Light as the giver of all presences, and material as spent Light. What is made by Light casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light.
Material is the canvas onto which light’s essence is expressed. The form, texture, and placement of a material define how the material is perceived by the individual.
Architecture is only one of the many necessities of life, but it is man’s most evident expression of his aims. Architecture’s obvious purpose is to house the complex activities of man, its more positive attribute is to elevate the spirit of humanity and sympathetic and integrate with its own ideals.
Minoru Yamasaki, 1969
Architects, creating the man-made environment, are dedicated to the fulfillment of purpose, honesty in structure, expression of aesthetic values, and harmony with the surroundings. It is our purpose to build on the knowledge of the past to create for the present and to set goals for the future that enhance man’s life and fulfill his or her belief in the dignity of his or her existence.
We encourage discussion, diversity, and even disagreements – keeping communication flowing keeps a project moving. We will go where we are needed, and we will do what is needed. Listening, aggregating, and refining helps to lead the design process through from the stage to stage in an integrated and streamlined manner.
Sustainable design = Responsible design. It’s more than just green roofs and recycling concrete. It takes the concept “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to a new level where results become exponential over time. Conscious effort is undertaken from initial design concepts to integrate sustainable design practices as fully and whole-heartedly as possible. In other parts of the world, sustainable practices form part of common construction practices and in cost-effective manners. We aim to integrate sustainable practices to create winning design solutions that are beneficial to the 3 P’s – ‘People’, ‘Planet’, and ‘Pocketbook’.
It’s more than just ramps and grab bars, or elevators and automatic doors. Every design decision has the potential to include or exclude. Inclusive design emphasizes the contribution that understanding user diversity makes to informing these decisions. This covers variation in capabilities, needs, and aspirations.
The British Standards Institute (2005) defines inclusive design as “The design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible … without the need for special adaptation or specialized design.”
Our design team is sensitive and considerate to human variations and the effect design decisions in the built environment have on these variations.