Hot off the Press: we just developed a Community Engagement Tool Kit that allows a facilitator to find a community's priorities for public space improvements. Developed with the Midtown Greenway Coalition in Minneapolis, this Tool Kit will be used to determine the neighborhood's priorities for a Shared Street Demonstration project
Public places are vessels for building our capacity to work together and they are the spaces that define our communities. All communities, regardless of scale, benefit by strengthening social connections between their citizens. Social resilience is as important today as economic or environmental resilience as it creates the foundation for stronger communities. Tactical Urbanism mobilizes community-based resources and builds social capitol in the process.
Montpelier Pocket Park, 2015
Built on an empty lot in downtown Montpelier. Awarded an Open Space Design Award from Vermont Chapter of the ASLA
Rialto Bridge Parklet, 2014
Design & built with students at Vermont Technical College. This public space was donated to the City of Montpelier
Guertin Pocket Park, Montpelier Fall 2017
An amenity of the downtown Recreation Path. Features rain water catchment, shaded seating, a vine arbor, sculpted bike rack and bench
Guertin Pocket Park
This building by Yestermorrow Design/Build workshop
Langdon Street Alive, 2016
Transformation of a street in Montpelier into a public arts space. This project was managed by Ward Joyce Design
Randolph Pocket Park
Coming in 2018, this pocket park in Randolph will feature activities for all ages, including raised planters designed for elders to work on, a sand area for little kids with adjacent seating for moms and dads, a shade pergola and interactive games. The park will also have solar panels to power LED lights.
Pyralisk Arts Park, 2008
Designed to be a public festival space along the Winooski River in Montpelier. This project was not built but won an Open Space Design Award from the Vermont Chapter of the ASLA in 2008
St. Johnsbury Depot Park, Vermont, 2018
Shade pergola design as part of plan to improve the town’s historic park in front of the train station. Project awarded a National Life Main Street Grant in 2018
Woonerf Demonstration, 2017
Alongside the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis, this project tested street calming elements and organized community activities along a stretch of unpleasant street. The project sought to improve the street and to create connections to the bike path, and was funded by a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Midtown Greenway Woonerf: Existing Site Diagram
Site Diagram and photos of existing conditions allow community members to understand the site as we discuss the challenges out there on the street, and the spots at offer opportunities for public space improvements illustrated in the other 3 Idea Boards
Midtown Greenway Woonerf
Public Space Design
In 2016 Ward Joyce Design created Langdon Street Alive, a project in Montpelier that transformed a public street into a Public Arts Space. With a Steering Committee we commissioned over 25 art installations all along the street: a parklet, murals, paintings, photographs, and sculptures. We also helped coordinate a series of community events on the street to bring it to life as a new civic space.
Whether you're starting with an undeveloped lot or buying an old house that needs inspiration, we will help you create a space that is exciting and energy efficient, while being a solid investment in the long run. Check out this selection of projects that vary greatly in scale and character.
Vancouver House, 2015
This custom house was built on Vancouver Island, British Columbia as a slab on grade with radiant floors. The clients desired an animated facade treatment with distinct materials on each volume.
The Crank House, 2105
3D rendering of early version of house built for Susan and David in Vancouver. The house was to feature green roofs and lifted roofs over the first floor volumes
Azarian House, East Montpelier, 2012
Artist's house and studio constructed with S.I.P. panels and a post and beam interior structure. Built by Watershed Construction
West Hill, Berlin, 2008
This custom designed passive solar house was built by our team. The house achieved a 5 Star Energy Star Rating from Efficiency Vermont. It features 2x8 modern framed walls, and 18" thick roof, both with dense pack cellulose insulation. The floors as radiant slabs and the house has triple and double glazed windows depending on the solar gain potential of their orientation.
Mullins House, Cabot, 2014
This off-grid house features passive and active solar systems for electricity and warmth. Located 1/2 mile off the nearest road, it was impractical to bring in power. A 1,500 s.f. house for two.
Holland Duplex, 2012
Straw bale construction of a duplex for seniors right on the Canadian border. Commissioned by Rural Edge Development as subsidized housing, this building was a prototype for low cost rural housing. We collaborated with New Frameworks on the straw bale and plastering details.
Moretown, New Construction, 2014
The design of this house was largely by a Danish architect-friend of the owners. WJD served as the local architect in charge of the drawings, permitting and envelope design.
Starksboro, New Construction, 2000
House for a single woman, this compact building has a feature space, the 1/2 octagonal living room that looks out over the entire valley. The gable portion of the house is just 16' wide, which works fine with the bonus space on the main level for entertaining.
Crested Butte Renovations, 1996
This house was a run down house with seven attached coal sheds and a second floor 1/2 as big as it is today. We flipped the house layout by bringing the kitchen and living spaces upstairs and designing bedrooms on the ground level. This provides fabulous views and light from the social spaces. The detailing of this house was inspired by the regional vernacular of low-Victorian homes in Colorado.
Lincoln House Renovations, 1996
The gable on the right was an existing run down camp. We redesigned its facade and added the wing and porch to the left to transform this camp into a lovely three bedroom home.
Lincoln Renovation, 1996
Side view of new wing and porch additions
Plainfield House Renovation, 2013
Addition of a second floor to this little cape. Interior design and massing by WJD and modern siding touches on new exterior with the ingenuity of Rogen Design/build.
This study of Susan's house tests the lighting at a specific time of day in the south facing living room. 3D modeling allows you to spin around a building and test the day lighting conditions at any time of any day of the year
Mullins House, 2013
3d model of a house showing the shadows at a specific time of day.
West Hill, interior
Open main volume of house designed to feel like a cross between an artist's loft and a renovated Vermont school house.
Riverton House, 2008
Kitchen and loft details on house designed and build by WJD. House was awarded a 5 Star Energy Rating from Efficiency Vermont's Energy Star Program.
Riverton House, 2008
Passive solar design heating super insulated radiant slab
Reinvention of the Ranch, under construction
Deep energy retrofit and complete interior redesign of a 1950’s house in Montpelier
We have ample experience with small and energy efficient homes. This winter we are launching a Tiny House Initiative. We currently have four under 1,000 s.q. foot units designed and/or under construction. Stay tuned!
Montpelier Duplex - under construction
Side by side two bedroom units over parking on a riverfront street in downtown Montpelier.
Renovation of an historic garage into a granny flat. This 650 s.f. apartment will be energy efficient and fit into the neighborhood.
New 680 s.f. tiny house for an empty nest'er in East Montpelier
off a 3000' driveway, this off-grid house features passive solar design with super-insulated double stud walls. It also has p.v. panels on the roof and solar hot water.
Commercial. Educational, Industrial Design
Commercial, Educational and Industrial design experience include VTC's Dining Hall Renovations, a new 20 classroom school in Guatemala, a factory Control Room, and several Cafe Designs. and working with a team on the VSAC headquarters in Winooski Vermont
New Hope, Guatemala, 2004
Local kids holding a poster of their school that will be built later that year on land adjacent to their homes.
New Hope School, 2004
This images shows the first of 4 wings of a new school designed for a foundation providing education for children in Guatemala. Since this photo, two additional wings have been constructed on this school that I designed while working as the Construction Manager and Architect for Common Hope from 2003-2005. Play ground within school yards with covered sporting field seen behind
Display Hall, Omya Control Room, 2002
As part of Omya's Control Room renovations, we were asked to design a showcase for Omya's products as part of their visito tour. The client asked for a Star Ship Enterprise-like space, and these images show the solution. A curved marble wall has interior lit jewel boxes displaying the steps of manufacturing, the multi color ceiling glows, and a 3D sign is lit by LED tracks. The door at the end of the space automatically slides open to reveal the Control Room beyond.
This project was designed while at Freeman French Freeman Architects.
Omya Plant Control Room, 2004
This space is accessed via the Display Hall in previous image and forms the conclusion of the visitor tour.
VTC, Morey Dining Hall Renovations, 2011
We worked with Sodexo Food Services and their kitchen consultants to coordinate the layout, materials and colors for the complete renovations to the only dining hall at VTC. Done with Arocordis Design: Steve Frey
VTC Morey Servery Renovations, 2011
Kitchen dining counter: colors and lighting design
Burton Hardgoods Furniture Design, 2003
Design of 40 new work stations for the Hardgoods team at Burton Snowboards' headquarters in Burlington. We utilized some existing furniture hardware with new elements custom built by Homer Wells and Fine Lines Cabinetry to create a work environment that fits with Burton's famously casual work culture. This project done while at Truex Cullins & Partners.
Cafe Tempo, 1997
Design/build cafe in Minneapolis. This project was one of three cafes we designed and then built. We custom designed and built all the counters, lighting, signage, colors, etc.
Hanson Block, Winooski 2005
New commercial building in core of Winooski. Designed while at Truex Cullins & Partners
VSAC Building Rendering, 2006
3D modeling and rendering while working on design team while at Truex Cullins & Partners
VTC Solar Training Roof, 2009
Design and construction oversight of Vermont Technical College's training roof for solar installations. Shown here in action, this roof is accessible and provides a setting for instruction in the installation and weather sealing of solar panels on a typical roof.
Yurt Porch, 2011
Custom built entry porch on yurt. This piece done with Jacob Rogen Design/build as a gift to the school.
New Hope School, 2004
Though the body of the school is mostly concrete block, ribbons of brick and introduction of limited fields of colored stucco gave the school a refinement that allowed it to feel appropriate within a community of concrete block houses.
New Hope School Stairway, 2004
Steel stairway to second level of school
Yurt construction at Orchard Valley Waldorf School, 2011
Project managed the design and construction of a yurt classroom for OVWS
Kitchen Design & Detailing
Kitchen designs and renovations provide the greatest opportunity to express your passion for design and details
Design/Build project delivery is where the owner manages only one contract with a single point of responsibility; designer and contractor are on the same team, providing unified recommendations. Changes are addressed by design/build team, not used as excuses by the builder, who is a third party. For the projects shown here, Ward Joyce Design was responsible, with others, for the construction of the projects. See image below from the Design/Build Industry of America
Architect's Own House
This house was added to over the course of 15 years. This cape saw a dozen improvements including the tower and eye brow dormer, the passive solar bay window and arched deck.
West Hill House
Designed and built in 2008, this house was given Five Stars from Efficiency Vermont's Energy Star Program. It features radiant concrete floors, extensive south glass, 2x8 walls and an 18" thick roof with cellulose insulation, and triple glazed windows. The house was designed and built by Ward Joyce Design
Cafe Tempo, 1996
One of three cafes that we designed and built in Minneapolis. Custom designed elements include the counters, lighting, signage, colors, flooring, and salvaged antiques.
Cafe Tempo Sign/Light, 1995
Custom built signage for interior of cafe in Minneapolis
Cafe Tempo Lighting, 1995
Custom lighting design and construction for Minneapolis cafe
This pergola was built with Rogen Design Build in 2014 alongside a pond just outside Montpelier for the City's Mayor. Built with locally milled hemlock and cedar, this space making piece is dynamic yet stable
Outdoor Pizza Kitchen
Built in 2012 for the owners of a local pizza company, this green roofed outdoor kitchen has a hand built wood oven under the custom pie-shaped roof
This entry porch was modeled after porches typical of Swedish homes where a pair of benches face each other on a covered deck. This porch is attached to a yurt which we also built at the Orchard Valley Waldorf School in 2009
Decorative Deck Cover
This shade pergola was built over the deck on our house in Montpelier
Montpelier Pocket Park
This pocket park was designed and built with my students at Vermont Technical College and installed in Montpelier in 2015. The project was awarded an Open Space Award from the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Rialto Bridge Parklet
Design and built at Vermont Technical College with my students in 2104. This public space element was installed and donated to the City of Montpelier.
This piece is unique in that the four posted pergola sits in the middle of an octagonal deck allowing the shade to move around below it and across the deck
Urban landscapes featuring quirky views of Montpelier and other assorted locations
Since 2000, Ward has been doing pubic artwork and installations