Baker Batchelder Architects was founded as Benjamin M. Baker, A.I.A. in 1983, a firm specializing in the design of single family houses and particularly the more difficult alterations and additions end of this market. Linda Batchelder joined Ben in 1986 after her graduation from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Linda and Ben quickly found that they shared many of the same basic philosophies of design and architectural practice.

In 1992 Linda and Ben became partners. Their common sense approach to the design of buildings and the practice of architecture is appreciated by both home owners and their builders. The business of building or adding-on to older homes is so ticklish that one could consider it something of a miracle when projects are completed with no major problems. The firm’s quiet, but firm diplomacy results time and again in successful building projects.

In 2009 Ben Baker retired from the firm, moving on with much enthusiasm, to pursue his long-time interest in renewable energy. Linda continues the practice in the fashion that the two partners fine tuned in their over twenty years of working together, striving for beautifully proportioned and wonderfully functional homes.

Linda has the valuable ability to understand and rapidly visualize the relationships between the many elements that make up a building. She can reduce a complex series of intersecting roof planes into a simple grouping of beams, posts, and rafters. This natural ability allows her to quickly arrive at design solutions that elegantly integrate new portions of buildings with old. When designing all new construction, she designs the buildings with comfortably scaled elements. Her construction documents are particularly respected by the contracting community for their clarity and correctness.

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