Way, way back in 1980, two ambitious young architects hopped off their drafting stools at WM Design Group and formed their own firm.  


Tom Samyn and Ward D’Elia set up shop in a lightly-renovated, old post and beam sugar house on a single-lane dirt road in Holderness, NH. It sounds like a pioneer story and actually, that’s just what it was. Tom and Ward shared a desk, their suppers, and Tom’s high school manual typewriter. “We’d work till eight or so, eat dinner and then work until midnight," D’Elia remembers (though that may be an uphill-both-ways-to-school kind of story). The fledgling firm’s first commission was for an underground house, their second for the home of a friend who is still a client today. Their knowledge of early sustainable design snagged them their first commercial project, condos in Watervillle Valley, NH.  D’Elia says, “We knew we were taking off when we were arguing about whether or not to purchase an electric typewriter.” For the record, Tom was for the purchase, Ward was against it. They bought that typewriter and never looked back. Eventually outgrowing the sugar house and each getting their own desk in the renovated gristmill that, to this day, houses the offices of Samyn-D’Elia Architects, P.A.



Portraits by Maundy Mitchell


Ward D'Elia, AIA – Principal Architect
Rhode Island School of Design

John Otte, AIA – Project Architect  University of Oklahoma

John Otte, AIA – Project Architect
University of Oklahoma


Cris Salomon, AIA – Project Architect
Norwich University

Mike Ritter – Architect  Rochester Institute of Technology

Mike Ritter – Architect
Rochester Institute of Technology


Designers & Staff

Amelia Martin Brock, AIA

Joshua Riley, RA

Mark Hall
Architectural Designer

Hannahrose Kindell
Office Manager

Peter Stokes, LEED®




SDA is offering a unique opportunity for one lucky architect to work with our eight-person team in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes and Mountains Region. Our converted gristmill office is located on the winding Squam River, just downstream from the pristine Squam Lakes, at the entry to the White Mountain National Forest, and just a short drive to our State’s 48, 4,000-footers and Waterville Valley Ski Resort. Since 1980, we’ve had the good fortune to be hiking, skiing, running, boating, and playing right where we work. We’ve also had the privilege to work with outstanding clients designing award-winning projects throughout the state including Hampton Beach State Park facilities, NH Welcome Centers on I-93, renovations and expansions for the base lodges at Bretton Woods and Waterville Valley resorts, a brewery for Schilling Beer Company, a spa as part of The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel renovation, dormitories at Holderness School, New Hampton School, and Brewster Academy, and many distinctive and environmentally-friendly homes.

We’re looking for an architect with 3–5 years in building programming and design, with a strong background in construction document preparation. Our new team member will manage thier own projects with responsibilities to include: schematic design, site visits, client meetings, design development, construction documents, and construction administration. 



• Architectural degree

• Auto-CAD-REVIT experience

• CAD, DataCAD proficiency

• 3-D modeling (SketchUp) proficiency

• Good understanding of high-performance design

• Dedication to promoting environmental sustainability

• Client/project management experience

• Microsoft Office proficiency

• Well-established organizational skills

• Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a team

• Willingness to explore and embrace new design ideas, products, and approaches



SDA hires (and pays) an intern each summer to assist with architectural and office tasks. We like to hire a student enrolled in college pursuing a degree in engineering or architecture, but we’re flexible on that. Some of our most interesting interns have come to us from outside the field. One ended up owning his own T-shirt design company in NYC and is now writing software to help structural engineers design buildings more efficiently. Another is designing snowboards for Burton, and yet another is SDA Project Architect, Cris Salomon! 


This is what our intern did last summer:

• Measured buildings and created as-built drawing

• Painted offices

• Drafted using CAD – He had the basics down when he arrived, so he did a lot of this.

• Made a model of the Meredith Public Library

• Sat in on staff and client meetings

• Went to job site meetings with Project Architects

• Helped our Office Administrator and Administrative Assistant when they needed him


Just like our intern last summer, you need to be: hard-working, polite, friendly, a quick study, punctual, and responsible.

We look forward to hearing from you!



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