We are committed to partnering with our clients to make beautiful and enduring built environments that are sensitive to the local character of a place.
What does it take to build beautiful, sustainable, socially responsible places today?
Building well - making meaningful, memorable, useful, and resilient places - begins with a deep commitment to that place.
Civic life unfolds on foot in the public spaces of streets and squares in a community.
The quality of a great space is fostered through the cumulative participation in the definition of the street edge by the buildings that front it.
These great public places and spaces are where neighbors of varying social and economic backgrounds can mingle with one another, enlivening and making safe streets where news can be shared and children can play.
All residents should have access to places of worship, schools, markets, public transportation, and jobs within proximity of their homes.
The ability to comfortably walk to a variety of daily services is essential to a just, socially diverse, and sustainable neighborhood.
An economically resilient and socially just neighborhood is one that provides a mix of building types for individuals of varying income levels as well as those in different stages in life.
The adaptability of simple building types lends to diversity of use and flexibility of price points.
Central to the ability to making sustainable dwellings is the use of locally sourced and durable construction materials.
Places that endure through the use of local materials are not only environmentally sustainable, but are also unique, harmonious, memorable, and loveable.
Thus, we approach each project with a careful understanding of its context, seeking through its appropriate scale, character, form, and materials to convey a sense of decorum and to enhance the unique identity of the local community.
We see our work in the context of tradition and measure our achievements against the standards of excellence furthered by those who have preceded us.
Our process, therefore, draws upon the best traditions of the past as we seek innovative, yet timeless solutions to fit the modern needs of our clients.