The Spiritual Practice of Architecture

Intro As far as I can remember as a kid I have wanted to be an architect. My first recollection of expressing such an interest was in grade 6, when we were asked to write an essay about the career we imagined for ourselves, as if we were describing a typical workday. Without hesitation I put down words visualizing a client coming into my office filled with dreams and on this blank piece of paper before me I began to transform their dreams into reality – there began my dream to become an architect.  Today I have made architecture my career and established my own architecture practice with my husband, Howard, who I met in architecture school. It’s been a long journey. I could not have predicted where this path would take me nonetheless I followed my bliss - sometimes passionately, sometimes arduously, sometimes optimistically, sometimes naively, at times disillusioned, frustrated or exh ...

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For us the task of design is to reveal the potential of what is already there, making the site and the building become one, integrating the physical with the spiritual, the human with the natural. When we have achieved this balance, we know that our work is complete.

  Somewhere in the balancing between human intervention and nature, in the interplay between the physical built form and the pre-existing building site, emerges an elusive healing quality in architecture. The healing quality of spaces is not something that can be created; it something that is already present and is simply waiting to become manifest. For us the task of design is to reveal the potential of what is already there, making the site and the building become one, integrating the physical with the spiritual, the human with the natural. When we have achieved this balance, we know that our work is complete. ...

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