Architecture should evoke physical and emotional responses without being contrived.

Generally static in construction; architecture should be ‘dynamic’ in its being. It should be dynamic in its relationship with its environment, both natural and man-made. It should be dynamic in how it allows users to interact within its space. Changing sunlight throughout the day, changing weather, and the change in seasons all affect how architecture is perceived both externally and internally. Architectural design becomes dynamic when it embraces these changing elements and intertwines them to enhance the configuration of its space and its resulting presence. Architectural design facilitates functionality by understanding its user’s goals, needs and constraints and introducing elements that will integrate, support and reinforce its intended use. These parameters are the basis for development of a structure and defines how it relates to its site and context, the form it should take and the materials that it is comprised of.

If successful, the resulting composition is unique to its site and its user. Architecture, much like a piece of art or music should be sensuous. It should unfold and present a range of physical and emotional stimuli which evoke a different response with each experience. Ideally, all five senses would be engaged, if not literally, then figuratively. The basis for these reactions could be obvious and tangible, while others might be subliminal and intangible. It should be deliberate in its, intent, approach and perception, yet not contrived in its imagery.

This is what EGA strives for.

Ruminations of an Architect

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