architecture and planning
Our design process reveals opportunities for unique design solutions to any scale of project.
All of our work touches on the context of a place and achieving a sense of authenticity in our design. We understand that there is a difference between preserving a historic building and adapting it to a new use, and are sensitive to the careful intervention needed in both instances. Our designs are a product of our modern time, but are designed to work with the scale, materials and detailing of each particular building and space.
Architecture defines the public realm thereby contributing to a grand composition that is the modern city. Architecture occurs at the point where the internal functions and purpose of a building intersect with the external context or place . The balancing of these elements is what leads to new and specialized architectural forms that reflect the uniqueness of place.
Much of our work involves the careful insertion or addition to existing buidlings and historic settings. Blending and combining new and old elements leads to unique and special architectural solutions that are timeless.
When designing a new community, campus or institution, we examine the special characteristics of the land and natural assets of the site, the surrounding context, the available infrastructure and the cultural heritage, in order to understand the key elements that will define the new development as a unique and memorable place.
We always consider the sustainable qualities of any new development; access to public transit, environmental remediation, access to adjacent communities, resiliency, green infrastructure, energy efficiency and an improved pedestrian environment.
We practice urban design through the careful integration of multiple urban systems to create a framework that guides urban development and architectural form in a way that is both economically and environmentally sustainable and resilient to changing conditions.
The quality of the public realm is the key to the success of all urban development projects. A corollary exists between the vitality of the public realm and the value of the real estate within it. The characteristics of great cities are a product of numerous separate systems, activities and cultural history that coincide and overlap to create memorable and unique urban spaces.
We are sensitve to the growing need to design places and adapt buildings to accommodate the physical, cognitive and social needs of all people. We look beyond the standard ADA requirements to design spaces that creatively address the specific needs and abilities of our clients. We design strategies to facilitate personal activities, and daily routines by finding creative solutions to make spaces more accessible and easier to navigate.
We work with our clients to determine an appropriate future development program and ways to accommodate new expansion within existing land, building and zoning constraints. Our work involves an assessment of existing conditions, and interviews with staff to determine future space needs. We synthesize this information into a framework plan that defines reorganization strategies, expansion potential, new building sites, areas to be conserved, and guidelines to implement the plan in ways that are both sustainable and which enhance the quality of the overall institution.
We fabricate design guidelines that anticipate future change while maintaining sound principles of urban design. We do not prescribe a specific stylistic interpretation of architectural design, nor do we limit the development envelope to a shape that can accommodate limited building forms. Instead, we identify the key elements of urban design that are critical to the achievement of a particular design objective and then apply the guidelines to this specific end.
Our approach aims to reposition urban and suburban areas to accommodate the greater densities and demographic patterns that are poised to drastically alter the urban landscape in the near future. Key areas of our focus include public transit systems, land use and zoning codes, housing and building typologies, and the concurrent increase of parks, schools and civic amenities as needed to support a growing population. Our goal is to design cities that are more resilient to environmental and demographic changes and that are a product of their culture, place and time.