What's the difference between architecture and interior design?
It really boils down to a marketplace perception of the inside of a building versus the outside of a building. The "architecture" of the building refers to the core and shell of the structure itself. The interior design is just that: the design and planning of real property architectural improvements, materials, lighting, finishes, furniture and equipment required to prepare the space for commercial occupancy.
What is space planning?
The determination and analysis of the required functions and needs an interior space need to provide, which is called "programming". The creative solution seeking design, organization and arrangement of the space, interior architectural improvements, furniture, fixtures and equipment in response to the determined needs (program) for the space.
Our furniture vendors have space planners. Why do we need an interior architect?
You probably don't if you are just moving furniture around. The knowledge and skill of furniture specialists is usually adequate for that purpose.
Similarly, if you are modifying or creating a newly constructed interior environment, the knowledge and skill of an interior architect experienced in the full range of the construction arts, interior architectural technology, building codes, as well as furniture and equipment is essential. And you probably won't get a building permit without an architect.
Do you design buildings or just interiors?
Just interiors. It's a very specialized expertise within the larger family of the architectural practice. We have even designed and defined the requirements for building interiors which core and shell architects utilize for their work.
Our space is only 5,000 sf. Do we really need an architect?
Only if you expect to build or remodel interior real property improvements.
Do you work for both property managers and tenant rep brokers?
Yes. We work with both. The value of our service and skills is focused on the tenant, the person who needs to use space. Property managers and tenant rep brokers are in the business of satisfying the tenant's needs, which is ultimately what we do.
Isn't that a conflict of interest?
There is never a conflict of interest in making a space work. If any, conflicts of interest seem to center around transactional information. In those instances, we are always quite clear with everyone as to whom we represent. Any information given to us in confidence is always treated as such, with respect and honesty.
How do you begin the planning process? < BACK TO TOP
The planning process is simply a solution- seeking process. It begins with a thorough understanding of what needs to be planned for. This is the basis of a facilities program.
How long does it (the planning process) take?
Anywhere from less than an hour to a couple of weeks, or longer. Project size, complexity and the availability of the programming information defines the time frame.
How does the whole process fit together?
The process may be visualized as a series of layers. First is the facilities program, which qualifies exactly what is needed in the space. This process also includes developing concept solutions and extensive dialogue with the client to further determine what will work, and what will not. Next, comes a refinement of the concept with layer upon layer of detailed information, and documentation, design and planning. The process swings into its final phases when client decisions are made, documentation and specifications for construction are approved, and the purchase and installation of all the pieces and parts that form a working space suitable for occupancy are completed.
What are the most frequently
encountered problems on any given project?
The timely availability of information, and sometimes decisions, necessary to support the project design development and schedule.
What is the difference between one architect and another?
Experience, skill, value, personal chemistry and communications.
What is programming?
The determination, documentation and qualification of all the requirements, pieces and parts which comprise the specific function and use of interior space.
Will I have to pay for programming fees up front?
As a practice we defer such fees for back-end payment from construction funds made available through tenant improvement allowances negotiated in the lease transaction.
Why should we pick you to work with? < BACK TO TOP
Three reasons: First, longevity. We've been here for thirty six years, through the region's tightest economy. Second, expertise. Our work here is very specialized. We don't dabble in residential or core and shell work just because we think there may be a few bucks in it for us. We're about uncompromising detail and quality of documentation in commercial interior planning and design. Finally, personal involvement. Our president and senior project managers have a hand in every project that comes through our shop. This type of quality control and hands-on monitoring is a commodity in a marketplace as energized as this one.