What’s next for architectural design in Connecticut?
Posted October 01, 2018 08:17:00In the past five years, the architectural design space in Connecticut has experienced a wave of growth.
New and established architects are moving into the space to design more of the state’s iconic structures.
As for the architectural profession, many architects have moved on to other opportunities, while others have been drawn to the space for the same reasons.
Here are a few of the recent projects: The state recently awarded $1 million to the Connecticut State Architecture Association to design an arch-like structure for the state capitol.
The organization plans to build it in 2018.
A team of architects is now working on a new, large-scale arch for the State House, including a plan for a tower at the north end of the building.
The National Gallery of Art is planning to use its $1.5 million for a $30 million, 6,000-foot-tall sculpture of an angel.
Two years ago, the state legislature passed a law that allowed the construction of a sculpture of the Virgin Mary in the capitol grounds.
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans in October for a large, 6-story statue of the Madonna in the Capitol grounds.
The sculpture, called the Statue of the Good Shepherd, will rise 6,600 feet (1,600 meters) over the capitola.
It will be built by a firm of local architects and will be completed in 2019.
As a state leader in the design of new structures, Connecticut is well-positioned to play a larger role in the future of architecture.
While the state is on track to surpass its historical high for number of architectural buildings, it is still a very young industry, and there are no guarantees that the new architecture boom will continue.
“It’s not easy, but I think we have a great opportunity in Connecticut,” said Tom McGovern, a New Haven architect and president of the Connecticut Association of Architects.
“There’s a lot of potential and a lot to learn from this.
We’re going to have to see how this plays out, and I’m sure it will.”