Design for Innovation

 

WSA STUDIO IS AN IDEA

We are the proven idea that good design prevails over obstacles. Our founders started this firm because they saw an opportunity to fill a void with their instincts. It’s nearly 50 successful years later and the reason they took an idea and ran with it is the same reason we’re all still here: good design can change the way people experience the world.

At the root of WSA Studio is a group of really good people focused on providing really good design for really good clients. We’re looking for things to make sense, to connect to an environment, to address change and the struggles associated with it at face value and form educated, collaborative solutions based on function, aesthetic, and context.

Our culture is both light and intensely passionate. This is the reason we form such close relationships with our clients. We want to make a difference with and for people who want to do the same. We want to design a space that supports and facilitates the strengths of an innovative, smart client. We want to know we made a difference and gave someone the potential to see something a little differently, a little more creatively. That’s when we’ve done what we set out to do.

 

DESIGN FOR CHANGE

Architecture is a process that is rooted in change, and design is the tool that WSA Studio uses to drive change within organizations. We research the past, take note of the present, and ponder the future as we collaboratively lead process. Our mission is clear. 

Know that every project is important, no matter the scope or budget. Spark curiosity around what might be. Drive progress towards your vision. 

The results far surpass the architectural design. We seek impact in the relationships that we develop and harness design as a powerful force to propel organizational effectiveness, growth, and change. We design for change.

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We are proud to be in our 47th year of architectural practice. The true test of any mission is its ability to endure. Our work stands as a testimony to the values which attract top tier clients and talent to WSA Studio. These ideals influence our approach and are integral to our process.

RESPECT. We begin the process with respect, we engage throughout, and we strive to maintain mutual respect throughout the design process.

PARTICIPATORY DESIGN. The design of physical space is human-centered, and we know that the best design is born through a participatory process.

DESIGN IS DRIVEN BY CONTEXT. There is an existing physical context; there is a budget; there are programmatic goals. We believe that these conditions should drive design, and our creative response elevates the result.

TAKE THE LONG VIEW. We believe that we have a civic responsibility extending beyond the direct result of our work and will consider the long range consequences of design decisions.