The term Studio in the firm name refers to a process of collaborating with individuals and goes well beyond the walls of the studio. Our belief that the client has much to bring to the table as well as the various craftspeople and general contractors who execute the designs is fundamental to the success of the project. Architecture is a complex process and involves many skilled and well informed people.
In each project it is the client that is unique; their project needs, style & tastes, their desired budget and their building site. Each piece has to be studied to find what makes a project BELONG to the client and what makes their projects truly personal to them. It is not about a specific design style or an architect driven process, it is about listening and prioritizing the needs of each person, business or family.
The proliferation of information and ease at which it is attained has changed the way we design with clients. This is a relatively new phenomenon in the design world and it is rare today to meet a client who has not already created a scrapbook, whether it be a three ring binder with images torn from a magazine, a Houzz.com ideabook or Pintrest page.
First of all, this is great, we embrace the idea of looking at images that inform. It is way to speak the same language without the semantics of words like Parti, verticality, fenestration and other architectural jargon. The design task at hand becomes the discovery of the essence of what “speaks” to the client within the images, how the image represents a project goal or how an image makes a client feel, what it is they see within the image and then filter it through the other project parameters, fit it all together on the site and create a truly personal project for each client.