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Expertise in Liturgical Theology
Successful religious architecture relies upon a clear understanding of a church’s teaching and liturgical theology. Each congregation has a unique identity, shaped by its history and its relationship to the community. Since 1985, we have provided design services to over 170 church related projects, which range from new sanctuaries to renovation of historic structures, fellowship halls, religious education buildings, offices, day-care centers, recreational facilities, and site master planning. Over the years we have developed strong working relationships with many religious governing institutions throughout the state of Texas. This bond gives our clients comfort and reassurance that any proposed work will be appropriately designed with sensitivity and a thorough understanding of the church's teachings.
Planning for Flexibility
We strongly believe a Master Plan is and should be a flexible document. Its contents are general in nature and represent an initial step in the process of developing a project. Because significant time may pass between creating a Master Plan and constructing its elements, changes in needs or new information may emerge. Therefore, a Master Plan should not be considered a rigid document that is impossible to modify. A plan that does not accept minor amendments easily is likely to be discarded in its entirety because of its inflexibility. The purpose of a Master Plan is to develop a comprehensive guide for long-term development of a site along with any structures or important elements that may exist that would impact the overall plan.
Design (Client Reflected) Philosophy
Our approach to design on each project revolves around the core factors that are uniquely important to each of our clients and are grounded within their financial abilities. Our design philosophy aims to reflect our clients values through context-sensitive, sustainable design that strengthens their relationship with the surrounding community. This philosophy allows for truly unique design solutions that reflect a timeless style our clients can grow into and appreciate for years to come. Designed to last is another common theme across much of our work, originating from within our vast experience in historic preservation field.
Partnership as a Foundation
A successful partnership between an architect and a church is established through trust in each other. Just as a church needs to trust us to guide them through the planning, design and construction phases in a professional and responsible manner, we need to trust our church clients are making the right decisions for the long term of their congregation. We pride ourselves in always looking for out the church and the congregation's best interest, both long term and short term, because we know raising money for new facilities or renovating existing ones can be extremely challenging for most.