Philosphy

Quality

Quality  of the built environment influences our daily lives.  Buildings and the spaces surrounding them, contribute to the urban fabric of of our communities.  Each building and space matters as they all contribute to the built environment, interacting with each other and ourselves.  When done well, buildings can be iconic, representing the values, emotions, and source of pride for a neighbourhood, city, or nation. 

 

Pantheon, Rome

Pantheon, Rome

Pantheon Marble Interior, Rome

Pantheon Marble Interior, Rome

Influence

Influence  of the built environment has long term implications.  A single building can be an impediment or a catalyst for the future.  A well designed building or public space can last for generations.  

Borgund Stave Church (built 1150), Norway

Borgund Stave Church (built 1150), Norway

Borgund Stave Church Wood Interior

Borgund Stave Church Wood Interior

Public art

Architecture is a public art.  It is more than just functional spaces for activities.  It has the power to influence the well being of individuals and the community.   

Guggenheim Bilbao Gallery, Spain

Guggenheim Bilbao Gallery, Spain

Birds Nest Stadium, China

Birds Nest Stadium, China

Regionalism

Regionalism  Our firm philosphy is regionally based to the temperate rainforest of the pacific northwest.  We aim to create a sense of place by being responsive to the site, context, climate, and social traditions.  We live in a beautiful part of the world, and our architecture should respect and connect to that natural beauty.

 

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Emotion and the Human Spirit  

We believe architecture can create emotion and empower the human spirit.  Through the use of light, smell, texture, sound, and form, buildings can be more just than physical structures enclosing functional spaces. They should celebrate relationships, emphasize quality, tread lightly on the earth, and contribute to the public good.

 

Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem

Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem

Saint Peters Church, Rome

Saint Peters Church, Rome

Modernism

We believe that materials and methods of construction should reflect its time and place.  We also respect successful local vernacular traditions that are time tested, and often achieved in a sustainable manner.  We also seek new and innovative methods and technologies that reduce cost, time, and improve sustainability. Our work follows the early pacific west coast modernism with its emphasis on site and regionally appropriate architecture.  We value natural daylighting with our diffuse overcast winters, the poetic expression of our abundance of rainwater, the need for large roof overhangs and storm water methods to protect our buildings and sites.  Using multi purpose, adaptable or open floor plans to provide flexibility over time.  We encourage the connection between indoors and outdoors due to our temperate climate, the use of stone and wood which are in abundance, and take advantage of views and privacy afforded by our rocky terrain.  Placing the structure into or lightly onto the landscape rather than building over or disturbing the natural landscape.

 

Smith Residence, Arthur Erickson

Smith Residence, Arthur Erickson

Downs Residence, Barry Downs

Downs Residence, Barry Downs