As architects, we are committed to and passionate about delivering to our clients designs for buildings that are beautiful, within budget, and functional. But what is meant by such references to beauty? Can good design really be provided within the budget of a good financial steward? How is beauty best integrated with functional considerations in our work? The key to understanding these core considerations and their relation to our work is found in our assessment of what makes great architecture.
We believe it is a good thing for buildings to be attractive when judged by traditional aesthetic ideals. The word ‘traditional’ here is key. Traditions are by definition developed over an extended period of time, and often shared by large communities of people.
We believe it is a good thing if the proportions and elements and details and other aspects of a building’s design are appreciated and loved by masses of people past and present in cultures near and far. We follow in the footsteps of giants when we say that traditional architecture is inherently the most loved architecture in the world. Our work is focused on meeting the needs of our clients, and by extension the needs and appreciation of those who are important to them.
We believe that it is a good thing when our clients are wise financial stewards and we embrace their efforts to set reasonable parameters with respect to project finances. Although project budgets inherently affect the level of detail and craft that can be integrated into a design, we believe good design can be achieved throughout the spectrum of cost. We take it as our challenge to deliver the best design possible within the limitations of available financial resources.
We believe that it is a good thing for buildings to be durable, built to endure for future generations to enjoy. Whether it is simply or elaborately configured, all architecture can be designed to last. We believe it is a good thing for buildings to be functional, and that design is best when aesthetics and function are developed in tandem. It is this synergy that elevates mere building to the level of ‘architecture.’