Disciplines - S3 Architects


“architecture” from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2003.

1.  The art and science of designing and building structures, communities, or open areas, in keeping with aesthetic and functional criteria.

2.  Structures built in accordance with such principles.

Architecture for Buildings:

The built environment in the 21st century has evolved from the simplest of primitive huts to the most complex of man-made enclosures and the design of the best of those buildings has been the domain of the architect.  Architecture as an exercise engages the built form via a broad spectrum of construction specialties and social relationships that affect very few other design disciplines.  In today’s ever-changing climate the need for and the results from architecture could spell the difference between a world that embraces change, growth, and evolution or a legacy of waste, sameness, and obsolescence.  Buildings, the most expensive investment in any one person’s life, are not and should not be the product of the lowest cost or most obvious alternative; but rather, buildings should be our statement as sophisticated societies about our concern for the aesthetic, the planet, and the social well-being of our unique cultures.  Architecture of buildings provides the best hope for long-term success within the built environment.

Studio Three views the process and result of architecture as an opportunity to explore and express both the contemporary age in which we live and the desires of our clients.  We are attempting to keep the vitality of architecture alive and well into the future.

Architecture for Landscapes:

The relationship our societies and cultures have with the land on which we walk could be summed up as a partnership in which the land continues to provide as long as we continue to nurture the resource.  Under most circumstances this relationship can be clearly defined and understood in a way that allows for an on-going condition of support and benefit, but as our communities and legacies become more complex and detrimental this relationship become more jeopardized.  The application of the architectural process to the nurturing of the land is one way that we are able to ensure the best and most successful partnership within our built environments.  Whether the process is intended to maintain the serenity of a natural landscape or create a contemporary expression of sculpted terrain, the sophistication and knowledge that are necessary to develop and implement these ideas are the result of architecture of the land.  Just like all the other environmental design professions, the expectations of contemporary landscape architecture are not only to create the place for interaction but also to perform as an integral part of the living systems of the natural environment.  These interactions or performance criteria are in many cases the application of sound practices and techniques but can also embody highly evolved understandings of materials, geometries, hydrology, agronomy, flora, and fauna.  Maintaining the delicate balance of our existence with the land is the basis of success on the land.

Studio Three is committed to finding answers to the inherent problems the relationship of development and natural existence uncover in contemporary and yet practical ways.

Architecture for Communities:

It could be said that the ultimate expression of the built environment is the city.  Putting people, buildings, transportation systems, and open spaces together into a concise whole that has a character all it’s own while being adaptable enough to grown and learn.  In some cases this pinnacle expression is the result of circumstance and in other situations these relationships are planned and even constructed.  Applying the process of architecture on the scale of the city or the community could be one of our most important tasks as environmental designers in the coming years when considering the shifts in population, the impacts of development, and the costs of transportation.  By bringing to the practice of rethinking the ‘urban’ context, or even a collection like structures, the same insight and awareness that are prevalent in the other design professions the sustainability and quality of life of our communities and cities will be greatly enhanced.  Design on this scale isn’t merely about layout of the streets or shape of curb; it is more importantly about the character of the street, the success of the development, interaction of the users, and the performance of the entire system.  It is literally the creation of environments that are both profitable and livable.

Studio Three is a leader in understanding the implication of design on this scale and has the ability to be the vision and the steward of a community’s future.

Creating a Vision:

The translation of words into the reality of the built environment has long been the product of the architectural practices that most users are familiar with; but, a critical step in that process can be cleaved off as an area of specialization all it’s own.  This is the early phases of the work that requires the immediate translation of words into imagery.  By virtue of being able to visualize words, relationships, needs, and expectations as graphic representations, visioning can be a jump-start on any project.  From the scale of a city to the intimacy of a single site, this early phase communication of ideas is very effective.  Creating a vision for a project is not a substitute for the actual, in-depth, analysis that would follow in the disciplines of environmental design.

Studio Three is able to quickly and effectively translate the ideas and words into physical graphics in a variety of settings and conditions.