Rhode Island Lighthouses

Rhode Island Lighthouses

A building type particular and special to the coastal areas, both around the United States and around the world, is the lighthouse. Built to aid in marine navigation and warn boats away from hazardous rock outcroppings, lighthouses have existed from the early days of...
Be Ready for Future Floods

Be Ready for Future Floods

It often takes a Nor’easter like last week to remind people in coastal communities that the beautiful vistas we enjoy can turn dangerous under certain circumstances. While Newport was fairly lucky this time, those who were here for Superstorm Sandy just a few years...
The Art of Architecture

The Art of Architecture

People often think of architects as “building” the structures they design, but the reality is far more complicated and interesting. Even a small house would be difficult for a single person to create solely on his own. Architecture is in fact a collaborative process...
World Heritage Site Status

World Heritage Site Status

This column has often argued that Newport is blessed with a broad and deep cultural and architectural heritage. From the city’s rich concentration of colonial houses along Spring Street and in the Point District, to the extraordinary collection of Greek revival, Queen...
A4 Architecture + Planning: How We Came To Be

A4 Architecture + Planning: How We Came To Be

In 2004, after many years of working for clients under umbrellas of other firms, our managing director, Ross Cann, felt it was the opportune time to directly provide commercial, institutional, and residential clients the highest quality design, service, and value. And...

Working towards better Public Spaces

When most people think about the idea of “Public Space” they will often immediately think of parks and public squares. While parks like Touro Park, Queen Anne Square and Washington Square serve an important role as visual punctuation to the buildings, the vast...