We are a new generation of architects.
Since 1996, SHoP has modeled a new way forward with our unconventional approach to design. At the heart of the firm’s method is a willingness to question accepted patterns of practice, coupled with the courage to expand, where necessary, beyond the architect’s traditional roles. We come to each new project with open minds, an expert team, and a collaborative process that adapts itself specifically to the problem at hand. This freedom to be nimble allows us to effectively address a broad range of issues in our work. From novel sustainability concepts to next-generation fabrication techniques. From groundbreaking urbanism to the feel of a single room. Years ago, we rejected the distractions and inefficiencies of the past. We set out to prove that intelligent, meaningful, beautiful buildings can be designed and delivered in a new way—with an architectural process fine-tuned to the possibilities of the present, serving the goal of creating the finest architecture today.
We thrive on constraints.
A common misconception in the architecture world is that budgets, schedules, public process, and other real-world factors stifle creativity. We believe just the opposite—that true architectural invention resides in the creative response to real-world limits. In our work, we have found that greater engagement with a project’s specific constraints—budgetary or structural, cultural or contextual—results in greater design integrity. And greater creative freedom. Keeping it real is not just the most responsible path to take. It’s the one that leads to the best buildings.
We think in different ways, together.
Talented people come to our studio from all over the world. To work. To think. To solve problems together. Like our six principals—with backgrounds in fine arts, banking, history, real estate, political science, and business as well as architecture—the over 200 SHoPpers bring with them a host of abilities, experiences, and perspectives. We believe the strongest ideas arise from the clash and fusion of disparate ways of thinking. And we build every project team around that diversity.
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