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Mark Hutker has been designing houses throughout New England for nearly thirty years. His firm, Hutker Architects, with offices in Falmouth, on the Cape, and in Vineyard Haven, is recognized for its high level of design and craftsmanship and commitment to sustainability with awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art as well as Builder Magazine and Custom Home Design. Hutker is active in the Vineyard community, having served on the West Tisbury Historic Commission and the board of Island Elderly Housing, and committed to architectural education as co-founder of the Lyceum Fellowship Committee, which funds travel grants for architecture students. Hutker is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the New England Design Hall of Fame.


"Meet the architect behind Cape Cod's most beautiful homes. A Sense of Place by architect Mark. A. Hutker looks at more than 300 houses he has designed along the breezy Massachusetts shore."
--Architectural Digest

"After designing homes on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard for thirty years, Hutker Architects is known for building livable places that respect the region's heritage. Their recently published book showcases thirteen projects that combine enduring architecture with new innovations--a stunning collection for the library of any sea-lover. With five essays and more than 200 photographs, the book is a tribute to the evolution of the cape house, with naturally weathered boards that honor coastal views and connect generations. The included homes highlight the firm's motto, 'build once, well, ' as Hutker and his principles tap into history and make homes new without banishing the old."
--Boston Home magazine "Place is a powerful word for an architect. It describes the intangible feel of a location--its history, its present, and its future, all while drawing on what's around the site, so that being there is unlike being anywhere else. Hutker Architects, which has offices in Falmouth and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, has 30 years' experience designing houses among the rocky bluffs and sandy dunes of the New England coastline, and the firm's book explores what makes the area unique. With five essays and more than 200 photographs (the cover shot is by Design New England contributing photographer Eric Roth) of houses that the firm, led by principal Mark A. Hutker, has designed, the book explores the values guiding every choice, from tapping local traditions to using native materials to infusing the inimitable histories of each community."
--Design New England "Hutker Architects' second book features photography of 13 homes on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard as well as essays about each place. On the Vineyard, projects included range from The Grey Barn Farm in Chilmark to a home overlooking the Edgartown Harbor. 'Our goal is to create the kind of structures that the community will want to defend in the future.'"
--The Vineyard Gazette "Projects that defer to their surroundings and feature creative design solutions."
--The Boston Globe "Lose yourself in the enchanting world of architect Mark Hutker, and his realm of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. Add some lobster rolls, white wine, and dream away."
--InsideChic "Hutker as a firm is known for its sense of stewardship and sense of place, and the work shown here reflects that, with weathered wooden structures and tiled roofs which are congruent with the architectural vernacular their chosen areas have always been known for. The Salt Shack on Buzzards Bay is representative, with its variation on a traditional shape and its use of windows to open up as much of the house, which is set on a narrow neck of land, as possible. Right outside can be seen pristine, protected bay. The interiors are typically clean and spare."
--Women's Wear Daily

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