Architecture is an art. Alive, bold, deliberate architecture and interiors routed in what’s best for a site and property owner make us feel fabulous. That’s what it’s all about. A good architect knows what is best and knows that exciting spaces improve our lives where we live, work and play. Specific spatial experiences and beautifully simple and ordered programmatic relationships elevate our spirits. They naturally move us through a building both literally and emotionally.
Architectural requirements and influences are typically complex. Color, sustainability, client identity and economics are only some of the many possible architectural influences. A good architect recognizes each and every influence, synthesizes and satisfies all of them without ever neglecting or sacrificing the art. A good architect formally knows scale and proportion. Their hand is familiar with golden ideals and regulating lines and their eyes see them clearly. A good architect brings together light, shadow, surface and space with scale and proportion; absent of excuses and no matter what the program. A good architect brings beauty from a restrictive code and does not follow a paint-by-numbers interpretation. A good architect will challenge the status quo and fight for his art. A good architect will not plan a sea of asphalt around their building or superimpose ancillary ornamentation in pursuit of a style. With regards to style and ornamentation: a good architect formally and intimately knows and respects that style.
With today’s diverse marketplace of good architects, new green technologies, new building delivery methods and creative building products; there's no excuse for a building that is not a work of art.
Cynthia's Personal Residential Design Approach: Historical architectural references from Northern Europe (particularly France and England). Classical architecture and style mixes of Art D...eco, Mediterranean Revival (focus of my Master Architecture Thesis), English Country House, French Manor and 'Richard Meier / Mies Van Der Rohe - not a style but two of my fav architects). Clean, white, minimal. Pops of color with a lot of Chinese patterns. Natural materials. Flowers always. That's me.
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