About Studio 9

about-pageStudio 9 is a full service architecture firm that emphasizes creative, regional-based designs. Guided by fundamentals of human ecology, we promote energy and resource efficient principles that bridge built environments with natural settings. Our building forms adapt not only to site conditions, but to client program goals. The result is a dynamic composition of practical building assemblies presented in unique and compelling ways.

Studio 9 promotes a blend of traditional and contemporary project delivery models for effective and efficient architecture.  We welcome a team approach on all projects, regardless of size. We value client participation throughout the design process and respect any input that helps guide us towards your final design objectives. Through a layered process of conceptual design, 3D digital modeling, and specialist consulting, Studio 9 delivers inspired designs and accurate documents for feasibility analysis, tender, and construction.

Our clients appreciate site conscious passion driven design, welcome recent technologies that elevate the design process and make it more efficient, and value competent and attentive project management skills. Working with Studio 9 means you will be supported by skilled professionals who can synthesize all of your design goals and deliver an inspired and inventive design solution.

"What compels us with each design is the effort to continue to interpret and make 'place' that tells a story of the land and culture a project inhabits; sometimes gentle, sometimes edgy, sometimes quirky. Each is different, and each is interesting for its own reasons."

− Steven Kaup, on critical regionalism

"The role of the architect has changed significantly over the centuries. The modern day architect still retains their role as coordinator of the entire design process but as our understanding of how buildings function evolves, an integrated design process with various specialists becomes crucial. A team approach to the design process that values and respects client and specialist input is critical for a successful project."

− Nelson Rocha, on design process

"'Green' design, as a fundamental effort, is mandatory. We have such a significant role in decreasing energy use both locally and globally. Every project we engage maximizes each facet of green design and balances with the client's budget and goals."

− Steven Kaup, on 'green design'

"At Studio 9 we have made a conscious decision to embrace technology that makes the design process more efficient and beneficial to the client. The use of 3D Building Information Modelling software allows us to provide our clients with a level of service not available from more traditional architecture firms."

− Nelson Rocha, on embracing technology

"Adaptive Performance Architecture is the best description I have found for what we do. At our core, we are ecology artists, yet we are also technical geeks that continually try to innovate how building's are assembled using advanced design software and the building materials available. "

− Steven Kaup, on Adaptive Performance Architecture