As arts experiences allow more participation, access, and engagement, so must the spaces that support them.
Arts and cultural centers have evolved into interactive destinations for community happenings, performance, exhibit, and experimentation. Inside and out, these buildings must reflect and inspire the communities they serve.
Designing treasured cultural facilities requires expertise, imagination, and innovation. At their very core, these are places for people to connect—to ideas, to artists, to knowledge, to beauty, and to each other. At the same time, they are institutions with defined needs, objectives, and expectations.
Over the past six decades, we have developed a national reputation for designing extraordinary cultural facilities that artfully balance form with function. Our breadth of experience and expertise gives us a unique view of peer benchmarks and technical innovations relevant to our clients. These, along with the following guiding principles, creates a collective insight that results in extraordinary solutions.
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How we work
Our work succeeds because it is always built upon a foundation of insight into the unique needs of each client. To develop this insight, we begin not with architecture and engineering, but with an investigation into the history, mission, and vision of our client organizations. Research, face-to-face interviews, and focus groups with staff, members, or patrons add fresh understanding on a personal level. Only then does our process turn to design, resulting in built environments that meet and exceed expectations time after time.
Our experience includes planning, programming, and designing cultural centers, visual and performing arts centers, and museums for some of the country’s most prominent cultural institutions, from facilities on colleges and university campuses to civic and nonprofit organizations. We are proud to collaborate with clients nationwide to broaden the reach of the arts and create lasting impact for communities.
Design with purpose: We design beautiful buildings that respect a client’s vision and objectives, whether an iconic statement or a contextually sensitive approach.
People first: We are engaged in place-making for people. Success is a visitor experience that surprises and delights while functioning smoothly and accessibly.