MTMA Design Philosophy
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We believe that a spirited collaborative effort between the Client and the Architect is the basis for producing successful architecture. The architect brings to this dialogue his or her own values, inspirations and experience as he guides the team through the process - from the exhilarating creative discovery of the design phase, through the development, integration and documentation of the building systems and, finally, to the construction and inauguration of the built work.

A successful building must fully and completely satisfy the programmatic and functional requirements established by the client, but it must also respond to its site and context - including the ideological and symbolic aspirations for the building. The design process is an exciting but delicate process of exploring and understanding the implications of the choices and decisions that must be made to fully integrate the functional and technical requirements into a building that reaches the aspirations of the client. But in even the most complex building or program, there is an inherent simplicity that can and must be discovered, which establishes a natural, logical, framework to order and balance the myriad of interrelated decisions that must be made during the design process. We have shown in our resume of work, our ability to achieve this balance and provide to our clients a high level of value in a building - consistently achieving high quality architecture within established budgetary constraints.

Much of contemporary architecture, in its zeal to announce its presence, too often ignores or rejects the inherent beauty of well proportioned spaces or the excitement and drama of procession, the directed movement through a progression of spaces that allows the user to slowly explore and discover the building. We believe that a work of architecture must be easily and readily understandable to the users, but in this “simplicity” there can be an underlying and subtle complexity that gives a building richness beyond that attainable by surface ornamentation or other cliche applications. In our years designing and building in a wide range of geographical and cultural settings, we have developed an affinity, a real understanding of how basic building materials - concrete, stone, metal, glass, wood - can be combined and used to create a richness that does not overpower, but has the subtle power to entrance the users and visitors to a building. This is exhibited in examples that range from the exposed precast-concrete structural frames at Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel - beautiful in and of themselves, but also integrating the raceways that house the technological infrastructure of the airport - to the simple granite and plaster walls and wood floors of a hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands. Truly iconic buildings, those buildings that have proven themselves to be timeless rather than historical artifacts of their time, share this underlying integration of their function, reason for being and place, with the more pragmatic needs of the structural and technological building systems.