My Design Philosophy

Design is an intuitive, intelligent, alive, and inherently pragmatic process.

Our work is rooted at the intersection of art, architecture, and landscape. We are interested in creating projects that say something about who we are as a culture, and how we are evolving. Each design that we undertake is a singular piece of art within a broader social and environmental context. We design spaces that encourage exploration, invite curiosity and evoke a sense of awe in our natural and constructed world.
SpaceIn physics, space is seen as a continually altering field of energy.

We often tend to think of objects in space as the raw material of architecture, but it is the relationship between the space and ourselves that we maneuver through, and feel, as we experience a building or environment. We are interested in the quality of experience as we move through space – seeing, feeling, and sensing the unfolding of perspective, the changing spatial realms, patterns of light, the quality of sound on changing surfaces. What is behind the surface of things, in what we cannot see, in emptiness.

What is the quality of winter light on a matt surface, reflected light, warm light, how are we affected by silence, how does a room or a space sound, when outside noises fall away.
SustainabilityPerhaps we are fortunate to live in an age when learning how to live sustainably is no longer an option. As landscape architects, we have the ability to encourage and support the systems upon which life depends and to be advocates for an intelligent and kind interaction with our local and global environment.

We strive to use local materials, minimize waste, conserve resources, re-use materials when possible and consider carefully how materials will age. We search for ways to use waste streams from other industries, for example, using fly ash (a by-product of the coal used to fuel power plants) in concrete, which improves the concrete’s strength and durability, resulting in increased longevity (the Pantheon was built using ash-based concrete), while displacing the demand for other concrete ingredients, resulting in significant energy savings, and keeping the fly ash out of landfills.

TimeIn the Middle Ages, people would sit in cathedrals all day and watch the patterns made by the ever-changing, evanescent waves of light shining through the stained glass windows, as they shifted almost imperceptibly from moment to moment, across the wide stone spaces. In the modern world, we have all but lost the reverence for and awareness of our internal, psychic time, as opposed to external culturally conditioned time. We design environments that encourage us to slow down and experience the duration of time, experience the ever-present now as something tangible, rather than ephemeral.