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Writer: Susan Dewey

Cape & Islands Architects and Builders

Courtesy of LDa Architecture & Interiors

Courtesy of LDa Architecture & Interiors

Finding a cohesive balance and providing symmetry for each client is the central mission of LDa Architecture & Interiors, according to the firm’s co-founding partner, Douglas Dick.

“Our goal is to bring those unique forces that impact a project together, including a homeowner’s desire, lifestyle needs, and their sense of how they want to live within their preferred style of home, complemented by construction technologies and the physical site,” Dick explains. “Each project has a trace of who we are—you can see a thread of continuity from project to project—but each home is really unique because we have found this perfect balance between client goals, the home’s environment, and the general challenges of construction.”


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Success, for Dick and his team at LDa, comes in this collaborative, “process-oriented” approach to design, and it’s an approach that has stood the company well for nearly 25 years. Founded in 1992 by Dick and Treff LaFleche, LDa Architecture & Interiors—based in Cambridge and Chatham—offers residential, commercial, academic, and cultural design work throughout New England.

It’s important to the firm, says Dick, that LDa remain good stewards of the environment.“We try to design our houses so that the structures respond to the way the land exists,” Dick says. “It’s important to us that the houses really fit in and we are sensitive to these amazing places that we have these tremendous opportunities to work on,” which include coastal properties and reservation lands.

“That’s why working on Cape Cod is so interesting to us,” he adds. “There is this sense that most people of the Cape have that you really do need to honor that landscape, because it’s fragile and precious.”

While the firm particularly enjoys designing traditionally inspired homes, Dick says LDa also embraces more contemporary approaches to architecture and décor. “It’s somewhere in that balance, again,” he explains, “between really celebrating traditional New England architecture and exploring more contemporary ideas about living, that you find our work.”

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Susan Dewey

Susan Dewey, former associate publisher and editor at Cape Cod Life Publications, lives in Centerville where she grows vegetables and flowers for Cape farmers' markets, designs perennial gardens for her son’s company, Dewey Gardens, and enjoys living on beautiful Cape Cod year round.