Process

We have developed a clear and simple process for the delivery of projects. That process is founded on building a strong relationship with the client, in which frank and honest discussions about their expectations and ambitions for the project occur in parallel to a rigorous analysis of project data such as the budget, program, schedule, and site.

Within this relationship, every project is treated uniquely and approached from a fresh perspective by a dedicated team who are focused on the successful delivery of that project. We believe that a project is developed through multiple iterations of drawings, models, and renderings in discussion with our client. We focus on continually improving every piece of the process through every project we work on.

Design Methodology

The architect-client relationship is based on meetings and discussions in which the client explains their ideas, concerns, and desires for a project, and the architect listens. In particular, ideas about the specific experiences that a programmatic element generates are useful as they build a narrative about the project and how it will be inhabited. We then seek to weave together conceptual and functional responses into a unified composition that all stakeholders can endorse. Clarity in the programmatic organization and wayfinding are particularly important and lead to the development of a 3-D model that can be interrogated and reviewed by the wider team. As the functional model develops through iteration, forms and materiality evolve that can be tested against the many criteria and data sets comprising contemporary life.

Collaboration

Working with talented collaborators who have developed unique expertise in their particular fields is one of the most enjoyable parts of the design process. Synthesizing those ideas into the specific functional and practical challenges on each project provides the opportunity for every project to be unique. The most important collaboration is with the client. While the project team expands or contracts, depending on the specifics of the project, at a minimum it includes an architect, client, and contractor. The success of a project is determined totally by the relationship that develops between those three components. Indeed, our most successful projects have resulted from clients who bring energy, expertise, and their ideas to the table. Our team members in the firm are encouraged to welcome and incorporate ideas from all parts of the greater project team as well as learning how to negotiate the often conflicting demands of stakeholders and shape those ideas into a cohesive whole.

Sustainability

Rather than approaching sustainability as a separate issue, to be divorced from the design process, a constant awareness of sustainability issues allows us to make smart decisions interwoven throughout the process. The result is a design that is naturally sustainable as much as possible, with a focus on reducing costs, both financial and environmental, and maximizing the sensible and sustainable use of resources. This approach is anchored in common sense, with sustainable projects the result of our in-depth knowledge of the subject. Familiarity with the most advanced energy friendly products and procedures, and our continuing theory education ensures the best possible results for each project.

Hybridization

We are highly interested in many developing fields that aren’t directly related to architecture. Working processes in the fields of the arts, business, economics, sports performance and science, amongst others, are all making new discoveries that in part are applicable to architecture. We encourage our team members to keep abreast of developing ideas and discuss them within the context of our work. These hybridizations can influence both the formal and functional content of a project as well as the back-of-house processes that ensure projects are well managed and executed successfully.

Specifically, we are intrigued by the possibilities that big data and data tracking of our projects allows us. Being able to compile and collate various bits of information on a project in an intelligible format allows us to refer back and study the material in a more meaningful way moving forward.