Bartzen + Ball is an award winning architectural firm with experience in a wide range of building types and programs including campus design, office, educational and sports facilities, historic properties, and residential. The practice is rooted in the belief that each client is unique and budgets and goals must be carefully understood as part of a larger vision. We believe that no assignment is too small. We listen carefully to the needs of each client with the stated goal of creating memorable spaces that function and fit this vision.
We believe successful architecture is timeless and we strive to produce effective solutions for our clients with the highest level of design. We provide a design service with consistent attention to detail throughout the project to meet our clients’ goals and vision. We pride ourselves on our ability to create beautiful spaces within budget and schedule.
We believe clients are more important than projects and that what we create will represent the client’s vision and ideals while proving its timelessness. Many of our clients are repeat clients and we believe our work speaks for itself. We are interested in technology and history and believe the most influential designs mediate between the traditional and the new.
Bartzen + Ball is a regional design firm with a distinctly southern bent. We believe in the role of good architecture in place making and cultivate architecture's relation to historic and civic context. We cherish the opportunity to serve our clients and help them realize their visions. We believe in efficiency, economy of means and beautiful spaces.
Planning is integral to our work and we approach every project with an eye to master planning and strategic, long term development. While much of our work exists in the context of campus planning, we pride ourselves on taking a similar approach to all projects from residential and community planning to historic property master planning.
Our planning practice is based on a philosophy of working within existing contexts and sites to enhance and magnify those qualities which are unique and offer particular value to the architecture and mission of the institution. We believe that we should leave every site better than where we found it and that the footprints we create respond and minimize disturbance to the natural landscape. We approach each site in a sustainable way and begin each project with a sustainable design checklist.
Our planning methodology begins with programming and data collection and we begin each project with an analysis of site conditions and opportunities and constraints diagrams. We are often asked to provide building and site assessments in the context of existing properties and this often establishes a baseline for what is valuable and memorable. Often this is part of a larger study to create a three dimensional computer model of a campus or property to understand both landform and building placement. Master planning guides our decision making through careful analysis of utilities, topography and building assets; however, much of our planning is to help clients create a coordinated and holistic vision for their particular site or institution and to highlight those unique qualities that are particular to them. We believe planning should be collaborative and we encourage our clients to share their views and work with us to identify problems and realize design opportunities.
Likewise we believe that design and drawing are one and the same and take pride in working in multiple design fields including landscape design, furniture, web design and publishing. As architects we are trained to integrate our vision into all facets of place making and attempt to coordinate and lead the design process to create an integrated whole.
At Bartzen + Ball we believe in good design and look at each project from the inside out. We provide interior design services as an integral part of our architectural process although we also work with independent interior designers.