Our goal is to build more resilient, curious and caring communities.
We have always loved exploring the world through the built environment and the social fabric of places. Through many moves and life changes, we have found that finding our local community first, listening to our intuition and taking risks, has enabled us to design a life, and now our studio, around curiosity and this quest for connection and new experiences. Living and working in places like Dundee (Scotland), Berlin (Germany), Toronto (Canada) and Nashville, TN has been a big part of our process of learning through experience about all the elements of creative, connected, and resilient cities.
Jim has spent his career in Film and Television, Architectural Design, Photography, and Writing. Storytelling, capturing patterns and intentional design have been at the core of his work. Lena is a trained Design Ethnographer and has spent her career in Research and Strategy. She has supported individuals, communities and organizations in building systems and cultures of learning (and unlearning) in order to navigate complexity and a constantly changing world.
We are excited to collaborate more formally through this shared practice and can't wait to see where it takes us. We also hope to contribute to the broader community of practice around considerate urbanism, placemaking and building strong, resilient communities.
Jim and Lena
"ARCHITECTURE IS SOMETHING YOU CAN SEE. YOU CAN'T SEE A SPIRIT OR A TEMPERAMENT OR A CHARACTER, THOUGH, AND THERE'S AN INVISIBLE PART OF THIS COMMUNITY THAT I'M VERY PROUD OF BECAUSE, IN A DEMOCRACY, I THINK THAT THE PROCESS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE PRODUCT."
- J. IRWIN MILLER, THE WASHINGTON POST, 1986