How We Work
DRAW is different than other firms. We don’t only work to create excellent designs. We don’t only strive to be net positive ready. We don’t only aim to build community. We do all these things, collectively. DRAW is an interdisciplinary architecture firm specializing in the creation of functional and responsive environments for people to gather and connect. We use our Empathy + Activism approach to accomplish this, tapping into the deep knowledge and experience that each client brings to a project and extracting the latent potential of each site. We believe that meaningful interaction with clients at all stages of a project results in more authentic and inspired places. We listen deeply and act boldly on their behalf. These core drivers translate into projects that challenge convention and incite positive change. We call this collective process Positive Impact Design.
Full Architectural Services
Land Use Planning
Positive Impact Design Considers:
Empathy + Activism
Are we listening to the client and answering their needs/honoring their constraints? Are we acting in the best interest of the client and balancing this with community stakeholders’ input?
What is the impact to the surrounding context? What is its impact at the sidewalk, in the space between buildings, and in relation to public spaces? How are the inhabitants impacting the space?
How is the building achieving design excellence? How will the materials weather? Is the design timeless and going to sustain its relevancy throughout the years?
Cultural and Social Impacts
How does the building contribute to or reflect the cultural and social fabric of the site? Can we honor the history in some way? How do we build an integrated team and recognize the many contributors?
Is there efficiency in materials and building performance? Can it be regenerative? How self-sustaining can the systems be?