It is our belief that to achieve great design, one must become truly involved – with the constituencies of the project, the nature of the site, and the tradition and culture of the institution.
Relationships, whether between construction elements, or between people, rely on the quality of connection.
Ultimately, we hope that the outcome of our creation of spaces results in the users experiencing delight.

To become truly involved, one must focus attention to the meaningful inputs that can come from many directions and sources. This translates into a process of collaboration where all participants are made a part of the team. It also implies an involvement in the technical and a continual search for better materials and methods and for combinations and proportions in order to achieve a desired effect.

Just as the various elements of a building are held together by connections, the design process relies on our ability to make connections with the ideas and input we receive and the shape and form of our design solutions. Often times what may appear to be contradictory, through insightful design, can be connected in ways that reveal new and beautiful results.

Vitruvius wrote that the essential elements of great architecture were commodity, firmness, and delight. We recognize that delight can be both a noun and a verb, and we strive for both. This can only be achieved from solutions which are not only beautiful, but that also fulfill their functional requirements – providing comfort, and durability. We also, however, challenge ourselves to delight those we work with throughout the process of creation. Successful design is that which results in the delight of the participants and the users.

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