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Design Principles

...what processes and principles are employed to get to a finished design that works for YOU?




My focus has always been to create functional, appropriate and intuitive spaces designed around the way a client lives their lives, reflect their unique lifestyle and integrate the design responsibly with the surrounding environment.


Each unique design manifests organically throughout the process by:

  • listening carefully without presumption

  • establishing a clear vision of the project fiscal and aesthetic goals

  • nurturing a collaborative atmosphere between client, designer and contractor

  • calibration throughout the design-development phase via careful measuring of responses and critical analysis until the vision is realized

  • drawing on past experiences, current building practices, local wisdom, and understanding the logistics of navigating local jurisdiction review processes.


Every client, every project, every site, every budget... they're all unique, and they all demand a unique solution.


Most architects are concerned with only the architecture, and most engineers are only concerned with the engineering. I approach a project differently, drawing on many years of being a team member working with the various disciplines - from the people on the ground actually laying out and building the project, to the project manager responsible for "herding the cats". Too narrow a focus can drive a project in the wrong direction very quickly. Too broad of an overview can lead to designs that never remedied the immediate needs and requirements for the project to begin with.

Looking to some of the great architects for some inspiration and time-tested advice is always a good exercise for any designer.

These wise words from iconic architects and designers form the foundation from which I design your project...

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