We speak a lot about our commitment to creating unique architecture. But what does this really mean?

With a few, deliberate flourishes of a pencil, an architect has the ability to transform a house from an assortment of boxes stacked on top of each other into a home that fully embodies the individual characteristics of its inhabitants. Armed with the technical skills to mine the latent potential from each project, any architect worth their salt will also approach a design empathically and holistically, concerned with much more than aesthetics alone.

Each design is as unique as the client, the site, and the program. Each decision we make is informed by a careful consideration of these elements, resulting in a distinct refinement of structure and style, purpose and pizzazz.

To understand the site, we scrutinize its features, views, trees, and soils. We pinpoint the way the sun hits the site at various times throughout the day and year in order to best capture the morning light or analyze wind flow in order to maximize the natural cooling effect of an afternoon breeze (something anyone who has spent time in Texas in the summer can appreciate). We consider zoning and building codes, utilities, and accessibility and use this context to determine where the building will go and how it should be oriented on a site.

To understand our client, we pore over images and mood boards, and ask lots of questions in order to ferret out the feelings imbued by these images. Our clients want their spaces to feel connected, cozy, or familial; indoor-outdoor, spectacular, or ostentatious. We design a space to achieve a certain state of mind and serve certain functions. We focus on what matters most. The resulting design is one that is endowed with both beauty and enduring purpose.

Finally, a careful application of our firm’s core values serves as the finishing touch on our design approach:

  • Functionalism ensures we are considering the design’s sustainability, resilience, maintenance, cost, durability, and accessibility.
  • Expressionism allows a building to look like the inevitable answer to the problems it is solving.
  • Regionalism emphasizes local traditions, materials, building methods, building science, and products.
  • Minimalism removes superfluous details, making way for the most meaningful elements to be more clearly seen.

At the end of an often lengthy process, all of this weighing, considering, planning, and applying turns a ubiquitous aspect of everyday life (the four walls that make up our homes) from a collection of disparate features into an extension of our best selves and a built reflection of how unique our lives (and our homes) really are.

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(A note about our last newsletter: we highlighted our Welcome II the Dawn project but referenced the wrong name in our excitement to share it with you. In this case, a rose by any other name is just as sweet, but we thought we’d make the correction anyway.)