We are a single office with over 160 dedicated and talented individuals. While we are primarily an architecture firm, we have always been interdisciplinary, at one time including engineering and now encompassing landscape architecture, interior design, building science, space strategies, design visualization, fabrication, computation and research. We are at our best when we engage our clients at all levels of development and execution, starting with master planning and programming, then moving to concept formation, and ultimately stewarding the project through the careful craft of design and construction.
We reject the notion of singular authorship and view collaboration as the path to innovation. Our single open studio and our belief that the best ideas can come from anywhere together foster a vibrant design culture. We continuously invest in our building types as a long-term project of discovery.
We believe that the quality of our design work depends on direct, in-person collaboration among all of our diverse staff. Being together in the office is necessary to achieve our mission and to maintain our valued culture, and we are committed to having all of our talented people working together in-person in our vibrant office.
Since the days of Tom Payette, our firm has roots in the landscape. Tom stressed the reciprocity of architecture and landscape in the earliest projects, instilling an ethos that remains with us today. Our landscape architecture team is involved from the beginning of projects, allowing building and landscape to co-evolve into a unified whole, dissolving the imagined line between inside and out. Having an in-house department offers efficiency and prompts a multitude of spontaneous and coordinated conversations. Landscape often becomes a generator of architectural form, embedding both visual and performative qualities of nature into the building.
Creating successful interior spaces begins with understanding client needs and expectations. Our interior designers work collaboratively and strategically with the entire design team to develop innovative, comfortable, flexible and purposeful spaces. People are at the center of our approach. We design for human experience, recognizing that people connect with spaces through sight, sound, touch and movement. As we do at every scale, we strive to create interiors that are both beautiful and sustainable.
The inherent complexity of our buildings provides a rich platform for testing ideas. We invest in a continuum of technologies to complement our design process. In addition to the extensive use of conventional physical models, we invest in data analytics, visualization, high-end fabrication and computational design to challenge ourselves creatively. These collective priorities transcend specific project teams to activate an inquisitive studio culture that fosters knowledge-sharing and the development of new skills. This Engine drives our designs, encompassing the constellation of tools, procedures and personnel focused on interrogating design problems to develop and communicate solutions.