We believe that the practice of architecture is primarily the art of making places, not of making objects; and that intelligently made these places can inspire us to live within them with joy and a sense of well-being. Among our tools in this work are inspiration and analysis, poetry and technology, space and material.
Like any other art, architecture is about spirit as much as substance, and a work of architecture can be understood both as a freestanding object and as part of a larger order of things, dependent for its life on its culture, its site, its program, and above all its inhabitants. The rich historical fabric of the island of Martha's Vineyard, where we work and live, provides us with many contexts within which to build, from Greek Revival to Shingle Style to simple farmhouse. It is our intent to refer lovingly to these precedents, while allowing a sense of modernity to pervade our work as well. We believe that the resulting dialogue between the present and the past contributes to the richness and resonance of the places we make.
The diverse nature of the work represented by the photographs and drawings here is therefore a reflection of the differences found from project to project in site, in program, and especially in the concerns and desires of each client. At the same time, we hope that the images will also reveal a common set of qualities which we seek to bring to our buildings - volumetric clarity, a celebration of light, a connection to the landscape, and an expression of character through building.