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OCO architecture::design focuses on all types of projects from new construction, additions, renovations and interior design. We treat every project, big or small with the same level of effort and enthusiasm. We are committed to finding a balance between traditional New England architecture and your individual needs for modern living. We create solutions that fit into the fabric of the existing community. We find inspiration in our design process, from the surrounding landscape or existing home, our collaboration with our clients, and the challenges of implementing new design solutions. All of which results in architecture uniquely created by people and place.

Paulette O'Connell, AIA, LEED AP
Paulette O'Connell is principal and owner of OCO architecture::design, LLC.  She started this firm to offer more personalized design solutions to homeowners and clients alike on the South Shore and beyond. She has a diverse background which allows her to bring a fresh eye to her custom residential projects. She applies the design excellence and professionalism associated with commercial architecture to the residential realm.  Paulette's primary area of expertise is her collaborative design approach. She really listens to and works with clients in order to provide a design that meets their lifestyle, tastes and budget. She prides herself on her keen design sense, attention to detail and passion she brings to every project.

Previously she was a Senior Associate at Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Inc. In this role she led one the firm's four design studios.  She was project manager and lead designer on both public and private projects ranging in size from 4,000 up to 100,000 sf.  She was also a mentor to junior staff and assisted in marketing for the firm as a whole.

Paulette is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She also studied abroad in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.  She has served as a graduate advisor at Suffolk University New England School of Art and Design, led a team for the Citizen's Schools 2008 Architectural Competition and has guest lectured at the University of New Hampshire, Boston Architectural College and the Boys & Girls Club Annual Keystone Conference.

Paulette is a registered architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects.  She is also LEED certified.  LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system.  You may hear the tag line "going green".  What that means to you as a homeowner is that together we can implement design strategies aimed at improving performance in energy savings, water efficiency, emissions reduction, and improved indoor environmental quality; thus creating a more efficient home with a smaller carbon footprint.

Awards :: Publications
   •  Harris Family Children's Center, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH  - Merit Award
       for Outstanding Accomplishments in School Architecture: Design Share
        International Awards, 2007
   •  Endicott Green, Danvers, MA – Greater Boston Real Estate Award of Excellence
       (mid-rise, pre-2000 category),  2006
   •  Joseph P. Herman Youth Center, North Andover, MA - Facility of the Year by Athletic
       Business in 2001
   •  Fort Point Place, Boston, MA - featured in article, "Urban Lofts", October 2001

Client Testimonials

"The (plans) are awesome!  I am so thrilled.  I can't thank you enough!...Truly the tough choice now will be trying to choose between the two." -Molly in Duxbury

"Thank you for all your hard work — I think (the design) is fabulous — inspired — perfect!  I am so happy we are privy to your talent." -Melissa in Boston

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