“Our projects are primarily derived from our clients’ personal preferences, and informed by the site and surrounding context. We begin the process by listening to our client’s goals and create solutions that are timeless and unique. Our residential work spans from classical to clean-lined modern architecture.”
Our office is set up intentionally to encourage collaboration and interaction on projects. Our ideal project kick-off is a design charrette, or brainstorming session involving the client, members of our firm, and our consulting designers and engineers. The initial meetings frequently take place on site to create a clear understanding of the place. Establishing goals for the project, as well as compiling precedent images to establish a common visual language, are also critical parts of the collaborative process for us.
Commercial design: We have recently completed the Birmingham School of Law, an exterior restoration and re-roof of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Fine Arts Center at Altamont School. We are working on classroom and administration buildings for Indian Springs School as well as a new City Hall for Gardendale.
Each of us finds ourselves in very different places in our careers. Whether the project is a family retreat with multiple structures, an equestrian barn, residence, school, or a place of worship, we recognize that our successes are the result of our great clients.
Pencil and paper?
Sketching is fundamental to design evolution. All of our work is eventually detailed in the computer but nothing can replace the freedom of the hand.
Our firm is fortunate to have Dick Pigford as our founding partner. Early in his career, he became a member of the Tuesday Group, designing and building houses in Ensley. As a firm we are committed to the community. The four of us as a well as other members of the firm serve on numerous non-profit boards. In 2000, the firm established SawWorks, a building adjacent to our office, as a community meeting space resource.
The future of Birmingham: There is definite renewed interest in downtown Birmingham. Since we have been on 2nd Avenue South, we have watched the development of Railroad Park, Regions Field, as well as numerous downtown residential developments. We believe that the downtown area will continue to grow. Neighborhoods like Avondale are coming to life with new venues that encourage younger people and families to make the city their home.
Architecture Works, LLP
Address: 130 19th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Produced by Cathy Still McGowin • photography by Art Meripol