Platt Dana Architects draws on the strengths of principals Hope Dana and Kate Platt to achieve its signature mix of classic and modern design. The firm’s philosophy is rooted in finding elegant and timeless solutions to a broad range of complex architectural projects. Each project’s logical design resolution makes sense of the often conflicting initial constraints imposed by site conditions, building codes, functional requirements, and aesthetic goals.

Platt Dana Architects’ collaborative open office setting encourages innovative and creative input from the staff of five architectural designers. All hold professional architectural degrees and have wide-ranging design experience including residential, interiors, design-build, and urban design. As a full service architectural firm, Platt Dana is involved with site selection and preliminary design through construction and move in.

Hope and Kate pride themselves on providing hands-on project management throughout the design and construction process. One of the principals always heads up a project team, provides design direction, and attends every project meeting. Additionally, each project has a designated project architect who is responsible for drawing coordination and day to day project management. This helps the firm manage multiple projects simultaneously, as the principals can easily oversee several projects at once. Each project designer manages 2-4 projects at a time, and typically 10-15 projects are ongoing during the course of any given year.





Pre Design

Identification of the clients program and space needs through discussion. Investigation of pertinent building constraints and/or codes.


Schematic Design

Preparation of a preliminary design plan for discussion. Initiate contact with outside consultants who may be required for the project.


Design Development

Further development of the project through plans, elevations, and sections. Preparation and presentation of materials and products to be used on the project.


Construction Documents

Final production of biddable construction documents, including specifications for all items being used on the project. Production of drawings needed for permitting or approval by governmental agencies.



Review of typically up to two General Contractor proposals and assisting the client in choosing the General Contractor.


Construction Administration

Site observation weekly or as required. Review and approval of contractor submittals (shop drawings). Provide additional information or drawings to the contractor as required. Review requisitions for payment from the contractor.