Our approach

We create human-centered spaces

Sure, when we take on a project, there are practical considerations. How many bedrooms? Where do the elevators go? What are the applicable building codes?

But there’s so much more to it than that.

We know that design decisions have profound impacts on the human experience — and the natural environment. So, our process involves a holistic approach to architecture and interior design. We consider:

  • The emotional responses a space can elicit.
  • Our projects’ connections to climate.
  • How a place accommodates people who have varying needs and abilities.

To fit with our broad focus, we work in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary manner.

For starters, we prioritize clear, frequent communication with our clients. We listen intently to what they want to achieve with — and within — their space. And we keep the conversation going as the project advances and evolves.

Meanwhile, as a small firm, we have the luxury of being nimble. On any given project, we can quickly pull in people from our tight-knit team. Tapping their unique skill sets and diverse perspectives leads to fresh ideas and exciting discoveries. As a result, our clients get amazing spaces that contribute to their happiness, their productivity and — perhaps — the well-being of the world around them.

Our process

Discover who we are. What we do. How we do it. Why we do it. And how we got here.

We meet architecture and interior design needs for residential and commercial clients.

How can we help you?

Meet the talented, friendly Shelter crew.

Get to know us

We have a specific method of working.

Find out about our process

We began as leaders in the green building movement. Our commitment has grown ever since.

Learn about our eco-conscious practices

We strive for designs that suit people of all ages, needs and abilities. For us, it’s personal.

Why we value inclusive spaces

Shelter’s journey began decades ago. We’ve marked many milestones along the way.

Peruse our past

We’ve earned many awards — and attention from a variety of publications.

See how we've been honored