Duo Dickinson

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George A. "Duo" Dickinson, Jr.[1] (born 1955)[2] is an American architect. In more than 30 years of professional practice, he has built over 500 projects in over 10 states, with budgets ranging from $5,000 to $5,000,000. Based in Madison, Connecticut, he maintains an office of 10 staff members.

Life and career[edit]

Dickinson graduated from Cornell in 1977 with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture[3] and opened his own architectural practice in 1987. He is licensed in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Tennessee.[3]

His work has received more than 30 awards, including the Architectural Record Record House, the Metropolitan Home Met Home Award, and the Connecticut and New York American Institute of Architects design awards. He is the first non-member award-winner of the Society of America Registered Architects' Special Service Award,[4] and is the co-Founder of The Congress of Residential Architecture (CORA), the first national organization of residential designers, which has grown to over 20 chapters and 1,000 members in seven years. He has recently been awarded the honor of Fellowship in AIA.


Dickinson's design work has appeared in over 70 publications including The New York Times, Architectural Record and House Beautiful.[3] He has written six books, including Small Houses for the Next Century and Expressive Details for McGraw-Hill and The House You Build, published by Taunton Press and as a paperback entitled House On A Budget. His book, Staying Put, received positive reviews in The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other publications.[5][6]In the Fall of 2017, his next book, A Home Called New England, co-written with Steven Culpepperwill be published

Dickinson is a contributing writer for Houzz and Houseplans.com, a Bureau Expert for Design Bureau and a contributing writer for ArchitectureBoston. He is a contributing writer on home design for Money Magazine, the architecture and urban design critic for the New Haven Register and contributing writer in home design for New Haven magazine and the Hartford Courant. Dickinson has written articles for more than a dozen national publications including Residential Architect, Home and Fine Homebuilding and was a contributing writer for the “By Design” column for This Old House magazine.[7][8][9]



Dickinson has taught at Yale College, Roger Williams University and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Summer Program. Additionally he has lectured at dozens of universities, AIA associations, and at national conventions and gatherings.[3]


Dickinson was the co-host of the CNN/Money Magazine web series Home Work. He has co-hosted with Bruce Barber on a regional radio program, The Real Life Survival Guide, which began airing in 2011. He has appeared on a variety of national media platforms, including Heritage Radio Network's Burning Down the House, CNN's Open House, NPR's Studio 360, and Fox's Weekend Marketplace. He hosts a monthly radio show, Home Page, on WKPN


Dickinson sits on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, New Haven Preservation Trust and Madison Cultural Arts. Additionally, 20-30% of the ongoing work in his office is dedicated to pro-bono or at-cost work for not-for-profits, totaling over 50 projects for over 30 organizations over the last 30 years.[3]



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