Our Process

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Our approach to  design begins with the client, and develops through our response to  their needs, goals and aspirations.  By working closely with each client  we are able to respond to their concerns of program, site context,  budget, as well as  environmental concerns.  Essential to this approach  is the ability to listen.  Only by listening can careful attention be  given to the client's concerns.  The response to these concerns can be a  knowledgeable and creative translation of these concerns and  aspirations into built form. 

In a sense our approach is  like an adventure in which we attempt to discover what is specific to  the program, the client, the time and place of each project.  In essence  it is a search for what a building wants to be and what it can achieve.

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 After further development and enrichment of the program we develop  alternative schemes that allow us to fully investigate the potentials of  the site as a response to the program.  Then together with the client  we evaluate these alternatives to determine which one is most  appropriate.  Communication throughout this process is essential to  success.  Testing the alternatives with respect to program, budget,  architectural character, and other concerns helps to assure a  satisfactory response. 

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Give customers a reason to do business with you. Since our formation we have purposely stayed away from developing a  particular look or style.  Instead we have attempted to develop an  approach that allows the architectural character to evolve from all the  relevant determinants.  We believe the architectural character of a  building can be as diverse as the institutions they serve.  We hope our  work will be recognized for its clean, fresh, and sincere qualities that  reflect its cultural and geographic context.