An approach to the profession starts with acknowledgement that the client’s needs come first.
As a State Architect for the The State of Washington, Andrew was involved in a large lease/change of use project. Andrew and the leasing agents met with the lessor's architect at the state’s office. During the meeting, and after the meeting, at lunch, the lessor’s architect dominated the discussion. His topic wasn't our needs . . . but all the quite wonderful work his firm was doing. We were not unimpressed, but our concern regarding the schedule was never addressed
Experience working on the client’s side of the fence promotes Andrew Mitchell’s understanding of the client’s point of view. The client may bring to the table burning issues above and beyond ‘program needs’ that demand immediate consideration and attention.
Studio 285 Architecture places a high premium on a quality design process. The design phase is where the client’s program needs are articulated into a tangible vision of what will become a reality. Defining what constitutes a quality design process can be problematic . . . as there as many definitions of design as there are Architects. This firm’s definition of good, organic design may be summed up as:
“Good Architectural design is an unique synthesis of many disparate, often conflicting elements into a single, organic whole.”
Design philosophy follows no set ‘ism’, be it ‘Modernism’, ‘Post Modernism’, ‘Classicism’, ‘Historicism . Our firm seeks to arrive at a final design that fulfils the planned function, clients needs and wishes.
A Client Centered