IT HAS BEEN STATED "FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION," and then again, that "Function follows Form." These two famous sayings each present an opposing thesis governing the design process, and throughout history, proponents have argued passionately for one or the other in this debate between head and heart.

Although both statements provide a simple, reductive formula to follow, each negates the other. A more conciliatory approach providing for a unity of form and function is needed, one with neither the head nor the heart subjugated.

To describe this equal appreciation of form and function, we have created a design theory entitled "Critical Romance." It is our mission to rigorously study and satisfy both the functional and formal criteria presented by each project.

With this theory of Critical Romance, we endeavor to create timeless, beautiful works of architecture and design that satisfy complex programs and transcend stylistic categorization.


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