Whether in the arts, engineering, or the sciences, innovation and creativity are the result of a commitment to a rigorous process of exploration of new ideas. This process provides a framework for approaching new problems while remaining free of the constraints of generally accepted ideas, preconceived solutions, or conventional wisdom.
Historically architects have often tended toward principal-centric, self-referential practices characterized by standardization of designs and specialization in specific building types. Our inclusive team-oriented approach to problem solving and emphasis on developing a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ needs and objectives enables KMA to avoid the trap of preconceived notions and focus on developing innovative solutions that add value to our clients’ projects.
KMA’s approach to design can best be described as a creative analytical approach. Our work is based on research which allows us to develop an in-depth understanding of the constraints and opportunities affecting a given project. This understanding provides a base from which we can explore and address multiple dimensions of a project simultaneously and continuously using a variety of tools and methodologies.
Collaboration, communication, and open critique are fundamental to the KMA process. Designs are developed and refined through a continuing series of discussions and critiques, often involving our entire staff, as well as other design collaborators, industry partners, clients, and community stakeholders. Clients, users, and the community play critical roles in developing the vision for each project, refining the concept, and shaping the final design solution.
Designs are developed and tested through the use of traditional architectural tools such as drawings, sketches, and physical models, as well as the latest design technologies such as 3D digital modeling, spreadsheet analysis, and computer simulations.