Our Schmidt Associates ethos is very different from many architectural practices. We do not believe we exist to impose our thinking. We are here to design and deliver projects that are a reflection of and response to the visions and goals of communities and owners.
Servant Leadership – It’s About Sympathetic Support At All Times
Great benefits come out of good design. But you can’t have good design in the absence of good process. And good process in turn necessarily contains an element of leadership. The difference with Schmidt Associates is that our preferred form is servant leadership. It’s an approach that’s starts with us. We have teams not hierarchies and exchanges of professional expertise not tasks and orders. We believe that in every situation the best people achieve the best results – they design the best buildings and they create environments that engage and enthuse their users and stand the test of time.
In return, all our people are here to engage with our clients. We serve them and their needs, as we work towards a delivered design that is unique to them. Our skills, talents and experience are at our clients’ disposal to support, not limit or obstruct. We are entirely open to our clients’ needs and requests, to new ideas and to each other within the Schmidt Associates team. We make options part of our process, but “take it or leave it” is one option that simply never appears in our client relationships. Most importantly of all, we welcome the question “why?”.
Welcoming Questions Is Not The Same As Having No Answers
Because we welcome client questions and open our doors and our minds to their thoughts and needs does not mean we expect them to do our job for us. Underpinning our ethos is a rock solid foundation of professional expertise and experience, flawless project management practice and real accountability. We are here to get the job done and in the most efficient way possible. The difference is that the delivered outcome is what the client wanted all along and not what we decided up front to give them. To discover more about how Schmidt Associates’ form of servant leadership can lead you to the outcomes you want, talk to us.