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Pickard Chilton leads our practice with purpose. With each building we design, our team is engaged throughout the design process to develop solutions that best serve our clients and the planet while positively contributing to the greater community. Our commitment to environmental stewardship not only creates built environments that are livable and workplaces that are healthy but also results in a timeless and resilient architecture.

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Pickard Chilton’s experience in Japan brings a deep respect for designing buildings that recognize and pay homage to Japanese culture. Integral to our design approach for each project, we bring a sensitivity to the design process that considers opportunities to convey the rich culture through elegant design gestures, choice of materials, and placemaking.

Japan is world-renowned for its deep respect and reverence of nature. Historically and symbolically, this recognition of the natural environment has been reflected in Japanese culture through its art and architecture. Master planning and designing a built environment that captures the spirit of a community is fundamental and at the core of how we practice. Pickard Chilton is committed to creating unique and respectful built environments that will fully meet ambitions for the project while exceeding the expectations of those who live, visit, and work in the community.

Placemaking begins with the creation of a dynamic center that supports a diversity of uses, activities, and exchanges. It is envisioned as a place where people freely and openly congregate to enjoy a moment together. This communal gathering space is not qualified by a narrow nor simple definition and it is not limited to private or civic property, or even exterior as opposed to interior use. Perhaps, the most appropriate categorization for the quality of this space is “Public Realm”.  We will explore the origins and characteristics that create a successful public realm through the imagery of 2+U in Seattle, Washington. 

The thoughtful integration of art creates an additive and experiential quality to our built environment.   A great work of art is emotive and memorable - establishing a meaningful connection between individual and place. 

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The Art of Collaboration, authored by Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA presents the foundational tenets of Pickard Chilton that underpin our unique practice model to share with the public, architecture students, and the profession. In the following article published in Common Edge on August 12, 2021, Crosbie explains the origins of the book, the seven themes which frame the narrative, and the successful projects that have been realized as the result of these collaborative relationships.

With over 4 million square feet of mass timber projects in our portfolio, Pickard Chilton has invested significant time and effort to best understand the unique opportunities mass timber presents while stretching the boundaries of its structural, massing and enclosure design. While each design addresses the challenges specific to the individual project, in return, it allows for the exploration of the near-limitless possibilities of mass timber. Highlighted below are four recent designs where common mass timber design was innovatively challenged to craft experiences tailored to the needs of each client and community. 

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