“I am always more interested in what I am about to do than what I have already done.”

Rachel Carson

To achieve a lasting positive impact, we need to envision it.

We believe it is possible for buildings to make a positive contribution to human and ecological well-being. Regenerative outcomes require us to question basic assumptions about what is possible. This approach requires a mindset that encompasses both the artist and the technician. At Placework, we engage technology to model future outcomes and drive responsible decision-making.

Placework is a Verb.

Placework is a process of inquiry and listening, of observation and design iteration that generates positive outcomes for people and planet. We recognize the tension in rural and small urban places between traditional aesthetics and ever-evolving modern needs. We specialize in this intersection with broad view planning that understands local culture and informs place-inspired design. For Placework, planning and design are an integrated process.

Our clients trust us to help them make sound decisions that will allow their organizations and communities to thrive far into the future. We integrate engineering and construction professionals into our collaborative process, delivering integrated designs that transcend the expected. Whether crafting a vision for the future of a place or a building project is imminent, Placework meets organizations where they are.


We work with organizations to define their physical space needs and align them with strategic goals. We help our clients to develop project budgets and timelines, and to define the project scope. We provide programming, feasibility studies, existing conditions assessments, campus planning, and urban design studies.

The Placework team develops design concepts and visualizations to build consensus around a vision, and we create phasing plans as roadmaps for long-term cultivation of place.


We provide full architectural services that ensure the realization of our clients’ vision. From pre-design and planning through construction administration, we clearly define project requirements and goals as the first step to developing a high-performing design. Our process is informed by user experience as well as environmental impact assessment.

We create thorough, accurate documents that support a smooth construction process and work closely with construction-side professionals to integrate the design and building processes.

Strong relationships with engineers, landscape architects, builders, and project-specific consultants allow us to assemble teams suited to each project and leverage cross-disciplinary expertise.