Garrison Architects Selected Projects #3

History and Culture of Garrison Architects


They feel that well designed environments support social cohesion, balance human activity with nature, and intensify our experience of the world around us. Founded on the modernist legacy of design clarity and technical innovation, their work seeks to take advantage of new materials and evolving technologies to meet the challenges of today, including global warming, scarce resources, and rapid development.

Their approach is pragmatic. They work with the best means available to overcome the constraints of each project. Far from being a limitation, these constraints ground their work in real needs and spur research into innovative building techniques. Collaboration plays a fundamental role in this research. Within their walls, talented professionals and staff combine skills and experience to envision and produce sophisticated architecture. Beyond, they work closely with the world’s most accomplished engineers, artists, planners, technicians and manufacturers to build projects as varied as hurricane resilient beach structures and historic urban plazas.

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Context / spaces that enrich the experience

One of the first roles of architecture is to create a place for public life. To do so, they build great public streets, vistas and spaces that enrich the experience of the community and the appreciation of its most important institutions. They design individual buildings as elements that are part of the greater whole.

Nature / treading lightly on the natural world

As human population and economic activities expand, it has become imperative that we maintain a balance with nature. Architecture must support our awareness of the natural world and tread as lightly as possible upon it. As architects, they combine environmental principles gained from regional building traditions with state-of-the-art computer modeling and analysis. Doing so, they are able to create buildings that are informed by climate and landscape, maintain human health, and conserve resources and energy.

Sustainability / ecologically determined design

Achieving sustainability is not a matter of simply adding technological devices to architecture. It is a joining of fundamental ecologically determined design strategies with state of the art control and analysis technologies. They begin with the ideal concept of creating a building for maximum longevity. In this regard sustainability is often allied with preservation.

Poetics / interaction of form, material, and structure

The poetic content of architecture results from a profound understanding of the symbolic power of architectural ideas. Architecture without poetic inspiration cannot engage the soul. The poetic interaction of form, material, and structure can provoke emotional and intellectual understanding, which engages the breadth of human perception.

Construction / the medium of architecture

Construction is the medium of architecture. The mastery of that medium allows architecture to transcend pure form or style. Tectonics, or the art of building, illustrates and deepens the understanding of architectural ideas. Form, concept, structure, and material are inseparable elements in a complete work of architecture.

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Garrison Architects Selected Projects

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