Every South Mountain Company (SMCo) project rests on a foundation of integrated architecture, engineering, and building. This integration brings clarity and integrity to a complex process. We honor the beautiful island we call home with celebrations of place that harmonize art, science, and craft. We engage you, the client, in a collaborative and transparent process driven by your goals and aspirations, guided by our expertise and experience.
You get a beautiful, high-performance building made with you, for you
SMCo’s integrated process works uniquely well because it keeps the responsibility and accountability in just one place. It’s very direct – just SMCo and you, working in collaboration, fully aligned with each other. This central relationship makes it possible for us to offer you beauty, performance, quality, durability, comfort, security, and service – all at once.
By practicing for decades in one small region, we stay connected to our buildings and clients, learning from both. Our experience has inspired principles which guide our work and allow us to explore a variety of often surprising (and always respectful) design paths.
Our staff of 36 includes six architects (more than any other firm on Martha’s Vineyard), two engineers, two interior designers, two project leads, one shop lead, and a large team of carpenters, woodworkers, and solar installers. All of the above are supported by a strong team of administrative/management personnel. The multi-disciplinary mix gives us a tremendous range of capabilities under one roof.
A better process. A better outcome.
The architect’s role is to listen and guide. The client’s role is to articulate needs, desires and constraints.
You guide us so that we may successfully guide you. Together we can fashion places that support and nurture your health, productivity, and spirit.
South Mountain’s founders were influenced by the work of the Shakers, the California Arts and Crafts practitioners, the early New England timber framers, the 19th century Shingle Stylers, and the passive solar pioneers (of whom Frank Lloyd Wright himself may have been the most important).
We blended these with our handmade sensibility and environmental ethic to produce, over time, our own design language. These days, the mid-century modernists exert more and more influence, and South Mountain’s architecture department is staffed with a younger group of architects with a broader range of design inclinations.
Timelessness knows no style
Every building is fundamentally different, of course, and the power of design goes far beyond style. But we hope all our buildings will:
- Feel timeless
- Evoke a sense of shelter and comfort
- Balance wonder and discovery with rigor and clarity
- Be durable, flexible, and easy to change
- Perform well and be healthy to live in
- Produce as much energy as they use
- Be artfully-crafted
- Connect the natural environment to the built environment
- Adapt seamlessly to site and community
- Fulfill the needs and desires of our clients
- Be loved
We are only successful if you are convinced your project is the best we’ve ever done.