Our Design Philosophy:
At Koopman Architecture, our philosophy and design process are summarized in the following values: Health, Dignity and Delight. These three principles apply to everything that goes on in our offi ce. They describe how we work with each other, our clients, the consultant team and building contractors. They also shape our design process and are the goals of our built work.
The primary way that we, as architects, can produce a sense of well-being for the occupants of our spaces is by designing healthy buildings. A healthy building is one that is durable, well-built and resilient. A healthy space is designed to use low energy in its construction and to be energy efficient over its life cycle. The design of a healthy environment must make provisions for good light, clean air and a smart arrangement of space. We use current building science and technical rigor to achieve these goals.
As architects it is essential that we recognize our responsibility as stewards of the health and safety of the general public. Designing in this way creates a dignified experience for the end users of our buildings. Designing with dignity creates safe and accessible environments, inside and outside of our buildings. A well-designed building is a place that recognizes all types of users and removes barriers to participation. Dignity is also part of our working process. It’s about respecting our clients’ wishes, their budgets and their schedules. Effective communication and teamwork is essential in our process and we work hard to foster good relationships with everyone we do business with.
Beauty and the expression of culture are still goals of architecture. Can a good building give us a sense of pride in our community? Can a well-designed room actually improve our experiences in that space? What are the opportunities for delight in a building that is practical and modest? How can we do more with less? How can intrigue and surprise be introduced into our lived environments? These are some of the questions we consider when we think of delight in the context of architecture.