Design Funneling

We follow the time-honored practice of sketch (manual and digital), iteration, and refinement. We arrive at the ideal design solution through iterative generation and modification, funneling broad concepts to achieve impeccably integrated designs.

The Intermingling of Public-Private Review, Approvals, and the Design Process

Like a well-choreographed dance, during the process of community engagement, we embrace the dual roles of the architect, as both designer and advocate for the project. The connection between our studio practice and what transpires in the public eye is intertwined.

Interweaving Design with Public Review:

Context Research

The thoroughness of our preparation in pre-design activities is akin to constructing a durable structure. We are dedicated to investigating and analyzing historical data, FEMA and wetland maps, preparing traffic, acoustic, & environmental studies, and undertaking feasibility studies to lay the groundwork for making well-reasoned decisions throughout the phases of design.

Design Reflection

Our process often begins with sketches, watercolors, and study models (manual and 3-D printed) that help us provoke a deep exploration of the qualities of a building or space.

We Navigate Complex Processes of Approvals and Public Review

  • We assist with municipal and town zoning, planning & architectural design boards.
  • We provide professionals services for obtaining approvals for major land use projects that require review through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).
  • In NYC, we assist with public design review, including with Public Design Commission, City Planning Commission, Landmarks & Preservation Commission, local community boards, and other stakeholder groups.

The Role of The Architect

The 21st century has been punctuated by challenge after challenge. 9/11, the Global Recession, COVID-19, continued racial & civil injustice, and Climate Change have proved tremendously overwhelming. It is natural to question the relevance of architecture as a force for good.

Our efforts to “uncover” those qualities inherent to a project make the result “inevitable.” Our projects must be granted the stamp of “belonging” by the community, leaving the place better off than it was before.

“Ultimately, architecture plays a significant role in society as the profession that fabricates the ideas that shape and better our built environment.”