mystery — spatial unfolding and revealing as one moves further into the scene. a promise of imminent resolution, knowledge, denouement.
surreality — the unusual juxtaposition of familiar and ordinary, revealed in light and shadow.
plainness — reduction, simplicity, minimalism, clarity. revealed in a cool, hip loft, but also in the understatement of an old farmhouse. a success when it recognizes life is quite beautiful in its messiness.
history — respect, curiosity, and understanding of what has gone before in the long tradition of architecture.
fit — the tailored design solution resolutely integrating client, site and program. the end result better because of clients’ parameters rather than in spite of them.
assemblage — composition and craftsmanship. the organization of disparate elements and the elegance of joinery.
theatre — architecture as backdrop, elevating life’s everyday rituals from mundane to noble, poignant, remarkable.
genius loci — the unique spirit of place. its guardian deity. sanctuary, haven, refuge, center.
parlance — the unique and specific manner in which a beautiful building speaks to us. language is embedded in form and details; architecture communicates, tells stories, evokes emotions.