Manifesto

Intent(s)

Intent(s) are the fundamental attribute of something designed. The intent(s) should be public, inclusive and accessible.  The intent(s) should be intended, and not reliant on post-design-rationalization. 

Design should engage the human experience. Experiences in Architecture and Landscape should have emotional qualities. The intended emotional experience in a piece of Architecture or Landscape should be the primary factor informing the materials, spaces and forms of the work. 

Responsiveness

Design should be responsive. Responsiveness requires a malleability in thought with each new project. Complexity is a manifestation of responsiveness. Complexity does not imply disorder but rather a heightened state of design. 

Aesthetics and form should not be predetermined. These should evolve naturally out the project’s intent and response to the project’s various conditions. A responsive design has an inherent connection to place and people. 

Resourcefulness

Designers must be resourceful in many ways. Design should strive for a level of refinement where the largest possible impact is created through the most potent of gestures. This is complexity. 

Resourcefulness should not diminish quality. Designers should recognize where expenditures are justified. Resourcefulness is a responsibility towards our planet and clients, and is the antithesis of ego. 

Competency 

Architects and Landscapes Architect’s fundamental responsibility is professional competency. Our designs should work. From the success of the conceptual framework to the success of our details.

Manifesto