The Story of Place: HA Architecture

The Story of Place: HA Architecture

We have to say, it is incredibly rewarding to see your client's dreams begin to literally take shape and even more touching to share those moments with them on site... We are HA Architecture and though it is often said form may follow function we also believe form follows fiction. In this case, this is a story about collaboration, dreaming big and believing we all seem to be a verb.

PHOTOS: Art Barn + Garden Folie at The Cedars Ranch (left) and Site Development in studio (right)

The story of place, a sense of belonging, sharing the experience of identity, family, heritage while rooted in culture, geography and environment are explorations worthy of a special project. And we were fortunate to hear of something that sparked this intention – and with that spark were not willing to miss this opportunity.

PHOTOS: Maple Leaves from Quebec Jamie picked with his daughter Emily that were later used as imprints in the concrete for The Cedar Ranch Dance Hall (left); Inuksuk statuette in Jamie’s collection (center) and image of Inuksuk near the future The Cedars Ranch Entry plaza (right). Inuksuk are stone statues crafted by the Inuit in the image of man both as wayfinding and as sense of place, cultural identity and community.

Our young emerging design studio, HA Architecture embodies and through our design and service foster the values of sustainable development, connections to institutes of higher learning, modern thoughtful solutions that embrace community and the promotion of equity and justice in practice. The studio was created and is led by Canadian born Texas Architect Jamie Crawley, AIA who was honored this summer in New York as one of 18 American Institute of Architects 2018 National Young Architects of the Year and the only honoree from Texas.

PHOTOS: Jamie Crawley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB of HA Architecture

We met Marilyn and Bill through mutual friends as they began to flesh out their vision with their conceptual design team, Acre Architects. This timing of a convergence of Canucks in Texas and conversations of two emerging practices common values over coffee at an Austin institution, Kerbey Lane Café led to a beautiful collaboration that continues to this day. The slight irreverence to traditional process as well as a shared passion for Architecture fueled this initial meeting. Beyond a common heritage, Jamie explained his own appreciation and connection to another maritime Canadian Architect Brian Mackay Lyons whom his mentor Sir Malcolm Quantrill wrote a definitive work, Plain Modern feeling the qualities of his work resonated with the adept work of Acre Architects also based in the maritime provinces of Eastern Canada. Hence the architecture collaboration both had a collective vocabulary as well as sought to tell the stories of home and a place of new beginnings, Texas.

PHOTOS: The Cedars Ranch collaboration and design process.

HA Architecture utilizing the conceptual roadmap and visioning process of Acre further developed the design collaboratively and contextually for the Texas construction environment as well as provided an executable framework to complement the sustainable goals of the development. Completing the design work with Jamie acting as Architect of Record we continue to aid the process through development and design of outdoor rooms, material and lighting selections, project phasing, construction detailing of the buildings and systems, integration of solar and rainwater collection, as well as consulting through the financial and construction process. And maybe most important to complement the spirit of this place, we are recognized green building professionals with extensive knowledge and award-winning experience implementing sustainable design standards (US Green Building Council’s LEED Program). Though The Cedars Ranch will not be seeking a specific certification level at this time the best practices approach of our collective team will allow this place to embody tangible and measurable environmental goals while complementing the modern architecture, wellness objectives and spirit of this setting in the Texas Hill Country.

PHOTO: The Cedars Ranch August 2018 in progress

The Cedars Ranch as a process and a place also speaks to the spirit of two emerging Architecture practices and it is fitting for these clients with a vision of community to provide the framework to facilitate a cross border collaboration – all relishing the desire to dream big. We enjoy being hands on in dialogue with clients, stakeholders and in this case collaborators. It is rare to have deep design discussions of first nations, the spirit of a place, generosity, wellness, modern architecture and we find ourselves truly honored to join Marilyn, Bill, Stephen, Monica and Kale on this journey ~ Let us be one of the many to toast The Cedars Ranch as your adventure unfolds and we appreciate the opportunity to share a piece of this story with everyone.

Jamie Crawley - HA Architecture

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