philosophy

site

A great work of architecture grows from the site - revealing, enhancing, connecting, repairing, and even challenging the natural or urban landscape. In every case, great architecture RESPONDS to the existing site, place, and context. True sustainable design begins with this site response by making pragmatic interventions that reveal the nature and poetics of the place.

proportion

We are committed to harmonizing complex spatial problems and multiple design principles into powerful 'ideas' - integrated forms that RESPOND to purpose, people, place, culture, and context. Proportion, particularly focused on the human scale, is the tool we use in weaving together these cords of design. Form is a result of design, rather than the driver of it.

light

Natural light is the key element that enlivens a space; the interplay of light and shadow define and articulate space and material. This dynamic quality of light continually modifies and heightens our experience of architecture - and reminds us of our position in the larger context of place.

space

Like the choreography of interconnected images, our dynamic movement through space - encountering smells, sounds, textures, rhythms, and scales - is the key to the complete sensory experience of architecture.

structure

The ordering of the active and passive systems (structural, mechanical, electrical) of a building is like a symphony composed of many distinct elements: when these systems are harmonically integrated into architecture, the result is akin to a great piece of music.

structure
material

The inherent properties and 'nature' of materials should be understood and honored. Their nature, beauty, weathering, and character should be celebrated and honestly expressed, as should their craft, construction, and making.

soul

Ultimately, a great work of architecture should move one's soul. Through silence, reflection, and tranquillity, the place should take root in our memory and be a place we long to experience again and again.