DESIGN & PLANNING FIRM
Architectural Philosophy and Approach
Buildings are one of the most permanent creations of our societies. As such, their style and function, translated through time by their durability, define cultures and establish the context for future historical reference. They are not static, rather are constantly in a state of change, both functionally and physically. The sources of change are many and often relentless.
We believe that if a building is to embrace cultural responsibility, it must adapt to changing demands, which can be integrated into the initial design approach. Appropriately chosen materials and details can promote longevity, facilitate reuse, and create a flexible template for the structure to assure its lasting presence. Spaces designed as adaptable to user needs can better serve the user, resulting in greater productivity. Buildings are primary consumers of natural resources and energy.
Architecture, J. A., Inc has practiced environmental responsibility since our founding, long before green design gained the recognition it has today. These principles continue to guide our work. We promote the need to balance the ideals of resource conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention with the realities of performance, cost, and constructability. We understand that the architect’s role is that of a visionary and team leader. Successful architecture occurs when a vision is matured through collaboration and constructed according to that same vision. The architect, owner, and project consultants, through mutual participation in the design process, can perfect a vision specific to the program; the construction team, when engaged with the same vision, will make jobsite decisions that promote it into the built structure.
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