At Harry Hunt Architects, we focus on designing simple solutions to the complex challenges of life during the 21st century. Every day we leverage the power of design to deliver results that are better for people, for profits, and for the planet. Our mission is to transform the built environment of today into one that mirrors the natural world, embodying sustainability, beauty, and soul.
The Right House began with a house. More specifically, it began with his house—the house Harry Hunt designed and built for his family in Stowe, Vermont. As he was sketching out ideas for how to make this dwelling the perfect home for his family, Harry kept reaching out to pull in what he’d learned—about sustainability, about low-carbon building, about clean living.
But Harry wanted a beautiful house, too. One that felt cozy and comfortable. He wanted to design a house that would inspire thoughtful living; for it to feel like an artful extension of who he and his family were. He wanted the right house.
If it’s true that we’re all our own worst critics, a project that’s uniquely ours should inspire the greatest innovations. It did for Harry. His pursuit of the right house earned him the 2015 Honor Award from the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. More importantly, it resulted in a home. And out of the pursuit for the right house—his house—Harry Hunt discovered a better approach to the design of sustainable homes. Welcome.
We design exceptional, low carbon homes delivered on time, and on budget. By integrating the design and construction processes and seeking collaboration on each step along the way, we ensure that the house we design is right for you. We can help you integrate principles of passive design and low carbon living that enhance your way of living—but we also believe that low carbon homes shouldn’t be boring or bland.
We create artful, bright, inspiring houses that are designed with soul, and constructed with teamwork. That they also happen to be cleaner, smarter and more sustainable is the benefit to working with Harry Hunt Architects.
Harry L. Hunt, principal of Harry Hunt Architects, is a designer and maker of things like no other. Since opening his Stowe, Vermont-based architecture office in 2005, Harry has worked in and across a wide range of contexts—from commercial and residential buildings, to urban planning, interiors, and landscapes. With over three decades of experience in architectural design, engineering, and construction, Harry balances a strong sense of aesthetics with cutting-edge building science and practical construction know-how.
A native Vermonter, Harry got his start in the industry as a teenager in Bakersfield, Vermont, working as a carpenter under the supervision of a local barn builder. He went on to earn his BS in engineering from the University of Vermont in 1986, and his Master’s of Architecture from the University of Colorado in 1994. Harry honed his hands-on construction skills working with George Schaeffer Construction in Vail, Colorado, then spent the next decade working for two of Colorado’s most-respected design firms: Barrett Studio Architects (AIA Colorado Firm of the Year 1998) in Boulder, and Harry Teague Architects (AIA Western Region Firm of the Year 1994) in Aspen.
Harry is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and is a Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) accredited professional through the United States Green Building Council. He is certified with the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Darmstadt, Germany, as a passive house designer. He is also registered with the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, and is a registered architect in Vermont.
“Harry Hunt Architects delivers beautiful, sustainable homes designed with soul and constructed with teamwork.”
Our diverse project portfolio gives us a colorful design palette from which to draw inspiration. Each project we undertake is unique and so are the resulting designs —whether it’s residential, office-based or civic in nature. Here are some of the highlights in our portfolio:
The Right House v1.0
In 2015 the Right House v1.0 was honored with an AIAVT Design Excellence Award.
The jury commented,
“Beautifully composed – a simple and familiar form enriched with contemporary covered wrap-around gallery that provides shade from the sun and extends the space of the house. Very convincing, revealing a high level of design control from interior to exterior.”
This unique low carbon home is located in Stowe, Vermont. It is born of core Vermont values creating meaningful regionalist architecture from the opportunities and constraints inherent in green home design. The house achieves near passive house level energy efficiency of 13.7 KBtu/sf/year, and makes extensive use of green and local materials throughout.
Photography – Jim Westphalen
The Right House v2.0
Located off the Smuggler’s Notch Resort access road, this artfully designed modern farmhouse provides low-carbon living at an affordable price point. The house is sited so as to optimize passive solar gains and incorporates Passive Haus principles to achieve Efficiency Vermont’s High Performance Home Certification and a home energy index (HERS) of 36 prior to installation of on-site renewable energy systems. Once populated with solar panels, the large south facing shed roof will provide adequate electric energy generation to achieve net-zero annual energy usage.
Photography – Jim Westphalen
The Right Renovation
This classic 1970’s Chalet style home, located along the Stowe Mountain Resort access road, began as a true fixer-upper. A full gut and interior rehab brought the home into the 21-st century with major improvements to; circulation, lighting, finishes, windows, structural system, and energy-efficiency. The result is a highly functional and comfortable vacation home with it’s own unique appeal.
Photography – Jim Westphalen
Longstaff Residence—Morristown, Vermont
Davies Intern Housing—South Wheelock, Vermont
Private Residence—Bakersfield, Vermont
Sears Residence Renovation—Ludlow, Vermont
Lande Residence Addition—Stowe, Vermont
Roberts Residence Addition—Stowe, Vermont
Bornstien Residence Addition—Stowe, Vermont
Teplick Residence—Stowe, Vermont
Village Walk Residences—Stowe, Vermont
Friedman Residence Renovation—Stowe, Vermont
Adams Residence Renovation—Waterbury, Vermont
Wisebord Residence Addition—Stowe, Vermont
South Village Residential Development (Arch. of record-Looney Ricks Kiss)—South Burlington, Vermont
Yardley Residence Addition—Charlotte, Vermont
Halverson Residence (Arch. of record-Shope Reno Wharton Architects) —Stowe, Vermont
Tree House—Stowe Vermont
Greenwalt Residence Addition—Stowe Vermont
Krakower Residence Pool House—Stowe Vermont
Adam’s Mill House—Moscow Village, Vermont
Cannon Guest House—Estes Park, Colorado
Civic and Community
Enosburg Health Center (Arch. of Rec. Kane Architecture)—Enosburg, Vermont
Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center—Newport City, Vermont
Vermont Food Venture Center—Hardwick, Vermont
Sterling College Kane Hall Renovation—Craftsbury, Vermont
Pentangle Arts Center Conditions Assessment—Woodstock, Vermont
* Brattleboro Food Coop (Arch. of Rec. Gossens Bachman Architects)—Brattleboro, Vermont
* The Riverwalk Center (Arch. of Rec. – Harry Teague Architects)—Breckenridge, Colorado,
* Jackson Center for the Arts (Arch. of Rec. – Harry Teague Architects)—Jackson Hole, Wyoming,
* Summit County Recycling Center (Arch. Rec. – Barrett Studio Architects)—Summit County, Colorado,
* University of Colorado Fireweed Research Hostel (Arch. of Rec. – Barrett Studio Architects)—Nederland, Colorado,
* Abbey of St. Walburga (Arch. of Rec. – Barrett Steele Architects)—Virginia Dale-Colorado
* Indicates project experience gained by Harry Hunt while employed by other architectural firms.
Market Street Plan—South Burlington, Vermont
Huntington Form-based code study—Huntington, Vermont
Preservation Trust of Vermont Walmart Proposal—Newport City, Vermont
Newport City Form-based code adoption—Newport City, Vermont
Drive-in Neighborhood Design Guidelines (Arch. Rec. – Barrett Studio Architects)—Boulder, Colorado