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We were born on the fourth of July. Perhaps that’s why we have always nurtured a spirit of independence, originality, and wonder at what design can achieve in our world.
July of 1976, Wayne Schmidt decided to go it alone and set up an architecture practice that would be different. It would be different because it put the needs and aspirations of its clients first and center stage. It would be different because it valued every member of its growing professional team as individuals and as creators. And it would be different because it truly cared about the impact of its work on people and the world they live in.
More than four decades later, we are proud that we remain different in all the regards that matter to us, to our clients, and to our community. We describe the way we work as “servant leadership”. That means we place our skills, our experience and our talents at the disposal of our clients. We help them, as their guides, to find and follow their path to the outcomes they want. We do not force them down routes that suit our purposes.
We sum up our unique approach in three phrases, distilled from everything our clients have told us across 40+ years of defining, developing, and delivering good design. They say that Schmidt Associates displays Better Foresight, Better Insight, and that we are Better On-site. What do they mean?
Knowing what lies ahead means meeting and matching possible obstacles before they turn into potentially fatal objections. We identify stakeholders, recognize roadblocks, and align agendas to prepare the ground well before we clear it.
Knowing how our clients think and feel helps us understand their ambitions and empathize with their aspirations. We identify what people want from spaces, and we use the resulting insight to design places that enhance lives and reward investment.
Knowing exactly what needs to happen long before we get to site means that being on-time, on-spec and on-budget are fully realized. We don’t do overruns and overcharge. We do stay around to extend a supporting hand, and long after handover if needed.
These important attributes have led us, and more importantly our clients, to designs that consistently surprise and delight, to technology solutions that deliver true efficiencies, and to environments where people are better able to pursue their goals and fulfill their potential.
All this has happened in our first four decades. We can’t wait to see where the next forty years will take us.