NCA Announces Daniel L. Weston’s Retirement
Northeast Collaborative Architects (NCA) recently announced that Partner Daniel L. Weston, AIA has retired from the firm. Dan’s architectural career spanned over 40 years and is distinguished by designing dynamic learning environments with a focus on public schools.
As Dan transitions into retirement, NCA Partners Glenn R. Gardiner, AIA , LEED AP, Synfoni Bailey-Green, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and John D. Scheib Jr., AIA, LEED AP BD+C will continue to lead the firm’s educational design sector.
John Scheib says, “Dan’s legacy will endure in our practice. Personally, the best times spent with Dan were during the construction of a project, walking the site and the building together, seeing the project through his eyes. His unique respect for the craft of construction will stay with us a long time.”
Dan’s notable educational design projects include the award-winning Renovate-as-New addition and renovations to Region 18: Lyme-Old Lyme High School in Old Lyme, CT; the design of the new Derby Middle School in Derby, CT; major renovations and additions to Kelly Lane Intermediate School and Wells Road Intermediate School in Granby, CT; and renovations to Xavier High School in Middletown, CT.
Throughout his career, Dan was an active member of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He was elected President in 2006, earned the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008, served on the Board of Directors for 12 years, and served as the Chairman of the Ethics Review Panel. Other significant honors include the 2009 Connecticut’s Architect of the Year Award from the Association of General Contractors and the 2013 Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute Architects’ Design Award for Region 18. Dan recently served as Chairman of the Connecticut School Construction Coalition. He played an important role in reviewing designs for aesthetic content, constructability, code compliance, and document completeness. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science and a B. Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
As he reflects on his career, Dan says, “It is with mixed feelings that I officially announce my retirement from NCA. I am immensely proud of the people by whom I am surrounded and the consummate professionalism they exude. I am equally proud of all that we have accomplished as a firm.”
He adds, “I will miss the camaraderie of the working experience. What is unique about our working relationship is the kinship I feel toward all of us who work so hard for the fleeting moments of positive feedback we might get in the midst of the work day. Only those of us who have experienced what it takes to design and build a building understand the complexity and the personal level of commitment we all make. Most of all I will miss the thrill of seeing a design come to life. I have often kidded about my designs being my children and watching them develop as they grow into reality. Only an architect can know the feeling of fulfillment as they walk through a space that has sprung from their imagination. The best feeling of all is to hear, just once, “Wow, is this place cool,” from a non-‐architect experiencing one of your designs.”