Architecture, Design, and Building

Information for Smart Design Decisions

The environment in which we live has a profound influence on our psyche and our behavior. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 87% of their life indoors. The importance of good design decision making in architecture cannot be overstated as it pertains to our health and wellbeing.

An example of how our environment shapes and influences our lives comes through research on the effects of natural light on various people groups. Increased natural light in schools’ results in better test scores, greater natural light and air in workplaces results in higher productivity, and exposure to natural light and views in hospitals results in faster healing times.

Jonas Salk, the creator of the polio vaccine, commented about his environs during a retreat to Italy where he stayed at a 13th-century Franciscan monastery known as the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi. We believe it summarizes the impact of good environmental design nicely.

“The spirituality of the architecture there was so inspiring that I was able to do intuitive thinking far beyond any I had done in the past. Under the influence of that historic place I intuitively designed the research that I felt would result in a vaccine for polio. I returned to my laboratory in Pittsburgh to validate my concepts and found that they were correct.” Jonas Salk (Jonas Salk on Wikipedia)

We begin working with clients by observing their environment, listening carefully, and providing architectural, design, and building information and alternatives. Our intent is to help people make good design decisions regarding the buildings where they live, work, and play and to create beautiful, efficient environments that promote and enhance healthier, happier, safer lives.

We explore opportunities and offer expertise to help clients navigate through creation of their building environments. We partner with our clients to provide beneficial insights and ideas
to help make informed and sound design and building decisions.

Architectural fees for these services vary depending on project complexity and building type. Industry standards provide a good reference and starting point to understand what costs could be for your project. The following links provide estimates for various levels of services for various project types.

Residential architecture:

Commercial or institutional architecture:

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you to achieve the best solution for your project.

M. Ted Dickerson, AIA, NCAR