principles

People

A successful project requires good communication and collaboration with all team members, an understanding of the client’s needs and objectives, and solid management and direction.

Smith & Tzannes seek to foster a collaborative approach and promote client ‘ownership’ of the design throughout the entire project. It is this close relationship that ensures individual solutions.

Knowledge

We are continuously building and updating our knowledge base in technology, the changing regulatory environment as well as how people use space and how architecture and urban planning can respond to and enhance people’s experience.

 

Place

We enjoy creating spaces and places that people will enjoy. Places that can create memorable experiences, where through the play of light, shade and use of texture we can tantalise the senses of the inhabitants.

An understanding of the site, including an appreciation of the natural and built context forms the basis of many of our design decisions. The structuring principle or urban solution is the interaction between place and the activities that occur within. This is often referred to as urban design.

Every site has a strong influence through topography, landscape, history, context and orientation. It is from these raw ingredients that a suite of ideas for each project is constructed.

 

Program

The best design solutions are informed by the interaction between people, place and program - the activities that occur within. This evolves from listening and understanding the client's needs and exploring the potential for the site - then going that step further.

This analysis of the program becomes a generator of the form.

This individual approach develops thoughtful, informed design solutions through collaboration, investigation and communication as part of our interdisciplinary process. The results are unique and engaging design responses that reflect an understanding of the environment and the power of human experience.

Sustainability

A diverse and healthy environment is fundamental and essential to a healthy society - socially, economically and ecologically. We are committed not only to developing environmentally sustainable solutions but also sustainable architecture, which has the ability to adapt and change as uses evolve.