Buildings are places where people make connections, where they experience important events in their lives. Buildings become touchstones.
– Scott Ramlow
Some see producing a beautiful, functional building as the endpoint of architecture. For us at UWRS, it is only the beginning. For a building to be truly right, it must also serve the mission of its owner, support the needs of the users inside, provide an uplifting, healthy and safe environment for its occupants, offer flexibility for the future, and exist gracefully in its context and community. You shouldn’t be able to tell a UWRS building by its style, but rather by its service to all that is important, a beauty that goes deep.
Design is a fully integrated discipline at UWRS. We are all designers—whether of architecture, interiors, graphics or even brands. Incorporating interior design into projects from the start only makes sense, since we spend about 90% of our time indoors. Designers at UWRS balance art and science, thinking and feeling, to create distinctive and functional spaces. Their impact is powerful—elevating spirit and morale, creating culture, stimulating productivity and learning, and building community. Our interiors have received numerous recognitions. But the highest honor is hearing a client say, “This just feels like us.”
Practicing thoughtful architecture often means helping clients look ahead. We assist our higher education clients, especially, with master planning services to anticipate future needs and developments. Our approach is to determine the highest and best use of campus sites for the institution as it evolves. We provide a roadmap of possibilities for both buildings and sites, which the university can use as a tool for strategic planning and decision-making. This kind of intelligence supports leaders in their mission of preparing for tomorrow’s students, cultivating alumni and donors, and moving their institutions forward.
Our mission is to improve life in our city and state.
We create buildings that will still inspire 100 years from now. We make visions concrete. We design cutting-edge learning environments and laboratories. We breathe new life into old buildings. We plan with economy and ecology in mind. We partner to fulfill mission and show corporate responsibility. We shape space that enhances quality of life. We work to have an impact close to home.
We practice architecture for many reasons, but one purpose: to give meaning to all that we touch.
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