While we work in a broad range of project types and scales, and in varied locations, a series of values underlie our architecture. These themes reflect our approach, our interests, and how we engage design to elevate everyday life.
Making and Learning
Creating spaces for art making and art education are at the center of our practice. These include spaces to learn, to make art, to dance, to gather, to explore new technology, or to master traditional crafts.
These projects share a common set of values: the architecture is durable and timeless, allowing daily-use to be foregrounded; spaces are flexible, providing for a building to evolve over time; natural light and views connect the inside to the outdoors; precision and attention to detail imbue our buildings with tactility and dimension; front- and back-of-house functions are given the same attention because we believe a well-used building will make it a well-loved one, and help promote a shared sense of belonging.
We developed and refined these ideas in our first major arts education project to design the home for the Yale School of Art. We made a place to learn and make art that is not too prescriptive so that it can be open to many possibilities. We create a canvas or a stage for creativity to come to the fore.

“Students these days don’t want their activities to be prescribed to them—they want flexibility and places to shape ideas.”

Arthi Krishnamoorthy, Partner

This approach has deeply informed many of our subsequent projects, whether an interdisciplinary academic environment, an office building, or a conference center.

“It’s about creating spaces that people love, spaces that dignify contemporary life.”

Noah Biklen, Partner