Dattner Architects’ foundation is civic architecture. Through their design of transit stations, schools, housing, parks, recreation facilities, and police and fire stations, their work has enriched the ever-growing urban fabric with distinctive, innovative, and inspiring buildings—positively impacting countless residents.
The core of their practice covers a broad range of typologies, located in a range of diverse urban areas from central-city neighborhoods to the growing outer neighborhoods that are vital to the development of each city. Dattner Architects’ projects reflect the forces that have shaped the life of each community and influenced the design of urban spaces and buildings. Over time, Dattner Architects’ work has grown in scale and complexity, but their role in all of their projects has stayed remarkably consistent.
Dattner Architects believe that each project must belong to its place and time, tread lightly on the environment, and inspire its users. As designers and collaborators, the process of engagement with many stakeholders shapes their projects and how they work. Through partnerships with clients, interdisciplinary teams of consultants, and communities, they maintain a holistic approach, built upon the exchange of ideas resulting in design excellence.
Committed to integrating sustainable practices into their work, they believe it is their responsibility to design sustainably. Dattner Architects implement a flexible, project-specific approach that combines passive and low-tech solutions with more active systems, analysis, and controls. With each new commission, they seek to push beyond the conventional standards for sustainability, innovating high-performance approaches that work with the building program, site, and budget. Their firm is a signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment to achieve benchmark greenhouse gas reductions and a leader in Passive House design.
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