We are a thinking practice with a keen desire to execute complex building types with precision. To do so, we strive to deeply understand the problems our clients face. We begin there, because we are a human-centered practice. We know our users, and we listen to them. We pay careful attention to all scales of the project, from planning to craftsmanship, and each scale informs the others. Our buildings are well made, their systems finely tuned and their materials and construction elegantly detailed.
Our practice is inherently multidisciplinary. We embrace planning, programming, landscape architecture and interior design as being intimately intertwined in producing our work.
A thorough understanding of how hospitals and laboratories work – and more importantly, how people inhabit them – is the platform on which we propose new, prototypical configurations of space and systems. We believe planning is about defining the future. It is not separate from architecture. Our planners lead clients through existing facilities, past projects, new technology, new trends and the maze of competing goals toward the discovery of a roadmap for future success.. Planning services include: master planning, laboratory programming and planning and healthcare programming and planning.
Our approach to landscape – whether densely urban or pastorally rural – plays an equally deterministic role in our work. Deep connections to landscape and place – what we refer to as embedded nature – influence our work at every level. Our buildings have drawn inspiration from their natural surroundings since the early days of the practice, when an intimate connection to landscape, abundant use of natural light to help orient patients and visitors, and the use of color and natural wood humanized what was often a forbidding interior environment. Our landscape architects work collaboratively as part of the larger design team to provide site analysis, master planning and site-specific design for our projects.
Interior design is intimately connected with building architecture and we believe they must be conceived together.