Design Philosophy

I strive to create buildings that sit lightly on the land, become a positive addition to the surrounding ecosystem and are beautiful, inspirational places. My background in ecology combined with my training in architecture allows me to create buildings that bridge the natural and built environment. Below is a summary of the way I approach the design of a building.

SITE
Begin with a thorough understanding of place: learn the local ecology, social networks and use patterns of the site. Look for connections between existing buildings and strive to enhance them. Use the building to create strong spaces in the surrounding areas and  don’t forget to design the

street.

CLIMATE
Understand local weather conditions and seasonal variation. Create facades that respond to the light, wind, and sun of their orientation. Orient buildings to take advantage of daylighting, predominant breezes, solar heating and positive outdoor space.

DESIGN
Make beautiful buildings that inspire.
Careful design creates well made buildings.
Design is fun. Maintain lightness throughout the process.
Draw with abandon.
Find solutions not problems.

TECTONICS
Careful details yield tight buildings. Express how a building is constructed honestly.

SUSTAINABILITY
Integrate sustainability at the beginning of the design process and continue designing with sustainability in mind until the building is completed.

Building form, orientation and location should all work together to create a building that is coordinated with its environment and takes advantage of natural lighting, heating and  cooling.

Building materials should be evaluated in terms of life cycle costs, recyclability, embodied energy and impacts on health.

ECOLOGY
Understand local site ecology before the design process begins.
Use the indigenous habitat and wildlife to inform the building’s morphology.
Use the landscape ecology principles of corridors, habitat cores, niche biodiversity and rainwater management to understand the local environmental needs.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Architecture is the creation of space and spaces should be designed to a human scale.
Architecture should create beautiful spaces that inspire.