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nathaniel david carden architect

vision & approach

Identity, context, materiality, and an evocative poetic spirit are essential to Nathaniel’s design philosophy.

His approach always begins by listening to a client’s goals. Another form of listening which takes place is careful observation of the site and existing conditions. Successful architectural visions are produced by merging function and beauty; manifesting a vision from the combination of the many factors unique to each situation.

Nathaniel offers a new way of looking at design puzzles through the unity of inside and out, human and environment. Design decisions are informed by his ecological, social, and economic principles.  Designing for energy performance and with respect to ecology and both human and non-human actors is considered fundamentally crucial to provide a future which fosters life.

The value of his services is fortified by being a critical thinker and researcher during all stages of a project from initial site investigations and feasibility studies, all the way through the design process, project management, construction administration and post-occupancy follow-up. His well-rounded background includes hands-on experience with construction, making elegant details possible and practical.

He is personable, fun to work with, honest, and trustworthy. No project is too large or too small. He is equipped to take on projects ranging from planning and design of entire urban or rural districts to custom homes, furnishings, and details.

Get in touch today to secure a place in his schedule!


Nathaniel David Carden Architect, AIA, NCARB is a both creative and technical professional born in Rhode Island with experience on the east and west coasts of the US working on award-winning projects of many types and scales. Nathaniel completed an undergraduate degree in Architecture and Finance from Roger Williams University and has a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon with a specialization in sustainable urban design. Now operating his own growing practice, his research, design and consulting services are being offered worldwide. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, is nationally certified by NCARB, and is currently licensed in the States of Oregon, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Florida.


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