James Estes, president and partner of Estes/Twombly in Newport, Rhode Island, has been a registered architect for twenty-seven years. With his designs he explores the New England traditions of scale, economy and simplicity to create a strong regional architecture that is unique to its time and place.
He is the recipient of dozens of awards including Honor Awards from the Rhode Island and New England chapters of the American Institute of Architects and “The Best of the Year” (2006) and Grand Award from Remodeling Magazine.
Estes’s houses are built on a scale that is functional rather than formidable and are modern interpretations rather than mere imitations of Shingle style or Shaker style or Colonial. His work has been featured in magazines such as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Residential Architect and Home, and in the books The Simple Home, The Barefoot Home and The Face of Home.
A charter member of the ADA Advisory Council and an active professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, interior designer Lisa Bonneville has served as president of ASID’s New England chapter, as a director on the national ASID board and on numerous national committees.
Principal of Bonneville Design in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, Bonneville’s design philosophy centers on creating environments that are healthy, safe and aesthetically pleasing. She approaches every project with the goal of designing a better living space that can be navigated by the greatest number of people.
Bonneville has published her design projects and numerous articles on professional practice both locally and nationally. She is author of a 250-page manual entitled Your Design Process: Identify It–Organize It–Profit by It and the book The Safe Home: Designing for Safety in the Home.
Architect Mark Hutker has cultivated a new epoch of architecture that he calls “new regional vernacular,” which responds carefully to the craft and culture of the region while incorporating newly sustainable systems and accommodating the contemporary social family structure.
He established Hutker Architects in 1985 with offices on Martha’s Vineyard and in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Today the company has grown to a firm of thirty-five talented architects and designers.
Hutker’s work has been featured on HGTV, in several home design books and in regional, national and international publications including Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home, Trends, Coastal Living, New England Home, Custom Home and the New York Times. Hutker Architects has also been the recipient of several awards, most recently five Custom Home design awards, a Citation Award from the BSA Honor Awards Program and a 2008 Best of Boston award.
Richard Wills, son of renowned architect Royal Barry Wills, joined Royal Barry Wills Architects in 1952. Now the firm’s sole principal, Wills has made his own mark in the history of residential architecture in New England. His work maintains the scale and proportion of traditional New England architecture while adapting the planning and design to a twenty-first-century lifestyle.
Wills is a member of the board of trustees of the Boston Preservation Alliance and has served on the membership committee and as class advisor at the BAC, where he sponsors a scholarship for first-year architectural students.
Through the years, Wills has been the recipient of numerous awards, and his work has been published in national magazines and featured on TV programs. He co-authored More Houses for Good Living, as well as his current book, Houses for Good Living.
Comfort is a major theme of interior designer Nancy Taylor’s work. For every project, she aims to achieve a level of design that will look and feel comfortable for at least twenty years, believing that, with good design, the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
Taylor has managed her Providence-based firm, Taylor Interior Design, for the last forty-one years, completing 75 percent of her projects here in New England. Her love for the city of Providence led her to serve on the boards of Keep Providence Beautiful and Trinity Repertory Theatre, and she has helped with many fundraisers for the Providence Preservation Society.
Her work has been published in New England Home, Rhode Island Monthly, Traditional Home, House and Garden and several other publications, as well as in the books Spectacular Homes of New England and Living Rooms: Colors for Living.