Our job as architects, as citizens is to build community.
We all do this. As leaders, as parents, as activists: we focus energy on making the world better for our neighbors and our neighborhoods.
The architect is charged with designing buildings, but it is through careful consideration of the impacts, the influences, the effects of that building, that the Architect helps shape the community.
Do we, then, work to satisfy only the needs of the owner? Or do we also satisfy greater needs: the needs of the block, the street, the neighborhood, the environment.
More importantly: Can we satisfy all those needs while addressing the owner's concerns, desires and goals.
We believe that we can, and must. Further, we believe that the needs of the client, when adequate consideration is given, will nearly always harmonize with the needs of the community.
Symbiosis is the positive connection. Isolation is the negative. A project whose needs are in conflict with the community may not be a truly valuable project.
And we would likely not choose to work on such a project.
But a project that is well intended, well planned and responsive to genuine needs and goals will probably succeed if the community in which it dwells succeeds. Genuine needs and goals will probably succeed if the community in which it dwells succeeds.