Beth Reader

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wheatland farms log cabin, waterford, va.

The jury liked that this sensitive addition to a nearly 200-year-old cabin "grew organically around the original structure." And they felt a contemporary glass catwalk gave the design "that extra oomph." More

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How Did Architects Fare During the Downturn?

In the aftermath of the economic crash, the 10 firms featured in residential architect's January/February 2009 cover story, "Word on the Street," struggled mightily. See how they're doing now. More

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chuck swartz, aia, leed ap, and beth reader, aia

Reader & Swartz Architects was founded during a recession. “Beth got laid off and I had the brilliant idea of quitting and starting our own firm,” says Chuck Swartz, AIA, LEED AP. More

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something old, something new

Architect Griz Dwight, AIA, was doing an adaptive reuse project in the Washington, D.C., area when he came upon a brick wall that had been covered over with a thick layer of plaster. More

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reader & swartz architects

When Reader & Swartz Architects decided to find new digs for its eight-person staff, it wanted a building that could be a catalyst for redevelopment in an overlooked area of Winchester, Va. More

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stud skeleton library, winchester, va.

Too many books. That's what prompted this husband-and-wife team of architects to design an inventive shelving arrangement based on the stud system of their late '60s tract house. More

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house ocho, carmel, calif.

This simple, elegant staircase plugged into an adjacent retaining wall may seem like an easy detail to pull off, but the opposite is true. More

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2004 architects' choice

No one wants to take a chance on a product untested in the real world—not when your clients' good opinion and safety is riding on your spec list. More

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