TruexCullins Marks 50 Years of Architecture and Design

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design is celebrating its 50th anniversary, which was recognized with a reception and design exhibit honoring the firm’s achievements of the past 50 years. The exhibit chronicles the firm’s work from 1968 until the present and is open to the public during business hours at the firm’s design studio at 209 Battery Street in Burlington.

The reception was attended by principal emeriti Bill Truex and Tom Cullins, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, past and present employees, clients, and friends of the firm. “TruexCullins was built on a foundation of creativity and a commitment to design excellence,” said Managing Principal David Epstein, “and we are honored to continue that tradition with the talented and dedicated team we work with today.”

The firm was founded by Bill Truex and Eugene Alexander in 1968 and soon established itself as a leader in the design of civic projects and urban planning.

Truex developed the design concept for the award-winning Church Street Marketplace, which continues to thrive as the cultural and economic heart of downtown Burlington. Other notable projects by the firm that shaped the greater Burlington area included the U.S. Coast Guard station, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, and academic buildings for UVM, Champlain College, and Saint Michael’s College.

Clockwise from top left: Church Street Marketplace (1981); Saint Paul’s Cathedral (1973); U.S. Border Station Highgate Springs (1997); University of Vermont Dudley H. Davis Student Center (2007); Burlington Downtown Transit Center (2016); Champlain College IDX Student Center (2000).

Over the years, TruexCullins has expanded their portfolio into new markets and regions, including projects in multiple states and in over 10 countries worldwide. While pursuing such growth, the firm has maintained its commitment to improving the quality of life for the city of Burlington, evident in the design of the recently completed Downtown Transit Center and renovation of the King Street Center.

TruexCullins is currently working on the University of Vermont Multi-Event Center, renovations to the Williston Central School, and interior improvements for the historic Mount Washington Resort at Bretton Woods, NH. The residential studio has designed several award winning homes throughout New England.

The firm’s work is organized across 4 market areas: workplace, education, residential, and hospitality, in both architecture and interior design. The work is led by Principals David Epstein, Richard Deane, Lee Grutchfield, Kim Deetjen, and Associate Principals Matt Bushey and Keith Nelson.

The interior design studio within TruexCullins operates across the firm’s market sectors and is an integral part of the firm’s identity. Under the leadership of Principal Kim Deetjen, the interiors studio is focused on boutique hospitality design, with a portfolio of projects that began in the Northeast and now covers many regions of the country. A concentration of projects in Jackson Hole, WY, includes Teton Mountain Lodge, Hotel Jackson, and the Mountain Modern Motel, winner of a 2017 Hospitality Design Gold Key Award.

Since 1968, TruexCullins has successfully bridged changes in ownership, economic cycles, and evolving design trends to maintain a reputatin of design quality and expertise. “From its beginnings 50 years ago, this office has proven that businesses in Vermont that are focused on quality service and creativity can succeed,” noted Principal Richard Deane, “The firm continues to grow and thrive.”

The design exhibit chronicling 50 years of TruexCullins projects will be open to the public through the end of the year, located within the firm’s studio gallery at 209 Battery Street in Burlington. Below are some images from the event.