Buildings are not objects, but an integral part of a larger local and global community.
gbA strives to do truly meaningful design of place with connections to people, culture & nature.
These connections create a built environment with lasting value and meaning.
Distinctive gbA Principles & Themes:
Design –for All
“Design is THE Means For A Great Project (expensive materials are not required)”
To manage costs within budget gbA utilizes readily available materials where possible. Clients are informed of cost expectations.
“The Architect’s Design Process Never Stops”
It is the role that the Architect plays at every phase & every challenge is an opportunity for design. gbA seeks solutions that benefit the design & the project’s goals and provides options where there are multiple positive approaches. The best projects are photographed and presented for design awards. This is one more chance to see, learn, and share from the best parts of the design.
“A Necessary Good”
Education & early & continuous involvement. The entire gbA team participates in design charettes on your project. The Engineering team participates in early meetings and gives input on diagrammatic sketches. (This integrated design process emphasizes holistic thinking rather than sole authorship).
The Owners & Stakeholders are invited to respond early so that no design is pursued that is unsuitable. The future Community’s interest should be represented, as they are the longterm stakeholders.
“Intelligence Is Meant To Create More Productivity In The System, Not Less”
Net creation that is greater than net destruction. Systems thinking increases the meaning of Architecture by including a greater context. True Sustainability not only means energy efficiency, but also what sustains us Psychologically and Culturally.
“Advance Design Culture, Contribute To The Rich Cultural Inheritance In A Language Relevant To The Time”
Provide design options that encourage clients to build a 21st Century Project and preserve cultural treasures.
gbA practices according to American Institute of Architect’s 10 Principles for Liveable Communities. See the AIA’s website for more information in the value of architectural design.