creating unique spaces for clients eager to be part of their architectural discovery – because we know how it feels
to be left out of the process.
GDA will bring value to every project through:
"we will share with you an architectural design process as unique as you and your needs are"
At GDA design & architecture, we believe that innovation and ingenuity should always be within your reach, only waiting to emerge with a design process developed and implemented through an individually tailored approach.
Your journey to discovering your unique space is simple and starts here:
During our complimentary introductory meeting, we will begin the discovery process to become acquainted with your project scope and size, with your needs, wishes, and vision. We will review with you the project’s feasibility in relationship to your expected construction budget and desired project schedule.
INITIAL WORKING MEETING
During our initial working meeting we will spend more time with you to gain a more in-depth understanding of your ideas and will prioritize, with your input, specific needs, wishes and wants, and elements of general vision. This will allow us to better understand the general direction, and to define a more detailed work-plan for your project.
DESIGN DISCOVERY SESSIONS
We will establish a schedule for design sessions in order to review design options and choices, and ideas you may have and will want to share with us. We will work collaboratively, and you never have to worry about being left out of the process. At the end of this step, we will generate design options for your consideration and review.
EVALUATION & DESIGN IMPLEMENTATION
With this step we will streamline the options into one Preliminary Design Scheme and will review this design with contractors to get budget input, so that you can decide how and when to proceed with the final phase of the project and the development of final construction documents for a Building Permit application and for construction.
What our clients are saying about us
”When we began to see his sketches and listening to the explanation of how this approach would open up our space in unusual ways, we were thrilledTerry and Dee H.
”He took the time, week after week, to sit down with us and listen to our ideas and “needs”, trying to combine pre-existing structures, practical aspects and a new modern designAnnette S. and Charlie C.
”We are working with Umberto and GDA design & architecture on a major renovation project for our home. Umberto is extremely professional and always delivers what is promised on time. More importantly, he really listens and incorporates our desires and needs into all of his design ideas. We feel very lucky to work with him and are looking forward to our new living space!Joanne C. and Susan F.
”The house turned out to be very spacious and larger than we could imagine and anticipate, although Umberto designed it according to our requested number and size of rooms.Guy P.
”Umberto designed my family’s home, and I fell in love with the space that he created.Jennifer G., Esq.
“Architectural design as a process of discovery”
What makes GDA design & architecture different from other firms?
At GDA we know that you want to be an active participant in the design of the spaces where you will live and work. In order to do that, you need to find an architect who will invite you to participate in the design and who can guide you along a meaningful discovery process.
We know that you want to walk through each step of the discovery process and feel an intimate connection with your space: a space that will resonate with your inner and outer vibes and that will feel uniquely yours and yours alone, because it was specifically and closely designed with you in mind.
At GDA we do just that: we will not exclude you from the discovery process and we will not work in a vacuum.
We will welcome you as an active participant in the decision making process and you will be involved each step of the way.
When engaging GDA, you will feel excited to live, work and just be in a space that truly represents you – you will be beaming with pride when you’ll share with family, friends and colleagues a space that you helped to discover – you will be fulfilled, and you will feel empowered and rewarded, as your space will match the quality and depth of your life and work accomplishments.
Umberto Guarracino, president of GDA design & architecture, inc., invites GDA’s clients to think outside the limits of a simple box and look at the possibilities. As a teacher of Architectural Design, he brings to his clients the experience of fostering people’s ability to discover their inner inspiration and ingenuity. Umberto will lead clients to discover new shapes, and moods of architectural spaces with the same enthusiasm and sense of expectation with which he explores new forms and moods of sound during his classical piano improvisations, or of light, color, and reflections in the course of his oil painting exercises.
In addition to his 38 years of professional experience, both on his own and with large firms in Boston and Cambridge, Umberto provides his clients with an approach to design inspired by his architectural education at the “Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli” in Italy and at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, by his rich Italian cultural heritage, as well as by images and memories collected during travels across Italy, Europe and the United States. He is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), and a LEED accredited professional (LEED AP BD+C) by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
GDA’s Team of Collaborators
At GDA, we are very passionate as a team about creating memorable places that are a true reflection of who you really are as a Client. Our team, through 95 years of combined experience and over 80 projects, has developed the understanding and the know-how to actively engage our clients during the project design process, with a system of specifically designed tools aimed at reinforcing and enhancing communication, collaboration and discovery.