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The journey from dream to actual built reality can be demanding. It requires not just talent, skill, and desire, but also a strong mixture of shared purpose and commitment combined with discipline, careful listening, and effective dialogue. In the end, though, the journey's success comes down to simply getting it right.


Getting it right - hitting the mark architecturally where everything finally comes together in a way that rewards - is a complex, often daunting process. And so, rapport between the principal players is very important. But, even more specific to the architectural process, success rests largely on a mutual grasp of design intent by all involved. That means the core ideas and objectives guiding the design need to be clearly defined, understood, communicated, and supported.


Effective communication is the critical ingredient then, if, ultimately, all those myriad decisions made throughout the course of a project are to lead to the desired result, especially one that pleases the owner.


Toward that end, I utilize “Building Information Modeling”, a digital project delivery method. With BIM, design intent can be effectively managed, 3D imaged, communicated, and comprehended by all those involved. Risk of faulty decisions and costly errors going undetected until later is reduced, thus improving the prospects of achieving a successful outcome.


Strategy

-    Collect/analyze all relevant data; establish wants, goals and priorities

     including aesthetic values and budgetary limitations.

-    Identify an effective path to achieving those goals and priorities.

-    Identify potential obstacles to achieving those goals and priorities; search

     for means of reconciling and merging conflicting viewpoints, goals,

     esthetic values, etc..  

-    Explore possibilities; look beyond the familiar.                        

-    Encourage early participation by the contractor along with other team

     members.


Goals

-   An owner happy with the results.

-   Successful joint effort by all involved in the building process.

-   A built environment that succeeds, both experientially and financially,

     in meeting the owner's’s goals and mine, enhances their life, meets

     my standards, and to the extent possible, leaves the earth a better

     place to be.

-    A built environment attuned to nature, the earth.

-    Finding the most effective and appropriate means of weaving owner

      lifestyle patterns with site conditions to achieve maximum comfort, well

      being, and delight.

-    Facilitating the achievement of maximum integrity by grounding the

     design firmly in the present and, when appropriate, using building

     materials in as simple, honest and authentic a manner as possible.

-    Respect the fact that each project is for the owner; that their money is

     paying for it.

-    Aim high with feet firmly planted on the ground.   back...


     If you would like to learn more, send inquiries to: warrenlawson@mac.com.  

WARREN LAWSON ARCHITECT

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