• Profile

    Flansburgh Architects is a nationally recognized, Boston-based architectural firm specializing in the programming, planning, and design of academic, civic, and residential projects. The firm has received over 80 awards for design excellence and completed approximately 250 educational projects for primary, secondary and post secondary school clients, located throughout the United States and abroad.

  • Philosophy

    Flansburgh Architects has always been guided by the belief that well-designed buildings can improve the quality of our lives. A strong respect for context, a commitment to sustainability, an eagerness to learn, and a close, collaborative working relationship with our clients are fundamental to our design approach. This holds true whether we are restoring an historic building or creating new architecture.

    True innovation comes from true understanding. In-house seminars on subjects such as sustainable design, product research, and historic restoration are common. Three-dimensional computer modeling allows us to explore design solutions rapidly, and to communicate them effectively to our clients and design team. Traditional model making still plays a key role. Our model shop can produce everything from broad contextual site models to interactive sketch models and full-size mock-ups.

    We are a recognized sustainable design leader. An in-house "Green Team" was established in 2001 to raise the level of awareness throughout the office and promote the use of sustainable technologies and methods. It is our hope that by bringing thoughtful options to our clients, sustainable design strategies will be considered.

    We apply the same guiding principles to a variety of settings, be it a different physical context, client goal, or demand of a program. As a result, our portfolio is stylistically diverse. We see every project as an opportunity to explore better ways to create meaningful places. Design teams are given the latitude and encouragement to develop an appropriate project specific response.

  • Services

    Flansburgh Architects is a service and design oriented firm that delivers comprehensive architectural design services and a broad range of other design related services including: master planning, programming, feasibility analyses, historic preservation/restoration, and interior design.


  • David A. Croteau, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

    Mr. Croteau serves as President, setting the design direction for the firm. He has 24 years of experience in the planning, sustainable design, and management of a large variety of projects in education, the arts, and commercial markets, throughout the nation and around the globe in such places as Turkey, Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Mongolia. Mr. Croteau specializes in public, private, and international schools, for early childhood, K-12, and higher education clients. These award-winning facilities include academic buildings, dormitories, performing arts centers, business schools, and science and technology laboratories. He recently earned Excellence in Sustainable Design and Development's 2010 Merit Award for Integrated Design/Integrated Development for his work on the Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab, which will meet the Living Building Challenge and exceed requirements for the USGBC's highest Platinum Rating. Mr. Croteau is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, and the US Green Building Council. He is a frequent lecturer on educational design, sustainability, and campus planning at the National Business Officers Association, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the Advancement of International Education.

  • Duncan P. McClelland, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal

    Mr. McClelland has more than 33 years of experience as an architect and project manager for over 5 million square feet of construction throughout the US, primarily in the New England area. As a "hands-on" principal, he provides project management and contract oversight in all phases of architectural design, from the schematic phase to construction completion. His focus on managing costs and schedule throughout the life of the project, consistently brings projects in on time and under budget. His breadth of experience includes K-12 and college/university educational facilities, corporate office buildings, libraries, retail, housing, healthcare facilities, and training centers. His work on the new Auburn High School in Massachusetts earned the 2007 Award for Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects and the 2007 Architectural Jury Citation from the American Association of School Administrators. Mr. McClelland is affiliated with the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects.

  • Jorge M. Cruz, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

    Mr. Cruz has more than 27 years of experience in project management, architectural design, contract documents, and construction administration. Specializing in public K-12 educational facilities as well as colleges and universities, his project experience ranges from residential and commercial projects to small- and large-scale municipal facilities. His areas of expertise include accessibility design, specifications, and code compliance, and through his careful planning and cost control, he brings large-scale renovations and new construction in on-time and significantly under budget. His current project management of the renovation of Malden High School is realizing more than a $10M savings in construction costs. His prior work as project manager for the new Lawrence High School netted over $7M in construction cost savings. Mr. Cruz is MCPPO certified with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is affiliated with the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects.