Regardless of the project type, our philosophy is consistent. Each project is unique and responds both contextually to the environment and to each client’s stated goals and desires. Beautiful spaces enhance lives with beautiful forms and details but above all, our spaces are functional and work as they are programmed. In all of our designs and in our church designs specifically, we strive to express and evoke an ethereal connection which is something beyond four walls and a roof. Light, space, quietness and form, all have the power to transcend the ordinary, even in the most utilitarian space. We attempt to be truthful with the use of materials and express the truthfulness in the structural design, striving for timeless solutions which will not go out of fashion or deteriorate, thus preserving value to our owner occupied projects.
Our process begins with a consultation with one or more of our Principals best suited for your project type and you – an individual of an organization, a principle of a school, a building committee member or a home owner. We desire to meet so we can listen to your desires, look at your site or building and assess the scope of the project. From that point we will put together a fee proposal for the scope of the project for your consideration. That often begins with a Letter Agreement for a stipulated sum followed by a full service American Institute of Architects Agreement. A small group of architects, tailored to your project, will meet in the studio and charette your project to arrive at several design solutions which are then refined and presented to you in participatory meetings, collaboratively involving you/your team in the design development of the project along with our consultants. The client involvement in the development of the project assures success, meeting your goals and provides you/your group authorship of the design and builds consensus. Sustainable design is discussed and encouraged throughout the process as we ultimately work towards a zero impact building.
Each Project is Unique
As you will see from our portfolio of projects, at heart we are a contemporary design studio, but our architecture is client driven, responding both contextually to the environment and to each client’s stated goals and desires—making every project appropriately different.
Beauty + Function
Our architecture enhances lives by beautiful forms and detail but above all, the spaces are functional and work as they are programmed. They are not only pieces of art to be viewed, but rather to functionally and effectively work in, worship in, learn in, live in, and experience.
We truly value everyone we work with and are dedicated to fostering lasting relationships. We work hard on serving our clients, and genuinely learning and caring for their needs and goals. Our list of repeat clientele is our best endorsement.
We view each new project with enthusiasm and each project builds upon our experience. The partners/associates and many staff members have been together over twenty years. We are a stable and cohesive team that has unmatched longevity in the architectural field.
We understand how difficult donors and public funds are to come by and our projects are almost always budget driven. We excel in getting the most for the dollar and using detail where they are most visible. Our projects maintain their budgets through well-honed project cost management strategies.
Our studio concept is derived by a collaborative effort of staff talent. The best ideas are implemented with team input and team checks and balances, and feedback throughout the design and quality control of each project.
Big yet small
We like to say that we are large enough to take on any size project, yet small enough to do it right. There is no hand-off to junior staff here. Our clients benefit from senior partner/associate active participation in every project.