Louis Contadino began his career as a staff architect with progressive firms gaining experience as a designer and project architect on commercial structures, large-scale urban projects and high-end custom homes. In 1989 Louis founded Contadino Architects, AIA. Throughout his career his focus has been on the ability of design, inspired by the elements of space, scale, material and light to enhance the lives of its users.

Louis earned a Bachelor of Architecture, with distinction, from the New York Institute of Technology. He is a licensed architect registered in the states of Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. Professional memberships include the American Institute of Architects, The Connecticut Society of Architects and The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Additionally, Louis is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board.




Q & A

Q: What kind of client would you be?
A: I believe I would be an open-minded client with a lot of “why this” and “why not that” questions. I know, however, that I would be particular with regard to the details and frustrated by all the time it takes to make things happen.

Q: What is the most important thing in your office?
A: Pencil and paper.

Q: What is the highest compliment you have received as an architect?
A: Two noteworthy compliments come to mind. First, shortly after completing a waterfront home, my clients shared that they can’t wait to come home in the afternoon to and watch the changing daylight transition into evening. “Our home is so much fun to live in.” Second, another client took a friend on a tour of her newly completed custom home. After the tour the friend turned to my client and stated, “This house looks like it has always been here.”

Q: What books are on your nightstand?
A: The Architecture of Happiness by Alain De Botton

Q: What are the most important things you would do to enhance a house?
A: I would bring daylight into the house and provide a relationship to the landscape.

Q: What designs do you find exciting?
A: I am inspired by the works of many architects and designers including, Edwin Lutyens, Stanford White, Andrea Palladio as well as Frank Lloyd Wright, Carlo Scarpa and John Pawson. I believe that every design problem is a challenge, an opportunity to bring something new and unique to a project and the lives of its users.

Q: What current design trend is getting your attention?
A: Building “green” or with sustainability is a long-standing concept that has recently received renewed attention. To consider the sun, wind and earth has been a fundamental principle of good design. Throughout the history of architecture you will find examples of sustainable design. However, today utilizing current innovative “green” technologies coupled with sound design is key to an eco-friendly environment.

Contadino Architects A. I. A.
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