Architectural Sketch of Pathway and Awning
Our approach is to create environments with a strong narrative and a sense of place.
Through creating a framework with guiding principles in the design process, we have found the final product is one that resonates with the users and community.
Narrative prioritises human experiences and the need to shape these into stories. It places the emphasis on human experience rather than only the pragmatic qualities of a design. Rather than reducing architecture to a mere style or an overt emphasis on technology, it foregrounds how spaces can enhance our well-being.
We believe that the strongest design narratives are achieved through:
We value collaboration and a shared journey with our Clients.
We consider our clients to be the focal point of the team: As architects, we have a unique opportunity to be an advocate for your project and grow the design on your behalf. Through straight-forward dialogue, a high level of service and responsiveness and a personable approach, GW. enjoys many long-term working relationships with repeat clients. (We’ve managed over eighty projects for two of our Clients and are still going with both!)
We love this quote from Maya Angelou and use it as a guiding principle for our interactions with clients:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
We leverage technology to increase efficiency, explore opportunities for innovation and add value to our clients.
We value hand sketching as much as we value technology in being able to communicate our ideas to our clients and believe in using the ‘right tool for the job’.
Initially we hand sketch to communicate the essence of our ideas. As the project progresses, we use digital 3D models to develop and document the design and provide high quality visualisations and flythroughs for client presentations.
Some of our flythroughs can be viewed here:
We use Virtual Reality to assist in communicating our designs to our clients and consultants; also, to assist our designers, streamlining the decision-making process.
We harness the capabilities of BIM to create collaborative, efficient and standardised project delivery.
We take a wide view of project opportunities and provide you with fresh and unexpected perspectives.
To us, sustainability is about doing the right thing, for the long term, for the greater good.
We recognise that as architects our influence reaches much further than just building design. Our sustainability focus is about making a positive impact in the three key areas of building design, wellbeing and community.
As a team, we strive to ‘practise what we preach’. We currently recycle, compost, purchase green energy and engage with the community and are always looking at ways to do more.