Our Process

Our greatest strength lies in our earnest desire to fully explore a client’s identity and needs and, as a result, design a response focused on the creation of architecture that thoughtfully captures the client’s aspirations and requirements. Our approach to design is grounded in the steadfast belief that each site, program and client is unique and each project, therefore, requires specific investigation and research. This process results in an exchange of information and ideas which informs the initial design concepts regarding the configuration of volumes, views, materials and systems. These design elements are homogenized within a rhythm and order, which is influenced by the existing context while also establishing an individual identity within the fabric of the campus. Our response to design is, therefore, not one limited to a pre-determined stylistic response devoid of any awareness of the impact of the building within the context of the campus.

Our approach to the LEED design process is to implement an integrated design process also known as “Whole Thinking.” While great communication and the thorough exchange of ideas, information and research are required for any architectural commission, it is even more vital in the design of a sustainable/LEED project. The Whole Thinking design environment insures that everyone, from the Architect to the Consultants to the Owner (and/or his Consultants and Representatives) to the Commissioning Agent, is engaged in a dialogue regarding every aspect of the project. This exchange encourages team members to clearly understand the project goals, as well as how each discipline impacts the overall project team. While this effort front loads the design process, it allows alternates to be studied early in the schedule, thereby eliminating potential delays and additional expenses to introduce design revisions during the later design phases. It also allows the project budget to be adjusted to incorporate first cost systems which can result in potential long-term cost savings.

Likewise, we believe that the most successful projects are those which reflect the highest goals and aspirations of the Client. Establishing a close working relationship with, and integrating, the Client, Owners Representatives, Consultants, Review Agencies and, to the extent possible, the End Users of the facilities into the design process assists in the development of goals, program parameters, design options, construction cost estimates, and operational expenses. Doing so in a framework that establishes and maintains a clear understanding of the design objectives, while facilitating easy access to information, supports the goal of providing a world-class facility while still being responsible and respectful of the established budget and project schedule.

We make use of multiple types of deliverables (including hand sketches, CAD drawings, physical models, and extensive use of interior and exterior 3-D computer modeling) in our effort to provide information to the entire design team, and the client, in ways that can be easily understood.

In addition to our client-orientated design approach, we do not lose sight of the importance of clear communications, maintaining established timelines, adherence to established budgets, continuity of staff throughout phases of the project, and University Standards. We take seriously the trust that a client places in our Design Team. We understand that a client trusts us to correspond and document in a well written and timely manner.

Our Management Plan incorporates both Principals of Murray Associates. While each Principal will be focused upon specific tasks and elements of a project, both will maintain involvement throughout all aspects of the design and construction of a project to ensure adherence to the Project Schedule and Budget.

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Our Process

Our greatest strength lies in our earnest desire to fully explore a client’s identity and needs and, as a result, design a response focused on the creation of architecture that thoughtfully captures the client’s aspirations and requirements. Our approach to design is grounded in the steadfast belief that each site, program and client is unique and each project, therefore, requires specific investigation and research. This process results in an exchange of information and ideas which informs the initial design concepts regarding the configuration of volumes, views, materials and systems. These design elements are homogenized within a rhythm and order, which is influenced by the existing context while also establishing an individual identity within the fabric of the campus. Our response to design is, therefore, not one limited to a pre-determined stylistic response devoid of any awareness of the impact of the building within the context of the campus.

Our approach to the LEED design process is to implement an integrated design process also known as “Whole Thinking.” While great communication and the thorough exchange of ideas, information and research are required for any architectural commission, it is even more vital in the design of a sustainable/LEED project. The Whole Thinking design environment insures that everyone, from the Architect to the Consultants to the Owner (and/or his Consultants and Representatives) to the Commissioning Agent, is engaged in a dialogue regarding every aspect of the project. This exchange encourages team members to clearly understand the project goals, as well as how each discipline impacts the overall project team. While this effort front loads the design process, it allows alternates to be studied early in the schedule, thereby eliminating potential delays and additional expenses to introduce design revisions during the later design phases. It also allows the project budget to be adjusted to incorporate first cost systems which can result in potential long-term cost savings.

Likewise, we believe that the most successful projects are those which reflect the highest goals and aspirations of the Client. Establishing a close working relationship with, and integrating, the Client, Owners Representatives, Consultants, Review Agencies and, to the extent possible, the End Users of the facilities into the design process assists in the development of goals, program parameters, design options, construction cost estimates, and operational expenses. Doing so in a framework that establishes and maintains a clear understanding of the design objectives, while facilitating easy access to information, supports the goal of providing a world-class facility while still being responsible and respectful of the established budget and project schedule.

We make use of multiple types of deliverables (including hand sketches, CAD drawings, physical models, and extensive use of interior and exterior 3-D computer modeling) in our effort to provide information to the entire design team, and the client, in ways that can be easily understood.

In addition to our client-orientated design approach, we do not lose sight of the importance of clear communications, maintaining established timelines, adherence to established budgets, continuity of staff throughout phases of the project, and University Standards. We take seriously the trust that a client places in our Design Team. We understand that a client trusts us to correspond and document in a well written and timely manner.

Our Management Plan incorporates both Principals of Murray Associates. While each Principal will be focused upon specific tasks and elements of a project, both will maintain involvement throughout all aspects of the design and construction of a project to ensure adherence to the Project Schedule and Budget.

Portfolio » CorporateEducationGovernmentHealthcareHospitalityOther
 
Portfolio » CorporateEducationGovernmentHealthcareHospitalityOther