board of Directors of the Big Brother Association of Cambridge/Somerville, and for three years was a Big Brother himself.

    Earlier in his architectural career,  Dallmus served as a Vista Volunteer on a
    number of related inner city and rural Appalachia projects and for the Pittsburgh Architects Workshop, including feasibility studies for new infrastructure development, and community organizing for socioeconomic improvements.



    March 29, 2014