Our approach to architecture and design is, in the broadest sense, rooted in how people use and understand buildings, cities, furniture, and other fabricated objects. It is important to us that architecture, urbanism, and design communicate and connect with the users, the place, and the local culture and history. Architecture is inextricably tied to its past while it also addresses the needs of the present and shapes the future. Thus, for us, architecture is not simply a style but rather a language that both reflects the continuum of human experience and permits transformation based on evolving contexts. With our hallmark interest in legibility, we create master plans, buildings and interiors of character that tell stories about the people who inhabit them and the places where they are located. In designing furniture and consumer products, we balance form and function and create objects that are accessible and intuitive as well as beautiful.