Awards + Press

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2024 AIA Maine Design Awards

Colby College's Paula Crane Lunder House, Jane Powers House, Carol Swann-Daniels House, and Jacqueline Núñez House - Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture

West End Apartments - Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture

Studio 85 - Citation Award for Excellence in Architecture

New Hampshire Home Design Awards

2024 Net Zero Home Winner - Spark Side

South Portland Business Awards

Kaplan Thompson Architects and Avesta Housing receive the 2023 SoPo Sustainability Award for the West End Apartments

PHIUS Passive Projects Design Competition

2023 Source Zero Winner - Shawme Lake Passive House

Built Environment Plus Green Building Showcase Award

2023 Green Home of the Year - Shawme Lake Passive House

GrowSmart Maine's Maine Smart Growth Award

2023 Exemplary Smart Growth Development - West End Apartments

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)

Phil Kaplan received NESEA's 2023 Distinguished Service Award which annually recognizes a NESEA Member who has made a significant contribution of time and service to the organization.

New Hampshire Home Design Awards

2023 Energy-Efficient Home Winner - Lower Meadow Farm

2023 AIA Maine Design Awards

Detail Award - 5 India

WoodWorks Wood Design Awards

2023 Sustainable Wood Design Award - The Ecology School

PHIUS Awards

2022 Honorable Mention - Low-rise Multifamily for Oak Tree Village

2022 AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm

2022 Multifamily Executive Awards

Mixed Income Merit Award - Oak Tree Village

2022 AIA Maine Design Awards

Institutional/Commercial Honor Award - The Ecology School
Single-Family Residential Citation Award - The Crow's Nest

2022 Rethinking the Future Awards

The Ecology School receives the First Award for Sustainable Project of the Year (Built) and Second Award for Institutional (Built).

2021 PRISM Awards

Sandwich Passive House wins:
Gold Winner - Best High Performance / Energy Efficient Home
Silver Winner - Best Millwork or Custom Cabinetry

Maine Homes by DownEast

2020 Best Professional Bath Award for Ledge's Edge

2020 AIA New England Design Awards

Institutional/Commercial Honor Award - Parris Terraces

2020 AIA Maine Design Awards

Institutional/Commercial Honor Award - Parris Terraces

2020 AIA Maine Design Awards

Single-Family Residential Merit Award - Blackwood House

2020 Fine Homebuilding House Awards

Best New Home - Rockbound Park


2020 eco-Excellence Awards - Business Award

2019 ARCHITECT Top 50 in Sustainability List

Maine Homes Design Awards

Long Reach Retreat wins Best Professional Bath

2019 Maine Smart Growth Award

Parris Terraces wins Outstanding Project

MEEA 2018 Environmental Ally of the Year

2018 ARCHITECT Top 50 in Sustainability List

2018 PHIUS Passive House Projects Competition

Joslin Hill Passive House wins Single Family award
Bayside Anchor Apartments wins Affordable award

NHSaves Drive to Net Zero Home Competition 2017 Awards

First Place

2017 AIA New England Citation Award

Bayside Anchor wins a New England Citation Award

2016 Maine AIA Awards

Friends School of Portland wins a Special Detail Recognition Award

2015 Maine AIA COTE Awards

Friends School of Portland wins a Merit Award for Commercial Institutional

2013 LEED For Homes Awards

Earthship Farmstead wins for Outstanding Single Family Project

AIA Maine 2013 COTE Awards

2013 - Ranch Revival receives an Honor Award

AIA New England 2013 Merit Award

2013 - Harborview Townhomes is recognized for Excellence in Architecture

Fine Homebuilding Magazine Best Energy-Smart Home of 2013

2013 - Flying Point is named the Best Energy-Smart Home

Lowering the Cost of Housing Competition

2013 - Winning Entry: Bayside Anchor

Maine Chapter Of The American Institute of Architects

2012 Merit Awards for "White Mountain View", "Miyake Restaurant", and "Ranch Revival"

Marvin Windows

2011, myMarvin Architect's Challenge for "White Mountain View"

Portland Society of Architects, Biannual Unbuilt Design Awards

2011 Residential "Meduncook Hardshell"


New Yorker

April 2024 - Jesse Thompson weighs in on The Biden Administration’s Plan to Make American Homes More Efficient

AIA Maine

March 2024 - American Institute of Architects Elevates Jesse Thompson, FAIA to the College of Fellows

The Wall Street Journal

January 2024 - Building Their $1.6 Million Energy-Efficient Home Was Anything but Passive

January 2024 - Built to Learn: Envisioning A Living Future In Maine, The Ecology School Embraces the Ambitious Nature of the Living Building Challenge

Down East

December 2024 - In Maine, the New School of Res-Hall Design Prioritizes Sustainability, Style, and Amenities

New Hampshire Home

November 2023 - Clear Thinking featuring Beaver Lodge Lookout

Maine Home+Design

October 2023 - Built to Last: 14 architecture projects pushing design in Maine

Maine Home+Design

September 2023 - Radically Simple


August 2023 - Typology: The Ecology School


August 2023 - Kaplan Thompson Architects adds longtime employee, 'strategic mind' as Principal

One Kindesign

April 2023 - Step into a restored modern barn style house in the Vermont countryside

New Hampshire Home

February 2023 - New Old House

Portland Press Herald

December 2022 - New projects may soon begin to ease housing burden for asylum seekers

Decor Maine

December 2022 - The Year in Design: A Hands-On Education

Fine Homebuilding

November 2022 - At the Juncture of Historic and Passive

Maine Home + Design

November 2022 - Inside a Contemporary Oceanfront Property Emerging From the Rocks in Southern Maine

Portland Press Herald

September 2022 - Preble Street reshapes a shelter based on lessons learned from the pandemic

Maine Home + Design

September 2022 - A Net-Zero Residence on Mount Desert Island Designed Around Mountain Views

House Beautiful

August 2022 - Heidi Lachapelle Updates a Farmhouse in New Hampshire for Modern Living

Home Builder Digest

November 2021 - The 13 Best Residential Architects in Maine

NESEA BuildingEnergy Magazine

Fall/Winter 2021 - Mind Over Materials featuring The Ecology School

Maine Home + Design

September 2021 - New Heights: 16 architecture projects pushing design in Maine featuring South Point

Maine Homes by Down East

Spring/Summer 2021 - 7 Backyard Studios and Hangout Spaces to Inspire Your Own Escape featuring the Super Studio

AIA 2030 Challenge

2020 By the Numbers - Kaplan Thompson Architects successfully met or exceeded their commitment to an 80% pEUI reduction for 2020.

Maine Home + Design

November 2020 - The New Wave: Twenty-one architecture projects pushing design in Maine

Portland Press Herald

June 2020 - Saco ecology school creates green campus at River Bend Farm

Boston Globe

June 2020 - The challenge of building a dramatic home on Maine’s rocky coast

Fine Homebuilding

June 2020 - Science Drives Design

Maine Home + Design

June 2020 - The Magic of Magnus on Water

Downeast Magazine

September 2019 - Rustic and Sleek

Maine Home + Design

September 2019 - Material World


July 2019 - Future-proofing development: Designers are ready for climate change


July 2019 - Feast for the eyes: Portland's foodie status keeps architects and brand experts busy

Maine Home + Design

April 2019 - Sister Act

Christian Science Monitor

March 2019 - Affordable, self-heating homes of the future, inspired by the past

New Hampshire Home

February 2019 - A House Built for Two

Maine Home + Design

March 2018 - Fits to a “T"

Portland Press Herald

South Portland planners approve 64-unit mixed-income housing project

Portland Press Herald

Avesta Housing pitches 64-unit mixed-use project in West End of South Portland

Maine Home & Design

September 2017 - A Light Touch

Portland Press Herald

Portland to unveil affordable, energy-efficient apartments

Portland Press Herald

November 2016 - Green Home Design Takes Off in Maine

Maine Home + Design

October 2016 - Friends School of Portland Institutional Citation Award from AIA New England

Architect Magazine

August 2016 - Living the Dream of a Net-Zero House


July 2016 - Tiny Lots, Big Ideas Fueled by Portland Housing Crunch

Green Building Advisor

June 2016 - Maine Gets Another Passive House Multifamily Project

Building Energy Magazine

September 2015 - High Performance Comes in Out of the Cold

Better Homes & Gardens

June 2015 - Orange Infusion

Portland Press Herald

June 2015 - Dine Out Maine: Rudy's of the Cape has a Terrific Burger


May 2015 - Cumberland School to Have Passive House Certification Status

Portland Press Herald

April 2015 - Quaker 'Passive House' School is First of its Kind in Maine

Cabin Life

March 2015 - Long-Distance Renovation


February 2015 - Best of Houzz Award Announcement

NESEA Masters Blog

February 2015 - High Performance Comes In Out of the Cold

Bangor Daily News

December 2014 - Friends School of Portland Eyes Fundraising Goal for New Building

Portland Daily Sun

December 2014 - Portland Food Co-op Plans Grand Opening