Design Philosophy

Based in a city with a rich architectural history, we are aware that it is tempting to mimic or replicate the visual and stylistic elements that have defined the urban environment for decades or sometimes centuries. We believe such a strategy is misguided, for architecture has always sought to be representative of the particular time in which it was built. It is undeniable that culture and society have changed over time, as have building practices, and we believe that  weaving new and different threads into the urban fabric enhances the built environment and provides a broader and deeper context for any city as it moves through time.

Our design approach focuses on a thorough research of each project’s environmental and cultural conditions, teasing out details of location, history, climate, patterns of use, and social significance. In this way, we find new and meaningful strategies by which context and place can be revealed in the work. Through a reiterative cycle of observation, research, concept generation, and detailed design, we celebrate local conditions while transcending local convention. Our work prioritizes the experience of a place over formal aesthetic concerns, allowing the project to resonate on many levels for a variety of users over time.

The result is an architecture that emerges substantively, rather than scenographically, from each particular locale. Our design vision incorporates geography, climate, resources, and traditions to develop an architectural response clearly of our own time while maintaining a respect for the past.

Our practice’s commitment to culture and civility places public participation at the center of what we do. We structure an authentic, collaborative process to promote meaningful dialogue and build consensus among a multitude of stakeholders, crafting a common vision and translating the hopes and dreams of each community into exceptional, uncommon results.