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Design Philosophy

What we believe...

Convergence Design is committed to the discipline of place. We believe that architecture needs not only to be of its time, a point of near universal agreement among architects, but also of its place, a point about which there is much less of a consensus.

Architecture that is of its time means that it does not mimic historical details or pretend to use building technologies that are no longer in use. That does not mean that historical methods of building are of no use whatsoever. It merely means that we strive, for the most part, to reflect accurately the time in which we live.

But just as much, we strive to reflect the places we build in as well. This means that rather than applying a "one size fits all" design approach that uses glass and metal panels indiscriminately whether working in London, England or London, Kentucky, we strive to learn the unique spirit of a place before we put pencil to paper, and our design work is always informed by what we learn. "Spirit of place" is a term used by many architects but understood by few. We desire to connect deeply with the places we build, and understand not only the site and its features but also the cultural, historic and political context in which we are working. Only then can we design buildings that are truly both of their time and of their place.

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