At our core, we are architects.

We like to build, big or small. We like how materials come together. We like sketching with pencils and model making with our hands. We like being mindful of our context and figuring out how best to add to it. We like natural light, good air quality, and respecting our environment. We like the details. We like spatial innovation. 

At our core, we are architects; we relish any opportunity to design.  


Existing organizations often need more space, prompting the renovation of a new space or the design of a fully new building. As the design process unfolds, it is not uncommon for that organization to rethink their long term goals and methods. Since the new space needs to facilitate how the organization works in the future, it is important to think now what that future might look like. Design Ecology holds workshops, interviews, and design exercises to redefine those goals and constructs a path on how to reach them.   


Certified by the National Charrette Institute, we can guide your project through the planning for, and facilitation of, a 3 to 7 day design charrette that results in an actionable plan and design. All stakeholders will be at the table, including city officials, investors, designers, the public, and you!


Several of our current projects ask questions that are too politically "hot" to be asked by those in government. Whether it is an existing system that needs some tweaks and changes to make it work better for the public, or the invention of a new system or network completely, we can help lead the conversation, involving policy makers and the public at the right times. Often this results in narrative and graphic representation in the form of a Concept Book to facilitate advocacy and endorsement.  As designers, we like challenging issues. As a team, we offer a third-party voice that can often bring opposing sides to the table and make space for innovative thinking that can change an organization, a space, a town, a city. 

There are fashions in building. Behind the fashions lie economic and technological reasons, and these fashions exclude all but a few genuinely different possibilities in city dwelling construction at any one time.
— Jane Jacobs