Today, we live in an era of infinite complexity – economic,
environmental and technological – that presents architects
with new challenges, responsibilities and possibilities. Our practice
negotiates this terrain, creating opportunities for architecture
through a commitment to concepts that engage these complexities.
We believe that every project must be driven by ideas specific
to its circumstances. Our process begins with research and often
leads to explorations outside of the boundaries of architecture.
Approaching each situation without preconceptions, we search for
latent opportunities that lead to fresh solutions. We value the
idiosyncratic and the unexpected, not merely for their own sake,
but because of the potential for broader meanings, richer experiences
and expanded relevance. Ideas become instrumental through spatial
and material investigation and we iteratively build models and
mock-ups to refine our designs. There is a necessary link between
concept and construction, idea and form, without which built reality
will fail to realize the potential of the idea. We find physical
models are a necessary complement to computer modeling in the
study of perceptual effects such as how light renders form.
In a time of economic constraints and ecological pressures, the
necessity to find new solutions to the issues architects face
transcends traditional models based on individual design authorship
and conventional disciplinary limits. Our previous experiences
at other firms guiding large projects through the processes of
design and construction have enabled us to apply multidisciplinary
processes to the design of smaller projects.
The work of our firm draws on the diverse backgrounds and interests
of its three partners, but is ultimately realized through a process
of active engagement with our staff and a broader network of consultants,
artists, craftspeople, fabricators and experts. We regularly draw
on those experiences and resources both in our practice and through
our teaching positions at Yale and Parsons.
Bade Stageberg Cox is a Women Business Enterprise
(WBE) certified firm.