techne- the rational method followed in artistic making.
We are an architectural research, design and planning firm dedicated to the ideal that architecture is the transformation of an existing environment into a meaningful place. Making a place meaningful requires good listening and responsive design and planning. The making of place requires that the ideals and goals of our clients are reflected in the constructed environment; and that this environment has integrity. Environments made for our clients have many common characteristics; the site and building are in harmony, the chosen means and methods of construction are thoroughly researched and expertly detailed, the interiors have a rational identity, and a reassuring character. These places balance the ideals of resource conservation, energy efficiency, and sustainability with the realities of performance criteria (durability), constructability and budget.
Our projects connect and support people. Project types include the design and implementation of building projects, interiors, graphic design, landscape, lighting, industrial design and fabrication for clients dedicated to improving institutional|civic buildings, churches, schools (pre-k through university), libraries, urban environments, and housing|mixed-use development. Further, our explorations in material research and generative modeling lead us into the construction of unique pieces of cabinetry and finished millwork for each of our projects.