Perspective

We can't believe that Baker A+D is turning 15 years old... Looking back since the beginning, we have certainly grown as a firm and business, but without a doubt, our principles of design have remained firmly grounded in the ideas of user-driven, local design. With most of our projects specializing in education these days, it seems especially important to remember that the design of architecture is bound to affect the cultivation of these growing and young minds.

It was nearly 10 years ago that we reflected on Le Corbusier and his famous words "a house is a machine for living in," and couldn't fathom the idea of living in a machine let alone eating in one. Here we are again, but with a deeper delicacy when confronting the idea that students might be going to a school that is "a machine for learning." Now that's pretty frightening. That's why it is especially important for us (and everyone!) to always be thinking about the user experience: in this case, the kids first and foremost. Creativity is at the core of design, and the creativity should strive to generate space that enables further creativity and thought.

Some would say that we are Corbu copycats using his popular modern style and his famed 5 Points of Architecture. But as T.S. Eliot once said, "Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different." Now we can't say that our design is better than the legendary Corbu, but we are definitely making something different. This is no machine. And definitely not a machine for harvesting kids. This is no Le Corbusier, ladies and gentlemen... this is Le Baker Architecture and Design!


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