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.
We are known for being client focussed and highly collaborative with expert consultants, builders, suppliers and artists.
Research is integral to our design process and we are highly strategic on all of our projects. We work with an openness and rigor that drives us to explore both expected and unexpected solutions to design challenges. We devise solutions that do many things at once; as much as possible with as little as possible.
On all of our projects, we focus on seven core principles:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sam Crawford Architects add value. We add value to your project – to the process and the outcome.