Design with a Vision

“We need a vision,” a client once told me.  After we had talked about what she and her family wanted to do with their kitchen, she said, “you should call your company Design With a Vision.” How right she was — architecture is based on perceiving what could exist.

Vision is sometimes lacking in the world. I think that helping to capture other people’s vision for their built environment and then helping to make it a reality is one of the most rewarding things one can do. Successful collaborations with likeminded clients keeps me going.

I believe that the purpose of architecture is to contribute to a sustainable future.  Ironically, sometimes looking to our past is the most important things we can do to build this future.  This is part of the reason why I work to save old buildings, improve them, and maybe even move them to a new location.  I have helped adapt houses into office buildings and meeting houses, and guided small and large changes to a wide variety of commercial structures.  I have worked on multi-million dollar projects; other times, I spent 15 minutes giving advice that redirected and focused the owners’ thinking.  It is all necessary and worthwhile work.

My life’s work has been focused on providing design services that  aim to make buildings and towns more livable, to protect the countryside, and to encourage a transportation system that does the same. In large and small ways, I hope to make the world a better place.

The projects listed here are a sample of decades of work.  In the past decade I have been focused on what has come to be known as #bespoke #custom projects, that are one-off designs for projects that range up to a few million dollars in construction costs.   At the same time, I have been willing to help community-oriented projects that have low budgets and low construction costs because I believe that everyone deserves to have high quality design.  

Let’s talk!
Me and my associates are always willing to talk about how we can help you achieve your vision, and optimize your building project.

Rick Hawksley