SHED engages architecture as a practical art. We practice pragmatically but with idealism. A directness of purpose and an economy of means results in unexpected and forward thinking design solutions. In this pursuit we value ingenuity derived from investigation rather than originality, open-minded exploration of core ideas and objectives rather than the imposition of a style, and responsiveness to economical and sustainable design principles and building practices. We are concerned with architecture that makes sense.
The knowledge and experience gained during our early years as a design-build firm are the foundation of our practice, and we believe is what distinguishes our design services from other firms. We know how buildings are made, and we apply our hands-on knowledge to every individual design.
We take on a wide range of projects as we are always looking for new design challenges and opportunities. Our work draws on a wide and ever-growing body of influences, and is therefore always developing. The common denominator in our work is not any particular style, but rather quality of light and space, thoughtful material choices, and attention to important details.
We continue to enjoy the challenge of remodeling and rehabilitating structures of all types, sizes, and vintages. We appreciate the lessons that can accompany work on older buildings, and often our design work for new buildings incorporates these lessons.
SHED actively pursues high-level collaboration in pursuit of the 1+1=3. The unique qualities of our clients come through in the broad diversity of projects in our portfolio. When we collaborate with open minds, the work is simply better and more meaningful for all involved.
Our primary aim is to design spaces that graciously accommodate the spirit and life of our clients. That requires an understanding of program far beyond a list of rooms and requirements.
From the very beginning of every project we are working in 3D to visualize spaces, light and material. These drawings, sketches and models are not only integral to the way we work, they are also our primary method for communicating and collaborating with our clients. A typical design meeting finds us sitting around a monitor with our client looking at the space from every angle and working through ideas and options in real time. While many designers prefer to maintain more control of the creative process and present only finished work, we prefer to bring our clients into the process with us as partners in the design.