We love sharing the artifacts of our process.
Over the course of the past year, Payette is honored to have been selected to present lectures and exhibit our work at several architecture schools along the east coast. Through drawings, models and finished photography the way we design and think about architecture is revealed. These exhibitions and lectures provide an in-depth look at our process and our purpose; a process and purpose guided by the principle of Performalism – the fusion of design and performance. Performalism asserts the inseparability of design and performance in our practice. It acknowledges the context of the project and explores how the building responds to stimuli. Our projects evolve from the synthesis of taming complex program and problems with consideration of social geometry and the environment, resulting in beautiful buildings that perform beautifully.
Receiving The Recognition
As the 2019 Architecture Firm Award recipient, we are honored and humbled to join the list of prestigious, high-impact firms who share this prestigious accolade. Our first exhibit, a showcase of recent award winning projects, was held when we celebrated this award at the AIA’s 2019 Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas.
Soon after we returned from the AIA National Conference, we were invited to exhibit our work at the Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation. As the only firm in the United States to have four projects receive COTE Top Ten awards in as many years, these examples of sustainable design excellence were the main feature of the exhibit. Other award winning projects were also included and Principal Leon Drachman opened the event with a lecture titled Program, People, Place and Performance.
Kevin Sullivan gave a lecture at Virginia Tech, his undergraduate alma mater in 2018 and one year later we returned to the College of Architecture and Urban Studies for a week-long exhibit. Over twenty projects were showcased, representing the breadth of recently completed work, ongoing pursuits and enduring curiosities. The 800 miles of travel to bring models and presentation boards to Virginia Tech meant Payette staff remained in Blacksburg for the duration of the exhibit. Serendipitously, this presented us with the opportunity to become fully immersed in the school, engaging with students and faculty for the entire week.