At Curtis & Windham, we practice architecture by innovating upon tradition – by which we identify the most relevant past examples, both historic and modern, and apply these to a contemporary context. Appropriate to the particularities of its time and place within a city or landscape, a successful building or garden responds to the culture in which it exists and reflects the needs and desires of the client.

The most valuable sk3-Hester_20130604_4765ill we bring to design is knowledge – built over decades of practice and by the study of culture, technology and aesthetics of what has come before.  In turn, our work contributes to a body of design representing a continuum of innovation that, we hope, will be critically examined by the next generation of architects.

Context and Client – these two fundamental variables lend individuality to each project.  It is where we always begin our architectural journey.  By understanding the given site of a project, whether a ranch spread over hundreds of acres, an existing house, a garden, or a single room, we understand its given constraints and opportunities.  By studying the way in which a client lives, works, and plays, we get to the essence of what makes their needs unique.  Put simply, each project is a chance to make a unique place suited to a singular set of circumstances.

The design of everything we undertake, from the height of a building to the shape of a molding, is guided by established systems of scale, proportion, and hierarchy.  Recognizing the inherent flexibility in these systems and their value as a contemporary design tool reinforces their continued relevance.  In the execution of our work, we draw upon on decades-long collaboration with skilled professionals in the allied arts – building contractors, craftsmen, artisans, and engineers – that have the ability to support and enhance our design intent.

Each building and landscape we produce contributes to a context, whether it is a city or a remote hillside. Recognizing this, we embrace our responsibility as architects to make places that continually refine and improve our surroundings.