We believe in an architecture that solves problems. We work with our clients and consultants to best realize our projects with originality. Our approach is practical, linear and clear. No two projects are alike because no clients are alike.
Our approach to design considers site, climate, purpose, light, materials, meaning, resources, energy and the way each of us lives, works and plays. By embracing our differences, an enhanced product is made.
We are committed to meeting and exceeding our clients expectations.
Architecture helps us shape the natural environment. It effects our lives, our moods, our habits. What makes it good is whether it functions for the user, is structurally sound and appealing, and whether it is beautiful. This last aspect is very subjective. Architects aspire to create spaces to surprise, inspire, delight and in some cases to disquiet.
Buildings are expensive. They are made of costly materials by skilled craftspeople working within a complex web of legal regulations. They have enormous impact on our environment in terms of the sustainability of the materials used to build them, their placement for experiencing them and the efficiency with which they are heated, cooled, watered and powered. An architect has been trained to understand materials, how they go together and how buildings are constructed so as to help the client best choose the right construction paths for their budget.
Architects are responsible for maximizing the human livability of every structure within the limits of the client's budget. They are trained, certified and legally accountable for the engineering and code compliance of every aspect of the building's design. They are also skilled in the more subjective, hard-to-define, artistic aspects of design, which sets apart a space that delights from a space that merely exists.
The architect's job is to help you creatively realize your goals for the building given your budget. Since an artistic component lies at the heart of good architecture, choosing an architect is a very personal decision. You should expect to "click" with your architect and feel very comfortable and excited designing your building with them. If you don't, keep looking.
Why an Architect?
-Meet: I like to meet potential new clients at their site. Having a face to face introduction allows for us both to decide if we are a good match to continue working together. Architectural projects are very personal so a close relationship will be needed.
-Predesign: Prepare as-built drawings if needed. Discuss preliminary scope of work, project goals, schedule and budget, Access site for more detailed investigation and investigate code parameters.
-Schematic Design: Prepare drawings, models and sketches that are reflective of the design intent and client program. Determine early cost projection on a square foot basis. There will be multiple meetings and homework for all to get to a design specific to the needs and aesthetics of all.
-Design Development: Develop drawings and documents, in conjuction with consultants, with materials in mind for permitting, contractor initial bidding and cost projections.
-Permit Documents: Provide documentation for submitting to local regulators and design review boards.
-Permitting: Submitting and obtain building permit from regulators.
-Construction Documents: Provide additional detailed drawings for construction after permitting and with building systems integrated. Provide final cost projections with contractor input.
-Construction Administration: Monitor construction for contractor compliance with drawings, documents, schedule and costs. Coordinate any construction modifications needed for the project.
What to expect
I believe progressive design solutions come from a pragmatic approach. There is not a particular style or aesthetic that is the norm in my work. We will find this together. Architecture must sustain the way people live, work and play.
I want to enhance an emotional experiance throughout each building. To do this we meet, talk and laugh if necessary.
I like to always be learning something new. We learn through discovery, keeping our minds open ready to encounter mysteries no matter how small, asking questions no matter how simple and reacting to the unexpected no matter how diverse. I want our discussion to be wide and probing to come to a conclusion that we didn't expect on the onset.
I also like to make things. The process of making adds to our awareness. Materials can be used in unsual ways or used to create patterns and compositions. We won't be reinventing what is known but not necessarily adhering to what already exists either.
I like to break a project down into sections to better understand how it conceptually ties together. Some of the parts are as follows:
Grounding: What around us is important as context? Why is it important? How do we sit on the ground? How do we relate to our environment and landscape?
Mapping: How do we get to, from and around our environment? What is the diagram for the site that starts our project off and sets up our solution on the graded scale?
Structure: How do we continue working up, down and around to continue generating meaning for the building?
Spaces: What does the program say to head us in a direction for the spacial solution? Where does light & dark come into play? Can we create spaces within spaces that make the product better?
Skin: Is the skin a whole or patchwork of ideas? Does it work its way to the inside or clad only from the outside?
Though simple, these aspects of looking and acting get us started in an inspiring direction.
How I work
I believe that buildings must use resources wisely, here are a few start points:
1. Giving the client the most value and use with the least amount of building.
2. Always thinking about minimizing energy & water use
3. Providing on-site energy
4. Utilizing cross ventilation, effectively using daylighting to enhance the architecture and livability of the space.
5. Being responsible in choosing materials and products.
If we start here, smart buildings emerge.