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These days, nearly every architect uses a computer. Whether it’s for 3D modeling, documentation or even creating a program spreadsheet, computers are well entrenched within the profession. Architects now need to know almost as much about software as they do about structures, building codes, and design.

As our tools become more powerful and sophisticated, we need to evolve and develop our working methods in order to stay competitive. A lot of the problems we need to solve don’t fall within the capabilities of off-the-shelf software. We need to tweak and customize our tools to work the way we work.


Architecture & Design

We believe in well-built, high-performance, functional buildings that are able to reveal their spirit and character through deliberate, affirmative design. At designmade, architectural design is the practice of managing competing interests: finding balance between program and cost, performance and appearance, feasibility and schedule, ambition and pragmatism. Helping clients navigate dynamic, complex choices – between mindful efficiency and inspired creativity – leads to the creation of award-winning buildings and adjacent public spaces.


We believe all design programs benefit when we engage partners early, to define success with the full costs and considerations of development. This process is rich with candid conversations, thoughtful enquiry, attentive listening, and a sense of openness to new opportunity. Consequently our approach is never impulsive. We intentionally design with respect for users, local culture, context, environment and budgets.

Importantly, we design with efficiency at the top of the agenda, ensuring the conservation of cost, time, process and environmental resources. By finding efficiency, we permit clients to invest wonderfully, in impact areas of development that pays a dividend to brand, to user experiences and for capital investors.

Our Architecture & Design capabilities include
  • Conceptual​

  • Parametric design

  • Energy Modeling 

Conceptual​ Design

Parametric Design

Energy Modeling

Loads considering for Energy Model is used to determine:

  • Air conditioning loads (the amount of cooling/heating energy needed by a space/system/building)

  • Volumetric air flow requirements (the amount of air needed to cool/heat a space)

  • Equipment capacities (since equipment may condition multiple spaces)

  • Supply Temperatures

  • Hydronic Plant capacities (worst case simultaneous load)

  • Similarities and differences between equipment options for heating and cooling a space

Energy-Analysis or Energy-modeling is used to:

  • Predict the monthly energy consumption and bills

  • Predict the annual energy cost

  • Annual CO2 emissions

  • Compare and contrast different efficiency options

  • Determine life cycle payback on various options

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