Art in functional form, a building not only shelters us from natural elements, but represents our cultures and reflects on the environment in which it is placed. Buildings and surrounding areas not only express the people or entities that utilize it, they represent what is valued by the community and stand as a representation to the rest of the world for what someone wants to leave behind. They tell of the current state of an area and its potential future: an old town drowned in history and culture, a modern metropolis pushing itself to the edge of what is possible, or a mixture of both creating a dynamic dance between the new and old.


Design matters the most because it tells a story and helps innovation in the most stylish of ways. Problems are solved by design, taking ideas and converting them to reality. It isn’t as simple as it sounds to take the needs, utilization purposes, and desires of a client, to then try and make the solution cost effective. All the while, averting the sacrifice of what was to be the intended creation. It leaves a complicated equation to be solved by excellent designers with creative ideas.


“Building art is a synthesis of life in materialized form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking but all in harmony together.”

-Alvar Aalto

Jonathan Lamar