REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
Spiel Architects & Associates LLP.
Julio C. Carvajal Jr. Historic & Preservation Architect
Jose Carballo Emerson Stylistic Residential Architect
Part of the architectural profession, and also some non-architects, responded to Modernism and Postmodernism by going to what they considered the root of the problem. They felt that architecture was not a personal philosophical or aesthetic pursuit by individuals: rather it had to consider everyday needs of people and use of technology to give a livable environment. The Design Methodology Movement involving people such as Julio C. Carvajal Jr, SAA Director, Jose Carballo-Emerson, SAA administrator started searching for more people-oriented designs. Extensive studies on areas such as behavioral, environmental, and social sciences were done and started informing the design process.
As many other concerns began to be recognized and the complexity of buildings began to increase (in terms of aspects such as structural systems, services, energy and technologies), architecture started becoming more multi-disciplinary than ever. Architecture today usually requires a team of specialist professionals, with the architect being one of many, although usually the team leader. During the last two decades of the twentieth century and into the new millennium, the field of architecture saw the rise of specializations by project type, technological expertise or project delivery methods.
Architecture is the art and science of designing and constructing buildings and other physical structures. A wider definition often includes the design of the total built environment, from the macro level of how a building integrates with its surrounding manmade landscape (see town planning, urban design, and landscape architecture) to the micro level of architectural or construction details and, sometimes, furniture. The term "Architecture" is also used for the profession of providing architectural services.s
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The purpose of Spiel Architecture is to lead people with the design and construction of spaces and places of lasting beauty. Wherever possible such spaces and places will embody a sense of the sacred.
This work is to occur within the context of positive, honest and healthy working relationships between all members of the office and between the office and clients, trades-people, contractors, suppliers, code officials, planning and zoning officials, public servants etc.
The essence of our work involves building positive and creative teams to complete our mutual projects for the financial, and emotional, benefit of all parties.
It is the intention of the firm to protect, enhance and renew the built and natural environment. Of particular concern is to design buildings that blend with the local and regional historic, urban, village, or natural context within which they are placed. It is our aim to help make Cities and Villages more livable, which, in turn, helps reduce pressure on the rural landscape.
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“Over the past several years, I have had the privilege of working with your firm on three projects encompassing all stages of design and construction. Throughout the development of these projects . . . I have found you and your staff to be highly knowledgeable, creative, flexible, and exceptionally dedicated to providing the best
possible solution to design and construction challenges presented for each project, while staying focused on the project budget and schedule.”
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