Master Planning Projects
Our planning work seeks to integrate the owner’s design program with both the site’s physical context and the public realm. We analyze the project’s constraints (zoning regulations, building codes, owner’s budget) with its possibilities (programmatic adjacencies, relationships to neighboring sites, architectural design opportunities) in order to create a practical, buildable solution that may be phased over time.
Our projects have included both dense urban high-rise towers, such as Ameritrust Tower in Cleveland, Ohio and Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as well as suburban office parks. Although a site may be empty or underutilized, we do not treat it as a “blank slate.” We seek clues (historical precedents, local references) that will guide decisions affecting the building users (maximizing daylight and views) and visitors or passers-by (how one approaches the building, whether from subway or car).
Our urban projects in Washington, DC (such as Capital Gallery and Wisconsin Place) have emphasized integrating retail along pedestrian paths from metro entrance to office lobby. Our suburban projects (such as Reston Overlook and Weston Corporate Center) have created exterior garden spaces between buildings to alleviate the common problem of siting an office building in a sea of parking.