Our Approach

Architecture for us is about listening to our clients, helping them define their needs, providing a creative and flexible solution, working to a budget, and delivering as agreed. We add value.

The core principles that underpin our work are:

People

First and foremost we design places for people, for our clients and others to occupy, to experience, and to enjoy.  We think unconventionally about the infinite possibilities of experience and occupation.

Place

Whether it be a dense urban environment or a pristine natural setting, our architecture is inspired by its place. We strive to create buildings and spaces that respond to and enhance the physical and intangible aspects of place; of your site and it’s context.

Purpose

Throughout the design process, from concept design to project completion; we consider function on both abstract and practical levels.  We work collaboratively with our clients to clearly define the intended uses of a building or space and make it the prime generator of the design.

Delight

What is it like to experience a space from inside and out? How is the form expressed? What are the qualities of place? What are the qualities of space?  How does the light play across a surface at different times of day? Where does the breeze come from? How does it make you feel? How do we engender a sense of delight in our buildings? These are the questions that our architecture seeks to answer.

Efficiency

We view budgetary constraint as a generator of innovation. We understand that delivering a project on a budget is critical to it’s success. We work closely with our clients and cost consultant from concept to detailed design, documentation and construction to ensure this reality.

Sustainability

We take a long term view of sustainability and work on the basis that a robust, passively designed buildings suited to long life are more sustainable than buildings reliant on high-tech environmental solutions. We explore a range of life-cycle environmental issues including material selection, waste, water and energy reduction, re-use, recycling and adaptive re-use to minimize our impact on the natural environment.

Value

Sam Crawford Architects add value. We add value to your project.; to the process and the outcome.

Our Commitment

Throughout your project you will find us:

Client Focussed

As our client, you and your needs form the centre of our practice and our design process. We very much value what you bring to our collaboration. We listen and respond to your needs and dreams. We guide you through every step of the design and construction process. We exceed your expectations.

Collaborative

Design is a collaborative process. From the first briefing through to the end of construction, the success of a project is directly related to the strength of the relationships between collaborators. We have strong and long standing relationships with a broad network of expert consultants, builders, suppliers and artists.

Informed

We have a depth of experience and expertise that informs all of our work. Research is integral to our design process. We listen to our clients. We observe. We seek out what we need to know. We base our decisions on experience and research.

Strategic

We work with an openness and rigor that drives us to explore both expected and unexpected solutions to design challenges. We think strategically to distill the defining issues of a project, the ideas and objectives, and the desired qualities of the realized design. We devise solutions that do many things at once; as much as possible with as little as possible. Our driving ideas ensure that the full potential of a project is realized; a project which is greater than just the sum of its parts.