About

About

Catherine Truman, CATHERINE TRUMAN ARCHITECTS

Every project is different. Every client is different. Every house is different. Every budget is different.

The solutions should be unique. 

Great solutions share one thing in common – excellent design. Clear thinking. A solution that works so well that it looks completely obvious. A solution that looks simple. But it’s not. 

Each homeowner had different needs, wants, desires and concerns. We believe it’s important to listen, and find a solution that successfully addresses all of them. 

Every existing building, evert site, and every plot of land, is different. We believe that we have to understand the building and site in order to find the solution.The materials. The restrictions. The views. The history. Everything.

Budgets are wide ranging. A builder once told me, “the most expensive house you can build is the wrong house”. Most people don’t build a lot of houses in their lifetimes, and we want to make sure that, whatever your budget, you build the best house.

So, every project is different. Every client, every budget, every site – and every one of our solutions – is different.

That’s what makes this fun. It’s different, every day.

So, why work with us? We like solving those problems, collaboratively. We like to solve them collaboratively – we collaborate with owners to find the best solution for them. We collaborate with the builder to develop the best building we can – they bring our solutions to life. We don’t drop the drawings with the builder and disappear; we are on site, with the builder, making sure it comes out the way we all want.

We design spectacular custom homes. The common thread is a solution which seems effortless and simple, like there couldn’t be any other solution.

About the founder: Catherine started the firm in 2013, after 15 years at Ann Beha Architects, where she started and ran the residential portion of the practice. She was also involved with some of the firm’s most important preservation projects. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Dartmouth College. She also completed coursework at the Architectural Association of London’s Graduate Program in Architectural History and Theory. She has been a critic at many New England architectural schools, has taught at MIT, Northeastern, and the Boston Architectural College, and was a teaching assistant at Yale’s School of Architecture and Department of the History of Art. Previous to settling down to work in an architecture firm, Catherine worked with the National Parks Service Historic American Building Survey and Historic American Engineering Record, at the Museum of Modern Art, at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, with US/ICOMOS in Split, Croatia, and did post war rebuilding planning in Mostar, Bosnia and preservation planning in Istanbul, Turkey. She continues to travel, whenever possible, with recent trips to Nepal and Bhutan, Oman, Ecuador, Iran, South Africa, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Peru.