gbA Architecture & Planning is an internationally recognized design studio with numerous award winning projects throughout the United States and Europe. We have been in operation for more than 30 years. The studio specializes in socially and environmentally responsible projects including community centers, affordable housing, libraries, food co-ops, socially responsible businesses, and downtown revitalization projects. The studio’s mission is to create places that are beautiful, functional, and affordable while strengthening communities and complementing the natural environment. gbA emphasizes creative and innovative design solutions and achieves this through a highly collaborative process within the studio, with our clients, and with the design team.
The communities where we live and work are our inspiration. Our daily interactions and working collaborations continuously refine our thoughts on architecture and place making.
We design buildings that contribute to their communities. Our projects are structured to encourage people to interact with each other and their natural surroundings. The architecture of the spaces we inhabit affects our perception of our lived experiences, and we at gbA strive to ensure that our projects will promote healthy, collaborative experiences that bring communities together.
This community-focused approach to design ensures that each building is uniquely tailored to the people who will be experiencing and utilizing it.
Architecture is, in part, the art of collaboration. We engage our clients and building users as critical participants in a productive dialogue through all phases of a project. It is this essential exchange that allows us to create buildings, interiors and other constructed spaces that both meet the specific needs of our clients and are a joy to inhabit.
Our designs and business practices represent our values concerning economic, social, and environmental issues, and that the built environment should enhance the greater community.
Our practice explores design, construction systems, and sustainable strategies to best address the immediate and future needs of each project. We are continually refining both design and building methods to align with current building science as a way to minimize each project’s environmental footprint. We work within our clients’ means to design, detail, and build in a sustainable way. Our studio is a part of the AIA 2030 Commitment, which tracks the firm’s progress in designing for energy efficiency and carbon neutrality by the year 2030. We have designed numerous LEED and net-zero ready buildings and will soon be Passive House certified.