small studio | big experience

WINTER HOLBEN is a multidisciplinary studio built around the concept of seamlessly integrating architecture, design, and branding. We are architects, thinkers, makers, designers, and curators, dedicated to creating innovative and engaging design experiences for our clients, their visitors, patrons, and employees alike.

We believe in big ideas and a small team approach, and in close collaborative work with our clients. The cross-pollination of ideas around the studio excites us, and the world outside our walls inspires us. Together, we tap into more than 30 years of collective experience, technical knowledge, and strategic thinking around the built environment.

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Design Strategy
  • Branded Environments
  • Retail Systems
  • Identity & Wayfinding

Elisa and Brandon

  • Elisa Winter Holben

    Creative Director - Environmental Branding

    Elisa specializes in the application of branding, graphics, and wayfinding in the three-dimensional built environment. She began her career as a published scientific illustrator with a degree in science and art. Her right- and left-brained thinking led her to the world of environmental branding where she became Creative Director of high profile projects for clients like Bank of America, Wachovia, UPS Express and 3S Artspace. Elisa is an expert in brand strategy, graphic design, industrial design, and interior design with a strong understanding of architecture, engineering and fabrication. She designs and leads large scale branding programs as well as custom site specific installations. In the spring of 2011 she started her own studio, WINTER HOLBEN, continuing to work with national brands, while becoming more involved in local projects where she could see the impact of her work in her community. She enjoys spending time skiing, hiking, biking, and boating with her family, and volunteering and coaching for the Kittery Schools and local arts organizations.

  • Brandon Holben

    Principal Architect, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

    Brandon’s focus is on high-performance contemporary design solutions that respond to the surrounding environment and specific client goals. With a degree in architecture from the University of Buffalo, he has been practicing architecture for over 15 years. His portfolio of work includes four recent projects that have received AIANH design awards (Smuttynose Brewery, Ash Street Split, Hyder Court and 3S Artspace). He utilizes extensive experience, design innovation, and technical knowledge to provide integrated architectural services for a wide range of commercial and residential projects. Brandon is skilled at leading large scale projects, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, and creating strong partnerships with his clients. In 2015, Brandon was pleased to become Partner and Principal Architect at WINTER HOLBEN, allowing them to offer their clients a full range of architecture and design services. When he is not working or building something, Brandon is also passionate about playing hockey, skiing with his family, and boating on the Piscataqua River.


community + design

We believe in the powerful relationship between design and community: that design transforms communities, and that communities shape design. Our team is dedicated to the Seacoast region, where we live, work, and play, and where we are inspired everyday by the natural landscape and the kind and creative folks whose paths we cross.

Our studio is located at "THINKYARD," a brand new cooperative workspace located in the heart of the Kittery Foreside. We’re lucky to spend our days working amongst many creative entrepreneurs in a friendly and welcoming environment. We look forward to your next visit!

7 Wallingford Square
Kittery, ME 03904


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