We apply the same rigorous design process to all our projects, based on an analysis of program, context and form.

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We embrace a design aesthetic rooted in modernist principles but tailored to the unique attributes of each and every new undertaking. Our design ethic is founded on our strong belief in the power of design to foster joy, strengthen communities and improve lives.

Program

At the start of every project, our research and design teams gather with our client to identify the parameters we're working with. The program represents all the known factors that will influence the physical characteristics of the space we're designing. How big is it? What are the intended uses? What special requirements make this endeavor unique?

 
 

This is an essential research-gathering stage in which we are getting to know our client and how they work, so we can better design a building that fits their goals and objectives.

Context

Next, we step away from the facts, figures and requirements to look at the project from a broader perspective. What’s the climate like there? What materials are appropriate for the area? Is the site close to public transit? Are there decent coffee shops nearby?

 
 

Researching the context of a project enables us to design a building or space that fits into the fabric of its community, a place that feels like it belongs, whether it’s a hospital, house, warehouse or winery.

Form

Form is the product of a program and context. It represents the physical characteristics of a building, from its shape to the materials specified, from the structural and mechanical components to the detailing of the baseboards.

 
 

Building form is the architectural response to all the issues related to program and context. It is the manifestation of architecture.