Sustainable Design

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
— World Commission on Environment and Development, Our common future

Chris Crawford

Director of Architecture


Ecology, society, and economics

We quantify our design solutions through three lenses: ecological, cultural/social, and economic. We strive to push environmental sustainability as an essential part of every design discussion. We endeavour to create built work with the lightest ecological footprint. For a project to be truly sustainable however, design decisions must go beyond just ecological sustainability. Cultural sustainability considers how we can shape the built environment to improve human interactions.

Our design solutions strive to foster the culture of place, while improving the health and well-being for residents and visitors. Economic sustainability is often excluded from this conversation until too late in the process, but it is as critical a component as the others. If there is no way to finance the work, then the project will never materialize. If the organization does not consider a growth strategy, then all of the valuable work to reinforce a sustainable approach is futile. It is critical to consider how a project can be supported—short-and long-term—by a variety of stakeholders.