We are musicians, writers, artists, cyclists, woodworkers, preservationists, gardeners, climbers, mothers, fathers, students… and we let these experiences enhance our work. Above all, we are people dedicated to creating meaningful places for people. Gathering different perspectives – from our colleagues, clients and collaborators – often yields unexpected and creative ideas. We think of our approach as cross-disciplinary rather than multi-disciplinary; a networked lattice of intelligence, where each participant adds to the overall resolution, rather than narrow expertise isolated in the silos of individual studios.
We use information technology to communicate ideas and visualize the possibilities in the same way we utilize modern building technology to bring those concepts to life. Advanced technologies like 3D modeling and BIM foster creative dialogue both in our office and with our consultants and our clients as we examine a wide range of alternatives and quickly integrate feedback. This iterative “conversation” allows us to visualize, analyze, and refine designs quickly and thoroughly, helping us shape meaningful and efficient solutions.
We are mindful of the need to protect natural systems that sustain life, and to balance human desires and needs with environmental responsibility and efficient use of resources. In our practice we have found that sustainability makes good business sense and we always work with our clients to find the correct solution to enhance both the environmental and financial bottom line. We thrive in reusing what we have; adapting existing buildings for contemporary uses and preserving the rich details that add layers of character and distinguish one place from another.
Much of our work supports urban infill, adding density and a mix of uses to bring people together, preserve open space and regeneration the urban fabric. The goals of what has become known as “sustainability” go hand-in-hand with making great places—vibrant, walkable, healthy, resilient communities for people of all ages.