"How many barns are there in Vermont? What kind of condition are they in? Are we losing significant numbers each year? What can be done to preserve these icons of our history and landscape? The goal of the Vermont Barn Census is to carry out, for the first time, a state-wide census of Vermont's barns that will lay the foundation for further efforts to preserve them."
Atelier Tabula Rasa is a New England-based vernacular design and research studio that is primarily involved in the exploration of American vernacular architecture, historic preservation, and contemporary building-focused craft practices. Examining these topics through the fields of architecture, landscape, and urban design, ATR seeks to explore and present new ways of thinking about the design and evolution of our built environment.
The intent of this website is to exhibit both the ongoing work of ATR and its principal designer Ryan Edwards, as well as to exhibit the work of other designers, artists, and scholars whose work is reflective of, or in some cases counter to, the studio's core design and philosophical principles. In addition, the blog format of this website allows for visitors to comment on and critique the presented work in an open forum-type context, with the intent of potentially generating an engaging discourse on any of the various works presented.
Ryan N. Edwards
Founder, Principal Designer
Born a seventh generation Vermonter and educated at the Wentworth Institute of Technology (M.Arch. '10), Ryan's scholarly and professional interests in American vernacular architecture, historic preservation, and contemporary craft practices evolved both from his time at Wentworth and through his apprenticeships with a number of highly regarded master builders in the state of Vermont.
In addition to his time at ATR, Ryan also works as a Junior Architect at Helicon Design Group in Boston, and with fellow Wentworth alumnus Michael Bellefeuille at their collaborative multidisciplinary design practice, The Big Dog Atelier.