Architecture is a Cultural Practice. Architecture distinguishes itself from mere building by carrying the weight of the culture in which it is formed. Embedded in a work of architecture are the social, economic, environmental, political, legal and technological conditions present at its conception and development. The architect must understand and synthesize these conditions successfully in every design proposal.
Architecture Exists in Time. The conditions that influence the creation of architecture continue to exist after its construction. These conditions will change and be recast over time. Architecture remains flexible in this temporal context through inhabitation. Therefore, the architect must consider the consequences of inhabitation in each design decision made.
Architecture is Material Reality. While developed within the realm of ideas, architecture finds its ultimate expression in built form. Construction materials possess an inherent intelligence that informs the design process. Materials do not merely express ideas, but generate them. Buildings are inhabited in this material reality, and the architect's knowledge and understanding of materials is essential to the design process.
Architecture is Phenomenological Experience. The inhabitation of architecture engages the five senses and stimulates the mind. Architecture is a functional instrument that shapes our perception of the world around us. Incorporating culture, time and material reality into a cogent sensory experience is the ultimate aim of architecture.