About Doug

"Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly,

but the most surely, on the soul."
-Ernest Dimnet

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Doug has one purpose as an Architect: to provide his clients with outstanding designs and accurate documents to fulfill their needs and desires, not his own. Doug has held close to this ideology for over thirty years, and it has served his clients well. Any project, after all, is owned and paid for by the client, and they deserve nothing less. This is not to say that he does not provide guidance, inspiration and input, and he will always offer his honest opinion, but he will never insist on adherence to any design, style, concept or approach.

 

Doug’s first task in approaching any project is to fully understand his client’s needs. This “programming” phase of the design process is critical and is facilitated by some clients who realize what their needs are and can communicate them. Not everyone can, but from his years of experience working with a wide variety of people, Doug can usually help them understand their needs, and differentiate between their needs and their desires.

 

Understanding the client’s desires is often an easier task, and it is really the intriguing part of the preliminary design process. Discussions involving style, design, look and feel are usually accompanied by a lot of visual aids and examples provided by both the clients and the Architect. The world is full of great design ideas and creations that can be used as inspiration and direction. Unleashing one’s creative ideas is a thrilling experience, and is what draws so many people to pursue architectural endeavors.

 

Due diligence is a term for research into the cold, hard facts pertaining to any architectural project. This is the duty of the Architect, and Doug takes it most seriously. Doug is obliged to any client to determine to the best of his knowledge all regulations, requirements, restrictions and limitations that relate to a project and analyze how those might impact the design. He then clearly communicates to his client how those realities and impacts can influence the design process and final product. After all, the best of all designs have no relevance if they cannot be built.

 

The Art and Science of Architecture is to skillfully manipulate materials, spaces, styles and even emotions to create places and objects that fulfill a client’s needs and desires within a context of achievable reality. This is how Doug practices Architecture.

A Sonoma Valley Architect

© 2018 by Douglas R. Mighell • Sonoma Architect