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We believe IN...
The best designs come from client and user participation and from the free exchange of ideas within the design team and an empowered office staff. We embrace the Charrette methodology -- group workshops -- as a design tool. It is an exciting, collaborative and dynamic approach that results in a design based on a shared vision of everyone involved.
Our office culture is rooted in client relationships. We will demonstrate our ability to listen to our client, respond in an appropriate manner, participate with enthusiasm and professionalism, and do what it takes to meet the client’s needs and expectations.
Response to context is one of the most powerful drivers of architectural design. Our buildings strive to contribute to the fabric of their surroundings.
Good design is green design. It is an integral part of our work with religious, educational, healthcare and community outreach non-profits. It is an important component of any program that promotes social awareness, and we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their missions through the buildings that they occupy.
We have participated regularly in the Community Design Collaborative, a volunteer organization that offers preliminary design assistance to nonprofit groups and recruits design professionals. Our Lutheran Settlement House effort was awarded the AIA Community Design Award for Design Excellence and our work on the Sacred Places/Civic Spaces initiative won awards from the American Institute of Architects and the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
We are committed to participating in programs that promote social and environmental responsibility. We have been an active participant in Summer Search and the ACE Mentor Program that serve Philadelphia public high school students who are exploring careers in Architecture, Construction or Engineering. Many of our staff members have mentored budding architects on a wide range of challenging projects.
We are active in our communities, our civic groups and our religious institutions, and we encourage our staff to do the same.
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