Design Blog: Tony Martini

Design Blog: Tony Martini

Our staff highlight blog series focuses on our staff’s design abilities that extend past Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Engineering, and Planning. We are diving into their individual creative process and projects. This series will showcase “maker”-based crafts, classic medium (drawing, painting, photography, multimedia, etc), or digital design work. Stayed tuned to meet more of our staff, as for this week:

Meet Tony Martini!

As a registered architect, Tony takes on a lot of our construction administration work. He has a remarkable ability to merge form and function, taking designs through completion. Outside of the office, Tony can be found cooking, climbing, hiking, or taking pictures of his dog Bangor!


What is your title and role in the firm?

Associate Architect

Growing up, what was your dream job?

I’ve wanted to be an architect since the 6th grade.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Cooking, hiking, camping, rock climbing, reading science fiction

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Thoughtful, adventurous, pasta-lover

Would you consider yourself more of an introvert or extrovert?

I am an introvert with a lot of extroverted friends.


What’s your creative process?

My creative process within architecture is heavily influenced by incorporating connections with nature. I’ve always had a fascination with Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, James Culter and Bruce Anderson of Culter Anderson Architects, and Glenn Murcutt. Providing views of the outdoors and creating spaces that connect with nature are what drive my design process. There is a real importance in being connected to your surroundings and giving the client/project a sense of place. Everything from the stones used within the construction of walls or veneers, the views captured of the surrounding landscape, and the importance of the building’s orientation, imprints the building into its specific location.

Where do you find inspiration?

Nature, science fiction, and projects that push beyond the traditional while maintaining a sense of place.

Tell me about the projects you’re most proud of and why. What was your role?

One of the projects I am most proud of is Westcott Beach Cottages. It was the first major project I was involved in while at Saratoga Associates and really connects with my passions for the outdoors and vernacular design. Throughout the project I worked with the team to develop construction documents for bidding, as well as oversaw the construction administration portion of the project.

Westcott Beach State Park Cottages

What software do you use?

The software I use the most is Revit and the Adobe creative suite. While working within the Construction Administration phase of a project, we tend to use either Procore or ProjectSight to assist in the management and construction process.

Is there any project type or medium that you would like to do more of or learn more about? 

My next steps are to learn as much about Passive House design as possible. I really want to have a greater understanding of designing energy efficient buildings that are economically feasible and accessible for our clients. As technology continues to advance, we are seeing an increase in products that allow the envelope of a building to become more efficient as well as sustainably sourced.

Westcott Beach State Park Cottages