Planning and Preservation

Codes

An integral part of the main core of our practice is the code analysis to guarantee compliance with the latest regulations affecting the design of your buildings, interiors, or gardens.

We analyze the existing conditions and propose our desing solution according to the American with Disabilities Act, Historic Preservation Ordinances, and all other technical aspects of the International Building Code.

Zoning

Our expertise in dealing with different zoning conditions comes handy when your project includes working in an area with an unusual zoning, overlays, and historic preservation conditionals.  This is usually the case with the high density urban areas where most of our infill projects are located.

By the same token, we can study a solution for a set of problems that are particular to a district,  making it affordable for the business owner, great for the street scape and in compliance with the local Zoning Board.

Historic Preservation

Historic preservation is one of our main preocupations in the field of design, architecture, urban fabric, and the man-made and natural landscapes.

We are commited to preserve historical structures working on them with the respect they deserve. We believe that historic preservation is not about freezing a building in a particular period of time, it is about respecting the past, working in the present, and paving the way for somebody in the future to continue working on the building with a respect for its history.

We are commited to preserve historic details, and we have the capabilities to do a design intervention by adding onto an existing building in a sensible manner sourcing historically correct fixtures and materials, using salvaged elements, and creating new parts for the old building inspired by the surviving structure.

Planning & Overlays

Another of the fields in which our studio works is urban planning, urban design, and the study of zoning and historical areas overlays over a particular urban area. In our studies we consider the real estate market, the business nature of an urban environment, the residential component, and the presence of mixed use buildings, and the live-and-work spaces proper of the creative class that settles in transitional neighboorhoods.

One of the cornerstones of our urban philosophy is that the downtown areas have to be lively and livable, that cities must be walkable, and that different levels of income need to mingle in the same urban space.

We are proponents of the small business renaissance, the slow food movement, the urban creative hubs, and the urban economic incubators. To achieve this, our work considers the flows of human capital into the urban areas, and also what urban areas have to offer to attract and keep such human resources into a steady pool of inhabitants . The idea is to enrich the urban milieu with the talent and work of a creative class that makes city living into a unique experience.