The Role of the Designer

Over the last several months how we use our public and private spaces has changed dramatically. Their function tested, design challenged, meaning questioned. 2020 is nothing if not a year of disruption.

As a society we are confronting a dynamic set of circumstances – among them public health, climate change, equity, and justice – that are altering, on a near-daily basis, how we interpret the spaces in which we live, work and gather. Throughout history the work of architects and designers has been to create – the buildings we craft are a representation of the people involved and the communities they serve. At this moment, we find ourselves asking: what is the role of designers now and into the future?

This exploration is a critical part of how we engage with our clients, be they colleges or universities, healthcare facilities, hotels and resorts, workplaces, or non-profits. What do they need from us to shape spaces and places that not only reinforce who they are but support their greater goals? Our charge: empower and help our clients frame their needs, aggregate their ideas, stories, and concerns, and distill them in ways people can understand and relate to. Not to design a “thing” but rather a physical manifestation of what the space truly means.

To do that we’re asking: how does the building behave? What happens there? What is its purpose? And how will it evolve as the needs of your community does?

We’re listening for common threads, hopes, dreams, fears, and foundational elements.

And we’re creating with our clients and communities those spaces that not only check the boxes and are aesthetically pleasing but respond to the very real challenges and intimacies of each specific set of wants, needs, expectations, and operations.

Engage with us to learn more about our process and how we can work to respond to the ever-shifting needs of your team.


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