MY DESIGN PRINCIPLES
  • Simplicity throughout — Form, structure, systems.
  • Clarity/Honesty — Clear, honest expression of function and structure.
  • Functionality, Stability and Beauty.
  • Integral Design Throughout — Materials, details, motifs, patterns.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Relationship — Seamless transition between in/out.
  • Flexibility — Mobility, adaptability, changeability, expandability.
  • Color — From the site/nature and maybe Client's favorite color.
  • Relation to Nature — love of nature, stars, sun, moon.
  • Site Specific — Harmonious w/ site and Client needs.
  • Life Priority — Human and pet scale, proportions, needs.
  • Sustainability — Passive solar, conservation of resources/utilities.
  • Screen Walls — Screens defining space, not confining. No boxes!
  • Balance of Contrasts — Soft/hard, straight/curved, yin/yang.
  • Work of Art — Expressive as a complete work of art lifting the spirit.
  • Timeless — Ageless & respected by its universality & logic.
  • Freedom — Free from "handcuffs" of styles/historical references.
  • Creativity — Creative & unique design solutions and use of materials.
  • Sense of Shelter — Broad overhangs provide protection.
  • Intelligence — Rational, thoughtful, useful, reasoned design.
  • Joyful — Design brings positive, warm, cheerful feelings.
  • Respectful — Respectful of context, history and privacy.
  • Friendly — Welcoming/inviting.
  • Technology — Use of current infrastructure and "smart" technology.
  • Metaphor — Elements/details express design ideas.
  • Furniture — Harmonize w/ the design and free-standing for flexibility.
  • Low Maintenance — Easy to maintain and clean for better hygiene.
  • Informal — Orderly space and structure but also casual.
  • Organic Modern Design — The design grows naturally.
  • Inspiration — Design inspired by the world's greatest architects!
SELECTED THOUGHTS

My Design Principles

The Reverent Act of
Constructing a Building

The Importance of Travel

Desert Architecture

Mentors

Simplicity

Saving Energy

What Modern Architecture
Means to Me

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