Our Values

As a studio, we are guided by the distinct histories and experiences of our team. We see our diversity as a strength, and our architecture and design practice as offering unique opportunities to fight systemic racism. With a platform of diverse initiatives, we commit to supporting Black, Brown and Indigenous People of Color in our community.

The following principles guide our commitment to changing our society to one that provides equal justice. We seek to infuse our projects with these values, as well as listen and look for ways to develop these values in our firm’s culture.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Labor, Economy, and Societal Responsibility

We believe Architecture is a common right.

We will work with clients and partners to create projects that promote spatial equality. Regardless of scale, location, or program, we believe all our projects should work to dismantle the barriers in our built environment to basic human rights.

We promote diversity in the creation of a built environment.

Designers of the built environment have historically undervalued or ignored the contributions of Black, Brown and Indigenous People of Color. Our firm is committed to working with BIPOC consultants and vendors, as well as sourcing materials from companies with demonstrated diversity, equity, and inclusion policies.

Mentorship, Culture, and Professional Responsibility

We will mentor before and beyond the workplace.

Education in architecture extends outside of institutions. As a collection of architects, historians, and theorists, our team recognizes its responsibility to provide mentorship to Black, Brown, and Indigenous People of Color in our design community. We seek to serve this role within our own workplace as well as in schools and affiliated organizations.

We will support BIPOC designers beyond hiring.

A diverse workplace does not end with hiring Black, Brown, and Indigenous Persons of Color. We are committed to increasing the diversity of designers in our office, as well as fostering a culture that maintains and advances such designers. Our firm will continue to evaluate our internal processes to ensure that our work culture, values, and policies are in line with our stance against racism.

Ecological and Black Futurism

We envision a green future as an anti-racist future.

A future beyond fossil economies should be accessible for all. We acknowledge the distinct ecological injustices that Black, Brown and Indigenous People of Color face. We work for an ecologically sustainable future that abolishes the racialized allocation of resources endemic to the architecture and building industries–from the scale of building materials in domestic spaces to the implementation of technological infrastructure. Through our firm’s Climate Change Action Plan, we are promoting sustainable building practices and view the pursuit of racial and ecological justice as fundamentally entwined.

Climate Change

We believe architecture has an integral role to play in addressing the global threat of climate change.

We believe climate change is the defining issue of our time. Reducing global greenhouse gas emissions will require fundamental structural changes to the economy and society. We believe architecture has an integral role to play in addressing this global threat. We have a responsibility to make buildings and cities that reduce energy use, to advocate for carbon-free neighborhoods and cities for everyone, and to highlight the interconnected social justice issues of confronting climate change and transforming the built environment. Climate change is a social justice issue that particularly impacts frontline communities; a just climate action response should center the needs of the most vulnerable to ensure a truly equitable future for all.

Our holistic approach to addressing climate change, centered on our commitment to the AIA 2030 Commitment program, is founded on a core set of values that link sustainability and social justice:

Enduring

Prioritizing passive strategies, integrating renewable energy, and designing intrinsic flexibility culminates in buildings that are long-lasting and resilient. We focus on energy and water, but also on access to natural light and creating healthy environments. We create buildings that achieve design excellence and enrich their surroundings not only now, but decades from now. We call this ‘the long view.’

Impactful

To limit global warming, the impact of new construction should be understood holistically, from the perspective of future building operations to the embodied carbon within the existing built environment. This extends to considering the social impact of our work. We prioritize adapting and transforming existing buildings to take advantage of embodied energy and to conserve resources and materials, but also to create a meaningful dialogue between the past, present and future experience of a place.

Connective

We believe that connecting people to nature, to each other, and to the places they inhabit cultivates a socially sustainable environment. We are practitioners and educators, and value the connective power of design. We aim to create broadly accessible built environments that heighten awareness and understanding of our surroundings, promote a sense of belonging, increase biodiversity, and enrich the places in which we work and live.

Local

We believe that climate crisis solutions are best centered in local communities and in local ecology. We practice an inclusive design process that is open to many voices. We carefully consider the surrounding habitat. We collaborate with local artisans and craftspeople to ensure projects are rooted in their environment. Design solutions that are developed from an inclusive process and a shared set of values produce community well-being.

Just

The impacts of the climate crisis have a disproportional impact on vulnerable communities. Indeed, the challenge of solving the climate crisis is intertwined with the pursuit of racial and environmental justice. We believe that a truly effective response to the climate crisis must be underpinned by values that are regenerative, equitable, and just.