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Design Approach

“When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I am finished, if the solution is not beautiful, then I know it is wrong.”

R. Buckminster Fuller


Good design doesn’t cost more but just takes more care on the part of the design professionals and consultants. Our first order of business is listening to our clients and creating an open dialog that will serve to bring all of the pertinent information to the table before visions are developed. What we do with that information is what makes our clients the most happy and their projects more successful and sustainable. Our ability to translate an experience into the perspective of the client (putting ourselves in their shoes) is integrated into our design process and one we call the empathic method.Coming at a problem from a different or unconventional perspective can lead to dramatic efficiencies and superior products.

It is our goal that design solutions serve multiple functions and thus preserve budget and resources. A common architectural design tendency is to sacrifice areas of a building that are used a majority of the time, by those who have the highest stake in the success of that environment, for spaces that are meant to impress visitors, clients, or management, which are occupied far less of the time. This is a matter of perspective and training, and maybe even limited understanding of schools and institutional and cultural buildings. We don’t see design as something tacked-on or existing at the entrance. Design has to be everywhere or spaces just don’t work.