Friday, October 4, 2013
Presentation by David Miller, Founding Partner, Miller Hull Partnership, Seattle, WA.
Lecture Summary: The Miller Hull Partnership's design reputation is based on simple, innovative and authentic designs. Since its inception the firm has pursued a rigorous logic in its design approach in the belief that architectural programs are best solved directly and efficiently. Miller Hull's design philosophy centers around two essential architectural ideas. One is to use a building's structure to create a significant place within a site, and the other is to be sensitive to climate and to respond to environmental demands with the form of the building. These ideas evolve from an appreciation of the extraordinary beauty of the natural environment and have allowed Miller Hull's projects to have an unusually clear fit to their surrounding context. The founding partners have explored the development of two dominant themes in America's western regional architecture: the need to establish a defined place within the landscape and the art of rational building. Their attitude toward building in the landscape takes advantage of a mutual inflection in which architecture and landscape seem to need each other for completion. Their architecture captures the spirit and vitality of the West by focusing on the tensions between nature and materiality; detail and structure.