Our design process is intuitive, optimistic, rigorous, iterative, collaborative and intensely creative—
and intimately connected to our clients’ experience of the process and their completed project.

Signs of process are visible on every surface of our office—trace sketches, hand-built project models, material sample groupings—providing us and
our clients numerous ways of accessing our ideas, satiating their curiosity of mind and envisioning the end result.

Our agile mind-set offers opportunity for invention and the discovery of new approaches, relative to each project’s challenges and opportunities. As the organizer and leader of the process we are valued listeners, with a heightened awareness of the big picture as well as for the finest details of implementation.

We classify our design language as expressive, spatial architecture, crafting site-specific solutions that employ light, natural materials, color and texture with the highest level of design integrity.

AWA is guided by a set of core convictions, inspired by Ana’s philosophy and values:

  • The client experience is paramount. It is of great importance that our clients are engaged in and excited by their project, and we work dynamically to foster their emotional connection from start to finish. We strive to guide a process of discovery and project development that allows for serious joy.
  • It is our job to identify and extrapolate the unique ‘nugget’—the significant, essential idea—that drives each project’s design solution. At its root each project’s architecture must be functional and meaningful—responsive to the specific needs and desires of our client and the site.
  • We feel a strong responsibility to do good work by creating lasting architecture with the highest possible value for our clients. Designing with this higher purpose in mind, we believe everything associated with the work benefits.