Design Philosophy

ThinkForm Architects’ design philosophy begins with an integrated, collaborative, and holistic approach to the built and natural environment. Our philosophy addresses both pragmatic and symbolic necessities, beginning with innovative programming and planning ingenuity in the context of our contemporary culture and in the pursuit of a design composition relevant to our times.

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Most simply stated, we are interested in creating design compositions that respond to the human understanding of how a building or object may be used today and in the future.

We are particularly interested in the relationship of buildings, objects, and participants to open space such that the open space contributes to the sense of place rather than simply being residual. Our philosophy embraces the relationships between public and private realms, natural and built conditions, monumental and pedestrian adjacencies, and social and environmental sustainability.

The design of a place, whether a building, landscape, or object, should express the lasting values of the place, as well as the aspirations of its commissioners and users. Character gives us our sense of identity within a culture, a place, a building, or a room. The understanding of a place’s character comes in part from its response to its context. It is our intent to enhance the existing character of the places and projects we are asked to design. We also hold that architecture, interior design, design, and art are disciplines where it is difficult, if not impossible, to escape values. These disciplines are articulated in terms of values and one’s response to the cultural and social responsibility required to achieve design excellence.

ThinkForm Architects believes symbolic necessities are derived from the users of buildings and landscapes who, over time, make natural associations through form, color, composition of familiar elements, and the hierarchical value of plans and three-dimensional space. Character and characteristics of buildings and landscapes are part story-telling, part memory, and part symbol; in essence, the personality of the place.