About Us

Cave Springs ClassroomFounded in 1999, Dickinson + Partners (D+P) formerly known as Winter & Company Special Needs Studio (WCSNS) began as the vision of Nore Winter and John Dickinson. Now, this award-winning architectural and consulting firm is breaking new ground while enhancing performance and meeting the needs of owners and users. Although substantial guidelines exist for addressing design needs for persons with mobility impairments, little formal literature exists that describes the special programming requirements for deaf and blind populations. In response to this need, Dickinson + Partners established a special consulting studio to offer extensive experience in programming and design of educational and housing facilities for the deaf and the blind as well for mobility-impaired users. With this foundation, they have gained additional expertise and experience in designing facilities serving individuals who are autistic.

An international planning and design firm, Dickinson + Partners has consulted on projects across the world and has been recognized as one of the top firms in the world in the area of special needs programming and design. Ultimately, it is our passion to listen, learn, and lead through a collaborative approach, while creating designs that surpass the imagination and enrich the lives of those who use them.

The design of innovative living and learning environments has long been a cornerstone of Dickinson + Partners practice. The profile of designing for today’s deaf, blind, and special needs education facilities is changing. In the United States, State governments and school agencies are upgrading and expanding programs, facilities and systems to meet new standards, set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the United States Department of Education’s “Special Education Facilities 2001” guidelines. In addition, continual advancements in technology and the constant need for adaptive reuse require agencies, architects and planners to be forward-thinking and solution oriented. Designs must provide for new and effective visual and functional communication access for students and staff.

We Listen, Innovate, and Deliver

We Focus on You

One of the truly measurable, tangible attributes we bring to the project is our adept ability to listen, comprehend, and communicate closely with you every step of the way. We communicate in a language and a manner that is meaningful and of value to you. We do not bring our own agenda or prescription for the design of your building.  Instead, we develop ideas and solutions that are custom-tailored for you, and are derived from the unique participants and circumstances that frame any given design venture.