Our firm's philosophy and experience enables us to provide our clients with outstanding buildings. Our capabilities are focused around the following principles that constitute our design approach:
The human community is starting to see planet earth not just as a spaceship with limited resources, but also as a sacred place in which we act with respect and compassion for all of creation. This is the starting point for re-examining the way we build. We design buildings through an integrated design team process that creates an eco-climatic response suited for the building's site context. In this way the building form and energy strategies are integrated.
Assembling an innovative team of engineers, energy modeling experts, and building owners and operators under the guidance of creative thinking architects, can achieve a level of design that people notice.
"When human beings take their shelter in the interconnectedness of all life then they will build a true human society for the first time. This is the potential of our future. We need only build it."
The creation of every built environment presents us with the opportunity to encourage privacy and autonomy as well as interaction and participation - in other words to encourage "community". The starting point for this process is to listen carefully to all stakeholders, understand peoples' needs, build consensus and create win-win opportunities. The result is that building users take pride of ownership and responsibility for their projects. By following this process, our educational and community projects have become a focus of pride and involvement for all concerned.
A holistic approach to design gives primary importance to the well-being of the user and their experience of the building.
As architects, we use an intuitive approach to the principles of Feng Shui dealing with harmony and the balance in the environment that involves sensing the subtle energy of nature. The building is supported by the natural form of the land and makes gestures to enhance and enjoy its relationship with the nurturing and sustaining energies that nature provides.