Barnett Architecture (BA) is a full-service, design-focused architectural practice which was established in 2007. BA’s philosophy is straight-forward: Projects are to “fit” the client, not serve as a pedestal for the architect. BA does not employ a distinct architectural style but rather develops - with the client - a design that reflects and respects the client, goals, site, budget and place in the community.
Although stylistic examples of range from traditional to modern, all projects strive to create places that are well-built, facilitate their intended use and raise the spirit. BA seeks to create projects informed by a single clear idea or concept which guide and unify the overall design.
As part of a collaborative approach, BA employs the Charrette - an interactive design process where the client, architect, contractor, engineer and other parties (e.g. neighbors, users) are active participants. The design team brings few pre-conceived notions and invites all to share what they believe the project might – or should not - be. Used to generate a range of ideas and to achieve consensus, the Charrette can quickly confirm not only design direction but key issues such as goals and needs, schedule and budget.
BA believes in Green Design. This includes not only employing green materials, energy saving heating and cooling systems, super insulation and construction waste reduction, but - more importantly - approaching the overall design with proper building orientation, massing and size. We believe this is the foundation for green design. Green design experience extends beyond the mainstream to include solar hot water and photovoltaic systems, radiant heating and cooling, wind turbines and green roofs.
BA's practice - particularly for residential - embraces Universal Design and studies how a design may complement the changing needs of the building user. Universal Design strives to create environments designed for people who are older, may have physical disabilities or would like to plan for the future.
Services range from hourly consultations to the full architectural process taking projects from programming and concept design to full building plans and construction administration.