MVA’s mission is simple: Listen to clients’ needs and employ our extensive experience and expertise to serve them to the best of our ability. No two projects are alike – solutions need to be practical, but also thoughtful, elegant, and timeless. We do not believe there is such a thing as a blank canvas. There are always givens like sun, views, and climate to provide a basis for design. Taking the existing conditions into account, we listen to our clients’ programmatic and budget constraints. In renovations we enjoy mixing styles, but we always strive to maintain the integrity of the existing architecture – especially in historic buildings.
Although professional fees may seem high at face value, a large portion of that fee is often offset by our ability to address potential issues early in the process and to provide practical, cost effective solutions. Furthermore, we have relationships with contractors, consultants and vendors who have proven to be proficient and trustworthy on past projects. Our role during construction is to ensure the project is built according to specifications and industry standards. If a dispute arises, we can act as an impartial mediator between owner and contractor. Professional affiliations are also important. For example, an architect with the AIA designation is held to the highest ethical standards with the most rigorous continuing education requirements.
Our practice is not driven by ego. We take pride in our ability to adapt to varying client needs and personalities. In the age of social media, content that stands out is king. However, we are not interested in the perfect photo shoot. A solution that does not fit the clients’ needs is inadequate regardless of how perfect it looks on a magazine cover.
The creative process varies greatly depending on project scope and the clients’ personality. We never start a project with a specific idea or style in mind. We get to know our clients and take cues from their lifestyle to arrive at the big picture ideas. To convey those ideas, we use hand sketches, 3d models, and precedent images. We also put together mood boards with physical samples of materials and finishes to help our clients visualize the design intent.