As Architecture involves "firmness" it is related to scientific and technical requirements of form, structure and the nature of building materials.
As Architecture involves "delight" it is interwoven with practical needs and technical solutions allied to a concern and desire for beauty. It is an aesthetic impulse which may stand alone or may borrow from the requirements of commodity and firmness.
The impact of change and impetus for change in a complex society have a profound impact on the Architect and Architecture. Varied program requirements and space analysis needs can influence and alter concepts of commodity. Technical change in communications, and structure, complete energy systems and acoustics can influence the character of firmness. The aesthetic nature of delight may be varied as the factors of commodity and firmness reflect complexity.
In the simplest of terms: form and function behave as the two sides of a single door. Each has a different viewpoint of reality, but neither can stand alone.
The ability to deal with complexity and resolve design problems requires knowledge which is both broad and specialized. As no one person has knowledge of all the complexities involved, it is the approach of this office to work as a team of experts towards the satisfactory solution of a problem. The role of the client is essential both in the statement of need and in the integration process of design, which leads to the creation of Architecture.
Architecture + Design + Planning
"Well-building hath three conditions: Commodity, Firmness and Delight." From this early phrase of Sir Henry Wotton, A Theory of Architecture, the most complex of the arts, can start.