A Strategic Approach to Architecture and Engineering

Our approach to architecture and design is, in the broadest sense, rooted in how people use and understand buildings, cities, furniture, and other fabricated objects. It is important to us that architecture, urbanism, and design communicate and connect with the users, the place, and the local culture and history. Architecture is inextricably tied to its past while it addresses the needs of the present and shapes the future. Thus, for us architecture is not simply a style but a language that both reflects the continuum of human experience and permits transformation based on evolving contexts.

We support private- and public-sector clients in tackling resource risks and enhancing their performances through higher resource productivity and a lower environmental footprint. We advise companies on how to capture emerging opportunities in energy, water, waste, and land use and how to harness the potential of clean technologies to create smarter systems, new jobs, and competitive advantage. We help governments incorporate sustainability into their long-term economic growth plans, supporting the welfare and prosperity of their people and protecting the environment.

Our engineering practice considers structures as mechanisms in motion rather than static objects. Fundamental principles of structural engineering are used as the basis of our tall building designs. Innovation, creativity, and design excellence are principle aspirations for our structural engineering practice. We believe the best engineering solutions result from a close collaboration with our clients and our multidisciplinary approach to design. Our designs are sensitive to architectural goals that result in distinctive and timeless structures while consistently incorporating sustainable design principles. These fundamentals are refined with the use of advanced analytical techniques and actual performance data obtained from constructed buildings.

Metropolitan Planning for Sustainable Growth

We see planning as a vital part of the built landscape, a process that begins with the development of a hierarchical organization of spatial relationships between buildings and the surrounding built or natural context. Our work takes place in a variety of settings from established downtowns to new communities to university campuses. Our designs are considered at every scale and from multiple perspectives that inform and influence each other, resulting in unique, innovative, and yet completely practical solutions. Underlying all that we do is the ideal of making places that we ourselves, and ultimately many others, will want to live and work.

Working in collaboration with senior leaders, we help organizations set a vision for strategic outcomes, build a robust fact base, rigorously assess options under uncertainty, design an actionable plan, win support from key stakeholders, and evaluate progress from design through execution to ensure that strategies have lasting impact. Drawing on insights from the private sector and decades of public-sector work, we support clients on a range of strategic topics, including identifying social, economic, and technology trends; synchronizing budgeting and strategic-planning processes; designing stakeholder-engagement plans; and creating innovation programs at scale.

The Carbon Productivity Challenge: Curbing Climate Change

The world has entered an era of unprecedented natural resource challenges and opportunities that will require businesses and economies to make fundamental shifts in the way they operate. We support private and public sector clients in tackling resource risks and enhancing their performance through higher resource productivity and a lower environmental footprint. We advise companies on how to capture emerging opportunities in energy, water, waste, and land use and how to harness the potential of clean technologies to create smarter systems, new jobs, and competitive advantage.

 

Executive Leadership

Mr. John Spencer

Mr. John Spencer

Mr. David Hamilton

Mr. David Hamilton

DESIGN IN ACTION

When we help clients shape and deliver a transformation, we put design thinking at the core. That means involving customers at every point of the process, understanding what really matters to them, and radically rethinking services and interfaces to make life simpler, better, and more delightful.

Our design solutions result from a collaborative process that encourages multidisciplinary professional teams to research alternatives, share knowledge and imagine new ways to solve the challenges of the built environment. more