Our working philosophy prompts us to resist the tendency to see the world only as a marketplace of commodities to be bought, sold and manipulated. We strive to be sensitized to the unique landscapes, natural preserves, and cultural communities that dot our maps. We aspire to be responsible stewards of the global environment. All the things we design have to justify their right to exist, by balancing value to client and society, against cost to the planet.
Our faith in the value of design motivates us to respond effectively to an equally committed client. Consequently, we seek clients with the courage to consider the possibilities of a building that serves their needs while at the same time, contributes to the public life of their community. We enjoy working for people who are not afraid to genuinely examine how they live and work, and how their material possessions fit in to a world overflowing with consumer goods. We believe in the value of designing things that are both good-looking and well-built, so that they endure for the long term. We believe in the physical and psychological well-being that emanates from a calm, ordered environment We believe that good design does not need to be expensive. We believe that a drop of imagination is more valuable than a bucket of money.
Syverson Monteyne Architecture is a member of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)