looking back over the work of the past 30 years, the following themes
to each job. A client gets the personal attention of at least
one partner, backed up with the experience and skills of the entire
participation. The clients are at the center of the design
process. As a result, our finished buildings tend to be expressions
of the clients' needs and dreams rather than the architects'. Our
Pattern Language, Design for Independent Living, The
Good House, and Patterns of Homeare written to
enable clients to become effective partners in design.
with the needs of the client and the
potential of the site, we bring our skills into the design process
creatively, using the objective ground rules of the project as a
springboard for inventive and beautiful design. We can spark a creative
design interaction with the client by producing multiple ideas for
discussion and exploration.
Though our buildings share certain recurring spatial patterns, they
are not done in a single style. We design buildings that are fresh
in feeling and form, but which draw upon tradition, like new members
of an old family. We expect that our work will pass the test of
time without becoming dated.
We maintain a consistently high level of professional care and responsibility
in each job. All partners are registered architects in California
and members of various professional associations. We have established
important relationships with consultants and contractors.
Technologies. We have developed expertise in the following
- Appropriate Energy Design, including
passive solar heating, passive cooling, active solar hot water
heating, radiant floors heated by natural hot springs water, electricity
from photovoltaic systems, a mini-turbine running off a spring,
- Healthy Materials, responding to the
special needs of the environmentally-sensitive user, avoiding
building materials that continue to "off gas" irritating vapors,
and screening materials for toxicity not only to the users, but
also to the producers of the materials and the contractors on
site who must work with the materials.
- Sustainable Building Materials. With
our clients, we are exploring sustainable material choicescement-stabilized
earth, reclaimed or sustainably-grown wood, and long-lasting components.
- Linking Indoors/Outdoors. Typically,
our projects incorporate courtyards and decks, porches and verandas,
skylights and trellises. We try to bring the healthy aspects of
nature into our buildings, and use our buildings to create more
pleasant, tempered outdoor spaces.
Design. We want our buildings to be accessible in the best
senseinviting and easy to use for people of all ages and capacitiesand
have received several design awards in this area. This focus has
sharpened our expertise with the ADA compliance guidelines and the
California Title 24 requirements.
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