Ten Percent Happier

Ten Percent Happier Receives 2 Awards at the IIDA NE Design Awards

September 2022

We are excited to announce that our Ten Percent Happier project has won 2 IIDA New England Design Awards for Humanity of Design and Small Workspace. Ten Percent Happier is a web-based company focused on teaching self-improvement through guided mindful meditation.  The 5,200 sf fit-out integrates the unlikely pairing of an open office plan with a public-facing multipurpose meditation and meeting space.

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Corey Gibbons Promoted to Project Manager

September 2022

Corey Gibbons joined MERGE as a Project Designer in February 2020. He is an Architect with past experience in ground-up, interior fitout, and renovation projects across commercial, mixed use, and institutional programs in the Boston area. Since joining MERGE, he has provided a critical layer of oversight and management to the firm’s largest interior architecture office projects. He has also led a number of smaller retail and commercial projects. Corey holds a Master of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Eli Kruse Logan Promoted to Project Manager

August 2022

Eli Kruse Logan joined MERGE as a Designer in 2018 and has been a Project Designer in the office since 2020. He has served in design roles on projects including commercial office, multifamily housing, historic renovation, and mixed-use development. Eli anchored competition teams investigating traditional Boston housing types, notably in the first prize-winning Back Stack entry to MassCEC’s Triple Decker Design Challenge. Over the past four years, he has been integral to the office’s civic work, presently managing several renovation projects for the City of Boston. Eli leads MERGE’s in-house digital fabrication shop.

Triple Decker Design Challenge Winner

March 2021

MERGE Architects is the Winner of the 3+ Retrofit Design Award for their Triple Decker Design Challenge design proposal hosted by Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. You can check out all the submissions on the Triple Decker Design Challenge page along with the press release.

Cable Mills Published in Architectural Record

Oct 2020

We are excited to announce that Cable Mills, River Houses and Modern Mill, have been published in Architectural Record Magazine.  For a link to the article, please click here.

Beverly Clinic Longlisted for a Dezeen Award

August 2020

We are excited to announce that Beverly Clinic has been longlisted for a Dezeen Interiors Award!  For a link to the project page, click here.

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Grub Street Narrative Arts Center Previewed in BSA ‘Openings’ Series

June 2020

Elizabeth Whittaker will present MERGE’s design for the Grub Street Narrative Arts Center in the Boston Society of Architecture’s ‘Openings’ series. Beth will be joined by Matthew Oudens (Oudens Ello Architecture) and Jeffry Burchard (Machado Silvetti) in a digital presentation and discussion regarding projects under construction in the Boston area. The Grub Street Narrative Arts Center is scheduled to open later this year in the city’s Seaport. The presentation can be viewed via this link.

Dezeen Features Marginal Housing 3.0

May 2020

We are excited to announce that Marginal Housing 3.0 has been featured on Dezeen.  For a link to the article please click here.

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Marginal Street Lofts 3.0 Shared with Harvard University Students

April 2020

Elizabeth Whittaker presents MERGE’s recently-completed East Boston Marginal Street Lofts 3.0 to Eric Howeler’s Cases in Contemporary Construction course at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The audience of Master of Architecture students learns about the multi-family housing project’s unique design, hybrid unit typologies, documentation, and construction process.

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MERGE’s Elizabeth Whittaker Lectures at the American Institute of Graphic Arts

February 2020

MERGE’s sustainable design practices will be highlighted at the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Sustainability in Design Event in Boston. Beth will share several case studies of the firm’s efforts towards socially-responsive and environmentally-responsible design before a discussion on the topic with Kate Kennen (Offshoots Productive Landscapes). Additional information can be found at this link.

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MERGE Fills the Missing Middle in RE:Housing: Detroit Symposium

September 2019

Elizabeth Whittaker will share several of MERGE’s Detroit housing projects in a lecture entitled ‘Missing Middle’ at the RE:Housing: Detroit Symposium. Hosted by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Symposium will provide an opportunity to highlight the firm’s efforts in designing and building a set of rare, medium-scaled housing types in the city. The presentation can be viewed via this link.

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MERGE’s Elizabeth Whittaker Talks Craft at the University of Arkansas

April 2019

Elizabeth Whittaker will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Obsessions with Craft and Social Ecologies’ at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture in Fayetteville. Beth will share a selection of MERGE’s work that exemplifies the firm’s aim of redefining the social boundaries of the city via material and spatial experimentation. Additional information can be found at this link.

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MERGE and Housing in Las Vegas

February 2019

Elizabeth Whittaker will lecture and participate in a panel discussion focused on North American housing typologies along with Ray Demers (Enterprise Community Partners), Phoebe Yee (Related Residential), and Julie Schneider (City of Detroit) as part of the AIA Las Vegas Mayor’s Symposium. Additional information can be found at this link.

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MERGE’s Elizabeth Whittaker Addresses Architecture Graduates at University of Michigan

October 2018

Elizabeth Whittaker will lecture on the topic of housing in the United States - with a special focus upon MERGE’s nearby Detroit projects - to an audience of the graduating class of University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. 

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MERGE’s Elizabeth Whittaker Speaks on Scale at AIA Arkansas

October 2018

Elizabeth Whittaker will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Scale Up’ that features MERGE’s recent large multi-family and commercial interior projects at the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Merge Featured in Urban Land Magazine

Summer 2018

Urban Land Magazine features Marginal Street Lofts as one of 10 projects by emerging firms in the Summer 2018 issue.  For a link to the article click here.

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Merge Featured in Architectural Record

June 2018

Merge Architects has been featured in the June 2018 issue of Architectural record, in the article "The Future of Practice: Small Firms".  For a link to the article click here.

Merge Wins the Housing Northwest Arkansas Competition

May 2018

We are excited to announce that Merge Architects has been selected as the Site 5 Winner of the Housing Northwest Arkansas Competition.  You can find the official announcement here, as well as links to all the entries here.

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MERGE Goes Left, Right, and Center at The New School Housing Symposium

October 2017

A broad range of MERGE’s housing projects will be highlighted in a lecture by Elizabeth Whittaker as part of The New School, Parsons School of Design Housing Symposium: Light, Right and Center. Beth will also participate in a panel discussion moderated by Mark Lamster (Dallas Morning News) on the topic of housing alongside David Dowell (El Dorado) and Anne-Marie Decker (Duvall Decker Architects). The presentation can be viewed via this link

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Lexington Home Design Featured in Boston Home Magazine

Fall 2017

A Lexington home designed by Merge Architects is featured in the Fall 2017 Boston Home Magazine.  The article, "Out Of The Box" highlights a series of courtyards and recessed gardens that bring light and nature into the home . The article can be found here.

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MERGE’s Elizabeth Whittaker Talx Architecture at Architalx

April X2017

Elizabeth Whittaker will deliver a lecture entitled ‘No Limits’ as part of Architalx, an architecture lecture series in Portland, Maine that has featured leading voices both inside and outside of the field since its founding in 1987. The presentation can be viewed via this link.

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Brush Park Work Featured in Arch Record

April 2017

In the April 2017 issue of Architectural Record, MERGE's work in Brush Park, Detroit is featured in Cathleen McGuigan's look at the city's contemporary architectural surge. The article "Detroit: The Remix" is available here, and you can read more about our Detroit projects here and here.

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MERGE x 2, Elizabeth Whittaker Lectures in Detroit

April 2017

Elizabeth Whittaker will deliver lectures across town at both the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture and Lawrence Technical University College of Architecture and Design in Detroit. The latter lecture can be viewed via this link.

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Grow Box Wins at BSA/AIA

February 2017

MERGE's Grow Box was recognized with a Boston Society of Architects / AIA Honor Awards for Design Excellence Award at their annual gala celebration. A full list of the evening's winners is available here.

Brush Park Neighborhood Starts Construction

November 2016

Mayor Mike Duggan of Detroit, Michigan, Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures, and the project team are celebrating the start of construction of "City Modern" on November 29, 2016. The Brush Park Neighborhood starts construction this month on over 400 new units in this mixed-use, mixed-income development, and MERGE is proud to be part of the team as the designer of the Duplexes and Carriage Homes Typologies.

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Elizabeth Whittaker Lectures Across the US

October / November 2016

MERGE is on the road this fall, as Elizabeth Whittaker visits Arizona, Florida and Oregon to discuss recent projects and exciting developments. In Phoenix, AZ, Elizabeth is speaking at the AIA AZ 2016 State Conference (10/7) where the theme is 'Transforming Boundaries'. In Tampa, FL, the University of South Florida's School of Architecture and Community Design is hosting a lecture on 11/8. And in Portland, OR, Elizabeth will be in town for the AIA Portland Architecture Awards on 11/17. We hope that you can come connect at one of these events.

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Sonoscape takes Honorable Mention

September 2016

SONOSCAPE, a temporary installation concept by MERGE for the Quad Competition, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the final round of competition. The installation was designed as a destination and a presence within the ABX exhibit hall - a gathering area, vantage point, display armature, and prototype for future interventions from a kit of parts.

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Merge Detroit Office Opens

August 2016

MERGE architects has opened a satellite office in downtown Detroit, Michigan. In the award-winning Chrysler House, also called the Dime Building, we're excited to be part of such a vibrant neighborhood and close to our City Modern project in Brush Park.

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Elizabeth Whittaker Juries 2016 R+D Awards

July 2016

This summer MERGE's Elizabeth Whittaker joined Mic Patterson of Design Tectonics and Douglas Stockman of El Dorado to jury the Architect Magazine's 2016 R+D Awards. From a multitude of entries, the jury awarded winners, citations and honorable mentions across a range of architectural projects, installations, material innovations and conceptual designs.

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Merge Wins at Northern Avenue Bridge Competition

May 2016

MERGE architects' proposal was selected as a winning entry from more than 130 submissions in an ideas competition re-imagining the Northern Avenue Bridge at Fort Point Channel in Boston, Massachusetts. The competition was sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA/AIA) and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), with Mayor Martin J. Walsh on hand to kick off the discussion. MERGE's winning entry (an essay) can be read here.