MATTHEW G BURTON ARCHITECT LLC practices "client-centric" design as a key part of our core philosophy. Our design process begins with a thorough understanding of the client's wants and needs and continues with an open dialogue through project completion. Using this approach, we develop integrated architectural solutions that are designed to exceed expectations. We strive for elegant solutions and reduce complicated project issues to simple terms through efficient design, appropriate use of materials, and by rejecting unnecessary complexities.
Rather than dictating a signature architectural style for our work, we begin each design by measuring the context provided by existing buildings and other conditions that influence the project site. We work with these elements to conform or contrast, as necessary, to develop the appropriate architectural response for the individual project. Whether the solution involves working within an established vernacular or "coloring outside the lines", an MBA design is a custom solution developed specifically for each project's unique criteria.
MATTHEW G BURTON ARCHITECT LLC is committed to sustainability as an integral part of our work. We believe that creating buildings that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient is simply a measure of good design. Our common-sense approach to sustainable design involves a holistic strategy that includes the entire construction process.
Our process begins as a response to the natural attributes of the project site. We work with the site orientation, topography, climatology, vegetation, and other natural features to properly integrate the building design into the site. We emphasize the use of building materials and systems that are inherently sustainable and passive in nature, requiring no special knowledge or effort from the users to be effective. Active systems like rainwater harvesting, graywater reuse, and photovoltaic or wind power can be added to further enhance the sustainability of a design. However, the incorporation of technologically advanced, active systems typically have the greatest impact on the project budget, so careful analysis of first-dollar cost versus life-cycle payback is required to determine their suitability on a case-by-case basis.