The Architect & the Client
Is the architect primarily an artist, a professional, or a service provider? Is the client a patron, a consumer, or an employer? There is no single correct answer to these questions, but it helps smooth the way to a successful project when the architect and client share a similar outlook on their respective roles. I engage my clients, by asking questions and listening carefully to their answers and ultimately embracing their goals as my own. I strive to make each design a work of art - attractive and elegant, with a touch of poetry - but I try to find inspiration in the client’s needs and wishes. In this way, your project can reflect your values and priorities, as well as mine.
The Architect & the Community
Each building, unless located on a remote mountaintop or a desert island, is a part of a larger built environment, a community of buildings. Together, they shape the lives of the people who inhabit them. To be truly successful, a building must be sensitive to its context, and contribute to the life of the community. Buildings can encourage neighborly interaction by incorporating public open space into the design and enlivening the streetscape. They can exhibit a respect for shared values by participating in a stylistic dialogue with nearby structures and embracing the scale of the neighborhood. Public buildings should go even further, presenting a welcoming face to the community and a clear, understandable design which will make them easy for all to use. Because buildings are so durable, and exist in the public domain, architects have a special responsibility to avoid fads and make their art accessible and appealing. In architecture, as in life, one must balance the needs of the individual with the needs of the community, for in the end the two are inseparable.
The Architect & the Planet
The construction industry is responsible for a large fraction of our society’s consumption of natural resources. If we want to leave a viable world for our grandchildren to live in, we must encourage a more sustainable approach to building. We can do this by using renewable resources, by conserving and recycling resources throughout the life span of our buildings, and by using healthy products which we can live with and ultimately dispose of safely. In some cases, using eco-friendly building practices has a cost impact, either negative or positive. I understand these concerns, and will help clients balance their environmental goals with the available budget.