|Collaborative Architecture is how we define our design, construction and delivery process.
“We seek to bring out the best in our clients and ourselves by engaging in an open dialogue where issues are discussed and evaluated in pursuit of a common goal. The objective of all our projects is to achieve the highest level of design excellence in serving the needs of our clients.“
Our work is not possible without the commitment of our team members and your full participation. Inspiration comes from group collaboration with input from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Through regular communication, we can successfully uncover new ideas and achieve a truly integrated design.
To ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget, we dedicate a Partner-In-Charge and senior staff that remains actively involved and accessible throughout the process. We see many repeat clients as testament to the success of this practice.
It shows when a building is designed and built with conviction. To deliver effective, compelling architectural solutions, we pursue equal balance of six key principles for every endeavor. To achieve project excellence, one part must never dominate. Each must be pursued in equal measure. Practical requirements must be met while ensuring the expressive art of the building is not sacrificed.
Our Six Key Principles
“Without the client at the centre of the process, the six key principles cannot be accomplished.”
Firmness: Building science continues to evolve to better manage the harsh effects of time and Mother Nature such as heat gain and loss, thermal expansion and contraction, water infiltration, as well as the impact humans have on their environment. Careful selection of materials results in extending building longevity and reducing long-term maintenance costs.
Commodity: A building’s ability to function is tested everyday through the activities of those who inhabit it. Properly allocating space to meet the needs of various user groups is vital, in addition to effectively managing traffic flow and enhancing interactivity points.
Delight: Beauty can come from a combination of design elements or the simplicity of a single focus. Meticulous application of proportion, scale, symmetry, materiality, texture, light, and views will create a building that is a delight to the eye and touches the soul.
Sustainability: Sustainable design is more than just implementing green strategies, it’s an inherent responsibility that should be assumed for every project, not just for those targeting a LEED® certification. It’s a holistic approach to the process, exploring alternate construction elements and materials, and relentlessly engaging in innovative design discussions. These activities translate into cost savings by improving efficiencies, minimizing environmental impact and reducing construction materials.
Schedule: An architectural solution can only be defined as one, if can be delivered within the specified timeframe. As a secondary driver to budget, scheduling significantly impacts how a project is approached. Consideration must be given to all aspects of the job based on the delivery model, design complexity, availability of material, ease of installation, and lead-time.
Budget: A cost effective approach does not have to result in poor design and functionality. Constraints are productive in leading to innovative solutions. As a primary project driver, the budget must be carefully managed to ensure its balance among the other principles. While it has the greatest potential to influence the other elements, it also has the greatest vulnerability if balance is not maintained at all times.