Purpose by Studios Architecture

The places you need
for the life you want.

Before design, before architecture, before buildings even, there are people.

STUDIOS recognizes the responsibility it has to the people who will live, work and play in the places it creates. Our priority is the human one - designing spaces that people will want to experience rather than simply occupy.

This means embracing the widest spectrum of cultures, ideas and thinking, so that no-one is excluded and both individuals and communities are brought together through inspirational spaces that add to the quality of their lives.

In a world facing the critical issues of climate change, social justice, equity and inclusion, our approach has never been more fundamental.

Purposeful, transformative and full of possibilities, we create the places you need for the life you want.

Design Philosophy

Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture

With the ability to transform lives for the better, architecture is a powerful tool for change. As a practice, we design buildings and interiors, but more importantly, we design for the people and communities who will engage with them.

Addressing the critical social aspects of a project means involving everyone – clients, communities and cultures – because every voice matters. Design born of multiple perspectives fosters highly effective ideas where the rational and inspirational come together to create meaningful, lasting spaces.

Our working process is integral to this design philosophy: a collective, non-hierarchical approach grounded in deep curiosity, exploration and learning. We respond to the unique challenges of each project by building on our many experiences and exploring new possibilities.

For us, innovation comes through challenging assumptions and taking risks, and nothing is too precious that it can’t be taken apart and re-imagined.

What emerges are buildings and spaces that are impactful, contextual and life-enriching.

Design for the Environment

Sustainability is the bedrock of good design. As architects, we have a responsibility for shaping the built environment and for its impact on the natural systems that support life.

Decarbonization is one of the greatest challenges to date. It requires innovative and regenerative design solutions aimed at achieving carbon neutrality to begin the process of repairing the world we live in.

STUDIOS has long advocated the implementation of sustainable strategies. As one of the early signatories of the AIA 2030 Commitment to achieve a carbon-neutral future, we believe in guiding our clients through honest and open dialogue to ensure our designs deliver a more resilient future. By measuring embodied carbon and focusing on a building’s entire lifecycle, we design for reversibility and longevity. We aim not to demolish or replace but to use materials that promote upcycling and recycling, to invent new solutions, and to make our designs adaptable, responsible and restorative.

As we participate in fostering a more circular economy, we also focus on building healthy neighborhoods and healthy cities. Understanding a community's needs is the foundation to a project’s lasting success and to creating relevant and impactful solutions that drive positive social change and foster a sustainable future.

Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture

Design for DEIB

Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture

Everyone deserves access to the same experiences.

The founding principles of STUDIOS are grounded in the belief that multiple voices and perspectives bring richer designs with spaces that are as relevant as they are grounded in a sense of humanity.

We fundamentally believe that the world needs to be more equitable and inclusive. In this spirit, we are committed to creating purposeful, responsible architecture, continually evolving our practice, promoting transparency and dialogue, and putting people first. With a responsibility to lead through our work, our aim is to drive positive change – both internally and externally.

Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging remain at the center of our design process. Our approach, as a collective, encourages our teams, clients and the communities we engage with to express their own identities in order to make our work accessible, and meaningful. The end result is spaces that work for all.

Design for Health & Wellbeing

Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture

The built environment has the power to positively impact the health and wellbeing of all.

Our goal is for people to thrive in the spaces they use. Design should bring people together, foster community, and support individuals to achieve the life they want. From parks to buildings, from restaurants to offices, our holistic approach that integrates physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing has always set our work apart.

Healthy, well-designed environments foster movement, collaboration, and flexibility, allowing people to perform at their best. To achieve this, we focus on the experience of the spaces we design as well as the materials we use, weaving in biophilia, neuroscience and the natural world. And in doing so, we create unique environments and experiences that improve the quality of people’s lives.

Promoting health and wellbeing is more than something we do, it is an expression of who we are.

Design for the Future of Work

The future of work is about embracing change, and this opens a world of design possibilities.

Our origins working with the early tech pioneers has grounded our work in extensive research. We delve into the culture and values of our clients, their operational requirements and, most importantly, their strategic objectives, to develop flexible and adaptable strategies that allow for change.

Understanding why people come together is as important as how they come together. Our focus is on crafting unique spaces where people feel empowered and build strong communities – key ingredients for creativity, collaboration, innovation and productivity. We help our clients be more intentional in understanding how their employees use space and to imagine the amenities that will enhance their lives.

The ability of our teams to be agile and challenge preconceived ideas has never been more relevant, as technology, artificial intelligence, mobility and neuroscience have propelled the way we live, eat, work, play and learn.

As users become more mobile - both the means by which they communicate and the spaces in which they engage with others - the workplace becomes more multifunctional, hybrid and dynamic. It is about giving people choice and allowing the layering of functions within space to support multiple needs.

Leveraging our collective experience across diverse industries, STUDIOS brings knowledge and creativity to help clients re-imagine the future of work.

Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture
Purpose by Studios Architecture

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