The fact is that at some point during every day, we are all pedestrians. The designed environment should provide opportunities for that pedestrian experience to be a positive one, even a glorious one. Our goal is to design spaces that people enjoy so much that they notice. Too often we move through outdoor space thinking about something else or someone else and we miss the experience. We aim to create spaces for people.
We are practical designers, acknowledging the limitations of perfection in this world, but we always strive to make the most out of our resources. Land + water are precious assets entrusted to our clients and therefore to us. Whether we can make big or little strides on each project, we should still be wise with our design.
Each client, their preferences, circumstances, each daily patron, each site, soil and microclimate is a unique. That combination is seeking just the right design solution that will bridge the gaps and solve most of the issues; while respecting the best features and making the most out of the hidden opportunities. We don’t do cookie-cutter here.
Budgets. There I said it. Budgets are a reality in our world. So why does the design industry approach a budget as though it’s some mystical medium between “that’s way too much” and “I can’t do it for anything less than that”? We prefer to know what the client’s budget is before we start designing, that way we have not only a goal but also we can design creatively to make the most out of whatever budget is entrusted to us. Knowing the goal, helps us achieve it.
It’s important to respect our clients, design team members, and staff with good communication in a timely manner. Treating anyone like a mushroom, is not success.
While the foundation of good design is a secure comfort in knowing that it will work, we should always be looking for small innovations that can advance the individual design and design practices.