Every architecture project includes unique situations and potential for opportunity. To provide consistency, it is our principle to establish a design approach to architecture that brings clarity to project goals and a hierarchy that will specify a strategy for success. We operate with a high-level of rigor and exploration while keeping the project team focused and informed.
It begins with a qualitative and quantitative investigation. Preliminary meetings with clients aim to collect as much information as possible in order to create an inventory of preferences and project needs. Simultaneously, we produce a technical analysis of site, typology, and building code. This process serves as a solid foundation for setting project goals and generating design concepts.
EVENTUALLY EVERYTHING CONNECTS - PEOPLE, IDEAS, OBJECTS. THE QUALITY OF THE CONNECTIONS IS THE KEY TO QUALITY PER SE.
- Charles Eames
Architecture is a multi-faceted process that considers a number of conditions including: project scope, site, budget, timeline, program, experience, and community. It is important to catalogue and prioritize this information to outline a design strategy and define the project goals. These strategies and goals will be the datum on which design possibilities are appraised and success is measured.
IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING, YOU MIGHT END UP SOMEWHERE ELSE.
- Yogi Berra
Design solutions become a direct response to the established criteria of the project goals. The concept becomes a visual representation of the information previously defined and begins to formalize a proposal. This is best illustrated by the use of diagrams, schematic plans, and renderings. With these tools of representation, the project begins to merge intended experiences with spatial requirements for the purpose of turning an idea into a design.
WHAT IS DESIGN? IT'S WHERE YOU STAND WITH A FOOT IN TWO WORLDS - THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE WORLD OF PEOPLE AND HUMAN PURPOSES - AND YOU TRY TO BRING THE TWO TOGETHER.
- Mitchell Kapor
Architecture is the summation of a carefully crafted process that reflects both thoughtful consideration and an iterative approach. The design is continually evaluated and adjusted to ensure all physical details, as well as user experiences, are filtered through the lens of the project goals. It is through this exploration the final building and design can be executed.
GOOD DESIGN IS AS LITTLE DESIGN AS POSSIBLE.
- Dieter Rams
The final step in the design approach brings together all considerations and refinements into a cohesive set of documents that clearly communicates the design intention. Each document is tailored to its audience by addressing critical information through the use of technical drawings, specifications, code analysis, or graphic project boards. Effective communication is truly important to ensure a well informed project team and that goals are met.
ONE SHOULD USE COMMON WORDS TO SAY UNCOMMON THINGS.
- Arthur Schopenhauer