For too many clients commissioning architectural design, innovation is restricted to whatever already exists in their architect’s portfolio. At Schmidt Associates, we believe all our clients are entitled to real originality. But our proven expertise and experience mean it doesn’t have to come with risk attached.
Designing Life Into The Places Where People Live
Schmidt Associates doesn’t regard innovation as an option, with a default setting of derivative always in the background. So what does a signature downtown condo building with a “garden in the sky”, a once dying theater, and a block of student housing that has been transformed from 1960s standard to twenty first century standard-setting have in common? Today, they are all places that people are pleased and proud to call home. And they are all a testament to what can happen when a client who refuses to settle for more of same works with an architect who is determined to be different.
For us, working through innovation is literally the only way we can work. Why? We see every design as our distillation of what people need and want from the spaces they are going to make their own. We define expectations by engaging fully with our clients and by developing deep understanding of the aspirations of owners and users. Since no two groups of people are ever identical, no two sets of expectations are ever the same. Therefore, there is simply no place for more of same. Innovation becomes the only route to truly deliver the unique.
True Risk Lies In Lack Of Innovation
Cutting-edge does not have to be bleeding edge. Innovation managed well is not by any means a leap into the unknown. By contrast, simply replicating what has already been done leads to the wrong kind of certainties: owner and user disappointment; loss of opportunity to incorporate exciting new techniques and technologies; reduced efficiency and performance. In the right hands, design innovation quite simply works. To discover how the Schmidt Residential Accommodation team can design new life into places where you want people to live, talk to us.