DESIGN EXPERIENCE

Studio|Durham Architects has experience with a variety of project types, from public parks (Citygarden completed in collaboration with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects); to commercial buildings (Pond Studios: a design studio and office for a textile design group in rural Georgia); to historic renovations (Lucas Schoolhouse: the renovation of a former church school into a restaurant/night club and event space in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis); to work for non-profit groups (Habitat for Humanity St. Louis; and Bethany Place: the renovation of two Quonset huts into offices and a transitional housing facility for an AIDS service organization in Belleville, Illinois); to high end residential projects.

The firm has completed projects in more than a dozen states in the Midwest and eastern half of the United States and maintains architectural licenses in six states. In 1999 Studio|Durham was one of eight finalists in an international competition for the Forum for Contemporary Arts new building (now the Contemporary Art Museum) adjacent to the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis' Grand Center arts and entertainment district.

The firm has significant experience in converting existing buildings and spaces to new uses:

• the renovation of a circa 1880’s warehouse in Saint Louis' historic Soulard neighborhood that contains the firm’s offices and an award-winning loft apartment;

• the William Shearburn Gallery in St Louis' Central West End neighborhood;

• the conversion of two Quonset huts into office space for Bethany Place, a non-profit organization;

Many of our commercial spaces has included the design of custom workstations and office furniture.

PROJECT APPROACH

Each project begins with a series of meetings and research designed to produce a detailed review of the client’s goals and space needs in order to develop a comprehensive program document. In addition, before any design work is begun the context of the proposed building project is analyzed, from the physical fabric of the adjacent neighborhood and/or landforms, to environmental factors that will inform the physical form of the final building form.

The design approach at Studio|Durham has always been to work with the client in a highly interactive process. Ideas are typically developed in a series of models of the project, along with sketches and material collages. The firm uses models both as a design tool and as a method of facilitating communication with clients and consultants. Models produced during the project will range from quick cardboard massing studies, to full-scale mock-ups of specific construction details or custom furniture pieces produced in our workshop.

Studio|Durham Architects has a long history of collaborating with other design professionals to complete projects, and in working closely with contractors to control construction budgets.