Our design talent integrates award winning architecture, master planning, interior design, building systems, and overall technical expertise.
richärd+bauer approaches the design of each project in singularity, a specific resolution of the client’s program, site, and use. While budget, schedule, programmatic needs, and sustainability are the primary drivers for each of our projects, each has a larger conceptual response. By developing concepts and solutions, which are intrinsic to functional, structural, and programmatic needs of the building, each has a solid conceptual basis that drives the architectural solution. The clarity of the idea is the fundamental goal; the use of form, light, and material the tools.
Our cohesive team of architects, interior designers, planners, lab architects, and graphic designers are thoughtful, critical thinkers and problem-solvers committed to delivering responsive buildings that enhance the human experience. It is our aspiration to develop a body of work that reinforces this fundamental precept and with our clients, create inspiring spaces, and make great buildings.
As an integrated architecture and interior design firm, we approach interior design holistically. Each interior design project engages our clients from the beginning of concept and design development throughout every stage to coordination with contractors and design installation. Our designers are passionate about creating innovative, meaningful, and flexible interior spaces that meet the client’s programmatic, functional needs, aesthetic goals, and performance requirements.
Design by nature is experiential, it stimulates our senses, is tactile, and textural; we prepare presentations with conceptual drawings, actual samples of paint, stone, fabric, carpet, wood, and furniture allowing our client to touch and feel all selections.
We provide comprehensive planning services for public and private clients; which include civic projects, higher education facilities, academic research laboratories, and commercial clients. We have a time tested and highly organized planning methodology, which was developed for large multi-disciplined projects with diverse representation needs. Many of our civic projects require public outreach and community meetings to ensure the long-term success of the project and securing funding.
To guide this planning process, we use a series of steps to isolate and define each of the components in the decision-making sequence. Our efforts include data mining, fact finding, face-to-face meetings, and interactive design charrettes, that are held with the client, users, and stakeholders.
Our planning approach uses the above information to thoroughly analyze the conditions and requirements, the basic space needs, and potential development options. This effort will result in an overall definition of the project in terms of site utilization, size, component spaces, energy usage models, sustainability guidelines, budget, and recommendations for the design.
A complete Master Plan will include development guidelines for the continuing growth of a campus. These will typically include architectural and open space guidelines, density overlays, massing concepts, materials palettes, and material use requirements. Adherence to these guidelines will assure the long-term unity and cohesiveness of the campus.
Clarity of the Master Plan is critical to maintaining long-term success for the organization; a plan with no clear overriding organizing concept will be swept aside with subsequent growth, which can ultimately lead to an incoherent campus. Each Master Planning effort must fundamentally engage the project with its site, context, and region. Focusing on the unique physical, environmental, and cultural setting will create a facility with its own unique sense of place. Including a basic palette of building materials and systems which can be utilized over the life of the campus development creating a sustainable architectural vocabulary. Careful selections allow for a consistent level of fit and finish, which inherently maintains that unique sense of place. Each individual project must be programmed, budgeted, and developed to contribute its share to the campus organization, overall development, and infrastructure; thus, assuring the long-term vitality of the campus.
Our designers and architects work in close collaboration with our clients at the start of each project to develop a clear program based on discussions and information provided. Our process begins with interactive workshops focused on; Goals Definition, and Fact Finding: analysis of existing conditions, requirements, and context; Needs Determination: specific functions and the spaces required to facilitate them and Concepts: functional, organizational, and philosophical ideas that are important to the client.
Our approach in developing the program is to gather all pertinent information about the project, and thoroughly analyze the conditions and requirements, the basic space needs, and potential development options. This effort will result in an overall definition of the project with a complete space list and targeted square footage for each programmed component. When the program is finalized, it is documented in a program report for the client and project team, which will be used as the basis of design. Our integrated programming and design process ensures that all constituents understand the considerations and concessions necessary for the project to meet the needs of the users and aspirations of the client.
Sustainable design is a core philosophy at richärd+bauer and an integral part of our design process. We strive to create holistic designs that protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and promote indoor environmental quality.
Our approach to sustainable design is one of appropriateness. Each design grows in response to its particular functional needs and the site, with an acute awareness of the environment. Although we understand not every client requires a LEED certified design, every client is deserving of responsible design. We strive to incorporate basic architectural ideas, design strategies, and innovative building systems most appropriate for the project and each client.
Our design team works closely with our clients to establish a set of environmental goals for each project. We evaluate sustainable strategies for energy, carbon, water, waste, materials, and analyze their merits and their benefits to the individual, building, and community. Exploring these strategies and design innovations can lead to a truly sustainable project, a Net Zero Energy Building, and beyond.
richärd+bauer is a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Our LEED Accredited Professionals on staff have successfully achieved certification on multiple projects including LEED Platinum. The Environment + Natural Resource 2 Building (ENR2) at the University of Arizona, is the largest project in the state of Arizona, by square footage, to earn the LEED Platinum certification.
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