Careful validation of the architectural program
Understanding site, context, user, and community
Creative and appropriate response to the program
Strong project management
Approach to Design
Through client and user meetings, Platt/Whitelaw is able to evaluate the components necessary to create a successful design. Our staff projects these needs into the future and, based on this research and analysis, creates a responsive design that accommodates the appropriate space requirements, spatial relationships, maintenance and operation requirements, use patterns and potential future changes in use.
Platt/Whitelaw building designs respond to the needs of the user, as well as to the local culture and environment. The responsibility of design means creating a building that will serve its users and its community now and into the future. We are committed to understanding how a building would and should resonate throughout its space and time.
Platt/Whitelaw's mission in creating a design is two-fold: Addressing both the creative and functional needs of the client and users. Architecture is the combination of precision and imagination. We aim to create designs that comply with the rules of function but break free from the ties of predictability.
At Platt/Whitelaw, strong project management is based on responsiveness and clear communication; it means responsiveness to the program and responsiveness to the user. Our project managers orchestrate every stage of the design while keeping the client apprized each step of the way. This structured oversight process effectively guides the project through budget and schedule requirements to successful completion.