Our most successful projects evolve through collaboration with clients and colleagues with strong visions and shared values. They’ve also been the most fun. We have created consensus among multi-faceted client groups and steered projects through challenging public approvals. Respect, great communications and values-based reasoning are hallmarks of our work.
Long before it became fashionable, we championed respect for the environment. Over four decades, our work has demonstrated wise use of natural sites, sensitive renovation of existing buildings and creative designs for marginal urban properties. Our strategies encompass simple, sensible decisions as well as cutting-edge technologies—from a solar trombe wall and rock thermal mass storage for a home in the 1970’s, to radiant floors at Portland’s Metro bus garages in the 1980’s, to an improved envelope, geothermal wells and solar arrays for an 18th century home in 2010. We are both Accredited Professionals of the US Green Building Council, and have completed six LEED-certified projects to date, one at the Gold Level.
EQUITY & COMMUNITY
All people have the right to good shelter, nourishing food, and the education and employment to sustain themselves and their families. And time for inspiration, celebration and joy. Whether libraries and schools, affordable housing or cafes, our work builds opportunities for individual achievement and mutual understanding.
Existing buildings connect us to the stories and values of past generations and other cultures. They often occupy important sites and embody irreplaceable craftsmanship and materials. Making heritage structures and landscapes part of our everyday lives ensures their enduring relevance. Interventions that are clear, contemporary—yet harmonious with the context—show the most sincere respect for the past. Our work is grounded in thorough research, careful assessment of existing conditions and sound knowledge of conservation principles and practices—while using these as a springboard for expressing contemporary missions and visions.